TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2006
Women's soccer inks three players for the 2006 season
Feb. 6, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - After reaching the Atlantic Sun Conference semifinals this season, the Jacksonville University women's soccer team signed three players set to join the Dolphins in 2006. Coming to Jacksonville in 2006 is forward/defender Amber Anderson (Chesapeake, Va.), midfielder Jamie Kuykendall (Oakton, Va.) and forward Kristen Toth (Brownsburg, Ind.).
"I am really excited about these young ladies and what they bring to our team next year," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "In 2006 we are returning almost the entire squad, so these additions could be just what we need to take it one step further in the conference tournament next year."
As a freshman, Anderson helped lead Great Bridge High School to a district championship. Over the last three years, she has chosen to play year round with her club team, the Virginia Rush. In 2003, she guided the Rush to the Virginia Snickers State Championship. This past season they reached the state championship again before falling to the Prince William Soccer, Inc. Cardinals led by Dolphins newcomer, Jaime Kuykendall. Anderson has also excelled in the classroom after being named to Who's Who Among American High School Students and to the National Honor Society.
"Amber showed great versatility for her Nike Rush team and we hope that trait lends itself to a successful college career at JU," said Kouns. "I believe Anderson will help as a defender to get us to move forward and she can also strike a ball from the back at least 40 yards. Amber will also see time as a striker because she has the potential to knock home some goals."
Kuykendall has earned three consecutive all-district honors while playing for Madison High School. On the club level, she helped the Prince William Club, Inc. Cardinals win the 2005 Virginia Snickers State Championship. Her club team is currently ranked first in Virginia, third in the Region I and 11th nationally in the GotSoccer.com poll. The Cardinals have also participated and won the Washington Area Girls Soccer Division I, which is the highest division in the state.
She also comes from a long family tradition of successful soccer players. Her father and three brothers played soccer at American University. Her father, Kurt, played professional soccer for the New York Cosmos from 1975-1978 with Pele, while her brother Shawn currently plays for the D.C. United in the MLS.
"Jaime has tremendous vision in the center of the field and has a craftiness to her game which should serve us well right away," Kouns said. "She has the potential to make us better in the midfield right away. Her quickness on the ball comes from growing up playing with her brothers in their great soccer family."
During her four-year tenure, Toth has earned first-team all-district, all-conference, all-Metro West and all-state honors at Brownsburg High School. She has also been the Bulldogs team captain and leading scorer over the last two seasons. Toth plays club soccer for the Carmel Cyclones, which have won six consecutive Indiana Snickers State Championships and taken the last three Region II National League Championships. In the classroom, she is a member of the National Honor Society and the Indiana All-State Academic team.
"Kristen has an amazing work rate and will compliment our current strikers very well," said Kouns. "Her ability to go to goal and her tenacity around the box should see her making contributions for us very quickly. Kristen has the potential to do some very nice things for us in the years to come. With her club experiences, she should find the transition to college very easy and yielding many rewards"
The Dolphins finished the 2005 season with an 8-10-3 record in the second year under Kouns.
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