Feb. 3, 2010
Signing Day Press Conference
Thirteen high school senior prospects will join the Florida
Atlantic University women's soccer program this fall after
announcing their intentions today. The list features nine players
from Florida and two from Canada, all who have helped their teams
win national and state high school and club championships, as well
as contributed excellent technical skills at their positions.
recruits most familiar with the Owls are Alexandra Major, a
5-foot-6-inch forward from Boca Raton, and Allyson Buerosse, a
5-foot-7-inch defender from nearby Lighthouse Point. FAU Head Coach
Brian Dooley served as Major's coach on the TeamBoca travel team
in the Under-9 age group division.
"Alex is a crafty forward with the ability to score
consistently," said Dooley, noting that Major was Boca Raton
Community High School's leading scorer the past two seasons and was
a first team all-county selection. "She can beat a defender with
speed or her technical ability. She has a great sense of where to be
and is constantly moving to find the ball in dangerous space."
is considered a fierce competitor who anchored the defense for
Cardinal Gibbons High School, last year's nation's No. 1-ranked
team. She earned first-team all-county honors during her senior
season and is a former member of the TeamBoca Under-18 White club
"Ally is a strong left-sided defender who has the ability to
advance the ball from the defensive third to the attacking third of
the field with accuracy," Dooley said.
Other signees included Brittany Nash, a 5-foot-10-inch forward
from Desoto, Texas, highlights the out-of-state prospects with her
accomplishments on the Dallas Texans 93 Girls Red club team. She
scored the game-winning goal in the championship match of the Sting
Royal 93 United States Youth Soccer Association National
With great size, speed and mobility, Brittany should create all
kinds of problems for opponents," said Dooley. "She is not only a
prolific goal scorer, but she has the ability to distribute and set
up goals. She is expected to step in immediately and contribute to
our offensive attack."
Shugg, a 5-foot-6-inch forward from Burlington, Ontario, received
the 2008 Canadian National "Golden Boot Award" and competed in the
Under-20 Canadian National Camp. She played for the Burlington
Sting, a past Canadian national champion.
"Jesse is a dynamic, speedy forward with tremendous one-on-one
skills," said Dooley. "Her work ethic without the ball is
exceptional and she pressures defenders relentlessly. Her technical
skill is unmatched and she should have an immediate impact. Also,
her attitude and personality is contagious, which are personal
assets that should also help the team."
Bentzon, a 5-foot-8-inch forward from Orlando is another quality
recruit after helping lead Bishop Moore High School to district,
regional and state championships. Dooley expects for her to compete
for playing time after joining the team this fall.
"Alex is a physical force with the size and strength to create
problems for defenders," he said. "She has the ability to play in a
two- or three-forward lineup. She is a strong-willed player who will
always work hard and strive to get better."
Profiles on all 13 of FAU's recruits, in alphabetical order, are:
Karlin Aloisio , 5-foot-8-inch goalkeeper from
Lakeland (George Jenkins High School). As team captain for her high
school team, she led the team to two undefeated seasons and a No. 3
national ranking. She is an aggressive goalkeeper with the ability
to physically dominate the position. Club Team: Lakeland FC.
Alexandra Bentzon , 5-foot-8-inch forward from
Orlando (Bishop Moore High School). Helped lead high school team to
district, regional and state championships. Club Team: Florida
Soccer Alliance. Coach: Frankie Delgado.
Saskia Bryant, 5-foot-6-inch defender/midfielder
from Longwood (Lake Mary High School). She is an intense defender
with an attacking mentality; the ability to get up and down the
channels and join the attack; and can shut down opposing wingers.
She can also add depth to the midfield because of her technical
ability. Club Team: Florida Soccer Alliance. Coach Frankie Delgado.
Member of 2009 USL Super Y National Select Team.
Allyson Buerosse, 5-foot-7-inch defender from
Lighthouse Point (Cardinal Gibbons High School). Anchored the
defense for the nation's No. 1-ranked high school team. Earned first
team all-county honors. She has a powerful left foot. Club Team:
TeamBoca U18 White. Coach: Scott Baker.
Stephanie Ferro, 5-foot-4-inch
defender/midfielder from Palm Harbor (East Lake High School). She
possesses excellent leadership qualities, helping lead East Lake to
the Class 5A state finals the past two seasons and recently led her
RSL Florida club team to the Disney Showcase championship. She is a
high work-rate player with a solid technical base and a great
understanding of the game.
Chloe Giordano, 5-foot-4-inch midfielder from
Pickering, Ontario, Canada (St. Mary Catholic Secondary High
School). Captain of the No. 1-ranked Ajax Storm club team that
recently won the prestigious Ontario Cup. She is a team-first player
who has strong distribution and organizing skills, and can be a
strong defensive presence with the ability to find the forward in
Autumn Jordan, 5-foot-8-inch midfielder from
Terra Ceia (Palmetto High School) Prior to moving to Florida last
year, Jordan played for Seacoast United club team in New Hampshire,
a three-time state champion and USYSA Region I runner-up. She
participated in the Super Y League Olympic Development National Team
Camp. In Florida, she is a member of the IMG Academy Under-18 team.
She is considered a tremendous leader with great focus on team
Alexandra Major, 5-foot-6-inch forward from Boca
Raton (Boca Raton Community High School). She has played for
TeamBoca during her entire youth soccer career, with her latest team
being the Under-18 White squad.
Camille Namba, 5-foot-8-inch midfielder/defender
from Melbourne Beach (Satellite High School). She is an
attack-minded player with a creative mentality who participated in
the Olympic Development Program Region III Camp. Her size and
athleticism allows for her versatility in the midfield third of the
field. Club Teams: Florida Soccer Alliance U18 and WPSL-Florida
Brittney Nash, 5-foot-10-inch striker from
Desoto, Texas.(Bishop Lynch High School). Known for her physical
presence on the attacking front line, she scored the winning goal
for the Sting Royal 93 USYSA national championship team. Club Team:
Dallas Texans 93 Girls Red. Coach: Ryan Higginbotham.
Marisa Russo, 5-foot-4-inch forward from Tampa (J.W.
Mitchell High School). Considered an unselfish player with crafty
technical skills, she led her high school team in scoring all four
years. She was a first team all-county and all-conference player for
three years. Club Team: RSL Florida U18. Coach: Jim Cote.
Jesse Shugg, 5-foot-6-inch striker from
Burlington, Ontario, Canada (Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School).
Club Team: Burlington Sting.
Amanda Ward, 5-foot-7-inch midfielder from
Sewell, New Jersey (Washington Township High School). She is a
technically proficient midfielder who is equally skilled with both
her right and left foot, allowing her to dominate the central
portion of the midfield. Her FC Delco (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
club team is defending champions of the Red Bull National League.