(WKBW release) The Western New York Flash of the Women’s Professional Soccer League Elite announced the signing of six players to their 2012 roster.
According to a news release:
Five will be new to the team this year including Tori Huster, Katherine Reynolds, Angela Salem, Emily van Egmond and Nikki Marshall. Midfielder Beverly Goebel also inked to return to the club.
“I am very excited to welcome all the players to our organization,” said Flash coach Aaran Lines. “They are all wonderful additions to our roster and will help fulfill our goal of a three-peat.”
Huster was a second round selection of the Flash in the WPS draft and signed as a free agent. She is a 2011 graduate of Florida State University where she finished her senior season fourth on the team in points (6g, 2a). The Cincinnati native started 91 games in her four-year career with the Seminoles and finished with 59 points including 20 goals.
Reynolds and Salem both played for the Atlanta Beat of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) last season. Reynolds, a defender, started all 18 games for the Beat in 2011 and played every minute of every game. She had professional stops with the Seattle Sounders and Philadelphia Independence. Reynolds hails from San Clemente, California.
Salem, a midfielder from Coplay, Ohio, comes to the Flash after a year with the Beat. She started nine games and appeared in 11 last year. Salem has also played for the Sky Blue FC of the WPS and is a graduate of Francis Marion University where she became the first female alum to play professional soccer.
Van Egmond is an 18-year-old professional from Australia. She has appeared in several games for the Australian women’s national team at the midfield and scored in the 2011 World Cup, becoming the youngest Australian to do so.
Marshall, a defender/forward, split time between the Boston Breakers and the magicJack of the WPS last year. The 23-year-old from Mead, Colorado was the seventh-round draft pick of the Washington Freedom in the 2010 WPS Draft. A graduate of Colorado University, Marshall holds the school record for career goals.
Goebel returns to the Flash after playing in 14 games and starting three for the Flash last season. The midfielder scored a goal and had an assist. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Miami and was selected 27th overall in the 2010 draft by the Washington Freedom.