Eagles welcome incoming soccer players

Polk State welcomes 13 incoming soccer players who will join the team for the 2016 season. 

"I'm extremely pleased with the group of incoming freshman we have for the fall," said Head Coach Steve Linamen. 

"Each one of them is not only driven and talented, but also a fantastic student." 

The new student-athletes are: 

Angelina Conde

Position: forward/midfield.

Hometown: Seffner, Fla.

High school: Strawberry Crest High School.

Quote: "I chose Polk State for many reasons, but the main one would be because of Coach Linamen. He believed in my ability to play college soccer as much as my own mother did, and for that I am grateful to be a part of this program."


Kaitlyn Dickie

Position: holding mid/center defender.

Hometown: Lakeland, Fla.

High school: McKeel Academy of Technology.

Quote: "It's always been my dream to play college soccer, and now that the opportunity is finally here, I'm excited to continue working hard to push forward and improve to become an even better player/person."


Arianna Elliott

Position: midfield.

Hometown: Minneola, Fla.

High school: New Hope Christian Academy.

Quote: "I chose Polk State so I could stay in Florida and live close to family and friends." 


Alexa Gernand

Position: defender.

Hometown: Hudson, Fla.

High school: Hudson High School.

Quote: I can't wait to meet my teammates who have the same passion for soccer as I do. The drive and commitment to the sport will bring us all together as a family."  


Jordan Gines

Position: wing/forward/center mid.

Hometown: Saint Cloud, Fla.

High school: Saint Cloud High School.

Quote: "I chose Polk State because it was the first place where I felt I could see myself being.

I will be part of a team that will not only focus on team growth, but personal growth as well."


Aubry Hall

Position: forward/midfield.

Hometown: Port Richey, Fla.

High school: Fivay High School.

Quote: "I chose Polk State because it seemed like the perfect fit for me. The team was very welcoming, and I know I won't have a hard time fitting in and becoming a part of this family."


Kathryn Huapaya

Position: attacking mid/forward.

Hometown: Sogamoso, Colombia.

High school: Palm Harbor University High School.

Quote: "I'm excited about the lifestyle that I will be living, the team that is welcoming, and the new opportunities that I will have."


Celeste Ivy

Position: outside back.

Hometown: Homestead, Fla.

High school: South Dade Senior High School.

Quote: "I choose Polk State because it's a great kick start to where I want to go in life and it's the best fit for me. An additional bonus is the amazing soccer program it has."   


Laura Knott

Position: forward.

Hometown: Titusville, Fla.

High school: Titusville High School.

Quote: "The atmosphere at Polk State seems much more intimate than that of a university, and that is what I am looking for. I am so excited to begin this next chapter of my life and meet the girls who will be my second family for the next few years."  


Maddie Miller

Position: goalkeeper.

Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.

High school: Olympic Heights High School.

Quote: "I chose Polk state because the moment I got there I felt welcomed, the girls were extremely friendly and very nice and so was the coach. I was really able to see myself there doing what I love." 


Leah Neck

Position: forward/midfield.

Hometown: Hudson, Fla.

High school: Fivay High School.

Quote: "Polk State was my choice because I loved the atmosphere and it felt like a big family. Everyone welcomed me with the open arms. I really loved it."


Brandi Priebe

Position: defense.

Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

High school: University High School.

Quote: "I picked Polk because of conversations I had with Coach Linamen and the atmosphere that I saw and felt when I walked in -- very relaxed but with a sense of structure."


Dyaniz Serrano

Position: goalkeeper

Hometown: Casselberry, Fla.

High school: Lake Howell High School.

Quote: "I'm excited about attending Polk State because it offers what I was searching for: an opportunity to pursue my education and play my sport with a great team and soccer program."


The Eagles begin the 2016 season Sept. 1 against Southwestern Illinois in Melbourne, Fla. 

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