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Women's Soccer Announces Incoming Class

Tsantiris announces nine newcomers to join 2013 Huskies

June 11, 2013

STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s soccer program has announced that nine players will join the Huskies for the 2013 season. UConn will welcome three forwards, two midfielders, three defenders and one goalkeepers in 2013. The future Huskies will join Head Coach Len Tsantiris in his 33nd season.

Natalie Krygier | Midfielder| Novi, Mich. | Novi High School

A versatile player out of Michigan, Krygier enters her freshman campaign at UConn poised to make an immediate impact.  She was a member of the Novi High School Girls Soccer Team and played on the state championship winning squads during her freshman and sophomore year. Krygier was named team captain for the 2012 season for her leadership and competitiveness. Krygier was also named to the All-State Team in 2011 and 2012.

“Natalie is one of those unique players that can literally play any 10 of the outfield positions and excel at any one of them.  She is very good technically, she also possesses a fierce fighting spirit and loves to compete.   She is a product of the Michigan Hawks club and was a very heavily recruited player out of the Midwest.”

Caroline Massey | Defender/Midfielder| Guilford, Conn. | Guilford High School

The 5-10 freshman joins the Huskies after a productive high school career, in which she scored 27 goals and had 19 assists in three seasons before suffering an ACL tear in 2012. Massey was a member of the All-State team in 2010 and 2011 and was named as a senior captain for the Guilford High School Girls Soccer Team in 2012. She also played basketball, lacrosse, and ran track during her time in high school. Massey was an honor roll student in her senior year.

“She is a strong physical presence that is good with the ball and will add an element of grit.  We look forward to watching her develop over her career here as a Husky.”



Katherine Smith | Defender/Midfielder| Glastonbury, Conn. | Glastonbury High School

The 5-10 defender out of Glastonbury, Conn. will join Connecticut after an impressive high school career. Smith was a member of the 2011 Class LL State Championship Team her junior year and reached the championship game again in her senior year. She was named the team captain of the Glastonbury High School Girls Soccer Team during her senior campaign in 2012. Smith also played on the SoccerPlus Elite Connecticut ECNL team and served as Team Captain. The freshman is a member of the National Honor Society and was a High Honors student during her tenure in high school. 

“Kate is a steady center back that does a good job organizing and is tremendous in air.  Her ability to win the ball and keep the ball should help us build out of the back while adding a physical presence on set pieces.”

Alexa Keney | Forward | Suffield, Conn. | Suffield High School

Keney is a 5-7 athlete who can play at the forward position out of Suffield, Conn. Keney was a member of the 2009 and 2010 Connecticut All-State Team. She scored 43 goals and tallied 35 assists in 2009 and 2010 before being slowed by knee injuries in her junior and senior years. Keney was named the CO-MVP of the 2010 Suffield High School Girls Soccer Team and served as a captain for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. She also played for the Connecticut Football Club for eight years and was a member of the FCNL Final 4 Showcase All-Event Team in November of 2010.

“One of the top players ever to come out of Connecticut Football Club, Alexa combines technique, vision and a great soccer IQ to make her a threat to both score and create chances.  She has been slowed by injury over the past couple years but we are looking forward to her regaining her speed and quickness that made her so difficult to deal with.”

Katharine Kormushoff | Defender/Midfielder| Hinsdale, Ill. | Hinsdale Central High School

At 5-9, Kormushoff brings unique combination of size and speed to the Huskies in 2013. Kormushoff played for Hinsdale Central High School during her junior year and helped lead the team to a Sectional and Regional Championship in 2012. She also played volleyball in high school and was a member of the Dean’s list.

“Kate joins us from the NSA program in the Chicago area.  She is a good combination of size, speed and skill and we expect her to be able to physically impact the game and be a ball winner for us.” 

Emily Armstrong | Goalkeeper| Collegeville, Pa. | Perkiomen Valley High School

A transfer from Boston College, Armstrong looks to make her mark on the Huskies after a stellar high school career. She was a highly ranked prospect by ESPNHS, ranking #25 overall and the #3 goalkeeper of the Class of 2012. Armstrong was named the MVP of Perkiomen Valley High School Girls Soccer Team for her play in 2009 and 2011. She was named a captain in 2011 and was invited to the U-19 National ODP Camp in California in 2012.

"A mid-year transfer from Boston College, she has settled in really nicely here and we are happy that she has found a home.  Emily was one of the top goalkeepers in the country in the 2012 graduating class and we are looking for her to be an impact on our program here.  Emily is a great shot stopper and her distribution will be a huge asset."

Faith McCarthy | Forward/Midfielder| Windsor, Conn.  | The Loomis Chaffee School

A 2013 graduate of the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn., McCarthy is poised to make a big impact on the 2013 UConn team. McCarthy was selected to be a member of the All-State Team during each of her four years at the Loomis Chaffee School. During her junior and senior years, McCarthy was named Team MVP and served as the Team Captain during her final season in 2013. She has participated in Golf, Track and Field, and Lacrosse during her tenure in Windsor and is an honor roll student.

“Faith has very good vision and ideas with the ball and a willingness to do whatever it takes to help her team win.  Faith has great passing range and the ability to create chances with the pass or while shooting off the run.  She possesses a very dangerous shot from distance and is not afraid to shoot from anywhere.”

Rachel Hill | Forward| Somersworth, N.H.  | Somersworth High School

One of the top recruits coming out of high school, Hill provides game-changing ability and figures to be in the mix immediately for the Huskies. Hill was named to the All-State team during each of her four seasons at Somersworth High School and was named the Team MVP from 2009-12. She is the New Hampshire High School All-time scoring leader with 151 goals. Hill was selected to receive the Puma Elite Women’s Showcase Golden Boot Award in 2011. She also played basketball for her final three years in high school and was a member of the track team for four years. Hill was a member of the High Honor Roll for all four years in high school.

“One of the top forwards in the 2013 class in the country, Rachel combines explosive speed, technique and the mentality to make her and incredibly dangerous goal scorer.   We are looking for Rachel to make an impact for us and to help fill the loss of Danielle Schulman.”

Molly Warren | Midfielder| Warwick, N.Y. | Warwick Valley High School

A 5-7 midfielder from Warwick, N.Y., Warren was a member of the Warwick Valley High School Girls Soccer Team during her freshman year, and helped to lead the team to a perfect 16-0 season. She played three seasons for the Quick Strikes and served as the captain of the Super-Y Quick strike team in 2010 and 2011.

“Molly has been unlucky with injuries but we expect her to bounce back and be a real asset to the program going forward.  Very clean technically with great vision and passing ability, she also has the size and strength to be a physical presence.”