SAINT LEO, Fla. - Saint Leo University head women’s soccer coach Ged O’Connor has announced the addition of five new players for the 2010 season as they submitted National Letters of Intent committing to attend SLU during the last signing period. One tranfer and four incoming freshmen, the additions include one goalkeeper, two forwards, one midfielder, and one defender who will add to an already deep, talented and experienced squad.

Despite a 2009 season full of challenges, O’Connor guided the Lions to a 9-6 season and another finish in the top-half of the Sunshine State Conference.  A program beginning to be recognized in Division II as one of success despite a rocky start over 10 years ago, the Lions earned their fourth consecutive berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament last fall.  During the 2009 campaign Saint Leo also advanced to the SSC Tournament Semifinal.

2010 Saint Leo Women’s Soccer New Additions

Audrey Bernier-Larose
5’10”, Goalkeeper
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Louis-Riel HS/Ottawa Fury

Coach O’Connor’s Thoughts – "Audrey is a tall goalkeeper who has the technical tools to be a very, very good ‘keeper. She has a great presence, excellent distribution and good shot stopping abilities. It will be a great battle with Kelcee Mai and Audrey challenging for the starting spot.  Playing with the Ottawa Fury, one of the top clubs in Canada, she has been touted by the Canadian National Team Program which makes her addition to the Lions even more special."

Ariana Foreman
5’6”, Forward
Tinton Fall, N.J.
Red Bank Catholic HS/Wall Crush Elite

Coach O’Connor’s Thoughts – "Ariana is a small, attacking player with skill and pace. Able to use both feet with equal ability, she will be looking to take over the goal-scoring mantle from (SLU graduate and all-time scoring leader) Hannah Beard.  Naturally fit, she is able to play hard for a full 90 minutes. Playing for one of the top clubs in New Jersey, she has been able to play against some of the top players in the country on many occasions and this will prove to be valuable experience coming into fall."

Line Pedersen
5’9”, Defender
Silkeborg, Denmark
Silkeborg, Handelsskole

Coach O’Connor’s Thoughts – "Line will come in, and with her international experience, will provide immediate depth and support at the back.  She is a gifted player who is tactically smart and, as a central defender, will make a difference.  In addition, she already has time on the Denmark National Team."

Allyson Salerno
5’6”, Forward
Boca Raton, Fla.
American Heritage HS/Coral Springs Renegades

Coach O’Connor’s Thoughts – "Allyson suffered an ACL tear late last year so will spend her first year at SLU rehabbing her back to health, but we are looking forward to her returning to the field to add increased depth in midfield and the forward line. Her skills include being tactically aware and technical ball skills."

Spencer Short
5'4", Midfielder
Lakeland, Fla.
Polk State College/Clearwater Galactics Amazons

Coach O'Connor's Thoughts - "We are very excited to have Spencer in our program. Having seen her play for both high school, club, and WPSL soccer, I have always been an admirer of her determination and will on the soccer field. She embodies the SLU spirit. She does not quit, is incredibly hard working and feisty on the soccer field, and will come in and with her college experience provide added depth to the midfield. Her tenacity and technical ability will undoubtably make the squad even deeper."

All five will begin their Saint Leo careers when they report to campus for the 2010 Fall Semester and the start of the soccer season.