March 26, 2010

Women's Soccer Announces Three National Letters Of Intent

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University women's soccer Head Coach Dave Clarke has announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent. Taylor Healey (Milford, Conn.), Rebecca Kiting (Canberra, Australia) and Aine McKeever (Derry City, Ireland) will join the Bobcats' roster for the Fall 2010 season. Healey and Kiting will serve as defenders for Quinnipiac, while McKeever will play at center midfield.

Healey joins the squad as a four-year varsity letter winner from Lauralton Hall in Milford, Conn., in addition to playing for Clarke on the Connecticut Football Club U-16 team. While playing for Lauralton, Healey was named First Team All-State and was named to the All-Area Team as a defender. As team captain, Healey led Lauralton to capture the Patriot Division Championship and was the runner up in the Southwestern Connecticut Championship. Healey also helped the CFC squad to the U-16 State Championship and was a Regional Semifinalist in the U-16 tournament.

"Taylor will bring great success as a defender to our team," said Clarke. "She is a tenacious and hardworking player with a great personality. Her style of play is suited for the Northeast Conference and I think she'll do very well on the back line for us."

Kiting comes to Quinnipiac with a wide variety of international playing experience under her belt. The Australia-native has played for the Australia U-17 and U-19 squads and the Australian School Girls Team, competing in such countries as Ireland, South Korea, Japan and China. She played at Belconnen High School from grades 7-10 before playing for Hawker College for the past two years. She was named the Hawker College Most Valuable Player in both seasons and helped the team capture a State Championship in 2009. Kiting also helped her Australian W-League team to second place in the 2008-09 Tournament.

"Becky will bring a lot of experience to our team," said Clarke. "Her play for the Australian National Team has exposed her to a high level of competition and I hope she will bring confidence to our team. She will be a central provider of leadership for our defense next season."

McKeever has also seen a high level of competition in the game, playing for the U-17 and U-19 Irish National Team. The central midfielder also played for the YMCA Ladies Football Club while attending North West Regional College. McKeever captained her YMCA team in from 2007-10 leading the team to win the Umbro Galaway Cup in 2007 and winning the NIFWA League Championship in 2010. Also a Gaelic football player, McKeever helped her high school team to win the Oliver Garvan Cup in 2010.

"Aine is a creative center midfielder who also brings great experience to our team," said Clarke. "She'll be a great player on the ball at the midfield and she'll link up well with our creative forwards such as Furtuna Velaj and Shauna Edwards."

The Bobcats return to action this Sunday, Mar. 28, when they host Marist College in a spring season game at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.