NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (April 28, 2020) -- Head Coach Eric Dobrzanski announced on Tuesday the addition of Nicole Alexiou, Ciara Boal, Victoria Moran, Hanna Ryberg, Meghana Shivraman, Natalie Strkalj, and Savanna Stubbs to the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's soccer for the 2020 season.
"We are extremely excited about our 2020 class, it is one that will help us build upon a historic 2019 campaign and really push us towards our ultimate goal of playing for a conference championship," Dobrzanski said. "We were in search of players that could come in and make an immediate impact. We watned players that saw value in what we were looking to achieve, and the professional culture we have. This group of newcomers definitely embody those sentiments. We found players that are not only talented players, but individuals that are incredibly driven and competitive. We graduated such impactful seniors, a class that built such an incredible foundation here, so it was important to bring in individuals that were prepared to make an immediate impact both on and off the field."
2020 JWU Women's Soccer Signees
Nicole Alexiou – Midfielder – Tarpon Springs, Florida – Tampa Bay United Rowdies
Ciara Boal – Midfielder – Nantwich, Cheshire, England – Middle Georgia State University
Victoria Moran – Midfielder – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Faulkner University
Hanna Ryberg – Forward – Gothenburg, Sweden – Broward College
Meghana Shivraman – Midfielder – Orlando, Florida – Olympia High School
Natalie Strkalj – Midfielder – Oakville, Canada – ASA College
Savanna Stubbs – Goalkeeper – Ajax, Ontario – Pickering High School
Coach Dobrzanski on Nicole Alexiou: "We have recruited and watched Nicole develop as a player for a while. She has several strengths that translate very well to the college game. She is a physical holding midfielder, who anticipates very well and can distribute the ball in a variety of ways. Nicole is extremely competitive, and she will bring so much to our program."
Coach Dobrzanski on Ciara Boal: "Ciara is an incredibly dynamic midfielder. She plays with a lot of confidence and possesses many tools that make her dangerous, such as finding dangerous space deep in opponents defensive half. She can complete the short, long and intermediate passes at a high rate, along with being comfortable finishing from distance. We really like her experience playing against top NAIA teams, and her ability to impact those games positively."
Coach Dobrzanski on Victoria Moran: "Victoria is an exceptionally creative midfielder; she sees the field so well and does well when it comes recognizing moments to speed the tempo up or slow it down. She will provide us the ability to be unpredictable in the attack, as she finds and exposes dangerous space. Her attributes on the field and knowledge of the game will make her an exciting player for the next two seasons."
Coach Dobrzanski on Hanna Ryberg: "Hannah is someone that will come in and help our front line right away, she is so smart on and off the ball. She is always being productive and dangerous, finding valuable space in the attack. I really like what she brings to our team. She really highlights her strengths and her ability to finish in all sorts of ways will prove extremely impactful."
Coach Dobrzanski on Meghana Shivraman: "Meg is a hardworking, technical player that can play multiple positions within the midfield. Her versatility will allow her to play multiple important roles on our team. She understands and reads the game really well, she is so driven and continues to build upon her game. She switches the field well and has the ability to play several different balls in the attack."
Coach Dobrzanski on Natalie Strkalj: "Natalie's strengths as a defensive midfielder make us extremely excited, she brings so much to that position and will really help dictate the pace of our game. She is incredibly technical and a fantastic ball-winner, she also excels in possession. She also possesses the ability and confidence to play forward, she sees space and executes passes at a high rate."
Coach Dobrzanski on Savanna Stubbs: "Savanna is a goalkeeper that is so functionally prepared for college soccer. She is possesses many of the attributes that you need to be successful at this level. She is a good shot stopper, controls her box and plays well with her feet and distributes the ball well. Her communication is another strength, she is always organizing on and off the ball and plays with a lot of confidence."
"With the addition of these players, we not only signed seven talented players, we signed proven competitors and leaders that will be the future of this program," added Dobrzanski. "We always look to add players that will enhance our program both on and off the field. This class continues to be carefully constructed, and we are so excited because we have ensured our program's success both now and in the future. I cannot thank their family's enough for everything, and their belief in our program."
JWU is coming off a record-setting 2019 season, ending the year 12-5-1 (6-3-1 TSC). The Wildcats finished third in the conference and had three all-conference selections (Savannah Jackson, Sawyer Hall and Ashlyn Hannus), including All-American and Sun Conference Player of the Year Jackson, who finished the year with 46 goals (No. 2 in the country).
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138)
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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