Last week, the Boston College women’s soccer program announced the 8 players that will join the team in fall of 2017. BC lost some star players last season so the freshman class will need to step up and contribute right off the bat. The incoming freshman for next season are Samantha Coffey, Julia Homan, Jillian Jennings, Mia Karras, Riley Lochhead, Gianna Mitchell, and YaYa Van Ness. Elysa Virella will join the team as a transfer after 2 seasons at Monroe College.
Samantha Coffey is a Forward/Midfielder from Sleepy Hollow, New York. She has played in 2 tournaments for the US National U18 Team. She was captain of the U-18 Women's National Team in a match against Northern Ireland. Coffey was a 100+ goal scorer in high school and Top Drawer Soccer lists her as a 4 star recruit.
Julia Homan is a Defender from Allendale, New Jersey. She helped lead her high school to three New Jersey State Championships, three county titles, and four league titles. During her senior season, he high school team allowed 0 goals. Zero goals the entire season! Homan also played for Match Fit Academy. Top Drawer Soccer ranks her as a 2 star recruit.
Jill Jennings is a midfielder from Montclair, New Jersey. She was a teammate of Homan’s at Match Fit Academy and was a 4 year varsity player at Montclair High School. She ended her high school career with 44 goals and 42 assists. Jennings is a 2 star recruit according to Top Drawer Soccer. Jennings will join her sister, Kayla, on the BC women’s soccer team.
Mia Karras is a midfielder/defender from Middleton, Massachusetts. She has spent the past 4 years playing for FC Stars and was the captain of her high school team as a senior. Karras is an unranked, local recruit.
Riley Lochhead is a midfielder/defender from Southborough, Massachusetts. She played for both NEFC and for the Boston Breakers Academy. She played 4 years of varsity soccer in high school at St. Mark’s.
Gianna Mitchell is a defender from Springfield, MA. Mitchell played with fellow freshman Mia Karras for FC Stars. As a 4 year started at Wilbraham and Monson Academy, Mitchell helped the team to two tournament finals. She is rated 4 stars by Top Drawer Soccer.
YaYa Van Ness is a forward from Saratoga Springs, New York. She has played with members of the freshman class with both Match Fit Academy and FC Stars. She led Match Fit in scoring during her one season playing for the team. She had 14 goals and 4 assists as a senior for her high school team. Van Ness attended 2 US Soccer ODP National Training Camps and played in the 2015-16 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships.
Elysa Virella is a defender from Sickleville, New Jersey who spent the last 2 seasons playing for Monroe College in New York. She led her team in goal (13), assists (9), and points (35) last season. She is a 3 star player according to Top Drawer Soccer.
Congrats to the new Eagles!