Auburn Soccer Signs Three
February 7, 2005
AUBURN -- The Auburn soccer team signed three players for the 2005 season, announced head coach Karen Hoppa, including Kara Kasten of Roswell, Ga.; Jenn Johnson of Loganville, Ga. and Molly Turner of Brentwood, Tenn.
“The significant thing about this class of signees is that we signed a quality player in each position we needed for next season,” Hoppa said. “Also notable, is that these signees’ academic accomplishments, in addition to their athletic skill, will make them outstanding student-athletes here at Auburn.”
Kasten, a 5-5 forward from Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, has been the team’s leading scorer every season, including 34 goals during her junior season and 82 in her three seasons with the team, with her senior season still to come. Kasten played for Eric Ritter of the United Quest ‘86 Red club team, helping lead them to the 2003 Georgia State Cup semifinals, 2002 semifinals and the 2000 finals. During her junior season of high school play, Kasten was named the Atlanta Journal Constitution North Fulton Girls Soccer Player of the Year, First Team All-County and the Varsity Soccer MVP. Kasten was also named First Team All-County in 2003 and 2002. Academic accomplishments include Summa Cum Laude Award throughout high school and the 2003 Varsity Basketball Coca-Cola Scholar Athlete Award.
“Kara is a fast, dynamic goal scorer that will certainly help us fill the void up top left by (Chrissy) Culver and (Sarah) Steinmann,” Hoppa said. “She leads both her high school and club teams in scoring, and last year led her club team to the competitive Georgia State Championship. We look forward to her making an immediate impact on our front line.”
Johnson, 5-6, will come to Auburn from Greater Atlanta Christian School as a midfielder this fall. For her GSA club soccer team, Johnson helped lead the team to the state finals and an Orange Classic championship as team captain. In high school, Johnson set a school record for most goals in a season, was named to the county Super Six and was named First Team All-County. Johnson was also named the Gwinnett County Player of the Year, the Georgia Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Month, named to the President’s List and is a National Honor Society member. An all-state team member in track and cross country as well, Johnson was named the Atlanta Track Club All-Metro Team and Cross Country Woman of the Year.
“Jenn is a versatile, athletic midfielder, who can also play in the back,” Hoppa said. “Her fitness and work rate are such that she plays effectively six-yard-box to six-yard-box as a midfielder. Coming out of a club as quality as GSA, which has produced players such as Ronda Brooks, Jenn’s experience and leadership will be a great asset to our program.”
Turner, a 5-5 center back, helped lead her club team, the ‘87 Brentwood Impact, to the 2002, 2003 and 2004 state championship, coached by Brandy and Daniel Gagliano. In 2004, she was selected to the Region III U-19 pool and has been on the ‘86 Tennessee State ODP Team from 2000-03. At Brentwood High School, Turner was a 2003 Class AAA First Team All-State member and a 2003 TSSAA District 11AAA Defensive Co-Player of the Year. In addition to those awards, Turner was named First Team All Mid-State as chosen by the Tennessean, WilliamsonA.M. Player of the Year, Region Player of the Year and District Player of the Year. Turner is the daughter of Todd Turner, the former Vanderbilt Athletics Director and current AD at Washington.
“Molly is a tremendous center back, who is strong in the air and has a great tactical knowledge of the game,” Hoppa said. “Her composed technical ability will fit in perfectly with our style of possession through our back line. Her experience with the Brentwood Impact has prepared her to be a successful college defender.”