July 3, 2014
St. John's women's soccer head coach Ian Stone welcomes the seven newest members of the 2014 recruiting class to join the Red Storm on the pitch this August.
"We are looking forward to welcoming the seven fine student-athletes to our 2014 squad," said Stone. "They are going to really help us to maintain our program's high standards both on and off the field."
Jessica Schaefer | Defender | Dublin, Ohio | Dublin Coffman High School
Schaefer will join the St. John's backfield after leading the Dublin Coffman High School squad to back-to-back Ohio Capital Central Conference titles in 2012 and 2013 that included only the second-ever team to go undefeated in school history. Named a captain in her senior season, Schaefer earned back-to-back All-OCC Second Team honors and helped tie a program single-season team record for fewest goals against. For the past 10 years, Schaefer has also played for the Ohio Premier club team where she led the squad as one of only 16 elite teams into the ECNL National Tournament. Aside from playing soccer, Schaefer also helped lead the Dublin Coffman cross country team to back-to-back OCC Championships and a 2010 District title.
Shea Connors | Forward | New Haven, Conn. | Wilbur Cross High School
A two-time captain for Wilbur Cross High School, Connors made program history as she recorded over 100 goals in her four-year career to become the school's all-time career goals leader in 2013. The record was no surprise as Connors was named a four-time All-Southern Connecticut Conference team member that included a pair of All-State honors and recognition as the 2013 Greater New Haven Soccer Officials Association Female Athlete of the Year. Along with leading the Governors to the Connecticut State Championship, Connors is currently playing for Yankee United FC in the WPSL where she leads the team with five goals in only three games already this year. Off the pitch, Connors was also ran both indoor and outdoor track for Wilbur Cross that included a second-place finish in the sprint medley of the 2014 National Championship to earn All-America status.
Mikhaila Martinov | Defender | Northport, N.Y. | Northport High School
After starting in every game during her last two seasons at Northport High School, Martinov led her Class AA squad to a pair of back-to-back Suffolk County Championships including an undefeated regular season during her senior season and a 2012 Long Island Class AA Championship. After being recognized with All-League accolades her junior year, Martinov was named team captain in 2013 before working her way on to both All-Conference and All-County honors to end her senior season. A member of the East Meadow Soccer Club, Martinov has also helped her squad qualify for back-to-back ECNL National Championships.
Alana Mitchem | Midfielder | Anaheim Hills, Calif. | Canyon High School
Following a two-year playing career at Army in 2011 and 2012, Mitchem joins the Red Storm with 29 career collegiate games played that included a 2-0 semifinal victory over top-seeded Colgate in the 2011 Patriot League Tournament. Prior to her time at Army, Mitchem was named a three-time high-school selection to each First Team All-League and First Team All-CIF, as well as a pair of All-County selections after leading Canyon High School to three-consecutive league titles. Listed among the Orange County Register's preseason Top 15 seniors to watch, Mitchem was selected as a Southern California All-Star and served on the Cal South ODP G'92 team. The California native also played club soccer for Wolfpack where she led the squad to a U.S. Club Soccer Regional Title and a National Cup semifinal appearance. Off the field, Mitchem competed on the Canyon High School track team where she earned a silver medal in the 400-meter dash at the Southern California Track & Field Championships.
Alexsondra Moar | Midfielder | Winnipeg, Canada | Garden City Collegiate
A four-time team captain at Garden City Collegiate, Moar led her squad to the Provincial Championship title in three of her four years (2010, 2012, 2013) and was crowned the Provincial Championship MVP in both 2010 and 2012. A former member of the Portage Trail Soccer Club, Moar was named the 2013 Club Player of the Year and helped lead her squad to a silver medal in the 2012 Canadian National Club Championship. Following her time with the Portage Trail SC, Moar now joins the Treasure Coast Dynamites as part of the WPSL. Aside from her experience on the pitch, Moar was also a three-year member of the track & field team and two-year varsity letter winner of the cross country team in high school.
Mariela Jacome | Forward/Midfielder | Kinderhook, N.Y. | Ichabod Crane High School
A two-time team captain at Ichabod Crane High School, Jacome led the team in both goals and assists as the Lady Riders went on to take home the 2013 Colonial Council Divsision Championship. During her time with the Lady Riders, Jacome was voted to the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports Class B and Colonial Council All-Star for three-consecutive seasons. After receiving the ICC MVP award her junior year, Jacome was named to the Albany Times Union Small School All-Star team as a senior. Along with her time on the soccer field, Jacome was a member of the school's record-setting 4x800 relay track team in 2012. Jacome also spent this past season playing for Quickstrike FC where she helped lead the team to the Eastern New York U-18 State Cup. Prior to her time with Quickstrike, Jacome was also a member of the Alleycats Soccer Club.
Jazmin Acosta | Forward/Midfielder | Port Chester, N.Y. | Port Chester High School
Following an impressive senior campaign on the field that led her to First Team All-Conference honors, Acosta has joined up with FC Westchester Elite (N.Y.) of the WPSL for the summer before heading to Queens to become a member of the Red Storm. After serving for four seasons on the Port Chester track & field team, Acosta's all-around athleticism has earned her a spot on the St. John's track & field squad as well. During her time in high school, Acosta was crowned a three-time State Champion and was the fourth-best long jumper in the state this past spring, earning her a League Championship, Westchester Championship and Section I Championship throughout her career in the event.