Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

9 Raider Soccer Grads; 8 Get Scholarships

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

9 Raider Soccer Grads; 8 Get Scholarships

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Four players from the Orange Park High School girls soccer team

have signed letters of intent to play college soccer. They are

Sarah D'Antonio (South Carolina), Kate Bowles (Boise State),

Katie Poff (University of North Florida) and Jill Veitch

(Southern Mississippi).

Raider soccer coach Rodney Kenney said he was proud of the

graduating seniors on the team progressing to the next level.

"Out of our nine graduating seniors, four received athletic

scholarships and four received academic scholarships," Kenney

said.

D'Antonio, a team captain who was second on the team with 18

goals, said she turned down five colleges to attend South

Carolina.

"They have an established program and have had winning

seasons," she said. "I was very impressed with the coach because

she was a good recruiter and she has experience from coaching

soccer in Ireland."

Kenney said D'Antonio is a highly skilled player who has great

control.

"She does not get shook up either mentally or physically during

a game," he said.

Bowles, an all-state selection and a team captain, said she

turned down offers from Arkansas and South Carolina to attend

Boise State because she had some familiar ties there.

"Their head coach [Julie Orlowski] used to coach at North

Florida, and I also knew a player on the team from Orlando that

I had played in tournaments with since I was 13 years old," said

Bowles, a stopper who had 16 goals and seven assists last

season.

Kenney said Bowles is a big, strong, fast athlete who is going

to a brand-new program.

Poff, a midfielder with 10 assists last year, said she decided

to play at North Florida because she wanted to stay closer to

home and she was impressed with the computer school.

Kenney said Poff was the most skilled soccer player on the

team.

"She has the best first touch of anyone on the team," Kenney

said. "She can play the ball with either foot and she is very

accurate with her passes. …

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