Women's Soccer Inks Four for 2007

WEST PALM BEACH – The Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) women’s soccer team, who went 12-12-1 in 2006, is optimistic about next year’s season. Not only are they confident because of the returning veteran players on the team, but also because of four recruits who recently committed to play for the Sailfish.

Headlining the list of incoming recruits is Angie Kuhn, a forward from Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla. Kuhn will be joining current PBA stars Brandi Bianco, Laura Bowers, Lindsey Bates and Jessica Rodriguez in the Sailfish’s offensive attack. Earlier this season, Kuhn became Bishop Verot’s all-time leading scorer, taking the mark to 143 goals in four seasons. Not surprisingly, that career night in December was even sweeter for Kuhn, as the forward scored on six of her shots, which was another career high. A three-time member of Florida’s Region 3 Olympic Development (ODP) team, Kuhn led her Bishop Verot team to the District 3A Championship in all four years of her high school career, and was a captain of the Florida State All Star South team in early 2007. As if her soccer skills aren’t enough, Kuhn also boasts a 4.0 grade point average in high school.

Bishop Verot has been known to produce some of Florida’s great high school soccer players, proven by Morgan and Taylor Marinell and Christina Ibanez, who are all members of the PBA squad.

Joining Kuhn as a freshman in 2007 will be defender Alex Regin, a standout at Bloomingdale High School in Brandon, Fla. Regin possesses the skills to play alongside Sailfish captain Erin Shelton as a center back, and will challenge for a starting role on the team. Regin scored one goal this year, which actually was the game-winner in a 1-0 overtime victory against Winter Haven in the Class 5A-Region 2 semifinals. The defender has several accolades on her playing resume, including being named to the Florida State ODP team in 2003 and the Florida All-State team (2nd Team) in 2006.

Bringing more skills to the PBA defense, newcomer Angie Torres brings experience from her high school days at Sickles High School in Tampa, Fla. Torres knows what its like to play top-tier soccer, as her high school and club teams have performed at the championship level for several years. While being Sickes’ team MVP, she has also been awarded with several All-County awards in Hillsborough County. Torres is also active in several non-athletic activities, including the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Sickles Culinary Arts Newspaper, which she takes great pride in as the senior editor.

PBA Head Coach Dwayne Whiteheart has the Countryside Lightening Soccer Club to thank, as Kuhn, Regin and Torres all played together on the club team out of Clearwater, Fla. under Coach Grandy Streets.

“Coach Streets has produced some notable NCAA Division I and II collegiate athletes from his club teams, and Kuhn, Regin and Torres are of equal caliber,” said PBA Head Coach Dwayne Whiteheart. “I know that these girls are excited to not only play together again, but to be able to join our current players who have been coached by Grandy in Brandi (Bianco), Laura (Bowers) and Lindsey (Bates).”

Rounding out the four recruits joining the Sailfish in 2007 is Heather Carboy. Carboy, a defender, comes from North Port High School in North Port, Fla. While being her high school’s team captain in 2006-07, Carboy was selected as a two-time Charlotte Sun All-Area player in 2004 and 2005. The defenseman is also a member of her school’s National Honor Society and student government.

Whiteheart knows that these incoming recruits will not only add to the team’s high-level mentality, but will also bolster the squad where help is needed. “All four of these girls will help us strengthen our defense and minimize the goals that we’ve allowed in the past,” notes Whiteheart. “Even Angie (Kuhn) will provide help on both sides of the field with her knowledge of the forward and midfield positions.”

The Sailfish hope to not only repeat as National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) south region champions for the third consecutive year in 2007, but also to take the team farther than it’s ever been before by winning an NCCAA National Championship.

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