Carroll College women's soccer coach David Thorvilson has announced the signing of four prep athletes and a transfer.
The group includes Sydney Green, a goalkeeper from Sumner High School in Orting, Washington; Montera Espinosa, a center-midfielder from Menlo School in Menlo Park, California; Katie Anderson, a center-defender from Mead High School in Spokane; Elizabeth Sheldon, a forward from Camas, Washington who attended La Salle Catholic Prep; and HanSena DiNoia, a midfielder from Boise who will transfer from Westminster College where she played one season for the Griffins.
DiNoia comes to Carroll from former Frontier rival Westminster. The Griffins finished 10-4-3 in 2016 and DiNoia scored a goal in one of just two appearances on the season. She played 32 minutes and made just one shot attempt on the season, the goal against Black Hills State.
In her high school career, she helped lead Centennial High School to back-to-back Idaho 5A state championships. She was a second team all-conference midfielder as a sophomore and earned all-conference honorable mention honors as a junior. She helped Centennial win the first women's soccer title in school history.
"We had originally recruited her out of high school but did not get her," Thorvilson said. "When the opportunity came to recruit her as a transfer it was an easy decision. She is a very athletic player and now has a year of college experience to work with."
One of three Washington products on the list, Anderson is a two-sport athlete at Mead High. She is the sister of current Carroll junior Holly Anderson. Katie Anderson brings an impressive resume. She was the Greater Spokane League Defensive MVP and a 4A second team All-State honoree.
She helped lead Mead to GSL championships in 2016 and 2014. She was a three-year starter, and her senior season the Panther's gave up just eight goals during the regular season. She was a team captain and earned the Team Leader Award.
She is also a stellar track athlete with a career-best long jump of 16 feet, 3.5 inches and a 100-meter dash time of 13.27.
"We are excited to add Katie to our recruiting class," Thorvilson said. "She is a very good defensive player and the sister of Holly who recently moved to the backline for us. It should be excited to see the two of them play together for the next two seasons."
Espinosa is a three-year letter winner at Menlo and was team captain in 2017. She led Menlo to a second-place finish in the West Bay Athletic League and a quarterfinal finish in the Central Coast Section this year. In 2016, she led lead her team to a WBAL co-championship and a CCS Championship. In 2015, they were second in the WBAL and made it to the semifinal of the CCS.
"Montera watched us play on our trip to the Bay Area this last fall and we have had her on campus on two separate occasions," Thorvilson said. "After practicing with us, we could tell she was technically very sound and tactically she has played in a very similar system as us. We are excited to have her come in and help strengthen our midfield."
Green was a second team all-league goalkeeper at Sumner, where she was a two-year letter winner. She was a member of the 2013 state championship team and made the playoffs every year. They were the state champions in 2015 and earned a trip to the state quarterfinals in 2014 and 2016. At 5-foot-9, she brings size to the goalkeeping position that the Saints have not seen in a while.
"Sydney first popped on our radar when she came to camp last summer," Thorvilson said. "We had her play in the evening with our current players and was impressive between the pipes. We were looking to add a goal keeper to give us depth and she fits all of our needs."
The final signee is Sheldon, sister of current Carroll football wide receiver William Noce-Sheldon. Despite living in Washington, Sheldon crossed the Columbia River daily to attend La Salle Catholic College Prep in Oregon. She is a two-sport star at La Salle, where she helped her team win the first girls soccer title in school history.
She was named first team All-State in 2015 and 2016, and received second-team honors in 2014 and 2013. In 2015, she led her team with 22 goals.
"Lizzie has had a great senior year with state championships in both soccer and basketball," Thorvilson said. "She players for a very competitive club team and will gives us depth as a forward. Coming to Carroll should not be that big of an adjustment as her brother is a member of our football team."