May 13 , 2004
WASHINGTON - The American University women's soccer team has added four recruits to its class of 2008, head coach Mike Brady announced Thursday. Siobhan "Chevy" Gillan (San Diego, Calif./La Cost Canyon), Annette Scott (Gresham, Ore./Centennial), Irene Karistinos (Old Bethpage, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and Artemis Antippas (New Orleans, La./Isidore Newman School) join Jessica Buquicchio (Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside) and Alyssa Clemente (Livingston, N.J./Newark Academy) in the freshman class for 2004. "We are excited about our incoming class," Brady said. "Player for player, this is our deepest recruiting class and most experienced in terms of playing at the highest level." Gillan excelled both in the classroom and on the field while in high school. While playing for nationally ranked La Cost Canyon High School, Chevy led her team to three consecutive Avocado League championships. Meanwhile, Chevy carried a 4.5 grade point average and was named to her school's Honor Roll three times, earning her a spot on the San Diego Tribune's All-Academic Team in 2003 and 2004. Chevy has also played five years for the San Diego Surf club team, leading them to a USYSA-S National Championship in 2003. In addition, Chevy has helped the Surf to CYSA-S State Cup Championships in 2001 and 2003. "Chevy's experience playing for a national championship club team speaks volumes about the type of player she is and how she competes every day on the field," Brady said. "She'll bring the culture of winning and give us great versatility in that she's effective as a forward or out wide as a midfielder." Scott, a defender, captained her Centennial High School team in 2003, earning MVP honors as well as being named First Team All-League and Second Team All-State. Annette in 2003 also led her club team to the state semifinals, and captained her ODP team that same year to a Region IV championship. No slouch in the classroom, Annette was the president of her school's National Honor Society and was part of the Talented and Gifted program as well as a member of the Principal's Advisory Council. Brady said, "Annette comes from an exceptionally strong club program, and her defensive capabilities will certainly stabilize our defensive unit. Her personality is one of a winner and we are hoping she makes an immediate contribution to the program." Karistinos, a natural lefty, will join Scott on the defense. Irene is a two-year starter for Saint Anthony's High School on Long Island, and was named All-League for her performance in helping her squad to the New York State Catholic League championship and a national ranking in the top five. She was also selected in the preseason by Newsday as a "Player to Watch." Irene was also a member of the National Honor Society, Saint Anthony's Leadership Team and Student Council. "We are very excited to bring in Irene, not only because of her experience, solid technique, skill and tactical knowledge of the game, but also because she brings some true speed to our lineup," Brady said. Antippas was the team MVP and captain for the Isidore Newman School, which won the Louisiana state championship in three of her four seasons. Artemis, the team's leading goal scorer, was named All District, All Orleans, All Metro and All State in both 2003 and 2004, and was her district's Offensive Player of the Year in 2003. In addition, she has played club ball for the Louisiana Premiere State Champions in 1998-2000 and 2002-03. In the classroom, Artemis was honored with the Rosamary Scholarship for her academic achievement and extracurricular involvement. "Artemis is a tenacious forward who will relish the challenge of competing with her fellow forwards for the opportunity to make a contribution," Brady said. The 2004 Eagles, along with their six new recruits, open up their season with a home contest against Mount St. Mary's on Aug. 31, beginning at 4 p.m.