Feb. 12, 2003
BALTIMORE -- Loyola College's women's soccer coach Joe Mallia has announced that Carolyn Kennington (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South), Kaitlin Klar (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) and Katelyn Woods (Pittsburgh, PA/Thomas Jefferson) have each signed National Letters of Intent to attend Loyola and join the women's soccer team beginning in the Fall of 2003.
"We are very excited about these three players who are joining our team this upcoming fall," said Mallia. "We feel that this class could rival last year's freshman class (ranked 34th nationally out of over 200 Division I teams) in terms of both talent and its ability to contribute to our success immediately."
Kennington, a forward, brings a wealth of high-level experience at the regional, club and high school levels to the Loyola program. A 2002 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American, she is the all-time leading scorer at Toms River South High School. Named the 2002 New Jersey Player of the Year by the Newark Star-Ledger, Kennington was also a member of her regional (Region I) team in 2002 and played with the Galaxy club team that won the 2001 USYSA regional title. She also lettered in track & field and basketball at Toms River South.
"CK is an outstanding athlete who can make an immediate impact for us up front," says Mallia. "She has the ability to go at the defense with excellent speed and quickness and can strike the ball effectively with either foot."
Klar, a midfielder, was a member of the five-time New Jersey State Cup champion Wyckoff Torpedoes team and a participant in the Region I pool in 2000. That team also won the USYSA regional championship twice. Also a two-time all-state performer at Ridgewood High School, she played on New Jersey State teams in club competition from 1998-2002.
"Kaitlin will bring much-needed depth and experience to the middle of the field," says Mallia. "She has excellent physical presence, technical ability, tactical awareness and the ability to win tackles."
Woods was an All-Section performer at forward at Thomas Jefferson High School in Pittsburgh. A prolific offensive player, she scored an impressive 74 goals during her high school career. She also was a member of the Century V Flash club team that won the State Cup championship and participated in her regional pool in 2001.
"Katelyn is a dynamic player who is very dangerous around the goal," says Mallia. "She has an excellent work rate and a passion for the game which should allow her to be successful at the collegiate level."
The Loyola women's soccer team advanced to its second straight NCAA tournament and won its third consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) title in 2002. The Greyhounds concluded the season with a 12-6-2 overall record after falling at West Virginia, 3-0, in the NCAA tournament first round.