Orono, Min University of Maine women’s soccer team, head coach Scott Etherleyand its employees announced the recruitment category for 2022 in Jessica KasasekAnd the Emma SchneiderAnd the Julie LuciusAnd the Jordan BennettAnd the Madison MichoudAnd the Amelia AmesAnd the Gillian RoversAnd the Rachel Ross.
“We are delighted to welcome new members to our family program here at UMaine,” said Artistic Director Scott Etherley. “They all embody our team’s values and we are confident that each of them will make an impact on the field, in the classroom and in the local community.”
Jessica Kasaseka 5’8″ goalkeeper from Canterbury, Connecticut, transferred from West Virginia University. She worked in a reserve role for the Mountaineers during her two seasons at Morgantown. During her club career, Jessica played for Oakwood Soccer Club. She started 19 games for her under-18 club. 19 and 32 in the Under-16/17 program.During her time on the grid, Jessica helped lead the Connecticut team to the State Cup from 2015-2017.
Emma Schneidera 5’9″ defender from Calgary, Alberta, transferred from the University of Florida Gulf Coast Mila SchneiderShe appeared in four games over the course of two years at FGCU. During the 2019 club season, her team finished fifth in the Canadian National Youth Football League. Emma was the recipient of the Canada Football Provincial Excel Most Diligent Player and Most Consistent Player Awards (2018-19) and captained her club team.Rachel Rossa 5’8″ goalkeeper from Yorktown Heights, NY, transferred from Ryder University. She made six appearances in her two years in New Jersey. Rachel finished the 2021 season with 2.57 GAA and 0.618 saves, scoring 21 saves and one win in 456 minutes of play .
“Three of the eight joined us in January as transfers and were able to compete during the spring season. Their impact was immediately evident.” Coach Atherley continued, “With the addition of Jess and Rachel, we have strengthened our goalkeeper position to the point where we have three players able to start. Emma has added an important offensive dimension to our backline that will make our build less predictable. Her athletic activity is off the charts and she is diligent in and out of possession.”
Julie Lucius, a 5’8 striker from Kristiansand, Norway, played for Kristiansand Katedralskol Gimli during her high school years. Amazon Grimstad FK and Randsund IL were Jolly’s two programs for the club. Her team was the league champion during the 2019-20 season, finished second in Barcelona Girls’ Club 2019, won the 2019 Sør Cup, and was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Adidas National Championship.
Jordan Bennetta 5’4″ striker from Polyvalente Black Lake in Thetford Mines, Quebec. She won a silver medal at the Canadian Championship in 2021, having won the Quebec Provincial Championship that same season. Jordan led her team in scoring every year in high school and CEGEP.
“At the front, we added three explosive strikers,” Coach Atherley was quoted as saying. Jordan is fast, dynamic and a prolific goalscorer on every level. “Julie can play ninth and tenth. Her sense of play and spatial awareness is next level. She is ranked top of all the field players for her team in Norway. Her experience competing in the second highest professional league will do her a good job at the level. Jillian is strong and strong. Combined her size And her body will put her right at home at the America East Conference. She’s durable and effective on purpose and on target.”
Madison Michouda 5’5 quarterback from Gorham High School in Gorham, Maine, was named to the Maine All-Star Team three years in a row (2019-2021) and was named All-Conferences in each of her four seasons at Gorham Madison led her high school team in Scoring over her last three seasons, she also led the 4X100 relay team to the Class A state track and field championship.
Amelia Ames, a 5’8-inch quarterback from Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, led her team to four consecutive conference titles. Amelia was named Sports Researcher of the Year for her phenomenal success in the class.
“In midfield, Madi is a quick and skilful player. Her calmness on the ball as well as her speed and vision make her very versatile,” said coach Atherley. “I can see her playing a number of roles for us this season. Amelia is making fantastic progress. She plays fast and knows how to divert the ball effectively with her long-range passes. I’m excited to see her competing with our veteran players.”
Gillian RoversMary’s Kitchener in Kitchener, Ontario, led her team to an undefeated record in her final season and competed in the county championships. She was also an academic star in all four years of high school.
The 2022 season begins on August 21 against St Peter’s University at Mahane Diamond. You can view the entire schedule here.