Women’s Soccer Announces 2022 Incoming Class

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ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine women’s soccer team, head coach Scott Atherley, and his staff have announced their 2022 recruiting class in Jessica Kasacek, Emma Schneider, Julie Lossius, Jordane Pinette, Madison Michaud, Amelia Ames, Gillian Rovers, and Rachel Ross.
 
“We are happy to welcome the new members of our program to our family here at UMaine,” said head coach Scott Atherley. “They all embody our team values and we are confident that each one will make an impact on the field, in the classroom and local community.”
 
Jessica Kasacek, a 5’8″ goalkeeper from Canterbury, Connecticut, transferred from West Virginia University. She served in a backup role for the Mountaineers over her two seasons in Morgantown. During her club career, Jessica played for Oakwood Soccer Club. She started 19 matches for her club’s U-18/19 club and 32 in the U-16/17 program. During her time in net, Jessica helped lead Connecticut FC to the State Cup from 2015-17.
 
Emma Schneider, a 5’9″ defender from Calgary, Alberta, transferred from Florida Gulf Coast University. The sister of Myla Schneider, she appeared in four games over two years at FGCU. During the 2019 club season, her squad finished fifth at Canada Soccer National Youth Championships. Emma earned the Canada Soccer Regional Excel program’s hardest-working player and most consistent player awards (2018-19) and co-captained her club team.

Rachel Ross, a 5’8″ goalkeeper from Yorktown Heights, New York, transferred from Rider University. She appeared in six games during her two years in New Jersey. Rachel finished the 2021 season with a 2.57 GAA and a .618 save percentage and recorded 21 saves and one win over her 456 minutes of game play.

 

“Three of the eight joined us in January as transfers and were able to compete during the spring season. Their impact was immediately apparent.” Coach Atherley went on to say, “by adding Jess and Rachel, we have strengthened the goalkeeper position to the point we have three players capable of starting. Emma has added an important attacking dimension to our back line that will make our build up less predictable. Her athleticism is off the charts and she is industrious in and out of possession.”

 

Julie Lossius, a 5’8″ forward from Kristiansand, Norway, played for Kristiansand Katedralskole Gimle during her high school years. Amazon Grimstad FK and Randesund IL were Julie’s two club programs. Her club team was the League Champion during the 2019-20 season, finished second in the 2019 Barcelona Girls Club, won the 2019 Sør Cup, and was a semifinalist at the 2018 Adidas National tournament.

 

Jordane Pinette, a 5’4″ striker from Polyvalente Black Lake in Thetford Mines, Quebec. She won a silver medal at the Canadian Championship in 2021, having won the Quebec Provincial Championship the same season.  Jordane  led her team in scoring every year in high school and CEGEP.

 

Coach Atherley was quoted saying “up front, we have added three explosive attackers. “Jordane is quick and dynamic and she has been a prolific goal scorer at every level. “Julie can play both the 9 and 10 positions. Her game sense and spatial awareness is next level. She was rated tops among all field players for her team in Norway. Her experience competing in the second highest pro league will serve her well at our level. Gillian is strong and powerful. The combination of her size and physicality will put her right at home in the America East Conference. She is durable and effective at playing back to and facing the goal.”

 

Madison Michaud, a 5’5″ midfielder from Gorham high school in Gorham, Maine, was named to the state of Maine all-star team three years in a row (2019-2021) and named All-conference in each of her four seasons at Gorham. Madison led her high school squad in scoring during her final three seasons.  She also led her 4X100 relay team to the Class “A” State Track and Field Championship.

 

Amelia Ames, a 5’8” midfielder from Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, led her team to four straight conference titles. Amelia was named senior scholar athlete of the year for her tremendous success in the classroom.

 

“In midfield, Maddie is a quick and skillful player. Her calmness on the ball combined with her speed and vision makes her versatile,” mentioned coach Atherley. “I can see her fulfilling a number of roles for us this season. Amelia has terrific upside. She plays quickly and recognizes how to effectively shift the ball with her long range passing. I am excited to see her compete with our veteran players.”

 

Gillian Rovers, a 5’9″ midfielder from St. Mary’s Kitchener in Kitchener, Ontario, led her squad to an undefeated record in her final season and competed in the Provincial Championship. She was also an academic all-star in all four years of high school.

  

The 2022 season begins on August 21 against St. Peter’s University at Mahaney Diamond. You can view the entire schedule here.


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