MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Huntingdon second-year women’s soccer head coach Wes Anania has announced the addition of eight newcomers who have completed their intent to enroll paperwork and have committed to suit up for the Lady Hawks this fall.
Marina Diaz (El Paso, Texas/Lydia Paterson Institute of Texas), Kendall Fant (Birmingham, Ala./Shades Valley HS), Crystal Flores (Albertville, Ala./Albertville HS), Kate Garrigan (Tallahassee, Fla./Lawton Chiles HS), Erika Justiniano (Jacksonville, Fla./Clay HS), Dana Phillips (Lyndonville, N.Y./LA Webber HS), Jaden Rountree (Ocean Springs, Miss./Ocean Springs HS) and Taylor Trenier (Mobile, Ala./McGill-Toolen HS) have been accepted to Huntingdon and will each wear the scarlet and gray for the Lady Hawks in the upcoming season.
"I am excited about the 2010 women’s soccer class,” Anania said. “I am confident they will help us pick up where we left off last year and help us compete for a conference championship."
Diaz joins the Lady Hawks following a prep career at Lydia Paterson Institute of Texas in El Paso. A 5-3 defender, Diaz was selected the teams Most Successful Player, Defensive MVP and team captain as a senior. While at Huntingdon, she plans to major in political science.
A 5-4 midfielder or defender, Fant was a senior captain for Shades Valley High School in Birmingham. Fant also played six years of club soccer for the Attack Soccer Club, Mountain Brook Soccer Club, Vestavia Soccer Club and Trussville Soccer Club. She plans to major in biology and pre-med at Huntingdon.
Flores, a 5-3 forward, prepped at Albertville High School where she played for head coach Carrie Dixon. While at Huntingdon, she plans to major in business administration.
Garrigan joins the Lady Hawks after playing high school soccer for Chip Chadwell at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee, Fla. While playing for the Timberwolves, she earned the team’s Defensive MVP and Pride of the Pack award. Garrigan also played six years of club soccer for the Tallahassee United Futbol Club and the Associated Soccer Group. The 5-2 defender plans to major in psychology while at Huntingdon.
A 5-6 outside midfielder and goalkeeper, Justiniano prepped at Clay High School in Jacksonville, Fla., where she earned the Coaches Award in 2006 and the Captains Award in 2008. While at Huntingdon, she plans to major in athletic training.
Phillips, whose sister Rachael attends Huntingdon and participates in cross country, is from Lyndonville, N.Y. and attended LA Webber High School. The 5-2 sweeper was named the Tigers’ Rookie of the Year in 2006, while also earning Most Valuable Defensive Player honors in basketball and soccer. She also lettered in track and field, where she was selected the team’s Most Valuable Player. Phillips also earned the Lyndonville Tigers Tri-Athlete award and the “BUB” Meland Memorial award in 2009. She plans to major in athletic training while at Huntingdon.
A 5-1 midfielder, Rountree played her high school soccer at Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, Miss. She was a four-year letterwinner for the team, earning its Ms. Hustle award as a junior and being named a team captain as a senior. She also played five years of club soccer for the Gulf Coast United Futbol Club. Rountree is currently undecided on a major.
Trenier joins the Lady Hawks following a standout prep career at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile. A four-year letterwinner and scholar athlete for the Yellow Jackets, she also earned honorable mention all-region honors as a senior while helping the team to the AHSAA State Championship game during her junior season. She also played for the Mobile Soccer Club for three seasons. The 5-1 midfielder plans to major in biology at Huntingdon.
In Anania’s first season with the Lady Hawks, the squad finished the 2009 season with a 5-9-2 overall record and a 2-5 mark in GSAC play. The five victories by the Lady Hawks are the most by a team since the 2005 squad finished 6-13.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As an NCAA Division III institution, Huntingdon College does not award scholarships based on athletic performance.