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Feb. 19, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The USC Upstate women's soccer team has signed eight players for the 2010 season announced today by head coach Renee Lopez. The newcomers are versatile players that can play various positions on the pitch.
The 2010 signings include Kimberley Anderson, Rachel Collins, Ashley Kosobucki, Kimberly Ledwell, Alyssa Librizzi, Kayli Moore, Sarah Plantz and Jessica Voigt.
"I am extremely excited to add these individuals to our program for 2010," said Lopez. "They have the academic and athletic backgrounds that are required to take this program to the next level, as well as adding some depth to our current roster. All of these young ladies will bring positive energy and determination to improve our team."
Kimberley Anderson (Ashburn, Va./Bishop O'Connell), a 6-0 goalkeeper, had a strong high school career. She was named third-team all-conference her junior season before earning first team all-conference and honorable mention all-region honors after her senior season. Anderson was also selected as the team's MVP at the conclusion of the 2009 season.
She was also a member of the basketball and lacrosse teams her first two years at Bishop O'Connell. The incoming Spartan is currently a member of the Chantilly Electrics club team.
"Kimberley will be a great asset for our goalkeeping line," Lopez said. "She is 6-0, can grab and deflect high shots, and has great distribution. She also isn't afraid to be a vocal leader on the pitch. I believe her work ethic will allow her to flourish in a strong training environment."
Rachel Collins (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive), a 5-10 goalkeeper, had an outstanding career in high school. During her junior season, she allowed just 14 goals during the season for a goals allowed per game average of just 1.0. She tallied 114 saves during the season, posting a saves per game average of 8.14. She also spent time as a defender and scored six goals.
Her strong junior campaign earned her All-Tri-Eight Conference first team honors, second team all-region honors as well as the conference's defensive player of the year. She played club soccer with the Fuquay-Varina Athletic Association (FVAA) before switching to play with the Triangle Futbol Club under the direction of Coach Pete Sadin.
Collins was also a four year starter on the varsity basketball team at Athens Drive and played AAU basketball with the Garner Flames. She received numerous awards for her strong high school basketball career. She was named the team's best defensive player (2006-07), earned the coaches' award (2007-08), was a two-time winner of the Kelly Howell Award of Courage (2006-07 & 2007-08) and was awarded with the team's burglar award for recording the most steals in 2008-09. She also was the team's co-captain her junior and senior seasons and earned Tri-Eight Conference honors. She was a honorable mention selection as a freshman before earning first team honors as a sophomore and junior. Collins was also a member of the academic all-conference team as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
"Rachel has a great personality and her communication skills will help us between the posts," Lopez stated. "In addition to being 5-10, she has the required technical abilities to shut down attacking players. Her experience as a two-sport athlete shows her extreme athleticism."
Ashley Kosobucki (Columbia, S.C./Irmo) is a 5-2 defender/forward combination player. Kosobucki has also played with Columbia United Futbol Club (CUFC) under the direction of Coach Tripp Miller. She expanded her game as she has spent time as a midfielder with the CUFC. She has also spent time as an indoor soccer player and is involved with Young Life at Irmo.
"Ashley has tremendous vision on the field and she can play a variety of positions," said Lopez. "Her athleticism will help her to adapt very quickly to the collegiate game and I am excited to have her join our team."
Kimberly Ledwell (Sterling, Va./Dominion), a 5-4 combination player, has spent time at both the midfield and forward positions on her high school and club teams. Ledwell is a two-sport athlete at Dominion, where she has been part of the varsity swimming team all four years and she received the coaches' award after a strong junior campaign.
Ledwell is in a number of high school organizations, including the Future Educators of America, Odyssey of the Mind, PEER, Student Council Association, Latin Club and the Best Buddies Club. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. She plays club soccer with the Herndon Regional Futbol Club under the direction of Coach Mike Calabretta.
"Kimberly comes from the Herndon RFC, one of the top clubs in Virginia," said Lopez. "She is a multi-sport athlete and she has the drive and determination to succeed. Her vision on the field, complimented by her work ethic, will allow her to be an asset for our team either as a forward or a midfielder."
Alyssa Librizzi (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) is a 5-5 player who has seen action at a variety of positions throughout her high school and club careers. She was awarded with scholar-athlete honors following her junior campaign. She has played for three different club teams in the Raleigh and Wake County area.
Librizzi currently plays club soccer under the direction of Pete Sadin as part of the Triangle Futbol Club, the same organization and as incoming Spartan Rachel Collins. Librizzi also played club soccer with the Capital Area Soccer League and the Triangle United Soccer Association.
"Alyssa has great vision and will serve as a strong, central midfielder for us," Lopez stated. "She moves well off the ball and executes creative and effective passes to aid in the attack."
Kayli Moore (Severna Park, Md./St. Mary's), a 5-4 forward/midfielder, will join the Spartans after a strong prep career. At St. Mary's, Moore served as a team captain for her senior season and earned team MVP honors as well as earning a spot to play in the 2009 Anne Arundel County All-Star Game. She also plays club soccer with the Southern Maryland Alliance. The Alliance, coached by Adam Ritchie, is ranked as the second best club in the state of Maryland and ranked top-40 nationally, coming in at number 38.
"Kayli is a very talented player as she can play in various spots on the field," said Lopez. "She has a fantastic attacking mentality which will help to improve both of our forward and midfield lines."
Sarah Plantz (Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville), a 5-7 goalkeeper, will come to Upstate after a stellar high school and club career. She was selected as the team's MVP as well as earning all-county honors after her junior season. She also lettered in basketball, volleyball and swimming while at Cartersville.
Plantz is a member of the Darlington Academy club team under the direction of coaches Rex Bowman and Chad Little. Darlington is one of the premier teams in both the state of Georgia as well as the nation. The team is rated as the fifth-best in Georgia and 29th nationally. Plantz and her teammates played in the 2009 Atlanta Cup over Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 5-7, 2009). The team recorded a 2-0-1 mark in pool play and finished as runner-ups in tournament play.
"Sarah is an extremely athletic goalkeeper," said Lopez. "She has the technical training from Darlington and the drive that will help her to develop into a great collegiate keeper."
Jessica Voigt (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge), a 5-3 combination player will join the Spartans in the fall. She will come to Upstate after a four-year career as a forward at Great Bridge. She also plays the midfield position with the Beach Futbol Club Piranhas. The Beach FC, located in the Tidewater area, is one of the top clubs in the state.
"Jessica comes from a fantastic club tradition and is an extremely feisty player," Lopez added. "She has lots of determination and athleticism to work as either a midfielder or a forward. She is very aggressive on the pitch and has great movement off the ball."