MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Pfeiffer University head coach of women’s soccer Elijah Denton announced the signing of ten new student-athletes on Thursday afternoon to enter Pfeiffer in the fall of 2010. The Lady Falcons will welcome in Camilla Alfredsson (Karlstad, Sweden), Hanna Holmstrom (Bredaryd, Sweden), Amanda Wemple (Hayden, ID), Megan Weston (Olathe, KS), Sarah Yates (Fort Myers, FL), Serae Mele (Rio Rancho, NM), Mariah Martinez (League City, TX), Kayla Weddington (Harrisburg, NC), Rebekka Glass (Denver, NC) and Joi Chrishon (Fayetteville, NC) in August.
Alfreddson enters as a midfielder who can play many positions on the pitch. Out of Alvkullegymnasiet High School, Alfreddson has been playing with the Swedish National Team, playing in the quarterfinals of the Gothia Cup which is the biggest youth tournament in the world. Alfredsson excels in the classroom with a 3.7 grade point average with an interest in journalism and marketing. Alfredsson is a fast and strong addition to the Lady Falcons playing in multiple positions.
Holmstrom, 5'7'', comes in from Finnvedens Gym in Sweden as a strong passer and up front defender in the midfield. Holmstrom brings a 3.9 GPA to Pfeiffer with an interest in International Relations and/or Political Science.
Wemple flies east to Misenheimer from Hayden, Idaho as a successful goalkeeper at Coeur d'Alene High School. Wemple lettered for three years in varsity soccer earning the team's most valuable player award during her junior season in which the Vikings took home a state championship. The incoming freshman is a two-time defensive player of the year award winner on the field and off. Wemple is a member of the Renaissance Club and a President's Award winner for her academics inside the classroom.
Weston transfers into Pfeiffer from Johnson County Community College, originally out of Olathe, Kansas. During her stint at JCCC, Weston took home several region four championships, post-season first-team all region awards and all-conference selections. Weston helped JCCC to the runner's up spot in the national junior college tournament in 2009 as the team's captain.
Yates comes to Misenheimer after a successful career at Cypress Lake High School, leading the Panthers to the state’s final four in each of the last three seasons. Yates is a three-time all-area first team player in addition to a first-team all-state honor. Yates also led the southwest Florida area with the most assists in 2008 and 2009. Her club team, the Island Coast Soccer Alliance, made three back-to-back-to-back trips to the state’s final four.
Mele enters the Lady Falcons soccer program after securing a state championship back in 2007 with Rio Rancho High School. In 2009, Mele was named captain of the Rams heading into her senior season. In 2008, Mele and her teammates with the Rio Valley Soccer club became semifinalists in the state tournament.
Martinez joins Pfeiffer as a four-year varsity starter at Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas. In her first season, Martinez scored the game-winner in the playoffs helping her to post-season honors as an all-district honorable mention. In 2008, Martinez was an all-district and all-county first team member before being selected as the team’s MVP under her reign as captain during her junior and season seasons.
Weddington also brings captain-like qualities to Misenheimer as the leader for both Hickory Ridge High School and her club team, FCCA. Weddington was a part of the ODP (Olympic Development Program) for two years and is active off the field being a student council member at Hickory Ridge.
Glass, an offensive threat, hails from East Lincoln High School out of Denver, NC. Glass is a three-time all-academic player, two-time captain and two-time all-conference player of the year in class 2A. In her junior season, Glass was named both the all-region and all-state player of the year in 2A. Outside of soccer, Glass was a member of the swim team, French club, interact club and art club along with the school newspaper and yearbook.
Chrishon comes in from the Fayetteville Academy as a four-year varsity starter. Chrishon led Fayetteville to the NCISAA final four in 2008, being named all-conference in 2008 and 2009. Chrishon was voted most improved last season and also helped her club squad, the Triangle Futbol Club, to its first division title.