University of South Florida women’s soccer signs 12 newcomers
TAMPA, Fla. – The University of South Florida women’s soccer program has added 12 newcomers to its roster for the upcoming 2021 season, including 11 freshmen and a graduate transfer from Alabama with previous USF ties.
Among the newcomers are four internationals (two Canadians, a Dane and a Icelander) and six from Florida. The Bulls open the 2021 season on Thursday as the Florida Gators visit Corbett Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
See below for a look at all 12 USF signees:
Euell attended Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., prior to signing at USF, where she played soccer, lacrosse, softball and track and field. In her sophomore season, she broke the school record by scoring 20 goals during the campaign. Euell also played for Team Boca under Coach Patrick Baker, where she won a national championship in 2021. The Floridian was named 2019 USYS Regional Championship MVP.
Holcome, who joined the Bulls in spring 2021 as a mid-year enrollee, played four years of varsity soccer for Wesley Chapel High School under Coach Mark Leonard. She was a First Team All-Conference goalkeeper and team captain while also playing club soccer for Florida Premier under Coach Eljon Naco, where she was captain from 2016-2020.
Lajmiri arrives at USF after playing club soccer for Odense Q in Denmark. She represented the Danish National Team at the U16, U17 and U19 levels. Lajmiri was the 2015 Cup No. 1 winner and MVP of finals and the 2016 Danish Champion in street soccer. In 2017, she played for Real Madrid Foundation Camp and won the 2018 Gothia Cup winner while being the MVP of the final game. The Dane was the 2018 Nordic Cup Winner with U16 Danish National Team and was a three-time Regional Winner in indoor soccer tournament. She also played for Denmark in the 2019 UEFA Women’s U17 Championship.
La-Rose played for Leaside High School in Toronto under coach Gina Nicolopoulos and played club soccer for the North Toronto Soccer Club under coach Chris Vickers. With North Toronto, she helped the team become league finalists in 2017 and 2019, while winning the league championship in 2018. La-Rose led the OPDL in clean sheets in 2017 and 2018. A three-sport athlete, she also was a 2019 provincial medalist in track in the 4×400 relay and medaled in cross country in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Before signing at play at USF, Lincoln played for Sherando High School in Stephens City, Va., where she was a First Team All-District Selection. In 2017, she broke record for most goals scored by a freshman. Lincoln also played club soccer for McLean ECNL.
Penman-Derstine, another mid-year enrollee from spring 2021, attended Êcole Secondaire Toronto Ouest and played club soccer for North Toronto FC under coach Chris Vickers with Arden La-Rose. She was an Ontario Cup and Provincial Summer Games winner. Penman-Derstine lead the OPDL and Summer Games in scoring in 2018 and led the OPDL again in 2019.
Ryan joins the Bulls after a high school career where she played for Plant High School. In 39 high school games, she scored 57 games and tallied 16 assists, averaging 1.8 goals per game in her senior season. She was a 2020 and 2021 FHSAA Class 7A semifinalist and also played club soccer for Tampa Bay United.
Sweginnis joins the Bulls after playing for Coral Springs Charter High School under coaches Kristin Grassi and Carlos Gomez. The Floridian was a Miami Herald First Team Selection in her junior and senior year while also serving as team captain in her junior and senior years. Sweginnis was a 2021 Broward County All-Star Game MVP and played club soccer for Team Boca under coach Patrick Baker with new USF teammate Jade Euell, where the duo won the 2021 national championship.
Verpaele joins USF as a graduate transfer from Alabama. A three-star recruit entering college, Verpaele played for four years for the Crimson Tide, starting in 36 of 55 matches in which she saw action. Playing primarily in the midfield, Verpaele scored two goals and tallied five assists while taking 49 shots, 12 of which went on goal. Kaley arrives at USF with prior connections to the green and gold, as her father, Kevin, and uncle, Danny, played football for the Bulls.
Valsdottir arrives at USF after playing club soccer for Fylkir and FH Hafnarfjördur in Iceland. She scored one goal with Fylkir in her time with the team. The Icelander has also played in the Icelandic National System, including U17 and U19 play. Valsdottir played in the 2020 UEFA Women’s U19 qualifiers, which were later cancelled due to COVID-19, and in the 2019 UEFA Women’s U17 qualifiers, where Iceland finished second in Group 5 to reach the Elite Round before being eliminated.