Francis Marion University women's soccer coach Lindsey Morgan has announced the signing of seven high school seniors and one transfer for the 2018 campaign: 5-9 outside midfielder and defender Kiley Barr of Wilmington, N.C., 5-3 forward Faith Allen of Walterboro, S.C., 5-7 forward and outside midfielder Christina Rice of Fayetteville, N.C., 5-3 defender Anna Capra of High Point, N.C, 5-6 defender Makayla Chavis of Raleigh, N.C., 5-8 goalkeeper Rachael Hennenkamp of Wake Forest, N.C., 5-1 forward and midfielder Rianna Orello of Fayetteville, N.C., and 5-6 defender Meagan Stassi of Southborough, Mass.
Stassi is a transfer from USC Upstate and will have three years of eligibility with the Patriots.
Barr is a senior at John T. Hoggard High School, where she plays for coach Justin Schatz. This season her squad is off to a 6-0-3 start. She earned honorable mention All-Conference honors as a junior after scoring 10 times. She helped her squad to the Final 4 of NCHSAA 4A. She has garnered Academic Achievement awards on three occasions. Last fall, she also tallied nine goals while playing for her club team, the Wilmington Hammerheads.
"Kiley is a versatile player who can play any position on the wing, and displays a phenomenal service into the box," Morgan said. "Her background with two great squads (high school and club) will serve her well as a Patriot with soccer decisions and tactical plays."
Allen is a senior at Colleton County High School, where she plays under the direction of coaches Danny Wiggins, Lauren Townsend, and Matt Hooker. Last season, she recorded an amazing 39 goals and 17 assists, while earning All-Region accolades and her team's Coaches Award.
"Faith's athleticism and pace (she was also an All-Region cross country runner) behind the back line will rank our offensive threat similar to other programs in the Peach Belt Conference. She is fast, quick, and her closing speed is extremely special. Her mindset is to put the ball in the back of the net and she has been successful in that regard, now it will be our job to get her in those situations as a Patriot."
Rice is a senior at Terry Sanford High School, where she plays for coach Karl Molnar. This season, she has helped the Bulldogs to an 8-0 start with eight goals and 16 assists. During her previous three seasons, she tallied 51 goals and 42 assists, while helping lead Terry Sanford to a 66-5-1 mark and one appearance in the NCHSAA state semifinals.
"Christina is very fast. Her goal is to get behind the back line and go to goal. She can also serve a great ball into the box. We are excited to add her to the new group of attack-minded players we are bringing in."
Capra is a senior at High Point Central High School, where she plays under the direction of coaches David Villa and Wayne Wright. She is a past All-Conference selection and was once named her squad's most valuable player. She is a member of her school's National Honor Society.
"Anna is a great 1v1 defender who possesses athleticism and pace. She is a true outside back and can play on either the right or left side. We are excited to see what she can create when attacking out of the back, and she will do whatever is asked of her to help the team. She also comes from a great club team (Piedmont Triad FC coached by former Patriot Brandi Fontaine) that has won multiple state titles."
Chavis is a senior at Sanderson High School, where she plays for coach Todd Worley. Last spring, her team went unbeaten in Region 3 and recorded the lowest goals against average. A three-year starter heading into 2018, she was an All-Conference selection as a junior and has garnered Academic All-Conference recognition three times. She has helped Sanderson to the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs each of the past three seasons. She was also a 2016 NCYSA state champion.
"Makayla is very composed on the ball. She is sure of her decision-making out of the back and great in the air. She will be a valuable addition to our defensive unit."
Hennenkamp is a senior at Wakefield High School, where she plays under the direction of coach CJ Komons. This season, the Wolverines are 5-1-1 and she has allowed only six goals, while making 18 saves. As a junior, she registered 70 saves (4.4 saves per match average), seven shutouts, and a 0.656 goals against average in 1,220 minutes of action. She picked up first-team All-Conference honors, while helping her team to an unbeaten conference record and a conference championship. A four-year letterwinner, she has been named to her school's "A" Honor Roll three times and has received three Lamp of Knowledge Awards. In 39 career matches in goal, she has a .703 GAA with 137 saves.
"Rachael can be a game-changer in goal. She is a great distributor of the ball, can come up with big-time saves, and her positioning allows her to cover the net in situations that are not expected. And she continues to get better. Her knowledge of the game will help her compete for playing time and a role organizing the defense. In addition to her prep career, she also comes from a great club program (NCFC ECNL)."
Orello is a senior at Fayetteville Academy, where she plays for coach Andrew McCarthy. This year, she has registered nine goals and three assists as Fayetteville Academy is 3-1-1. As a junior, she posted 20 goals and eight assists in 16 contests. She was named to the NCISAA 2-A All-State Team as well as earning first-team All-Region accolades. She also previously attended Jack Britt High School for her freshman and sophomore years, where she tallied 32 goals and 20 assists in 25 matches. She was a first-team 2016 All-Conference selection. Outside of high school sports, she was named a USYS National League finalist, captured a 2017 USYS Southern III championship, and was an Olympic Development Player for 2014, 2015, and 2016.
"Rianna is a hunter of the ball," Morgan said. "She is a creative 1v1 attacker, can score goals, and her work ethic puts her in positions to score goals or create opportunities for others. She will help make our offense more dynamic."
Stassi is a product of Algonquin Regional High School, where she played for coach Scott Taggert. A four-year letterwinner, she was named to the Central Mass All-Star and All-State teams in 2016, as well as earning Metro West Daily All-Star recognition. She played on the 2015 Massachusetts D1 state runner-up squad. She also played for FC Stars of Massachusetts, where she was a member of two regional championship teams.
"It has been a while since I have seen a player with Meagan's physical style of play. She is extremely aggressive when attempting to win 50-50 balls. She is athletic and tackles hard. I see her being able to fit in anywhere on our backline or in the defensive midfielder position."
"Overall, these additions have filled voids on our roster," Morgan added. "We have brought in players who we think can give us a consistent ability to score goals, and who will set up returning players to help in that area. We have also shored up consistency on defense as we strive to develop a rhythm to stand with on that side of the ball."
The Patriots lost only two seniors off last year's 5-9-0 squad.