Colorado College Women's Soccer: Tigers Sign Quality Recruiting Class

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Colorado College women’s soccer program looked for quality instead of quantity in its 2018 recruiting class, and quality is exactly what it will add when the newest Tigers join the team when training begins in August.
Forwards Abby Hubbard (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Kiley Suter (Bellevue, Wash.), midfielder Toni Tsmasfyros (San Mateo, Calif.) and defender Kayla Montoya (Rio Rancho, N.M.) will join forward Jacqui Hand (Auckland, New Zealand), who was introduced in December, in the five-player class.
“We’re extremely excited about our recruiting class of 2018,” head coach Geoff Bennett said. “It’s a great class in terms of the quality and talent of the players. We expect the newcomers to make an immediate impact and we can’t wait to get then here in August.
“Robin Grossman, our recruiting coordinator, has done an excellent job of putting together another great class full of talent and good people. Both Robin and Rachel Moreland work very hard to make us better, and this signing class is a great example of their hard work.”
Hubbard, who served as a captain of her Scottsdale Blackhawks teams for seven consecutive years, helped the Blackhawks claim the Far West Regional League Desert Division and Arizona State Cup and championships in 2016. Scottsdale also won the National Premiere League’s (NPL) Mountain Developmental League championship in 2015.
She also was a member of the Arizona ODP ’99 team from 2013 through 2015 and was invited to the 2015 ODP Region IV camp in McMinnville, Ore.
“Abby is a very technical player going forward,” Bennett said. “She most likely is the craftiest member of the class. Abby loves to have the ball at her feet and run at opposing players and will do a lot of really good things for us in the final third.”
Suter, who was a member of the Washington State and Region IV ODP teams, led her teams to championships at multiple levels. While playing for Eastside FC’s National League team in 2016 and 2017, Suter helped her team win the state club championship and Surf Cup in 2016. While playing for Bellevue High School, she led the Wolverines to the Washington state championship as a junior in 2016, as well as the semifinals in 2014 and 2017.
“Kiley is a big target as a forward who we think will cause a lot of problems for our opponents,” Bennett said. “She can play with her back to the goal and also has the ability to get in behind. Kiley is tenacious and a great finisher in the box, and we’re excited to add her to our attack.”
Tsmasfyros was a member of PSV Union FC’s U19/U18 team since she was a U16 player. As a junior at Aragon High, she helped the Dons reach the California Interscholastic Federation Central Coast Section playoffs for the first time in four years. Tsmasfyros was recruited as a defensive midfielder, but also could play on the back line.
“Toni can play a couple of different positions,” Bennett said. “She can sit in the hole as a deep-line midfielder and has a chance to play as a center defender on our back line. Toni can do both equally well because of her intelligence, vocal ability and leadership. She’s very composed and very good on the ball.”
Montoya helped Rush Select win the 2017 New Mexico Youth Soccer Association state championship as well as the Desert Classic Tournament that year. She led Rush to the semifinals of the 2016 National Premier League’s national playoffs in addition to the NPL regional crown. In 2015, her team won the second of back-to-back NMYSA state championships. Rush also won the NPL Far West Regional championship and advanced to the national NPL tournament in 2014.
“Kayla is a tough defender who works extremely hard and loves to get forward when her team has possession of the ball,” Bennett said. “She is athletic, technical and tenacious. Kayla will help us by limiting chances on our goal and by getting forward and contributing on our attack.”
Hand, who signed in December as an international transfer, currently is training with the New Zealand team that will compete in the U20 World Cup.
“Jacqui likes to play out wide and then turn and run at opposing players,” Bennett said. “She’s a great finisher. Jacqui is very composed and does an excellent job of creating little spaces and windows, and then tucks the ball away.”
The five newcomers will make their collegiate debut when the Tigers kick off the 2018 season against the University of Northern Colorado on Friday, Aug. 17, in a Colorado Cup match at the University of Denver.
“We’ve added five really talented student-athletes to our program,” Bennett said. “From a soccer standpoint, they are going to make a great impact on this program.
“More importantly, we’ve added five really good people. They are great young ladies who will work very hard and do the right things both in the classroom and on the field.”