Eastern Kentucky University soccer head coach Matt Cosinuke announced the signing of nine players on Thursday.
The nine new Colonels are Carmen Combs, Nerea de Diego, Hope Evans, Gretta Gunn, Sabrina Hinz, Tiatianna Jones, Marah Krick, Lucy Ream and Claire Siler.
“This class embodies what we strive for in recruiting – talent, speed and, most importantly, a strong mentality,” Cosinuke said. “This is a special group of young women. They believe in the direction of our program and want to help us achieve our goal of the first NCAA Tournament berth EKU soccer history. When you think about current makeup of this team, with the addition of these new family members, you can’t help but get a little excited. From Lexington to Castro Urdiales, we have searched the globe for the right people to keep this family moving forward. We can’t wait to see them in Richmond. Go Big E!”
Combs comes to EKU from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington. She led the Bulldogs in assists as a senior, and was second on the team in goals as a junior. Combs is a two-time All-City honoree and was voted All-Region in 2020.
She won a state championship with club team, Lexington F.C., in 2019.
Combs chose EKU over Bellarmine.
Nerea de Diego
De Diego comes to Richmond from Castro Urdiales, Cantabria, in the north of Spain.
She was called into a youth National Team camp for Spain in 2018.
De Diego currently plays for Racing Santander in the Liga Reto Iberdrola.
Evans is from Middletown, Ohio. She was a two-time team captain at Bishop Fenwick High School. As a junior, Evans was voted second team All-GLC (Greater Catholic League).
She played for the ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Event Midwest Team in 2018 and the ODP Costa Rica International Team in 2019.
Evans chose EKU over Grand Valley State, Florida Gulf Coast, Cincinnati, Wright State and Xavier.
Gunn hails from West Chester, Ohio. A standout player at Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati, Gunn was voted first team All-City in 2018 and second team All-GGCL (Girls’ Greater Catholic League) in 2018 and 2019.
Gunn plays for Ohio Elite in the ECNL. She participated in the Ohio Valley PDP in the ECNL in 2017 and 2018.
Gunn chose EKU over Cincinnati, Ohio and Dayton.
Hinz comes to EKU from Murrieta, California. She was also a standout basketball, softball and volleyball player at Temecula Prepartory School.
Hinz plays club soccer for Strikers F.C. in the ECNL. She was a Cal South ODP Region 4 champion in 2019, a Cal South National Cup champion in 2018 and a Presidents Cup National Champion in 2016 (she won the Golden Glove Award for that tournament).
Hinz participated in U.S. Soccer Training Centers and Combine for two years.
She chose EKU over Rhode Island.
Tiatianna Jones comes to Richmond from Hamden, Connecticut, where was a four-year varsity player at Hamden High School. She was a two-time All-SCC (Southern Connecticut Conference) performer for the Dragons and she holds the school’s career records for goals (45) and assists (15).
Jones also holds the career goals (70) and assists (25) records for her club team, Ginga F.C.
She chose EKU over UMass Lowell, Wingate, Northern Vermont and American International College.
Krick is from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, where she was a two-time team captain for the Hill School. She was voted first team All-MAPL (Mid-Atlantic Prep League) in 2019. She also won the 2019 Dedication Award.
Krick plays club soccer for F.C. Delco in the ECNL.
She chose EKU over St. Mary’s and Williams College.
Ream comes to Eastern Kentucky from Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. A standout player at Fox Chapel Area High School, she was voted first team All-Big 56 and was an All-America nominee.
Ream plays club soccer for Beadling S.C. in the Girls Academy.
She chose EKU over Xavier.
Siler is from Cincinnati, where she attends Turpin High School. She is the captain for her club team, Cincinnati United Premier, in the Girls Academy.
Siler played in the Development Academy for two years.
She chose EKU over Seton Hall and Cincinnati.
2021 Signing Class Capsules
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Club Team: Lexington F.C.
Nerea de Diego
Castro Urdiales, Cantabria, Spain
I.E.S. 8 De Marzo
Club Team: Racing de Santander
Bishop Fenwick High School
Club Team: Warren County United
West Chester, Ohio
Club Team: Ohio Elite
Temecula Preparatory School
Club Team: Strikers F.C.
Hamden High School
Club Team: Ginga F.C.
The Hill School
Club Team: F.C. Delco
Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania
Fox Chapel Arena High School
Club Team: Beadling S.C.
Turpin High School
Club Team: Cincinnati United Premier
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