GW Women's Soccer Adds Seven to 2014 Roster
Six Rookies, One Transfer to Join Colonials This Fall
July 14, 2014
WASHINGTON - Seven student-athletes will join the George Washington women's soccer team in the fall of 2014, third-year Head Coach Sarah Barnes announced on Wednesday. Six freshmen and one transfer make up the incoming class in Ellen Conway, Brittany Cooper, Ingrid Di Clemente, Annika Johnson, Lida Koskina, Danielle Snajder and Monica Thom.
"We are excited for this incoming class to join the GW women's soccer program," said Coach Barnes. "The blending of our incoming and returning players offers a great combination of talent and work ethic which will make the 2014 team a lot of fun to watch."
Conway joined the Colonials in early 2014 after spending the past two seasons at St. John's. During her sophomore season for the Red Storm, Conway appeared in five games and logged one start, setting aside four shots and not allowing a goal in 156 minutes between the posts. As a rookie, Conway stepped into the starting lineup and competed in 15 matches, making 69 saves and recording a 1.67 goals-against average on the season. She tallied three shutouts and registered a .750 save percentage throughout the year. Prior to St. John's, Conway was a three-year letterwinner at Acton Boxborough Regional where she helped her squad to the 2009 Massachusetts Division I state finals. She was a 2011 Boston Globe Player to Watch and received Dual County All-League Honorable Mention accolades that same year. Conway also competed for the FC Stars of Massachusetts in the Elite Clubs National League and guided her squad to third-place finishes in the ECNL in 2010 and 2011.
"Ellen will add competitiveness and depth to our goalkeeping position," Coach Barnes said. "Having been here since the winter, we are excited to watch her develop and transition into a full fall season."
A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Cooper comes to GW after leading her Montclair squad to Super Essex Conference and Essex County Championship crowns while also guiding the Mounties to the New Jersey State Group 4 semifinals. Over her scholastic career Cooper was tabbed a Star Ledger Player to Watch and an All-Super Essex Conference American Division Second Team honoree, as well as earning All-Essex County First Team, All-Group 4 Second Team and New Jersey All-State Third Team distinction. She also earned Montclair's Best Offensive Player Award.
"Brittany is a solid addition to the front line," said Coach Barnes. "She is a strong and technically gifted player who has a great eye for goal. Her tactical knowledge will be an added threat in the attack."
Ingrid Di Clemente
The 2013 Suburban Trends Player of the Year, DiClemente joins the Colonials after guiding Kinnelon to four straight conference championships during her high school career. She captained the Colts her senior season and earned New Jersey All-State Second Team, All-Group 2 First Team and All-Morris County First Team honors. DiClemente led Morris County in scoring with 31 goals while recording nine assists for a total 71 points as a senior. She also set the Kinnelon High School record for career goals with 72.
"Ingrid is a smart player who loves to join the attack and has the ability to break down defenses," Coach Barnes said. "She makes simple passes that create gaps in opposing teams' defenses and is a threat in front of the goal."
A two-time all-state selection from Michigan, Johnson comes to GW with a state title and two runner-up finishes to her credit. She was a two-year captain for Marian High School where she was an All-Oakland County and All-Catholic League selection. She won the 2012 Michigan State Cup with her Michigan Gators Soccer Club team and took home the 2011 US Club Soccer National Championship with her Michigan Player Development Academy summer squad. Johnson played for the Michigan State Olympic Development Program for two years and was a Super Y National ODP participant in 2012. Johnson has competed with the Vadar Soccer Club Elite Club National Team since 2012.
"Annika's ability to read the game is one of her best assets," said Coach Barnes. "She is quick to shut down the attack and immediately transition, using her physical and technical abilities to also be an offensive threat."
A product of Attica, Greece, Koskina joins the Buff and Blue after competing for her high school, Ekpaideutiki Anagennisi. She was also a member of Atromitos of Athens Soccer Club for one year and competed for Athens Academy of Soccer for eight years.
"Lida has a very solid technical base and has built a strong tactical understanding of the game," Coach Barnes said. "She plays smart and simple to break pressure in the midfield with good play-making ability."
Snajder comes to GW as a four-year varsity player and two-year captain at The Loomis Chaffee School where she guided her team to second place at the 2011 New England Championship. A two-time Connecticut Prep School All-State Team selection, Snajder was also named a Western New England Prep School Association All-Star during her junior and senior seasons. She was named team MVP as a senior and was the recipient of the Coaches Award as a junior. Snajder also competed for SoccerPlus Connecticut in the Elite Clubs National League where she was named a regional player.
"Danielle is a strong, quick and versatile player with a great competitive attitude," said Coach Barnes. "Her technical base and athleticism will be great additions to our defensive line."
Thom joins the Colonials after four years of competing for former GW standout Vicky Brunt ('97) at nearby Yorktown in Arlington, Virginia, and was named the recipient of the Meritorious Award. She also competed for the Virginia State Olympic Development Program for one year and was a member of the McLean Elite Clubs National League Fury Green.
"Monica has very good athletic range, which gives her the ability to cover ground," Coach Barnes said. "She is technically solid, composed and has a good understanding to help organize the defense."