NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (June 11, 2020) -- Head Coach Eric Dobrzanski announced on Thursday the addition of Lara Munoz, Natalia Romero, Deborah Guillen, Summer Mathews, Na'Tazeigha Jenkins, Jade Culver, Bruna De Figueiredo, and Dharma Kotecha to the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's soccer for the 2020 season.
They join previously announced Nicole Alexiou, Ciara Boal, Victoria Moran, Hanna Ryberg, Meghana Shivraman, Natalie Strkalj, and Savanna Stubbs to comprise the 2020 recruiting class.
"We are very excited about the addition of these players," Dobrzanski said. "All of them will help us build upon our historic 2019 campaign and continue to push us towards our ultimate goal of playing for a conference championship. We continue to strive to add elite student-athletes to our program, and these players are both talented and of high character. They will not only add to our depth but create an immediate competitive environment that our program looks to create each year. We are excited each of them have decided to continue their athletic and academic career here, and we cannot wait for them to arrive in August."
2020 JWU Women's Soccer Signees
Jade Culver – Forward – Oakleaf, Florida – Oakleaf High School
Bruna De Figueiredo – Midfielder – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Brooke House College
Deborah Guillen – Midfielder – Pembroke Pines, Florida – Charles W. Flanagan High School
Na'Tazeigha Jenkins – Goalkeeper – Alachua, Florida – Santa Fe High School
Dharma Kotecha – Forward – London, England – Urbana University
Lara Munoz – Defender – Miami, Florida – Miami Beach Sr. High School
Summer Mathews – Midfielder/Defender – Weston, Florida – Cypress Bay High School
Natalia Romero – Defender – Pembroke Pines, Florida – Charles W. Flanagan High School
Coach Dobrzanski on Jade Culver: "Jade is a player who possesses athleticism both on and off the ball. Her abilities to run with the ball make and go at defenders 1v1 makes her a danger both in the middle and final third of the field. These attributes should allow her to create good opportunities for not only herself but for others around her. She is always looking to develop other aspects of her game and will continue to be a positive contributor to our program."
Coach Dobrzanski on Bruna De Figueiredo: "Bruna is a very technical player who likes to possess with purpose and can find the final through ball in behind to forwards. She is also a physical player with the ability to win 50/50 balls and stepping to the ball quickly. She can contribute immediately in the midfield, as her experience and her qualities as a player will translate well to the college game. She has competed in Portugal, Dubai, and England, and her experiences have enabled her to become dangerous on both sides of the ball."
Coach Dobrzanski on Deborah Guillen: "Deborah is a very creative player that can find the final pass into forwards and tight areas in the final third. She is also an incredibly technical player, which allows her to be dangerous 1v1 and creating space for other players. Her ability to possess and hold onto the ball allows her to dictate the tempo of games while in possession. She is also a member of Sunrise Prime FC, who advanced to the final four of State Cup."
Coach Dobrzanski on Na'Tazeigha Jenkins: "Na'Tazeigha is another versatile player as she can play both goalkeeper or on the field. Her combination of athleticism and her ability to make big saves have allowed her to find success both at the club and high school level. She played for Gainesville Soccer Alliance in club soccer along with representing Santa Fe High School. She does well away from the ball, organizing, and communicating."
Coach Dobrzanski on Dharma Kotecha: "Dharma is an incredibly tenacious forward that can cause problems for an opponent's defensive backline both on and off the ball. She knows the game and can play in possession or transition quickly to counter. Her ability to adapt to the game makes her a player that can come in and play a major role in how we choose to influence a match. Dharma has such great tactical understanding and experience."
Coach Dobrzanski on Lara Munoz: "Lara comes to us after having a successful high school career competing and contributing to the defensive backline at Miami Beach Sr. High School. She sees the field very well while proving to be an effective communicator and organizer. She covers space very well defensively, along with doing well keeping the ball out of the back in possession."
Coach Dobrzanski on Summer Mathews: "Summer is a hardworking, physical player that has a high tactical understanding of the game and her role within the game. She is highly effective both on the ball and as a defensive player. She does not over-complicate the play, which is important in how we look to go forward. She can play multiple positions which will also allow her to play various roles for us. She also played for Sunrise Prime FC, which made it to the final four of State Cup."
Coach Dobrzanski on Natalia Romero: "Natalia has incredible athleticism and pace, as she has proven the ability to beat opponents to 50/50 balls. She also plays with a lot of confidence and physicality when getting into defensive tackles while winning possession of the ball. Her ability to put players under pressure will help us recover the ball more. She has also competed on one of the premier teams in Florida, Sunrise Prime FC, helping earn them a final four spot in State Cup."
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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