Fort Myers, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University Women's Soccer team and head coach Jim Blankenship announced their signing class for the 2009 season. The Eagles signed seven freshmen to National Letters of Intent. The newest additions to the Eagle soccer team include Jennifer Crittenberger, Ariana Espinoza, Danielle Marie Faller, Chelsea Garlock, Julia Martin, Jessica Swartzentruber, and Susan Schwartz.
"We are really excited to have this talented group of young ladies enter our program," said head coach Jim Blankenship. “These additions have added to are already talented young team. We already have a solid foundation and our new class adds special pieces to that. Each young lady comes from a great youth system, and we not only expect them to excel on the field, but also in the classroom.”
This class features:
• 1 player from the #1 team in the country (Cardinal Gibbons High School)
• 1 player from the U20 Costa Rican National Team.
• 1 school record holder (24 goals in a season).
Here is a look at the 2009 Eagles soccer signing class:
Jennifer Crittenberger, Lighthouse Point, Fla.
Crittenberger helped lead Cardinal Gibbons High School at a 28-0-2 record this past year and was ranked number one in the country. In her freshman season, Crittenberger was named offensive player of the year and the Sun-Sentinel & Miami Herald nominated her for second team honors. Crittenberger earned first team honors by the Sun-Sentinel & Miami Herald in both her sophomore and junior seasons. Crittenberger also played club for Team Boca U18, and looks to see time as a defender as an Eagle.
Ariana Espinoza, San Jose, Costa Rica
As a senior, Espinoza was the leading goal scorer at the American International School of Costa Rica. An all star selection and team MVP in 2008, Espinoza also played on the U20 Costa Rican National Team. The Human Performance major looks to bolster a strong Eagle defense.
Danielle Marie Faller, Elizabethtown, Pa.
Faller is a two time all-star while being an all-county selection and team MVP as a junior. Faller also spent time with the Hershey Tidal Force U17 club team, and will take on the center-mid position as an Eagle.
Chelsea Garlock, Meriden, Conn.
Garlock is a three time All-Conference Selection, while being named All-State as a senior. Garlock earned the 2008 Player Award as voted by the Referees Association of New Haven. The four time team MVP is the recipient of the Citizenship Award, Project Excel Award, and the RJ Scholar Athlete Award. Garlock also holds the school record for most goals in a season with 24. The Criminal Forensics major played club soccer for the AFC Pride, and will see time at the forward position as an Eagle.
Julia Martin, Bayport, N.Y.
Martin was a 2008 and 2009 All-County selection at Bayport Blue Point High School. The team captain of her soccer and basketball teams, Martin was a medalist in 2007 and 2008 at the US Lifeguard Nationals. The Marine Biology major played club ball with Score Soccer Real Chaos. Martin will see time at forward and as a midfielder for the Eagles.
Jessica Swartentruber, Sarasota, Fla.
Swartentruber is a 2009 graduate of Sarasota Christian where she set the mark in career goals with 103. The first team All-Area selection was the team MVP while leading the area in goals scored with 47. A Nursing major, Swartentruber was a member of the Manatee Magic club team. Swartentruber looks to play midfielder for the Eagles squad.
Susan Schwartz, Valrico, Fla.
Schwartz is 2009 graduate of Bloomingdale High School where she was a member of both the National Honor and Spanish Societies. The Business Management major played club soccer with the Manatee Magic. Schwartz will see time as a midfielder for the Eagles.