JWU women's soccer and Head Coach Eric Dobrzanski continue to announce their 2018 recruiting class with the addition of two freshman, Midfielder Fiona Butler and Goalkeeper Kellie Fitzpatrick. Butler and Fitzpatrick join transfers Sawyer Hall and Tyler Einsmann who were announced as the first additions to the class in February.
Butler comes to JWU after a successful career at Celebration High School playing for Coach Ed Kuzma, where she served as the team captain. Butler also played club soccer for Florida Rush and Coach Leon Florez.
Coach Dobrzanski on Butler: "We are very excited about Fiona and what she brings to our program. She possesses so many of the qualities that we look for in a holding midfielder, and on top of that she continues to look for ways to grow and develop as a player. Defensively she knows how to disrupt the opponent's attack, and on the ball she is so technically sound, she has the ability to win the ball and then help us keep possession."
Fitzpatrick is coming to JWU from West Valley High School in Spokane, Washington. Fitzpatrick served as the team captain for West Valley and Coach Shelli Totton-Peterson. She helped guide the Eagles to a State 2A Final Four appearance. Fitzpatrick played club soccer for the Spokane Foxes and Coach Jerry Cardenas.
Coach Dobrzanski on Fitzpatrick: "We are so excited that Kellie chose to come to JWU. She is a player and a person that possesses all of the qualities to be successful at the college level, both on and off the field. As a goalkeeper she is a fantastic shot-stopper, along with her ability to command the box on corners, services and set pieces. She is also very comfortable with the ball at her feet while in possession and playing the ball out of the back."
"With the addition of Fiona and Kellie, we not only signed two talented players we signed two proven leaders that will be the future of this program for years to come," added Dobrzanski. "Both of them were team captains and we always look to add players that will enhance our program both on and off the field. The 2018 recruiting class is one our largest in a long time, it was carefully constructed and we are so excited because we have ensured our program's success both now and in the future. I cannot thank both Fiona and Kellie's family's enough for everything and their belief in our program. We really look forward to the 2018 season."