(WINDSOR, ON) – Steve Hart, head coach of the Lancer women’s soccer program, has announced the 2017-18 recruiting class. Highlighting the group are local athletes and teammates Savannah Marra and Jade Samping, as well as Sophia Ferrazzo of Toronto.
Samping has previously played on the defensive line for the Windsor Soccer Club and Polonia and now she plays defensive midfield for the Eastside Kickers and Holy Names Knights.
As team captain for both Eastside and Holy Names, the Windsor native plays different positions from initiating the attack to controlling the back line. Her tenacity has often led her to being asked several times to play for older age groups for the Kickers and in senior level soccer at Holy Names, where she was selected to the first team all-city team.
“I am looking forward to taking the next step in my journey this coming season as a Lancer,” said Samping. “My experiences have taught me an abundant set of skills that I will be able to use not only the field but in the classroom and in life.”
Marra joins the Blue and Gold as a striker from the Kickers and Villanova Wildcats. She was the Kickers’ leading scorer for the past two seasons and led the Western Region Soccer League with over 10 goals. The LaSalle native was named first team all-city in her 2016 season at Villanova and helped lead the Wildcats to two SWOSSAA appearances in 2015 and 2017.
“I’m extremely grateful and excited about continuing my soccer career with such a wonderful soccer program while also being able to receive an education at the same time,” said Marra. “I’m looking forward to developing my skills with such a high level team and hope to contribute towards the team’s success in the upcoming season.”
Toronto born striker Ferrazzo arrives in Windsor from the North Toronto Nitros. In 2016, Ferrazzo scored 20 goals in just 34 games and also led the team to the U18 Provincial Indoor Soccer League Championship in April. She also captured the prestigious Disney Cup in 2014 with her previous cub, the Woodbridge Strikers.
“I’m excited for the opportunity and experience of going to Windsor to pursue my passion for soccer and also to gain a valuable education,” said Ferrazzo. “I’m looking forward to further developing my skills and contributing towards the team in any way I can.”
Also joining the Lancers in the fall are defenders Lindsey Campbell and Amanda Anger and Holy Names midfielder Stephanie Turner.
“I am extremely proud of the recruits we have coming in this year,” said Hart. “We were up against some stiff competition and it took a lot of hard work and several attempts to secure these tremendous athletes.”