RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rising college junior Breeana Cassidy (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro), as well as sisters Camryn Jenkin (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes) and Danielle Jenkin (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes) have transferred to Felician University and signed athletics financial aid agreements for women's soccer, Felician head coach Thomas Notte announced today.
Junior-to-be Kiara Martinez (San Pedro Sula, Honduras/Sacred Heart Academy) has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her soccer career at Felician, Notte additionally released.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The 2017 Golden Falcons posted an overall won-lost record of 5-11-1 and reached the CACC playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. Five seniors graduated from that team, including three forwards.
Cassidy, a 5-foot forward, is a 2016 graduate of Freehold Boro High, where she also played ice hockey. During that time, she also played club soccer for Cedar Star Academy. She has played one collegiate season each for Bloomfield College and Brookdale Community College. As a sophomore for the Jersey Blues, she recorded seven goals and eight assists and was voted to the All-GSAC First Team. Cassidy intends to major in humanities at Felician.
"Breeana has strong knowledge of the sport, and has played at a competitive level for quite some time," said Notte, entering his 11th season with the Golden Falcons. "She can help fill the void left by last year's seniors."
Both Jenkins hold sophomore eligibility, and both are playing varsity intercollegiate soccer for the first time. Camryn Jenkin participated in soccer and track & field at Pompon Lakes High before graduating in 2017. The 5-foot-7 defender was also a member of the TSF Academy club program. Last year, she spent one semester each at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and Passaic County Community College. She expects to study nursing.
"Camryn is a strong defender," Notte said. "She will lend size and speed to our back line."
Danielle Jenkin enrolled at Felician for the spring 2018 semester after spending three semesters at TCNJ and playing on the Lions' club team. A 5-foot-7 midfielder, Jenkin set the Pompton Lakes High records for single-season and career assists before graduating in 2016. She was a four-time all-NJIC and four-time First Team All-Passaic County selection, and was the 2016 Surburban Trends Female Athlete of the Year. She played club soccer for the New Jersey Stallions. Jenkin, who also was all-county in track & field as a sprinter, plans to major in biology.
"Danielle played at a very high level for many years," Notte said. "She has the ability to make an immediate impact for us on the offensive side of the field."
Martinez owns an associate degree in business administration from ASA College of Brooklyn. She helped the 2017 Avengers to a 14-1 record and a runner-up finish in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. A native of Honduras, the 5-foot-1 midfielder now resides in North Plainfield, N.J. Martinez is likely to major in exercise sports science
"Kiara owns a wealth of soccer knowledge," Notte said. "She comes to us having competed at some of the highest levels of the game."
Felician begins its 2018 campaign at Fairmont (W. Va.) State University on Friday, August 31, at 7 p.m.