JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 21, 2012) – ETSU women’s soccer head coach Adam Sayers announced the signing of three Tennessee recruits, on Tuesday, adding Kara Krajenta (Cordova, Tenn.), Sydney Carden (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Sierra Campbell (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) to the 2012-13 class.
“We are looking forward to working with Kara [Krajenta], Sydney [Carden] and Sierra [Campbell]," Sayers said. "They have all been in good club environments, working with some excellent coaches, so we are confident that they have been well prepared for the challenge here. They are good additions to our squad, and we are eagerly awaiting their arrival at ETSU."
Krajenta comes to ETSU having spent four years at St. Benedict at Auburndale High School in Memphis Tenn., where she was a goalkeeper for the Eagles. In her time at St. Benedict, Krajenta was a member of the 2011 All-region Team, and was named to the 2011 Tennessee State All-Star Game. Her senior season, Krajenta started all 19 games in goal for the Eagles while recording eight shutouts, making 216 saves and posting a GAA of 1.20. Krajenta also spent time with the Lady Lobos ’94 Region III Premier League team, helping the squad to a Region III championship as well as another championship at the 2011 Disney Showcase Tournament.
Originally from Chicago, Krajenta was the Student Government Secretary at St. Benedict and served as Vice President of the Spanish National Honor Society. Krajenta also served as a member of the community service group Bridge Builders throughout the Memphis area.
“Kara [Krajenta] is a good shot-stopper, and communicates well,” Sayers added on Krajenta’s playing abilities. “We are glad to have her as part of a strong class.”
Carden was a multi-sport student-athlete at Halls High School in Knoxville, Tenn. On the soccer side, Carden spent four years under head coach Scott Rhea, where she was an All-District selection in 2009, ’10 and ’11, named an All-Region forward in 2010, and was an All-Region selection again in 2011. Carden scored 28 goals and recorded 10 assists in her junior year alone, and followed that up with 15 goals and nine assists in 2011. The Knoxville native excelled at basketball as well, playing the point all four years at Halls. Carden averaged over 20 points per game in both her junior and senior year, averaging 20.1 points during the 2010-11 season, and 21.5 her senior year.
In the classroom, Carden boasted a 3.7 cumulative GPA and was a member of the Halls High School honor roll. She also served the Knoxville community by working summer sports camps for children.
“Sydney will be a good addition to our group of forward players, and provides us with a different option up front,” said Sayers, who coached the Lady Bucs to a school record 43 goals last season. “She holds the ball up well, and brings other players into the game. She is also dangerous in and around the box.”
Campbell hails from Fred J. Page High School in Franklin, Tenn., where she was a multi-sport student-athlete playing soccer, volleyball and running track. In soccer, Campbell played for three years under head coaches Nathan Clapp and Pete Wade, helping her team to a 54-10-5 record while transitioning from central defense to becoming the full-time starting goalkeeper her senior year, where she made 230 saves and posted seven shutouts. Her many honors include receiving the women’s soccer Coach’s Award in 2009, ’10 and ’11 and being a 2011 All-District selection. Campbell also helped her team to the 2009 AIAA Tennessee State quarterfinals, 2010 semifinals and the 2011 regional championship. From 2008-11, Campbell was also a member of the Tennessee State ODP ’94 team. Her athletic accomplishments also include a 2008 AIAA State semifinal appearance in volleyball, and setting several track records.
Academically, Campbell was a member of the National Honors Society, the Fred J. Page High School honor roll and was honored with the STAR Leadership Award. Her involvement also extended to serving as the Fred J. Page Student Body President for two years, being involved in Young Life, FCA and Smiles for Kids.
“Sierra is a technically sound goalkeeper,” said Sayers. “She is also mature and composed, which are obviously good psychological components for the position.”
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