West Long Branch, NJ - Monmouth University women’s soccer head coach Krissy Turner announced 10 more additions to the incoming class for the Hawks, joining Louisville transfer Breynn Collazo (Wall, N.J./Wall). Turner, who is entering her 15th season as the head coach of the Hawks, has received commitments from local products Brianne Boyle (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) and Amanda Dailey (Howell, N.J./Freehold Township), as well as Danielle Axelrod (LaGrangeville, N.Y./Arlington), Monique Goncalves (Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional), Arianna Gordon (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West), Colleen Howard (Mount Laurel, N.J./Holy Cross), Taylor Levy (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan), Cara Poole (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville), Karly Tolentino (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Odyssey Academy [Monroe C.C.]) and Lauren Tracy (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian).
“We are excited to welcome these outstanding student athletes to the Monmouth Women’s Soccer program,” stated Turner. “The class fills our needs and adds tremendous depth and talent to the returning squad. Our ability to attract young women from some of the top club programs in the nation is a direct reflection of the program taking the next step in being highly competitive within the region.”
Boyle, a four-year varsity letterwinner in the midfield at Raritan High School, was named first-team all-division during her final three seasons, and third-team all-county as a senior. Boyle, who accumulated 35 goals and 10 assists during her tenure with the Rockets, played the last three years of her prep career under head coach Kim Golla (McCarthy), a Monmouth Women’s Soccer alumna. Boyle plays for the local USP club as well as ECNL member, East Meadow, of Long Island.
“Brianne has tremendous work ethic and passion to win,” said Turner. “Her competitive drive and versatility will get her time on the field in her first year.”
A forward/midfielder from Freehold Township High School, Dailey compiled 21 goals and 16 assists during her four-year varsity career, where Patriots combined to win 29 games over her final two seasons, including a Shore Conference Championship in 2011. Dailey, who helped lead FTHS to a No. 7 ranking in the state and a No. 29 ranking in the country as a senior, was named second-team all-county during her final season, as well as A-North First Team, all-district and all-division. As a junior, Dailey was an A-North First Team performer, while being named Third-Team All-Shore, and all-district. Dailey, who also earned a varsity letter in track, was part of the Patriots’ A-North Championship team in 2010. Dailey has also competed for PDA Charge.
“Amanda has the versatility to play in the midfield as well as up top,” added Turner. “Her experience with PDA, the number-one ranked girls’ club in the nation, allowed her to compete with and against the best players in the nation. These experiences have provided her with an excellent pedigree.”
A three-sport standout at Arlington High School, Axelrod earned 12 varsity letters in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Axelrod, a midfielder/forward, notched 10 goals and six assists as a senior to help lead the Admirals to sectional and regional championships in 2011, as well as a New York State finals appearance. A 2011 league champion at shooting guard on the basketball squad, Axelrod was twice named an honorable mention all-league on the pitch, and as a senior was tabbed all-league and a Second-Team All-Poughkeepsie Journal All-Star. As a member of the lacrosse team, she was named all-league and all-section honorable mention, as well as a First-Team All-Poughkeepsie Journal All-Star in 2011. Axelrod has also played club soccer for the Lagrange Freedom.
Turner said, “Danielle is a strong athlete who hails from a successful high school program that has won multiple championships. She should add to our team’s success in the attacking third.”
Goncalves, a forward/midfielder, was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Watchung Hills Regional High School, where the Warriors won a Group IV, North II title in 2009, a Somerset County title in 2010 and were a 2011 Group IV, North II semifinalist in 2011. Goncalves, who was a second-team all-conference selection as a sophomore, earned First-Team All-Skyland Conference accolades following her junior and senior campaigns. A Top “20” North II performer in both 2010 and 2011, Goncalves was also a All-Somerset County First Team honoree, as the team posted 47 victories in her three seasons. Goncalves has also competed on the club circuit for Jersey United.
“Monique is technically very strong and will add to our depth in the midfield,” added Turner.
Gordon, a defender, was a three-year soccer varsity letterwinner at Smithtown High School West, where the Bulls won a league title her senior season. A White Letter Award winner in soccer, Gordon also earned a varsity letter in track and field. Gordon has also played club soccer for the ISA Sting ‘94.
“Arianna is a fantastic athlete who is an excellent defender,” commented Turner. “She will be able to shut down opposing forwards without a doubt in her first year.”
A four-year varsity letterwinner in soccer at Holy Cross High School, Howard, a midfielder/defender, helped lead the Lancers to an 11-5-1 record during her senior season as a team captain, under head coach Sergio Torres and assistant coach Katie Bubnis, also a Monmouth Women’s Soccer alumna. Howard, a BCSL First Team selection in 2011, was also named All-South Jersey as a senior, as well as the team MVP and Defender of the Year. Howard has also competed for Real NJ in the club soccer circuit.
Turner stated, “Colleen will solidify our back line with her ability to play central defender as well as outside back. She is a talented athlete who has the speed and size to dominate a game.”
The fifth all-time leading scorer in Bishop Feehan High School history, Levy tallied 52 career goals, along with 24 assists for 76 career points in her four varsity seasons with the Shamrocks. Levy, a midfielder/forward, helped lead BFHS to a combined 71-7-4 record in her four seasons, while being part of three Eastern Athletic Conference Championship sides. As a senior, Levy was named co-captain and earned Conference All-Star status, as well as All-Eastern Massachusetts All-Star First Team honors. An NSCAA All-Region First Team performer, Levy was also tabbed a Sun Chronicle All-Star and Boston Globe All-Scholastic as a senior. Following her junior campaign, she was named an Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star, All-Eastern Massachusetts First Team, Sun Chronicle All-Star and Boston Globe All-Star.
Levy, who competed for FC Stars of Massachusetts, won a U13-17 State Championship, was a U-15 Region 1 Finalist, a U-16 and U-17 Region 1 Quarterfinalist, as well as a U-16 and U-17 ECNL Nationals bronze medalist. As part of FUTSAL, she was a U-14 National Finalist, a U-15 National Semifinalist and a U-15 National MVP tournament selection.
“Technically, Taylor is very gifted,” added Turner. “She strikes a great ball and scored a lot of goals in high school. Her club, Stars of Massachusetts, is one of the top ten clubs in the nation for female players, which has given Taylor the opportunity to play at the highest level as a youth player.”
Poole, a defender, was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Somerville High School, the 2008 and 2010 Skyland Conference Champions. Poole, who was named first-team all-conference, all-county and all-area, was added to the all-state team. A varsity guard on the basketball squad, Poole competed for the PDA Charge, which was the 2010 and 2011 New Jersey State Cup Champions, and 2010 and 2011 ECNL National League Finalists. PDA, which won the 2010 Region 1 Premier League Championship, captured the 2009 Disney College Showcase title, the 2009 Red Bull National League Championship, the 2008 Region 1 Colonial League title, 2008 PDA Spring Kickoff Championship and were crowned the 2007 US Club National Champions.
“Cara can serve a great long ball out of the back, which is a tremendous weapon,” stated Turner. “Having the experience she did at PDA for 10 years should allow for her to make a smooth transition to the collegiate level.”
A junior college transfer forward, Tolentino was a first-team NJCAA All-American and first-team NSCAA All-American at Monroe Community College in 2011, posting 44 points on 17 goals and 10 assists. In her two seasons at MCC, Tolentino registered 77 points on 30 goals and 17 assists, as the side won regional and district championships in 2010 and qualified for the national tournament, repeated the feat once again in 2011, earning the overall No. 6 seed behind a 17-5-2 record. Following her second season at MCC, she was named the Region III Player of the Year, first-team All-Northeast Region and named the to the 2011 National Tournament Team. An honor roll student during her prep career at Greece Odyssey Academy in New York, Tolentino was named first-team All-Greater Rochester, team MVP and first-team all-state as a senior, recording 34 points on 12 goals and 10 assists. A three-time all-county performer and two-time team MVP, Tolentino holds the school record for points and goals at GOA.
“Karly has two years of experience in one of the top-five junior college programs in the nation,” stated Turner. “She scored a lot of goals in high school and continued that in junior college.”
Tracy, a four-year letterwinner in the midfield at Oaks Christian, earned four league championships during her tenure with the Lions. In addition to 76 team wins in her four seasons, Tracy won a CIF State Championship as a junior as Oaks Christian went 26-2-1 overall. An all-county performer, Tracy earned Headmaster’s List and Athletic Scholar status all four years as well. Tracy has also competed for the Eagles FC club team.
“Lauren is a tireless worker, who has the versatility to play in multiple positions,” commented Turner. “The club she plays for allows her to compete at a high level year round. She will be a fantastic addition to our program.”
Monmouth, which finished the 2011 campaign 11-8-0, claimed its sixth straight double-digit victory season under Turner, and advanced to its 14th Northeast Conference Tournament. Monmouth, which earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 14th consecutive year, had six Hawks earn postseason All-NEC accolades, including returning players Dana Costello (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial), Kim Clemmer (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) and Jocelyn McCoy (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding).