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Eleven IMG Academy girls soccer players signed with colleges on National Signing Day

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IMG Academy U19 girls soccer team have eleven players committed to colleges and universities.

The IMG Academy girls soccer class of 2013 featured 11 players that made their commiments binding, and signed the dotted line on National Signing Day, Feb. 6. 

“I always tell the parents, they train every day, they get movement, they get mental conditioning and guidance,” said Marcelo Carrera, U19 Girls Head Coach. “They’ve been treated here as an all-around student-athlete, and they are ready for college because they are in a college-like environment here at IMG Academy.”

The following are  the 11 are heading to the next level:

Sydney McElwain, Goalkeeper
Coker College

  • 2007- Region A Championssophomore year at Wellington High school. 
  • 2007- Wellington Soccer Shootout 2nd Place
  • 2008- Spring Challenge Finalist
  • 2009- Fall Festival Champions
  • 2012- Round of 16 for State Cup

Tournaments played in-  Florida State Cup; Orange Classic; Plantation Thanksgiving Classic; CASL; Score at the Shore; Major beach soccer tournament; Triangle Friendlies; Disney Showcase

Kayla Aritt
University of North Florida

  • Played at IMG Academy from 6th through 12th grade.
  • 2010 Savannah College Showcase Tournament Champion
  • 2010 FYSA State Cup Quarter Finalist
  • 2010 32nd Annual Seminole Memorial Tournament Champion
  • 2009 Clearwater Puma Challenge Finalist
  • 2009 HCU Adidas Columbus Day Classic Finalist
  • 2007 IMG Academy U-12 Girls MVP
  • 2011 U16 US National Team candidate
  • 2012 State Cup round of 16

Tournaments Played in: Orange Classic; CASL showcase; Triangle Friendlies; GSA Adidas Invitational; Savannah College Showcase; State Cup; Seminole Memorial tournament; Clearwater Puma Challenge.

Hannah Davis, Forward
Nova Southeastern University

  • Has trainined for four years at IMG Academy
  • Served as a valuable utility player, seeing action at defense, midfield and as a forward

Allie Ashley, Goalkeeper
Trevecca Nazarene University

  • Began playing keeper at 8 years old
  • Joined the IMG Academy program 2 years ago as a junior
  • Played internationally in Europe
  • Was on the “A team” for Florida state ODP
  • 2010-Score at the Shore champions
  • 2012- Round of 16 for State Cup

Tournaments played in: Florida State cup; Disney Showcase; Orange classic; Score at the Shore; CASL;  Atlanta Final Four Showcase; Triangle Friendliness

Hannah Howell, Forward
Georgetown University

  • Team Captain
  • Led them in scoring as they competed nationally at the highest level
  • Four- year starter 
  • Three-time MVP in high school
  • Competed in track and cross-country


Cassandra Kerrigan, Midfielder
Lenoir-Rhyne University

  • From Osprey, Fla.
  • Played for U12 Venice
  • Cape Coral U13
  • F.C. Sarasota U14-U16
  • Chicago Fire Juniors
  • IMG Academy U18 year

Tournaments played in: Florida State Cup, Orange Classic, Plantation Thanksgiving Classic, Score at the Shore, Triangle Friendlies, Disney Showcase qualifier, Gator Showcase, WAGS, CASL, Disney International Tournament 

Casandra Ordonez, Defender 
Coker College

  • Played for IMG Academy for the past 5 years
  • Played Varsity high school soccer freshman and senior year
  • 2010- Disney tournament champion
  • 2012- Round of 16 State Cup

Tournaments played in:  Florida State Cup; Orange Classic; CASL; Score at the Shore; Major beach soccer tournament; Triangle friendlies; Disney Showcase; savannah college showcase


Megan Peterson, Defender 
Carson Newman College

  • Standout at Palmetto High School and IMG Academy
  • Palmetto’s top scorer freshman season
  • Member of the Palmetto Honor Roll
  • Daughter of Dave and Kathi Peterson
  • Majoring in Pre-med

Carson Newman Coach Richard Moodie said of Megan: “She Comes from a very strong level down in IMG Academy. She’s a fantastic young lady and fantastic defender. Definitely will be a huge addition based on her athleticism and her understanding of the game.” 

Jenna Steininger, Defender
University of North Florida

  • Began playing soccer at the age of five
  • Has trained with IMG Academy for the past five years


Yazmin Velez, Defender 
Florida Gulf Coast

  • Played on Braden River for 2 years ( 6th & 7th grade) 
  • FC Sarasota 8th and 9th grade 
  • IMG academy till senior year
  • Played Varsity Soccer all 4 years at Venice High School

Tournaments played in: State Cup; Orange Classic; CASL; Beach soccer tournament; Memorial Day tournament; Boca Raton Regional tournament; Montevallo ODP tournament

Hannah Howard,  Forward
Elon Univeristy

Prep Career: 

  • Averaged 25 goals per season
  • Led team to three district titles and three regional semifinals 
  • All-Area Player of the Year as a junior
  • National Honor Society member

Club Career:

  • Joined IMG Academy in the fall of 2012
  • Starting forward and one of the team’s leading scorers in 2012 

IMG Academy proudly congratulates each of the signees on their well deserved achievement!