Feb. 11, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – Just a few short months removed from an improved first season under head coach Tim Santoro which saw the Wolfpack improve 85 RPI places from the end of the 2012 season to the end of the 2013 season, the NC State women’s soccer program added the first five student-athletes for 2014 to its ranks in early February.
Santoro’s class includes three four-star recruits and has received notice from a number of recruiting sites, even prior to factoring in two strong transfers which the Wolfpack added to its ranks in early December.
Joining the Wolfpack for the fall 2014 season will be: Cailyn Boch, Mackenzie Graybill, Annah Lindberg, Kayla Saager, and Dakota Stephens.
“In addition to these five players, we will be adding a few more to this group in the near future,” Santoro said. “When all is said and done, our 2014 class will be a great group.”
Cailyn Boch | MF/D | CASL | Raleigh, N.C. | Millbrook High School
Four-star recruit … Member of the USYSA Region III Olympic Development Program (ODP) team in 2011-12 … Played club soccer for CASL Chelsea Ladies ECNL U-17 under head coach Paul Forster … Scored two goals and recorded one assist during the 2012-13 season, a year in which her team finished second in the U-17 Southeast Conference with an 8-4-4 record … Scored two goals during the 2011-12 season when she was playing for the CASL Chelsea Ladies ECNL U-16 team … Played for the CASL Chelsea Ladies ECNL U-15 team during the 2010-11 season … Was named All-State, All-Region, All-Conference, and Academic All-Conference following her 2012 high school season at Millbrook … Earned Offensive Player of the Year, All-Conference, and Academic All-Conference honors following her 2011 high school season … Won the Millbrook High School Character Award for the 2010-11 academic year.
Coach Santoro’s take: “Cailyn was a great addition to our class and is a prime example of how players can develop late in the recruiting process and land at the highest level. She has tremendous versatility and athleticism and combines that with being a very good passer who possesses good field vision.”
Mackenzie Graybill | D | Shattuck St. Mary’s Academy | Lakeville, Minn.
Three-star recruit … Member of the USYSA Region II Olympic Development Program (ODP) team in 2011-12 … Her Shattuck St. Mary’s team ranked third in the state of Minnesota … Shattuck picked up a 4-1 win at the CASL Girls’ College Showcase in late 2013 … Shattuck posted a 2-0-1 record at the National Elite Women’s Soccer Showcase in New York in Nov. 2012 … Guest played with the Dakota Rev Rampage … Won the 2013 Gothia Cup in Sweden, a tournament billed as the “World Youth Cup” and known to be the largest soccer tournament in the world in terms of participants … Scored a goal in the Gothia Cup championship game, a 2-0 win over Swedish team LB07 … Named U17 Gothia Cup MVP.
Coach Santoro’s take: “Mackenzie is a specimen of an athlete, can play multiple positions at a high level, and will be an asset on set pieces. I think she’ll add a dimension to our defensive positions that we don’t have.”
Annah Lindberg | MF | PWSI Courage | Manassas, Va. | Forest Park HS
Four star recruit … Member of the USYSA Region I Olympic Development Program (ODP) team in 2011-13 … Named to 2013 ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Best XI … Enrolled at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for her senior year of schooling … Played club soccer for NVSC Jr. Majestics (eight seasons), PWSI Courage (two seasons), and IMG Academy U-18/U-19 (one season) … Scored five goals and recorded 10 assists during her senior season with IMG … Scored 19 goals and dished out five assists during her junior season in high school despite missing eight matches … Scored 27 goals and dished out nine assists during her sophomore season in high school … Scored 16 goals and contributed five assists during her freshman season in high school … In three years, her high school teams went a combined 49-7-3 … Named Cardinal District and Northwest Region Player of the Year as a high school sophomore … Became Forest Park High School’s goals leader as just a sophomore.
Coach Santoro’s take: “Annah is a soccer player. Simple as that. She is a great competitor who has leadership qualities beyond her years and has awesome training habits. She’s great in the air for her size and knows how to arrive in the box late from the midfield and finish chances.”
Kayla Saager | FWD | Albertson SC | East Islip, N.Y. | East Islip High School
Four-star recruit … Has played club soccer for Albertson SC (one year), ISA (four years), and East Islip Soccer Club (seven years) … Played on the New York East ODP for six years and USYSA Region I ODP for four years … ODP team was 2013 International Kuban Spring Champions in Sochi, Russia … East Islip Soccer Club team was 2007 Triple Crown Champions, 2007 NYS Champions, and 2009 NYS Champions … ISA club team was 2012 NEWSS Champions and 2013 Region 1 Champions … High school team posted a 34-7-2 record in her three years and was a 2011 co-league champion and a 2013 outright league champion … Scored 27 goals and provided 12 assists in her high school career … Won All-State, All-Long Island, All-County, and All-League honors in 2012 … Won All-County, All-Conference, and All-League honors in 2013.
Kayla featured on TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Coach Santoro’s take: “Kayla is a pure target striker who likes goals. She’s very dangerous in the final third combining with the midfield and putting herself in positions to score. Her adjustments in the other two thirds of the field will determine when Kayla becomes the productive ACC striker I expect.”
Dakota Stephens | D | Braddock Road YC | Round Hill, Va. | Woodgrove High School
Played club soccer for Braddock Road YC 95 Elite for head coach Larry Best … Earlier in the year, club team ranked fourth in the nation … Club team posted a 27-3-7 record, scoring 111 goals while allowing just 37 … Won the 2013 August Cup with her team … Club team won 2012 USYSA U16 National Championship … Placed first in the USYSA National League during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Coach Santoro’s take: “Dakota comes from a great club environment at Braddock Road with Larry Best. A natural left-sided player who gives us a something we don’t have on that side of the field, Dakota is clean technically and understands the game in an attacking, attractive sense while staying solid on defense.”
NC State recently released its 2014 spring schedule, a slate which includes three home matches and five total dates of competition. The Wolfpack will begin spring play at home on Saturday, Feb. 22 vs. Campbell.