Women’s Soccer Announces Additional Signees for 2017 Season

May 4, 2017 at 11:07 am

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate women’s soccer team welcomes the addition of seven players that will begin play with the Spartans during the 2017 season, head coach Tyson John announced this afternoon.

Joining the Spartans are Kristin Thompson, Caroline Lubinsky, Isabella Burns, Samantha Munyon, KodiJean Johnson, Madison McNally and Courtney Cranmer.

The signees hail from California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ontario, Canada.

Kristin Thompson

Thompson joins the Spartans from Fresno City College. She earned letters in soccer, track and lacrosse at Bullard High School. During her scholastic career, Thompson was a team captain on the soccer team and received the Iron Knight Award as well as most improved for the track team. She played club soccer for Bullard United.

“Kristin is a born leader on the field,” John stated. “Coach Oliver Germond has built and maintained a top 15 nationally ranked program over the past 16 years, so we knew when she was selected as a captain that led her team to another successful season that we were investing in someone who could make a difference immediately.”

Caroline Lubinsky

Lubsinsky arrives at Upstate as a transfer from Appalachian State. She attended Charlotte Christian School where she was a four-year letterwinner in soccer. Lubinsky scored the most goals on the team as a junior and earned team MVP honors as a sophomore. She played for Charlotte United 97’ Premier.

“Caroline is a player that is strong in stature and personality,” John commented. “She is a hard tackler and not afraid to test herself in a variety of positions. She is going to be a key factor for us in the physical play that the ASUN Conference provides.”

Isabella Burns

Burns arrives in Spartanburg after transferring from American International College in Springfield, Mass where she played in 21 matches with nine starts. She scored a goal in a 4-1 win over Le Moyne on Sept. 28 and finished fourth on the team with 32 shots. During her prep career at Southwick Tolland Regional High, Burns was a letterwinner in soccer and track and was named to the All-Western Mass Team, All-Scholastic First Team and All-State Team.

“Izzy is a very dangerous player,” John said. “She has the focus, pace, and athleticism to cause any team problems.”

Samantha Munyon

Munyon was a three-year letterwinner at Columbus High School in Columbus, Ga. where she was a member of the region championship team in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and state semi-finalist in 2014 and 2015. She posted 30 shutouts and a 0.67 goals against average during her three years. Munyon played for the Southern Soccer Academy Chelsea Elite in the Southern Region Premier League at the club level.

“Samantha brings a wealth of experience and sense of calm to her position as goalkeeper,” John remarked. “She has shown success in all areas of her high school career and we look forward to her continued success here at Upstate.”

KodiJean Johnson

Johnson joins the Spartans as a transfer from Newberry College. During the 2016 season, Johnson started 11 games and went 2-8-1 with a 1.79 GAA while making 62 saves. Prior to her time at Newberry, Johnson attended Riverside High School in Greer where she was a three-year letterwinner and started 38 career matches. She played club soccer for Carolina Elite Soccer Academy.

“KJ has made an immediate impact upon her arrival,” John commented. “Her height has made her a difficult opposition between the sticks.”

Madison McNally

McNally arrives at Upstate as a four-year letterwinner at Wake Forest High School in Wake Forest, N.C. She is a two-time All-Conference selection and was a First Team All-Region pick. McNally has led the CAP-8 Conference in saves for three of her four seasons. In July, McNally will play in the North Carolina East-West All-Star Game as well as the Clash of the Carolinas.

“Madison is well-known for her work rate and dedication.” John stated. “She has shown herself to be a competitor and has been proven throughout her high school and club career.”

Courtney Cranmer

Cranmer joins the Spartans after winning letters in soccer, volleyball and basketball at Halton District School in Burlington, Ontario. She was team captain for the soccer team as a junior and senior and also won the Coaches Award as a sophomore and junior. She has played for the Bryst Soccer Academy OWSL Under-21 team and is currently a member of the North Mississauga Soccer Club’s OWSL team.

“Courtney is a very strong and intelligent player,” John said. “She has the capability of playing a multitude of positions and we look to see her fulfill a much needed defensive role. Her height and pace is what we’ve been missing from the previous season and we look forward to her arrival.”

Upstate opens the 2017 season in mid-August.