AIKEN, S.C. – University of South Carolina Aiken women’s soccer head coach Sue Vodicka announced the addition of six student-athletes to the 2012 Pacer women’s soccer roster on Monday, Feb. 6.
Four of the six incoming pacers call the Palmetto State home, while two others come from the same club (Northern Virginia Majestics) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. All four of the South Carolina prep signings play their club soccer for South Carolina United.
Jenna Beauregard joins the Pacer women’s soccer program as a midfielder out of Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston, S.C.
“Jenna comes from a state championship high school program and a very strong club team. She also had an outstanding coach in Anna Merriman,” noted Vodicka. “She is a very strong student and an outstanding leader. She is an unselfish midfielder with good vision and an ability to score. I look forward to seeing her intensity and competitiveness in our midfield.”
Taylor Simmons will come to Aiken out of Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston, S.C. She could line up in the midfield or at defense for the Pacers.
“Taylor is a well-rounded player that can play multiple positions well,” remarked Vodicka. “Under coach Jason Birchfield her club team played in the R3PL, and was consistently a top program in the state. She is an athletic player who has the ability to help us in several positions. She is a very determined, coachable player and I anticipate her getting better every year here.”
Olivia Stiltner is another dual midfielder/defender who joins the Pacers out of Lexington High School in Lexington, S.C.
“Olivia is another player who has the ability to play several positions,” said Vodicka. “We scrimmaged her club team this past preseason and I was impressed with Olivia’s competiveness and her feistiness. She can play in the central midfield or as an outside back. She can play with either foot and possesses good vision to go with her defensive intensity.”
Courtney Szabo is a midfielder out of Lexington High School in Lexington, S.C.
“Courtney is a teammate of Olivia’s on coach Chris Fryland’s club and high school teams,” noted Vodicka. “The two work quite well in the midfield. Courtney is another tough, competitive midfielder who has great touch on her passes and loves to go forward and create.”
Megan Smits is the lone forward in USC Aiken’s class of 2012. She joins the Pacer women’s soccer program out of Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, Va.
“Megan is another highly competitive player who plays all out all the time,” mused Vodicka. “A terrific finisher, she also is quite good at creating chances for herself using her athleticism and her ability to beat defenders. I think she and a healthy Alex Cohen and Aubrey Danielson will provide the scoring threat we lacked last year.”
Heaven Tylee joins the USC Aiken women’s soccer program out of Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Va.
“I saw Heaven play center back, center mid and forward all quite successfully,” said Vodicka. “Her club team, NoVA Majestics, under coach Marie Schweitzer is one of the stronger club programs in the highly competitive Washington Area Girls Soccer League. Heaven is a very physical player that also is strong technically. I love her leadership ability, and her work rate.”
The USC Aiken women’s soccer team was recently recognized for its excellence in the classroom by garnering the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award by posting a 3.20 grade point average.
USC Aiken ended its 2011 campaign with a record of 4-12. USC Aiken was 1-9 in Peach Belt Conference play. USC Aiken started the year off to its best start since the 2005 season with a perfect 3-0 record.