ROME, Ga. — Berry College's head women's soccer coach Lorenzo Canalis has announced the 10 newcomers to the women's soccer team for the upcoming 2018 season.
"These ten individuals will make an immediate impact on our program," Canalis said. "Each third of the field will be strengthened by these players offering considerable athleticism, technical ability and competitive grit."
Brief bios and photos of the newcomers can be found below. The team's schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
(M, 5-3, Knoxville, Tenn., Knoxville Catholic High School)
A four-year varsity team member at Knoxville Catholic, Belanger joins the Vikings after earning numerous accolades as a midfielder. She was selected as the Region MVP and Midfielder of the Year, earned All-District and All-Region honors and earned the District MVP award. During her freshman year, she helped the Lady Irish soccer team to a state title. Belanger was also a standout member of the Knoxville Football Club team.
"We are delighted to have Vanessa join our program," Canalis said. "She will be a force in our midfield with her technical ability and determination."
The daughter of Tanya and Tony Belanger, Vanessa plans to major in political science and sociology.
(M/F, 5-2, Cleveland, Tenn., Walker Valley High School)
Caylor joins the Vikings after a standout career at Walker Valley. She was selected All-Region and All-District twice as a Mustang, also earning Best of Preps and Offensive Player of the Year honors. She led her team to the program's first District and Regional titles, advancing to sub-state for the first time. Caylor scored 27 goals and passed 28 assists for her career, also helping her club team to a state title.
"Quick, feisty and fast are the adjectives that best describe Lauren," Canalis said. "With her speed, she will be able to stretch defenses and pose a constant threat in the final third."
The daughter of Dana and Kevin Caylor, Lauren plans to major in exercise science.
(M/F, 5-10, Marietta, Ga., Walton High School)
Serving as a team captain at Walton High, Goolsby joins the Vikings after leading her team to an Elite 8 appearance during her sophomore and junior seasons. She also led the Raiders to a Region title during her senior year. Goolsby spent five years on the RSC club team.
"Alexis has size, strength and poise both as a midfielder and as a forward," Canalis said. "We needed talent and depth in the final third and she will be a big part of that."
The daughter of Janet and Brent Goolsby, Alexis plans to major in nursing.
(F, 5-8, St. Louis, Mo., Ladue Horton Watkins High School)
The daughter of Donna and Richard Mabbs, Kat joins the Vikings after a strong career at Ladue Horton Watkins High. The four-year varsity member plans to major in History.
"Katherine is a technically gifted forward with the ability to slash through opponents' defenses," Canalis said. "We look forward to having her on the team."
(M, 5-8, Cartersville, Ga., Cartersville High School)
A three-year varsity team member for the Hurricanes, Rhea joins the Vikings after a strong career at Cartersville High. She helped her team to the Elite 8 during her freshman season and was a member of the Darlington Soccer Academy for four years.
"We're excited to welcome Courtney as a talented center midfielder with good distribution skills and an excellent sense of positioning," Canalis said.
The daughter of Joleen and Greg Rhea, Courtney plans to major in nursing.
(D, 5-3, Chattanooga, Tenn., Girls Preparatory School)
Salisbury joins Berry after an impressive career at Girls Preparatory School. She was selected as the Rookie of the Year during her freshman season, earned Defensive MVP honors during his senior year and was also named TSSAA All-Region. She led the Bruisers to a state title during her freshman season, also making two more semifinals appearances during her career. During her tenure, the team went 43-15-8.
"Anna has the talent to contribute immediately to our defense," Canalis said. "She has keen one-on-one ability and the athleticism to push forward."
The daughter of Gina Salisbury, Anna plans to major in business.
(D, 5-5, Knoxville, Tenn., Bearden High School)
Selected as the District Defender of the Year, Scott will join Berry after leading the Bearden Bulldogs to a pair of Regional Championships. During her senior year, she led the team to a state quarterfinals appearance and was also selected to the state All-Star game. She also competed for the Knoxville Football Club team.
"Kendall will be a force as a central defender on our back line," Canalis said. "She has good closing speed and excellent athleticism."
The daughter of Beth and Tim Scott, Kendall plans to major in biology.
(M, 5-4, Orlando, Fla., Lake Highland Preparatory School)
A three-time All-State selection, Shapiro joins Berry after a standout career at Lake Highland. She earned All-County and All-Conference recognition each season, earning Midfielder of the Year recognition during her senior year. Shapiro also earned an All-Star nod during her final season. Her team also won the district title and advanced to the final four during her career.
"Ryley is a technically gifted center midfielder that will offer good distribution skills combined with grit and determination," Canalis said.
The daughter of Jenn Hannigan and Jason Shapiro, Ryley plans to major in education.
(GK, 5-4, Lexington, S.C., Brookland-Cayce High School)
A standout goalkeeper from Lexington, Stevens is poised to contribute immediately for Berry. A two-time All-Region and Team Defensive MVP selection, Stevens was selected All-State during her junior year and also earned Golden Glove honors at Brookland-Cayce. She led the Bearcats to a pair of region championships and a state runner-up finish during her senior year. For her career, Stevens recorded 61 wins and 51 shutouts in goal.
"We are excited to have a goalkeeper of Alyssa's talent join our program," Canalis said. "She is an accomplished No. 1 with an impressive work ethic to constantly improve and refine her game."
The daughter of Laura and Al Stevens, Alyssa plans to major in visual communication.
(MF/F, 5-8, Lake Wylie, S.C., Clover High School)
An All-Conference selection at Clover High, Stewart is set to join Berry after a four-year varsity career. She led her team to the state quarterfinals during her junior season and served as a team captain during her senior year. Stewart most recently competed for the CESA ECNL club team and was picked to the North-South state All-Star game. .
"Haley has it hall," Canalis said. "Size, speed, technical ability and competitive drive. She has a wealth of experience at the highest level and a keen desire to represent Berry."
The daughter of Lucrecia and Troy Stewart, Haley plans to major in biology.