BALTIMORE - UMBC head women's soccer coach Leslie Wray has announced three additions to her 2012 signing class, who are set to begin competition for the Retrievers this fall. Forward Bria Bass (Springfield, Va./West Springfield), midfielder Nicolina Boretti (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and goalkeeper Jennifer Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) will join prep school standouts Erin Casey, Alexa Quananta, Preslie Quananta and Amira Walcott as Wray's first recruiting class since taking over the helm of the program in January.
"I am very excited about our first recruiting class here at UMBC," Wray explained. "All of these recruits play at the top level of women's club soccer and will bring that level of athleticism and competitiveness with them. They will contribute significantly to our team this fall and help us achieve our goal of developing UMBC's women's soccer program."
A Springfield, Va., native, Bass was a two-time all-district honoree, earning a spot on the second team during her junior campaign and picking up first team honors in her final season at West Springfield High School. A pair of goals in the Patriot District Quarterfinals from Bass helped to guide the Spartans to a spot in the district semifinals and a berth into the regional tournament in 2011.
"Bria will add speed to our front line," said Wray. "She reads the game well and is very composed around the goal. We look for her to be a dominant attacking threat."
Bass also competed for the Spartans winter track team where she qualified for districts in the long jump.
Boretti hails from Crofton, Md., and served as the team captain during one of her two seasons on the varsity squad at Archbishop Spalding High School. The Cavaliers were ranked fourth in the country by ESPN Rise during the 2010 preseason and went on to advance to the championship game of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference in back-to-back seasons (2010, 2011) earning the top ranking in the Prep Top 5 for Girls Soccer by the Capital Gazette.
Boretti, a National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society member, also competed for the Archbishop Spalding track team as a freshman and a junior. At the IAAM Indoor Championships the team placed second overall, while Boretti was a member of the second place 4x800 relay team.
"Nikki is a strong defensive player," Wray said. "Her versatility allows her to play anywhere on the defensive line or in the midfield. She will be a staple in our lineup this fall."
Nance comes to UMBC from Millersville, Md., where she competed for the Severna Park High School soccer team. The goalkeeper was named to the Capital Gazette Communications-All-County Girls Soccer Team as a senior and served as team captain of the 2011 county and regional champions. The Falcons made it to the state title game in 2011, but fell in penalty kicks in the finals.
The honor roll student was also a member of the track team during her rookie campaign, making states in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
"Jen will give us much needed depth to our goalkeeper position," Wray said. "Her quickness off the line and ability to read the game will make her a strong contributor to the team."
UMBC is expected to announce the Retrievers' 2012 women's soccer schedule by the end of the month.