Women’s Soccer Announces Incoming Class of 2022
ORONO, Maine – University of Maine women’s soccer team, head coach Scott Atherleyand his team announced their 2022 recruitment class in Jessica Kasacek, Emma Schneider, Julie Lossius, Jordane Pinette, Madison Michaud, Amelie Ames, Gillian Roversand Rachel Ross.
“We are happy to welcome the newest members of our program to our family here at UMaine,” said the head coach. Scott Atherley. “They all embody our team values and we are confident that each will have an impact on the pitch, in the classroom and in the local community.”
Jessica Kasaceka 5’8″ guard from Canterbury, Connecticut, transferred from West Virginia University. She played a backup role for the Mountaineers during her two seasons at Morgantown. During her club career, Jessica played for Oakwood Soccer Club.She started 19 games for her club’s U-18/19 club and 32 in the U-16/17 program.During her time in net, Jessica helped lead Connecticut FC at the State Cup from 2015 to 17.
Emma Schneidera 5’9″ defenseman from Calgary, Alberta, transferred from Florida Gulf Coast University. The sister of Myla Schneider, she appeared in four games in two years at the FGCU. During the 2019 club season, his team finished fifth at the Canada Soccer National Youth Championships. Emma won the Hardest Working Player and Most Consistent Player awards in Canada Soccer’s Regional Excel program (2018-2019) and served as co-captain of her club’s team.
Rachel Rossa 5’8″ guard from Yorktown Heights, New York, transferred from Rider University. She played in six games during her two years at New Jersey. Rachel finished the 2021 season with a 2.57 GAA and a .618 save percentage and recorded 21 saves and one win in his 456 minutes of play.
“Three of the eight joined us in January as transfers and were able to compete in the spring season. Their impact was immediately apparent.” Coach Atherley went on to say: “By adding Jess and Rachel we have strengthened the goalkeeping position to the point where we have three players capable of starting. Emma has added an important attacking dimension to our back line which will make our less predictable build. . Her athleticism is off the charts and she’s diligent in and out of possession.”
Julie Lossiusa 5’8″ striker from Kristiansand, Norway played for Kristiansand Katedralskole Gimle during her high school days. Amazon Grimstad FK and Randesund IL were Julie’s two club programs. Her club team were league champions in the 2019-20 season, finished second in the 2019 Barcelona Girls Club, won the 2019 Sør Cup and was a semi-finalist in the 2018 National Adidas Tournament.
Jordane Pinettea 5’4″ forward from Polyvalente Black Lake in Thetford Mines, Quebec. She won a silver medal at the Canadian Championship in 2021, after winning the Quebec Provincial Championship the same season. Jordane led her team scoring each year in high school and CEGEP.
Coach Atherley was quoted as saying “up front we’ve added three explosive forwards.” Jordane is quick and dynamic and she has been a prolific goalscorer at all levels. “Julie can play in both 9 and 10 positions. Her sense of the game and spatial awareness are at the next level. She was ranked among the best outfield players in her team in Norway. Her experience competing in the second league highest professional level will serve her well in our Gillian is strong and powerful, the combination of her size and physicality will make her feel at home in the America East Conference, she is durable and effective in playing and facing goal.
Madison Michauda 5’5″ midfielder from Gorham High School in Gorham, Maine, was named to the Maine State All-Star Team three years in a row (2019-2021) and named All-conference at each of her four seasons at Gorham Madison led her high school team in scoring in her final three seasons, she also led her 4X100 relay team to the Class “A” track and field championship.
Amelie Ames, a 5’8” midfielder from Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, led her team to four straight conference titles. Amelia was named Senior College Athlete of the Year for her tremendous success in the classroom.
“In midfield, Maddie is a fast and skilful player. Her poise on the ball combined with her speed and vision make her versatile,” said coach Atherley. “I can see her fulfilling a number of roles for us this season. Amelia has a tremendous advantage. She plays fast and knows how to move the ball effectively with her long-range passes. I’m delighted to see her compete with our veteran players .”
Gillian Roversa 5’9″ midfielder from St. Mary’s Kitchener in Kitchener, Ont., led her team to an undefeated record in her final season and competed in the provincial championship. She was also an academic star during her four years of high school.
The 2022 season begins August 21 against St. Peter’s University at Mahaney Diamond. You can view the full schedule here.