Riverdale, NY -
Manhattan Women's Soccer Head Coach Brendan Lawler
has announced the addition of six student-athletes for next season.
Lawler on the Incoming Class:
"Our incoming class is a great mix of talent across many different positions. The 2018 graduates were the most successful four-year class in program history, having won the most games while making the MAAC Finals twice, so we knew we were going to have to bring in a strong class to help us take that next step. Our incoming recruits have played in all of the top leagues across the country and will be ready to compete from day one!"
Tia Painilainen (Espoo, Finland / Mäkelänrinteen lukio / Arizona) - F
Previous College: Arizona
Painilainen is primarily a wide player who has played as a outside back who can attack at speed, as well as a wide attacking player. She comes from a European soccer culture and personal drive that will help lead others.
Lawler on Painilainen:
"Tia brings a level of experience that is uncommon for our conference. Coming from a Pac-12 program that went to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament, the Finnish national team program and the Women's UEFA Champions League, we know she is a tremendous addition to us in our quest our first MAAC Championship."
Brianna Floyd (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central Regional) - F
Club Team: Patriots Revolution FC
Floyd is a dangerous attacking player that can play centrally and out wide while bringing a physical presence in the attack.
Lawler On Floyd:
"We are excited for what Brianna brings to the team in terms of her desire to get forward and her ability to execute in the attacking third. Culture and team values have been vital to our success and we feel that is a great fit to our team culture."
Kaitlyn Hogan (Monroe, NY / Monroe-Woodbury) - MF/F
Club Team: NJ Stallions
Hogan is a technically smooth and tactically intelligent player, that can play across the midfield and in wide attacking roles while providing great depth across many positions.
Lawler On Hogan:
"Kaitlyn has a diverse skill set that is both technical and tactical, which will help make her teammates better, and had dedicated herself to developing and improving. She is a proven winner at both the club and high school levels and we know she will continue those habits when she gets on campus."
Kim Mains (Harriman, NY / Immaculate Heart Academy) - GK
Club Team: World Class FC/NYCFC DA
Mains is a quick, athletic technically smooth goalkeeper that has great control of the penalty area and organizes well, which will help in gaining possession.
Lawler on Mains:
"Kim makes all the saves she is supposed to and plays off her line well to prevent attacking opportunities from materializing. She loves to train and is driven by strong competition, which is exactly what we want from all our players."
Olivia Maldonado (Babylon, NY / Babylon Jr. Sr.) - D
Club Team: East Meadow SC ECNL
is a defender that can play anywhere across the back line. Primarily a center back, she has faced some of the best forwards in the northeast throughout her club career.
Lawler On Maldonado:
"Because of Olivia's experience against some top forwards, she is very well prepared for the next level. Her combination of experience, tactical intelligence and technical ability will provide us more depth in our back line."
Eve Montgomery (Hanson, MA / Whitman Hanson) - F/MF
Club Team: Boston Breakers ECNL/NEFC
is a left-footed wide attacking player that is as strong in defense as she is in the attack. She has a strong ability to deliver services and set up strong scoring chances while playing extremely physical in all facets of the game.
Lawler On Montgomery:
"We want all of our players to bring the right mix of fight, grit and ability to every training session and game. Eve definitely does that and her ability to get in behind and deliver dangerous services from the flank will have a positive impact on the team's ability to score goals."
Manhattan advanced to the MAAC Finals for the second time in three years this past season.