SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University head women’s soccer coach Ged O’Connor announced the final two newcomers to his 2010 squad.  The additions look to solidify the middle of the Lions’ formation as well as add depth to the already loaded Saint Leo lineup.  With these newcomers added to the five who committed to Saint Leo after the first signing period, along with a group of walk-ons already admitted to SLU, the women’s soccer team will see 10 new faces jog out to University Field on that first day of practice in late August.

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.

Cassie Barbaresi
5’4”, Midfield
Bradenton, Fla.
Western Connecticut State University

Coach O’Connor’s Thoughts – “Cassie is one of several players coming into the program this year whose main asset will be experience and maturity. Having played club soccer at IMG and now having two years of college under her belt, she will be able to lead the incoming freshmen.  She is a dynamic attacking soccer player who should be pushing for Conference honors with a little luck. Vision and technical skills are her hallmarks.”

Katie Furtado
5’ 4”, Midfielder
Sacramento, Calif.
Pleasant Grove High School/ California Rush 93

Coach O’Connor’s Thoughts – “I look forward to her distributing abilities to spark our offense next fall and her hard work on the defensive side. Katie is a very gifted and competitive central midfielder and I feel we certainly have addressed one of the areas we are looking to strengthen going into 2010. She is dedicated to the craft of soccer, ultra competitive and will be an asset to the program in 2010.”

The two National Letter of Intent additions, along with a fantastic group of walk-ons will begin their Saint Leo careers when they report to campus for the 2010 Fall Semester and the start of the soccer season.