Citadel Soccer Inks Seven for 2013 Season
Charleston, S.C. – Head Coach Bob Winch has announced the addition of six cadet-student-athletes and one graduate student who will join the Bulldogs' soccer program for the 2013 season. The diverse incoming class includes international athletes from Colombia, England, Germany and New Zealand along with three players representing North Carolina, Tennesee and South Carolina.
The additions include graduate student Florence Amess (London, England) as well as incoming freshmen Naomi-Beth Carter (Karapiro, New Zealand), Ilana Green (Raleigh, N.C.), Montana Hinson (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Lea Raedle (Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany), Nata Torres-Diaz (Bucaramanga, Colombia) and Sara Winch (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.).
"Coaches [Jamie] Stewart and [Enrique] Rodriquez have done a nice job in identifying and recruiting these new student-athletes to The Citadel and our program," said Winch. "I feel strongly they will all help us a great deal in competing to win a SoCon championship."
Florence Amess ● Midfield/Defense ● London, England
Kingston University of London
Prior to The Citadel, Amess attended Kingston University in London, England where she was a member of the BUCS league 1B unbeaten team and the Kingston University team of the year.
A 2009 graduate of St. Bernard's High School, Amess was a member of the Arsenal Ladies Centre of Excellence U14 team in 2006 that won the league and was honored to the West Ham United Ladies first team in 2007. The London native was also a member of the Essex County team that won the County Cup for two consecutive years and played for the St. Bernard's High School for Girls' 2005 Coca-Cola National English School Cup team that won the championship.
Coach Winch on Amess: "Flo will play on the back line to start the season and may see some time as a midfielder. She is a very good passer of the ball."
Naomi-Beth Carter ● Goalkeeper ● Karapiro, New Zealand
St. Peters High School
A 2012 graduate of St. Peters School where she was honored as Sportswoman of the Year during her junior and senior seasons and named as the top goalkeeper for the national tournament. A member of the Waikato Bay of Plenty football club, Claudeland Rovers football club and New Zealand football club.
Coach Winch on Carter: "Naomi's leadership skills will help us a great deal. She is a very good soccer athlete that will be a strong presence in her area."
Ilana Green ● Forward ● Raleigh, N.C.
Raleigh Charter High School
A 2013 graduate of Raleigh Charter High School where she was named to the 1A all-region soccer team and tabbed with all-conference honors in 2012. Green earned the CASL Hamilton Sportsmanship award in 2011 and the Brittany Tournament Sportsmanship award in 2010. In 2012 she posted 13 goals for the Raleigh Charter team to go along with her 11 goals in the spring of 2010 for the West Johnson High School women's varsity team.
Coach Winch on Green: "Green is a good runner that can get up and down on the outsides. She serves a good ball and has a good understanding of the game."
Montana Hinson ● Defense ● Hendersonville, Tenn.
Pope John Paul II High School
A 2013 graduate of Pope John Paul II where she was a four-year letterwinner in soccer and basketball. Hinson was also tabbed with freshman and sophomore all region first team honors.
Coach Winch on Hinson: "Montana has a lot of energy and high work rate and will add a physical presence to our team."
Lea Raedle ● Midfield ● Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
A 2012 graduate of Hechingen Gymnasium where she was a member of the U17 soccer teams, VFL Sindelfingen and Bundesliga, who both won championships.
Coach Winch on Raedle: "Lea is a very experienced, technical soccer player that can play as a forward or midfielder."
Nata Torres-Diaz ● Midfield ● Bucaramanga, Colombia
Centro Johann Kepler
A 2011 graduate of Centro Johann Kepler, Torres-Diaz played on the Colombian National U17 women's team in 2012 that traveled to Brazil for the Suramericano Female U17 tournament where she scored a goal against Uruguay. Torres-Diaz was also a member of the Besser F.C., a well-recognized club team in Colombia.
Coach Winch on Torres-Diaz: "Nata is a very technical player that has a sound understanding of the game and will play as a forward."
Sara Winch ● Defense ● Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Wando High School
A 2013 graduate of Wando High School, Winch is a three-year letterwinner in soccer and was honored with the team's Warrior Award. She is the daughter of current Citadel soccer head coach Bob Winch.
Coach Winch on Winch: "Sara will help us in communicating in the back. She moves her feet well and often and is a very athletic, hardworking player."