FLORENCE, S.C.- New Francis Marion University women’s soccer coach Frank Pitt has announced the signing of three high school seniors to national letters of intent: Janise Finney of Charlotte, N.C., Kristyn Leung of McKinney, Texas, and Cecilie Nadden of Loeken, Norway.
Finney, a 5-4 forward and defender, is a product of Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. Last year as a senior, she led her squad with nine goals.
She has also played club soccer with the CUFC Charlotte United Gold squad and the Charlotte SA Samba team.
Leung, a 5-8 defensive midfielder and central defender, is a graduate of McKinney High School, where she played under the direction of head coach Alex Pantarotto. As a senior, she tallied six goals and three assists while helping lead the Lionettes to a 14-2-3 record and the District 17-4A championship. She was a THSCA Academic All-State honorable mention selection.
She was named her squad’s most improved player as a junior after McKinney posted a 12-3-3 mark. A National Honor Society member, she is also a past All-District Defensive Player of the Year award winner.
She has also played club soccer with the Sting Dallas Royal 95 team, the ASG Gold West ’95 squad, and the Dallas Texans Red North ’95 team.
Nadden, a 5-4 goalkeeper, is a product of the WANG Sports Academy in Oslo. She has also played with the Skovbakken squad in Denmark.
“This trio will be part of the foundation for our next several recruiting classes,” said Pitt. “I look forward to working with them on the field of play, and also watching as they develop as collegiate student-athletes and ambassadors for our program.”
The Patriots must replace only two seniors off last season’s 4-13-1 squad.
FMU previously announced the signing of midfielder Arianna Pierner of North Augusta, S.C., during the early signing period.