Women’s soccer to add 8 newcomers
Brianne Boldrin (Cary, N.C.), Ashni Deschenes (Tampa, Fla.), Kaitlynn Landry (Marathon, Fla.), Paige Law (Sanibel, Fla.), Victoria Marsh (Pensacola, Fla.), Eduarda Pavao (Manaus, Brazil), Laurie Scott (Stuart, Fla.), and Alyssa Swett (Fort Myers, Fla.) will join 17 returners from last year’s squad.
“While I haven’t gotten the opportunity to work with or meet every one of our incoming freshmen, I have had the opportunity to speak to each of them extensively and get to know them as people,” Khettry said. “I feel that they are the right kind of people we want in our program as we try to establish a new culture.
“I did get the chance to work with Paige, Alyssa, Eduarda, Laurie and Tori,” Khettry continued. “I feel like these five players can add some positive elements to our team, and help us offensively as well as add some depth and competition defensively. While I haven’t gotten the opportunity to work with Kaitlynn, Ashni or Brianne, I have heard great things about their potential and in some cases have seen a little video of them playing. While that doesn’t constitute a thorough knowledge of their abilities, I am hopeful that this group will come into preseason fit and ready to help build on what we were able to add to the existing team and their mentality this spring season.”
Brianne Boldrin comes to DeLand from Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, N.C. A National Honor Society member, she earned honorable mention all-conference honors in 2010. Boldrin was a member of the North Carolina ODP Team from 2009-11, winning the Regional Championship in 2010. With Triangle FC, she made it to the U20 Super-Y National Final Four in 2012. Also in 2012, with the N.C. Alliance, she placed third in Region III. Boldrin was also a three year qualifier for the state championships in cross country and indoor track while at Athens Drive. She earned a Trustee Scholarship.
After leading Wharton High School to a 14-10-1 record and the program’s first ever district championship in 2010, Ashni Deschenes and Wharton finished 2011 with a 12-6-3 record and were nationally ranked. The new Hatter scored 52 goals and tallied 23 assists during her four seasons of high school play. Deschenes made the ODP Region Pool in 2010. She advanced to the State Cup Final Four with Fusion FC in 2010, and with the VSI Flames in 2013.
A member of Plantation FC and Marathon High School Soccer, Kaitlynn Landry was a multiple All-Monroe County honoree. She scored 38 goals and added 37 assists in just two seasons at Marathon, while leading the squad to the regional tournament. Landry was a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Government Association at Marathon. She made it to the final round of the State ODP tryouts in 2010.
Paige Law, sister of current Hatters junior Amber Law, played soccer at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers, where she was an all-conference honoree. With 32 goals and 13 assists in 2009, Law was among the national leaders in scoring as a freshman. She also scored 19 goals and recorded 10 assists in 2010 with Bishop Verot.
Victoria Marsh, a central defender and midfielder, joins the Hatters after a career at Pensacola High School. During her four years there Marsh was named Freshman Rookie of the Year and an Area All-Star. In addition to leading Pensacola to a district championship, she also earned the Stetson Presidential Scholarship Award prior to arriving on campus. Marsh was also a member of the National Honor Society, a Furman Scholar, and was a Senior Scholar-Athlete at Pensacola. She scored seven goals and added four assists from a defensive position. She played club soccer for the Gulf Coast Texans, and helped the team win championships at the Gulf Coast College Showcase, the Jacksonville FC Labor Day Shootout, and the Blue Angel Classic.
A recent graduate of the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Eduarda Pavao helped lead her team to a 58-5-3 record over the past two seasons. IMG placed second in the State Cup in 2012 and was the Club Directors League Champion in 2013. This past season she scored 19 goals. IMG also won the Raleigh Showcase, the Orange Classic, and the Savannah Showcase while Pavao was on the squad.
Laurie Scott comes to DeLand after playing at South Fork High School and FC Florida. A captain, she led South Fork to a pair of district championships en route to earning All-Area First Team and Co-Player of the Year accolades. Scott scored 77 goals and added 54 assists while leading South Fork to a combined 58-15-8 record during her career. She was also a National Honor Society member, an AP Scholar, and an FHSAA Academic All-State Team nominee. Scott also made the South Florida ODP Region Pool three times. With FC Florida, she won the Super-Y Southeast Division Championship and the Score at the Shore Championship.
An all-conference and News-Press First Team selection, Alyssa Swett helped lead Fort Myers High School to a 48-26-12 overall record during her prep career. An honor roll student, she scored seven goals and recorded 15 assists during her senior season. Swett was also named Team MVP and Team Defensive MVP while at Fort Myers. She played club soccer for the Lee County Strikers from 2006-13.
“I am certainly excited about this upcoming preseason and I hope this group can be a part of what we hope to accomplish this year and in the future,” Khettry concluded.
For all the news on Hatter soccer and all Hatter sports, be sure to visit GoHatters.com. (Amber Grose, pictured above, returns for her second season with the Hatters in 2013. Photo courtesy: David S. Williams)