(Windsor, Ontario) - The St. Clair College Department of Athletics and women’s soccer program is pleased to announce the signing of two top local athletes to a Letters of Intent for the 2018-19 season. Joining the Saints for the upcoming year will be Katia Palmer and Serena Smith.
Palmer, a native of Windsor, is a graduate of Holy Names High School where she was a 1st Team Tier I WECSSAA All Star this past season. The 5’0 Centre Midfielder was also a member of the Eastside Kickers Soccer Club. Katia will be apprenticing in the Automotive Service Technician Program. Palmer can’t wait to continue her education and soccer career with the Saints. “I have heard so many great things about St. Clair College and the soccer program. I am excited to be close to home and continue to play soccer at a high level”
Smith, who is from Tecumseh, is wrapping up her high school career at St. Anne’s Secondary School. The 5’2 Defensive Midfielder is currently a member of the Windsor White Eagles. Serena previously played for the Eastside Kickers club program where she made it to the Ontario Cup finals twice. Smith is enrolled in the Pre-Health science program with plans to move into Nursing the following year. Serena is thrilled to be joining the Saints this fall. “St. Clair offers a great program I am going into to set up my future of academic path. I have heard wonderful things about St. Clair from both former and present students, with a key highlight that it is a positive inclusive environment.”
St. Clair Head Coach Kris Geier is excited to have both players with the program next year. “I’ve had the opportunity to watch them both play high school and club soccer. Both players bring different skill sets to the squad. Serena plays great attacking balls that keeps defenders on their toes and Katia also has that ability but she has a great work rate that constantly keeps defenders on the move. They have excellent soccer sense that comes from playing travel soccer in the area. Both players should add some spark to our offense and a quality to keep possession of the ball.”
The Saints had previously announced the signing of keeper Madison Kaldenbach from Milton.
St. Clair finished the regular season with a record of 7-2-1 in the OCAA West Division ending up in 2nd place in women’s outdoor soccer. The Saints competed in the OCAA championship in Sudbury ending the tournament with a record of 2-1 as the Consolation Champions good for 5th place in the province. The indoor team had a very strong season as well winning the OCAA Regionals and finishing in 5th place at the OCAA Championship.