Boston Breakers Reserves to make debut Sunday

Will face Boston Breakers College Academy

May 15, 2014 - The Boston Breakers Reserves team opens up its 2014 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season this Sunday, May 18, at Harvard Stadium against Boston Breakers College Academy. The match begins at 3 p.m. ET.

May 15, 2014 - The Boston Breakers Reserves team opens up its 2014 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) schedule this Sunday, May 18, at Harvard Stadium against Boston Breakers College Academy. The match, which begins at 3 p.m. ET, is part of a doubleheader, one that features a National Women's Soccer League match between the Boston Breakers and the Chicago Red Stars. The Breakers Reserves are under the direction of Head Coach Frankie D'Agostino and feature one of Boston's 2014 NWSL College Draft picks, Duke forward Kim DeCesare, as well as a number of players who've trained with the club during preseason.

Breakers Reserves Coach Frankie D'Agostino, right, overseas an intersquad scrimmage with Breakers Coach Tom Durkin

The Boston Breakers Reserves will play a 10-game regular season, which features matches against the New England Mutiny, Seacoast United Phantoms, Seacoast United Mariners, Boston Aztec, and Boston Breakers College Academy. Click here for the roster and schedule.


Emily Banes: The 5-foot, 7-inch forward from Bethpage, N.Y. played four years of varsity soccer at Bethpage High School and before heading to Towson University. In high school, Banes won back-to-back conference championships and was named the team’s most valuable player in both her junior and senior year. Banes finished her college career with 30 goals and 17 assists, and set a school record for most goals in a season (15) and most points in a season (36).

Tori Christ: The 5-4 goalkeeper from Amherst, N.Y., played four years of varsity soccer at Nardin Academy and four years of college soccer at Cornell. As a senior in high school, Christ was selected first team all state. She was also named league MVP and set a Western New York record with 12 clean sheets. Christ took over as the starting goalkeeper at Cornell during her junior season. She recorded her first shutout in the team’s season opening, 1-0 win over Sacred Heart during her senior season.

Jasmin Corniel: Corniel played four years of college soccer at Fairfield University and is now a Graduate Assistant Coach at Nyack College in New York. In 2013, the 5-7 forward from Yonkers, N.Y., played in the USL W-League for the North Jersey Valkyries. She previously played for the clubs World Class Arsenal and PDA Power. In college, Corniel started 66 of the 72 games she appeared in for Fairfield. During her sophomore season of 2009, she was named NSCAA All Northeast Region after leading the Stags with 25 points and 10 goals.

Kim DeCesare: The 5-10 forward from Massapequa, N.Y., played four years of varsity soccer at Massapequa High school, being named  to the ESPN Rise All-America first team, Gatorade Player of the Year for New York, EA Sports All-American, and a first-team All-State pick as a senior. She played college soccer at Duke University where she was a tri-captain in both her junior and senior seasons. During her collegiate career, DeCesare  scored 29 goals and  tallied 15 assists.

Kim DeCesare in preseason action vs. UConn (Photos by Mike Gridley)

Kimika Forbes: The goalkeeper from Trinidad and Tobago transferred to University of Maine at Fort Kent after attending Monroe Community College. She was the captain for the Trinidad and Tobago U20 National Team. Forbes was named to the USCAA All-American Team in 2012 as she recorded nine shutouts and compiled a 15-1 record during the season.

Hanna Gilmore: The 5-4 midfielder from Spring, Texas played just one season of high school soccer at Klein College High School to allow her to devote more time to club. As a club player, she won six state championships and was a six-time member of the South Texas ODP Team. She attended Baylor University, where she finished her career with 23 goals and 11 assists. Gilmore was named to the Chicago Red Stars NWSL roster in 2013 and saw playing time early in the season.

Hanna Gilmore takes on a UConn player during Breakers preseason

Jessica Hurtado: The 5-4 midfielder played four years of varsity soccer at Butler High School in Butler, N.J., where she was named first team all state and first team all county all four years. Hurtado attended Jacksonville University where she was named second team all conference her junior year. In June 2012, Hurtado was named to the Colombian Women's National Team's pre-Olympic roster.

Lizzy Karoly: The 5-4 forward from Escondido, Calif., played four years of soccer at San Pasqual High School and four years of collegiate soccer from Texas Christian University (2006-2009). Karoly was named the Offensive Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons at San Pasqual. In her senior season in college, she set the TCU school record for most career goals and was named to the all-district team in both her junior and senior seasons.

Katie Lenz: The 5-6 forward from Mechanicsburg, Pa., played four years of soccer at Trinity High School. As a high school player, Lenz was a three time all-state selection and also a NSCAA All American. She finished her high school career with 109 goals and 53 assists. She went on to play soccer at the collegiate level at West Virginia University before transferring to Tennessee, where she scored four goals and registered eight assists combined in her junior and senior seasons (2012-2013).

Megan Manthey: The 5-7 midfielder from Ferndale, Wash. played her freshman and sophomore years of college soccer at the University of Colorado before transferring to the College of Charleston. As a professional, Manthey has played in France for AS Saint Etienne, in Iceland for Stjarnan, in Denmark for Fortuna Hjørring, and in the U.S. for the Seattle Sounders.

Suzane Pires: The forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil brought extensive skill to the Southern Connecticut State Owls. Pires finished her career with 25 goals and 13 assists. She earned All-New England, All-Region, and All-League honors her junior year while playing a huge role in the teams success.

Jamie Pollock: A 5-6 midfielder from Powder Springs, Ga., she played four years of soccer at Harrison High School before playing at the collegiate level at the University of Georgia. As a high schooler, Pollock was named an NSCAA All American her senior year. She finished her college career at Georgia with 12 goals and 8 assists.

Vendula Strnadova: The 5-5 forward from Las Cruces, N.M., played soccer for four years at Las Cruces High School before attending the University of Memphis and later playing professionally for the Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer and FC Kansas City in the NWSL. Strnadova was also a member of the U19 Czech Republic National Team. As a freshman in high school, she led the state in scoring. Strnadova finished her career at Memphis with 23 goals and 17 assists.

Kylie Strom: The 5-8 forward from Endicott, N.Y. had a tremendous career at Boston University, finishing with 14 goals and 17 assists. As a senior for the Terriers, Strom earned All Patriot League honors and was named to the NSCAA All Mid-Atlantic Second Team. As a sophomore in 2011, she was named a NSCAA All-Region Second Team member. As a freshman in 2009, Strom was named to the America East All-Rookie Team, leading the conference with nine assists.  As a senior at Union Endicott High School, she was named the NY State Class AA Player of the Year and an NSCAA All-American. She also played for the Syracuse Surge Fury and was a two-time N.Y. West State Cup champion.

Rachel Wood: The 6-0 forward/defender from Laguna Niguel, Calif. played college soccer at the University of North Carolina before transferring to UC Irvine. As a high school player at Aliso Niguel High, Wood was an All American as well as a two-time league champion. She was a part of the 2008 UNC National Championship winning team and had five goals and nine assists in 65 matches at the school. Wood most recently played professionally in Iceland for HK/Vikingur.

Rachel Wood rises up to win a header vs. Harvard during Breakers preseason action

Article written by Willie McDonald

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