By Sean Barows
The USF women’s soccer team and head coach Denise Schilte-Brown made a splash on National Signing Day by welcoming six newcomers that will join the team in the fall.
The class has a solid mix of local, national and international talent that should help bolster a team that advanced to the Big East Tournament title game last season.
“Some of these girls have literally been a Bull for the last two years and today’s the day where it’s official, so I think it’s a big celebration day for all of them,” Schilte-Brown said.
The Bulls didn’t stray far from the blueprint that has brought them so much success over the years, as they brought in a solid mix of players from numerous backgrounds.
“If you look at our class, we’re kind of staying true to form,” said Schilte-Brown. “We love the Florida kids, there’s some great talent here and then we go abroad and kind of sprinkle in some internationals.”
That would include midfielder/forward Jordyn Listro and defender Leticia Skeete, who both come to USF from Ontario, Canada, where they were both members of the National Training Center of Ontario.
Listro played for Canada’s U17 World Cup team last fall and should help improve USF’s offense next season.
“Jordyn is just a dynamic, powerful attacking player and she will be a handful for all her opponents.”
Skeete was also a member the U17 National Team/Pool in 2011 and 2012 and brings great athleticism along with tremendous leadership skills.
“Leticia is a powerful, powerful defender that can play anywhere in the back. Super intelligent girl…and I think she is going to be a potential leader for us.”
The Bulls also added two local players in midfielder Aubrey Riggins from Bradenton and midfielder/forward Anezha “AJ” Blount from Wesley Chapel.
Riggins plays club soccer for the VSI Brandon Flames of the Elite Clubs National League and was invited to the ODP National Camp in 2011.
“I’ve gotten to watch Aubrey grow up here playing in Florida and she’s always been a really technical player. We are excited that USF rose to the top of her list, so it was an easy match, we wanted her to come here, she wanted to come here and she’s going to fit great in our midfield.”
Blount also played for the VSI Brandon Flames as well as being a member of the U20 Guyanese National Team in 2011. With over 90 goals and 50 assists during her high school career, she is a proven goal scorer that should be a major scoring threat for the Bulls in the future.
“AJ is really fast, extremely fast player, a proven goal scorer and she’s going to be a great addition to our lineup.”
The final two signees for USF include midfielder Alexandra Myers from Clifton, Va., and defender Courtney Silberberg from Wildwood, Mo.
Myers is a Top Drawer Soccer National Top 150 recruit and plays her club soccer for FC Virginia of the ECNL.
“The exciting thing about Alex is that she had a lot of doors open for her, a lot of options…but she came down and it was a great fit. She’s what we’re looking for in the midfield, she’s a connecting player, really intelligent and I think we’re really blessed to get Alex on our team.”
Silberberg is also a highly-rated recruit, garnering a four-star rating by Top Drawer Soccer. She plays club for five-time Missouri State Champions JB Marine/Lou Fusz SC, and is a member of the Missouri State ODP team.
“Silberberg has tremendous ability in the air and is a physical presence on the backline.”
Overall, with a strong recruiting class of versatile players joining an already talented squad, the Bulls should be in for an exciting season this fall.
“The girls are ready to come out and show kind of what they earned last year and make a big difference and prove that’s where we belong.”
WOMEN'S SOCCER NEWCOMERS
Anezha "AJ" Blount
Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Club Team: VSI Brandon Flames
Bayview Glen High School
Club Team: FC Virginia
Lakewood Ranch HS
Club Team: VSI Brandon Flames
Club Team: JB Marine/Lou Fusz SC
Grand River Collegiate Institute