The New England Mutiny have added ten more commitments to their roster for the Summer 2014 season in the New England Division of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The signings are highlighted by Mutiny veterans in defender Karen Gurnon, forward Kate Howarth, goalkeeper Ellie McDougall and midfielder/forward Kerry Scalora. More of the top talent from the Northeast region round out the six first-year players who include midfielder/forward Julie Hubbard, defender Ellie Jean, midfielder Allison Kelley, midfielder/defender Bailey Robinson, goalkeeper Kristyn Shea and defender Julia Weithofer.
"In order to contend for the playoffs it was extremely important for us to add quality depth to the roster, especially considering the attrition we endured at the end of last season," said Mutiny Team Owner Joe Ferrara, Jr. "Each of these players have the ability to play a significant role provided that they can mesh with the core returnees. We will now conduct a couple of open tryouts shortly to fill in the remaining roster positions and get ready for our opener vs. Maine on May 17th."
Gurnon returns for her sixth season with the New England Mutiny, after spending last year with the Ottawa Fury. After competing in pre-season for Sky Blue F.C. of National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), Gurnon played in 12 games for the 2012 W-League champions who finished the 2013 season with a 7-3-2 record while boasting the league's second best defensive record. Howarth played alongside Gurnon for New England during the 2012 WPSL Elite season and led the team in scoring with 22 points (9 goals, 4 assists). Last year, the former Miami Hurricane competed for the Boston Breakers of NWSL, making four appearances.
Hubbard, Jean, Kelley and Robinson add more quality, depth and competition as first-year Mutiny players, and all should push the returning core of the 2013 WPSL East champions. Hubbard started all 20 games for the University of Connecticut Huskies last fall after transferring from Penn State University and recorded eight points (four goals, two game-winners). Jean is the captain of the U.S. U-17 Youth National Team, who defeated FIFA World Cup champion Japan by a 2-1 score in February. The Coventry, CT-native & No. 7-ranked Fall 2015 prospect by Top Drawer Soccer has verbally committed to play for the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Kelley finished off her career for Central Connecticut State University as a 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's All-Northeast Region Third Team selection. The former Blue Devil was named to the All-NEC First Team and earned Player of the Match honors at the 2013 NEWISA Senior Bowl. Robinson also competed in the Senior Bowl and provided leadership for the nationally-ranked American International College Yellow Jackets, who qualified for the 2013 NCAA Division II Final Four. The Pittsfield, MA-native (the first ever for the Mutiny) was a three-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection.
Scalora played for the Mutiny last summer, but was held back due to injuries but still notched an assist in two starts. The former University of Pennsylvania star started all 16 matches she appeared in last fall as the team's leading scorer (six goals, three assists) and ended her college career as a three-time All-Ivy League selection. Robinson started all nine matches she appeared in goal last fall for Providence College, logging the most minutes for the Friars with a 2-3-3 record and a 1.26 GAA. The Piscataway, NJ-native joins her college teammates & Mutiny returnees Alyssa Martino and Rachel Ugolik on this summer's team.
Weithofer will compete in her hometown this summer as New England will play all five home games at East Longmeadow High School. The former Spartan was one of six Minutewomen to start all 20 games last fall at the University of Massachusetts and was selected to the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie Team. McDougall returns in goal for the Mutiny after starting all 19 games for Mercyhurst University (9-9-1) last fall. Her team's season ended with a loss to No. 7-ranked California University of Pennsylvania in the 1st Round of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament (DII) and McDougall recorded 10 saves.
All ten signings will look to make an impact as New England kicks off their 2013 season on Saturday, May 17th against the Maine Mariners at East Longmeadow H.S. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 PM. Single-game, season tickets and "Donate A Ticket" options are available on the "Schedule" page of the team's official website.
NAME - POS - HOMETOWN - COLLEGE / CLUB
Karen Gurnon - D - Tolland, CT - Univ. of Connecticut / Ottawa Fury
Kate Howarth - F - Grand Blanc, MI - Univ. of Miami / Boston Breakers
Julie Hubbard - MF/F - Waverly, PA - Univ. of Connecticut *
Ellie Jean - D - Coventry, CT - Coventry H.S. / Oakwood S.C. *
Allison Kelley - MF - Coventry, RI - Central Connecticut State Univ. *
Ellie McDougall - GK - Granby, CT - Mercyhurst College / N.E. Mutiny
Bailey Robinson - MF/D - Pittsfield, MA - American International College *
Kerry Scalora - MF/F - Berlin, CT - Univ. of Pennsylvania / N.E. Mutiny
Kristyn Shea - GK - Piscataway, NJ - Providence College *
Julia Weithofer - D - E. Longmeadow, MA - Univ. of Massachusetts *
* signifies first year w/Mutiny