The University of South Carolina Beaufort soccer program has added 11 new players -- eight freshmen and three transfers -- to complement a roster that includes seven returning starters and 18 returning letterwinners from a year ago.
The recruiting class includes four forwards, four midfielders, one defender and two goalkeepers.
"I am excited for this recruiting class to start in August," USCB head coach Ed Heberling said. "We have a great mix of players coming in at all positions to provide depth, skill, knowledge and pace to our program."
The bulk of the recruiting class was built through two avenues -- Heberling and assistant Hilary George's trip to Europe last summer to coach an American team in the United World Games, and USCB's ID camp last August.
Freshmen Daniella Borjas, a midfielder from Miami, and Hayley Pina, a forward from Culver City, Calif., were on the European tour and attended USCB's ID camp. Fellow freshmen Karen Pimentel, a midfielder from Los Angeles, MJ Orduna, a forward from Jacksonville, Fla., and Hanna Crist, a defender from Jacksonville, Fla., also attended the ID camp.
USCB also brought in English forward Sarah Withers and goalkeeper Caroline Smith from nearby Richmond Hill, Ga., as well as midfielder Amanda Preciado, a teammate of Pina and Pimentel in Los Angeles, to round out the freshman class.
In addition to a strong crop of freshmen, the group includes three transfers who will bring additional collegiate experience to the roster.
Junior Alexandria Radue, a midfielder from Geneseo, Ill., via Parkland Community College, should have a chance to contribute early. Radue tallied six goals -- including three game-winners -- and six assists in 15 games a year ago after putting up four goals and two assists as a freshman.
Another junior college transfer who could make an impact is sophomore forward Madalyn Adams. She spent the past two years playing softball at Modesto (Calif.) Junior College but was a standout soccer player at Gustine High School, where she racked up 21 goals and 13 assists in 14 games as a senior.
The Sand Sharks also have added an experienced goalkeeper in sophomore Kenzie Rathe, a transfer from Salem College. Rathe appeared in 10 games (four starts) as a freshman, allowing three goals and recording 11 saves for a 0.51 goals against average and a .786 save percentage.
The Sand Sharks are scheduled to host two preseason scrimmages, Aug. 11 against Montreat College and Aug. 13 against NCAA Division I South Carolina State, before opening the regular season Aug. 23 with a road game at Milligan College.