The Polk State Eagles have 15 incoming student-athletes, including two from Polk County, committed to the soccer team for the 2014-15 season.
- Alexis Arroyo, center midfield. Port Charlotte, Port Charlotte HS.
- Kellee Brown, defender. Plant City, Plant City HS.
- Elizabeth Cerilli, goalkeeper. Groveland, home schooled.
- Hannah Davis, forward/midfield. Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch HS.
- Elyse Fontecchio, center midfield. Brandon, Bloomingdale HS.
- Cristina Gutierrez, center midfield. Plant City, Plant City HS.
- Taylor Henegar, midfield/forward. Columbus, Ohio, Worthington HS.
- Kara Houston, goalkeeper. Melbourne, Eau Gallie HS.
- Jada Humpheries, defender. Tampa, Sickles HS.
- Kelsey Lewis, midfielder. Merritt Island, Merritt Island HS.
- Cassandra Looney, center midfield. Lakeland, Lake Gibson HS.
- Sarah McKinney, goalkeeper. Fruitland Park, Leesburg HS.
- Chelsea Mariah Magalski Mudd, forward. Lady Lake, Leesburg HS
- Kara Quintanilla, midfield. Auburndale, Auburndale HS.
- Alexandra Wenrich, midfield. Plant City, Durant HS.
"I'm extremely pleased with our incoming athletes," said head coach Steve Linamen. "Not only are they talented players, but they are also leaders off the field who take part in a variety volunteer activities.
"Each of the incoming players will play an important part in the culture here at Polk State. There will be a very good balance of experience and fresh talent having six transfer players."
Both Elyse Fontecchio from University of North Florida and Kellee Brown from Florida Southern College transferred in the spring and have already had a few months to fit into the program. Kelsey Lewis and Hannah Davis join the Eagles from Nova Southeastern while Taylor Henegar transferred from Tennessee Wesleyan College.
The final transfer, Kasee Looney, from Lakeland and Lake Gibson High School, spent her freshman year playing Missouri Valley College.
"Kasee is an athlete who really can play anywhere you put her," said Linamen. "I had the pleasure of coaching her in club soccer and am excited to have the opportunity to coach her again."
Freshman Kara Quintanilla comes in from Auburndale High School, where Linamen coached for nine years.
"I felt it was fitting for my first official signing to be someone who I have had as a player for several years," he said. "Kara is very explosive and can play 90 minutes at a high pace."
Rounding out the freshman
Chelsea Mudd earned Brighthouse's 2014 Lake County Girls Athlete of the Year Award, an honor that returning player Alyssa Kaminski received last year. Like Kaminski, Mudd knows how score, with 40 goals this past season and over 100 for her high school career.
Alexandra (Alex) Wenrich, Durant High School Captain and MVP, had 59 career assists and 25 goals, earning her a spot on the Hillsborough County All-Star team.
"Alex is an aggressive player who does a fantastic job winning the ball while having very good field vision and tactical awareness," said Linamen.
Alexis Arroyo, Port Charlotte High School captain and MVP, was the leading scorer for the past four years of club soccer, finishing this past season with 24 goals and 15 assists.
"Alexis has a niche getting in behind the defensive line and putting the ball in the back of the net," Linamen said.
Elizabeth Cerilli, a homeschooled student-athlete, played high school soccer at Montverde Academy, garnering Lake County All-Area awards and winning both Region Cup and Presidents Cup with her club team as a goalkeeper.
Kara Houston, Eau Gallie High School, received the Cape Coast Conference Award and was named team MVP. She played goalkeeper for Space Coast United. Kara has a GPA of 3.8 and carried a 4.0 while dual-enrolled at Eastern Florida State College.
Cristina Gutierrez was a two-time captain at Plant City High School, Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, and First-team All-Conference. She played on the Brandon Flames Elite 8 State Cup and Nike Cup champion team. Cristina volunteers with Special Olympics, winning a gold medal on a unified soccer team 2013.
Jada Humpheries, Sickles High School captain and defensive player of the year as a junior and senior, started on the Hillsborough County All-Star team and played club soccer with FC Tampa.
"Jada brings confidence and a physical presence to the backline," said Linamen.
Sarah McKinney, Leesburg High School team captain, twice earned First Team All-County honors. A four-year, three-sport letter winner, she was named 2013 Sportswoman of the Year.
"Sarah is a pure athlete," said Linamen. "Her speed and agility will add another dimension to the goalkeeping position."
Polk State begins its soccer season Aug. 12 with a scrimmage against FC Tampa at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale at 6 p.m.