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Helena High's Kraft signs with Carroll soccer

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Carroll College women's soccer coach David Thorvilson announced the signing of nine student-athletes to Cascade Conference Letters of Intents. The class includes three athletes from Montana, including Helena High standout Carsyn Kraft.  The class also includes one athlete each from Colorado, Utah, Nevada, North Dakota and California.
The Saints look to replace a successful class of 10 graduating seniors who led the Carroll to a conference regular-season and tournament championship in the first year in the Cascade Conference.
The group includes four defenders, three midfielders, two forwards and one player that will either play forward or outside back fro the Saints.
"It always a little nerve wracking when you are trying to replace 10 seniors especially when you are coming off a conference title," Thorvilson said. "Each one of these players are very athletic and a strong individual talent. The forwards will have an opportunity to have impact right away.  For the rest of the group there is an opportunity to learn from a senior class that is very knowledgeable about the game."
Kraft is coming off a tremendous senior year help Helena High win the State AA title this last fall.  She was a three-year varsity letter winner helping the Bengals to State runner-up, fifth place finish and finally capper her career off with the state title. She was named to the Shodair Soccer Classic teams this summer. 
She plays her club soccer for Helena Arsenal as well as playing in some showcase tournaments with Rocky Mountain FC select team that went 5-0 in their division at the Mayors Cup last year.  Carsyn is the daughter of Ami and Shawn Kraft and plans to study Nursing while at Carroll College.
"Our coaching staff has watched the development of Carsyn both in club and high school," Thorvilson said. "We are excited to see how she transitions into the college game this fall."
Michaela Stock, a four-year varsity letter winner for Billings Central, had an impressive high school prep career.  She was selected as an All-Conference player, an All-State selectiontwice, winner of the grit award in 2014 and 2015 and earned three Academic All-State selections. 
Stock capped off her high school career winning the class A State title this last fall giving her three state titles in her four years while captaining the team her last two seasons. Stock has played her club ball for both Magic City and Edge soccer clubs. Michaela is a 4.0 student and is currently undecided what she will study at Carroll College.  She is the daughter of Rochelle and Michael Stock.
"Michaela has seen great success at the high school ranks and that pedigree will help her at the college level.  She is athletic and driven both in the classroom and on the field," Thorvilson said.
Rachel Quade was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter as a center back for Billings Skyview and is coming off a successful senior year that saw Skyview upset last year's State champions CMR in their playoff game to go to state. 
Quade was named to the Shodair Soccer Classic teams this summer. She also received All-State and All-Conference selections as well as being names defensive MVP by her team the last two years.  In 2014 the Great Falls Tribune honored her on the Super State team.  She has been a member of the Montana Olympic Development Program and has played club soccer for both Magic City and Edge Academy. 
Rachel has a 3.9 GPA and is a National Honors Society member and plans to pursue the Pre-Medicine track at Carroll College.  Rachel is the daughter of Jill and Garth Quade and brother Reece is a current member of the Saints football team.
"Rachel has been at our summer camp the last two years and has impressed our coaching staff and players, she will be a great addition to the team this fall," Thorvilson said.
Charly Clements is a standout high school athlete at Holy Family in Broomfield, Colorado, where she has been a member of the varsity basketball, track & field, cross country and soccer teams.  She was a member of the state champion basketball team, she also earned a quarterfinal appearance for soccer where she earned All-Conference, All-State Academic, BOCO preps second-team before suffering an ACL injury during her junior year. 
Clements plays her club soccer for FC Boulder and they have been runner up for the Colorado State Cup the last two years playing in the Super league and well as being a member of the Colorado ODP program. 
A standout student, she has a weighted GPA of 4.6 and plans to major in Theology at Carroll College.  She is the daughter of Michele Stevens-Clements and Mike Clements and her brother Willy is a freshman on the Saints football team.
"I watch Charly play in Las Vegas last year and was very impressed with her and we are eager to add a student athlete of her caliber to your program," Thorvilson said.
Makayla Welch is a four-year varsity player and starter, the last two years at Rocky Mountain High School in Boise, Idaho. Her junior year saw the team win District 5A Champions and placed at State three of her four years. She was awarded sportsmanship award in 2014 as well as receiving academic awards the last three years. 
Welch is a member of the FC Nova ECNL team out of Boise. ECNL stands for Elite Club National League where she gets to play against some of the best teams in the country.  An Honor Roll Student and member of the National Honors Society, Welch has a 3.9 GPA and plans to study Science/ Pre-Veterinarian while at Carroll College. She is the daughter of Lonna and Nick Welch.
"I first watch Makayla play at FC Nova's ID camp and new right away that she would be a great fit for Carroll College and our soccer program," Thorvilson said. "She is a dynamic player in the final third of the field and will help replace a large graduating group of forwards."
Alexa Fries is a four-year letter winner and three-year starter for Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, Utah, where she helped the team to three region titles and a state championship game her junior year.  Proving her versatility, Fries contributed to Juan Diego's success as a midfielder, defender, and forward during her time there. 
She is also a member of the National Honor Society with a GPA of 3.9.  Fries plays her club soccer for Sparta United with whom she ha played in tournaments across the western U.S. including Surf Cups and the Region IV Championships.  Fries plans to major in Nursing at Carroll College.  She is the daughter of Matt and Tiffani Fries.
"Alexa trained with us during preseason of her junior year and I have watched her club team play many times," Thorvilson said. "She can play in many different positions and has been a goal scores for all her teams."
Brenna Rohnkohl has had a tremendous prep career at Faith Lutheran high school in Las Vegas.  She is a four-year varsity letter winner in soccer and a three-year letter winner in track and field.  Brenna is a three-time state champ in track and field and holds the state record for the 4 x 400 set during her freshman year then beat it her junior year. 
For soccer, her team has been a four time Southern NV Regional Champions finishing in the State Semi-finals her first three years before finally winning State her Senior year.  She has had numerous league and regional awards but was voted Best of Nevada Preps 2016 All State Second-Team this year and received Athletic Performer of the Year her junior year. 
Brenna is a vestal player that was runner up for Offensive Player of the Year in Southern NV scoring 24 goals and eight assists during her junior year and was All Sunset Region Defensive Player of the year this last season.  Rohnkohl players club soccer for Heat FC and they were the 2013 Nevada State Champions.  She will also run track for the Carroll track and field program.
Brenna is the daughter of Kathleen Kelly and William Rohnkohl.  She has maintained a 3.7 GPA and plans to follow the pre-physical therapy route at Carroll College.
"Brenna is just a tremendous athlete," Thorvilson said. "I watched her play in the second day of a tournament after coming from a track meet and she did not miss a beat on the field.  She can score goals as a forward or come out of the back line into the attack and be just as dangerous."
Taryn Neameyer is a three-year starter for Century high school in Bismarck, N.D. Her freshman year came with a State Championship and all tournament honors, sophomore year she helped the team to a State runner-up and earned all tournament honors, and junior year saw her earn All-State and All-Conference awards.  Girls high school soccer is played in the spring in North Dakota and Neameyer hopes to cap off her HS career with another run at the state title.  She plays for the Dakota United Soccer Club in the spring.  Neameyer has maintained a 4.0 GPA during her high school career and has received the National Honor Society Award the last three years.  She is the daughter of Trina and Tony Neameyer and plans to study Nursing at Carroll College. Her sister Tessa was a captain and standout player for the Saints who played her final season in 2014.
"I feel Taryn is the top player coming out of Bismarck, ND and she is a legacy following in her sister's footsteps," Thorvilson said. "She is a ball of energy with great technical ability and has a great understanding of what Carroll is all about."
Emily Gess spent her freshman year at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., where she played for the Frosh/Soph team that went undefeated in the regular season.  Emily transferred to Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, Calif., her sophomore year and has played varsity all three years. 
She was a Sunset All-Academic honoree, earned the Academic Excellence Award in 2014 and 2015 and is a member of DECA were she received the Gold Medal last winter and placed second in State Business Completion this January. 
Gess plays her club soccer for Slammers FC.  She has won the State cup in 2011, finalist in Region IV Presidents Cup, placed first in the EGSL league last spring.  Her teams have won the November Nights College Showcase and a semi-finalist in the Players Showcase in Las Vegas. She maintained a 3.9 GPA, but is unsure of what she wants to study at Carroll. She is interested in both the business and biology departments.  Emily is the daughter of Megan and Brent Gess.
"Emily was one of our first players to committee to us last year.  She trained with us during the season and I wanted to sign her right there," Thorvilson said. "Emily is technically and tacitly ready for the college game and we can't wait to see how her four years unfold here as a student athlete."
The Saints are coming off their first year in the Cascade Collegiate Conference that saw them win the conference title for both regular and post season.  The Saints were paired in the first round of the National Tournament against Spring Arbor who went on to become the NAIA national champions.  The team will graduate ten seniors this year but will still return a good core of last years' team.  Coach Thorvilson is still looking to sign two more players to finish off this recruiting call in the next few weeks.

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