MORAGA, Calif. — The Saint Mary’s women’s soccer team announced the signing of a total of nine newcomers in the class of 2017. In the first of a two-part series, we highlighted the new keepers and the backline. We will now take a look at the new midfielders and striker aimed to support the Gaels offense.
AnnaMaria DiGeronimo (top left photo)
Club: Utah Avalanche ECNL
High School: Juan Diego Catholic High School
AnnaMaria is an accomplished goal scorer and playmaker who was a member of the 2016 NSCAA All Region team.. She scored 13 goals and tallied 18 assists as a senior in high school, and led her team to the Utah 3A Championship in 2016. In the championship, DiGeronimo was selected as the State 3A MVP. She was also a member of the Utah State Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 2010-16. DiGeronimo was also a participant in the Region IV ODP Camp in 2013-14.
"AnnaMaria is someone we saw through one of our ID Camps. She also came highly recommended by a few of her coaches back in Utah. She is someone we feel can all midfield positions and at times up front. AnnaMaria is very skilled and crafty with the ball and will add a lot of value to our team. She had a great high school season in Utah this past year where she was named as the state MVP is her division and helped lead her team to the state championship. We are excited to have her in our program and we feel she will do very well." - Travis Clarke
"I chose St. Mary’s because I love the school’s close community where I will have an opportunity to receive an excellent, well-rounded education and be a part of a strong, competitive soccer program." - AnnaMaria DiGeronimo
Vanessa Gaitan (top right photo)
Club: I.E. Surf
High School: Redlands East Valley
Gaitan is a first team All San Bernardino County member that scored a total 19 goals and seven assists in her three years of high school soccer. She helped her high school to the Citrus League Championship in 2016 and was also named to the All Citrus League second team in 2015. Gaitan was also a letterwinner in track and field.
"She was one of the first players we started to recruit after I was hired and I am very excited to see her grow and develop with us. She is a very hard working, box to box midfielder. She has a very high soccer IQ and is very crafty with the ball. She is someone that we feel adds depth to our team right away and will compete for playing time in a few of our midfield positions. She is very competitive and will push everyone on the team to be better every day." - Travis Clarke
"I chose Saint Mary's because of the great opportunities that it will provide for me with soccer and my education. The coaching staff has been wonderful to work with and the campus makes me feel right at home." - Vanessa Gaitain
Malia Allison (bottom left photo)
Height : 5'3"
Club: Crossfire ECNL
High School: Interlake High School
Allison was the King Co first team all-league member in 2015. She was also an honorable mention in 2016 and led her high school in scoring in 2015. Her club team won the ECNL Conference Championship in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
"Malia is a skilled player with good athletic ability. She has high level club experience that will help her be competitive on a daily basis at Saint Mary's. She normally plays in the midfield in club but she is someone we feel can play multiple positions and we are excited to have her in our program". - Travis Clarke
"I chose Saint Mary's because I love the school's close community where I will have an opportunity to receive an excellent, well-rounded education and be a part of a strong, competitive soccer program." - Malia Allison
Kaitlin Groleau (bottom right photo)
Position: Forward / Wide Midfield
Club: San Ramon FC / Mustang ECNL
High School: California High School
A member of San Ramon FC in the Women’s Premier Soccer League as a high school player, Groleau was a NCS Honorable Mention in 2016. She was the 2016 California High School Player of the Year and a four-year scholar athlete. Last year, she was also in the Player Development Program State Pool.
"Kaitlin is a wide flank player that has elite athletic ability. She has experience as a discovery player with Mustang ECNL and got playing time in the WPSL as a junior in high school. She is an outstanding student and someone we feel will develop into a dangerous player at Saint Mary's. She improves our team speed right away and gives us another player who can attack the flanks". - Travis Clarke
"I chose SMC because of the team's chemistry, style of play, and coaching staff. The players I met have great work ethnics and push each other to become better players. The campus environment, small class size, and opportunity to work one-on-one with professors was also something that appealed to me." - Kaitlin Groleau
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