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Bonnies Welcome Five Student-Athletes For 2019 Season

Bonnies Welcome Five Student-Athletes For 2019 Season

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University women's soccer team and head coach Steve Brdarski have announced five student-athletes to join the program next fall.

Rachel Hutchison, Haylee Smith, Kendrick Tarmino, Christine Napoli and Payton Powers have all committed to play for the Bonnies in the 2019 season.

"We have some really good student-athletes coming in next year," Brdarski said. "They all meet the expectations of the St. Bonaventure community. We have built a good nucleus for this class, but we are not done. There is leadership, variety and balance with this first group of girls."

Rachel Hutchison joins the Bonnies from Sayre, Pa. and is an outside midfielder for Athens Area High School. Hutchison finished her career at Athens High with 107 goals and 65 assists, both of which are school records. She helped lead her team to victory in the Northern Tier League Championships four years in a row. She was also part of the District 4 Championship team in 2018. In 2015, she received the NTL, All-Region and Female Newcomer of the Year honors. Hutchison earned NTL First-Team honors as a midfielder in four consecutive seasons. At St. Bonaventure, she plans on majoring in biology.

COACH BRDARSKI ON RACHEL HUTCHISON – "Rachel is a player that came to our clinic. She is a former teammate of one of our freshman defenders, Carolyn Brussel. She is quick and athletic with a knack for scoring goals. Her ability to cross the ball is incredible. She will play on the outside and can play on either side of the field."

Joining the Brown and White from Whitesboro, N.Y. is Haylee Smith. She is a forward and outside midfielder for Whitesboro High School. In 2018, Smith led the TVL with 21 goals, six assists and 27 points while averaging 1.8 goals per game. She was a three-time New York State Section 3 All-Star team selection. Smith is a scholar-athlete and is a member of the National Honor Society. Smith plans on majoring in pre-medicine at St. Bonaventure.

COACH BRDARSKI ON HAYLEE SMITH – "Haylee is athletic and dynamic in the way that she plays. She can go box-to-box and do a lot of work on the outside of the field for us. She will continue to grow as a player here. Her attitude and work ethic are what it means to be a Bonnie."

Coming to St. Bonaventure from Fairport, N.Y. is Kenzie Tarmino. She is a defender for Fairport High School. Tarmino led all defenders last season with five goals and 12 total points. She was named to the All-County First-Team and served as a team captain. She received the Red Raider Award after being voted as the top Fairport athlete. Tarmino was also a Section V Player of the Year nominee, despite overcoming two knee injuries. At St. Bonaventure, Tarmino intends on majoring in sports management.

COACH BRDARSKI ON KENZIE TARMINO – "Kenzie comes from a St. Bonaventure family. She was interested in us very early in the process and she is a tough defender. She fits the mold of our team and plays fearlessly in the back. Being able to overcome two serious injuries takes a lot of perseverance and we really like that about her."

Christine Napoli joins the Bonnies from Linwood, N.J. Napoli is a midfielder for Mainland Regional High School. She is a three-year All-Conference First-Team selection and was an All-South Jersey selection twice. Napoli also was named to the New Jersey All-State team two times. Academically, she is a member of the National Honor Society. Napoli intends on majoring in political science.

COACH BRDARSKI ON CHRISTINE NAPOLI – "Christine is an incredibly passionate soccer player. She is a cerebral player, watching and absorbing what is happening on the field. Her passion for the game is going to go a long way and she can help us right away. She is a great passer of the ball, good on the dribble and can win balls in the air."

Coming to St. Bonaventure from Nunda, N.Y. is Payton Powers. She is a goalkeeper for Keshequa Central School. Over the past five seasons, Powers has a 0.87 save percentage in 91 varsity games, registering 34 shutouts. Powers is a four-time Livingston County All-Star selection and was selected to the Second-Team All-State. She was also a member of the New York State Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Powers is undecided on a major at St. Bonaventure.

COACH BRDARSKI ON PAYTON POWERS – "Payton was another player that came to one of our clinics. She has great length and arm span for a goalkeeper. Payton gets better every day and works incredibly hard. She is a good shot stopper and does well commanding the box, getting off her line and has the skill set to help us right away."

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