Clayton State Women's Soccer Brings in Youth With Seven Person 2019 Signing Class

Clayton State Women's Soccer Brings in Youth With Seven Person 2019 Signing Class

MORROW, Ga. - Clayton State head women's soccer coach Fergal Forde has announced a seven person signing class featuring six true freshman and a veteran goalkeeper as the Lakers enter the 2019 season.

VALENTINA BONAIUTO: 5-3, Junior, Goalkeeper, Quito, Ecuador (Salem University/Ranger College/Colegio Cristo Rey/Unidad Educativa Isaac Newton)
The veteran of the 2019 recruiting class, Bonaiuto comes to the Lakers following a pair of seasons at the collegiate level with National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) member Ranger College (2017) and NCAA Division II's Salem University (2018).

While with the Rangers she started four games, three in goal, and posted an .810 save percentage and a 1-2 record. Her numbers would look a great deal different the following year as she transferred to Salem for the 2018 campaign.

That squad went an impressive 13-3-1 in large part due to Bonaiuto's stellar play. She started all 17 games in goal, posting a decision in every contest and finished the year with a 1.22 goals against average in more than 1,398 minutes.

That performance included four shutouts, three of them consecutively from October 29 through November 3. Not unfamiliar with adversity during that tremendous season, she reset her career-high for saves in consecutive games, posting nine against Concord (9/15) and 10 vs. Ohio Valley (9/18).

Prior to embarking on her collegiate career, Bonaiuto played for Colegio Cristo Rey (Venezuela) and Unidad Educativa Isaac Newton (Ecuador). While with CCR she was part of Venezuela's National Team and competed in the 2014 Youth Olympics as well as the Carabobo U15 and U17 teams.

With UEIN she helped her team to a first place COPEDUCAR U16 and runner-up U18 finish as a sophomore before winning the U18 the following year. As a senior she led her club to third place finish at the U18 level.

LUISE DOMNICK: 5-3, Freshman, Defender, Jena, Thuringia, Germany (Sportgymnasium Jena)
Domnick comes to Clayton State with a great deal of experience having played soccer at various levels for the past 15 years. The past five have come with FF USV Jena (2015-19) while she played with the boy's team FC Carl Zeiss Jena from 2005-15.

With the former she helped lead the club to the Thuringen State Cup Championship in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 while competing at the second highest national women's level in the middle two years. Her first two seasons would see a Regional League Championship at the third highest level.

At the girls team level she was All-Star/All-State from 2014-17. During that time she played in 41 games, scoring three goals at the U17 level. Domnick led her team to a runner-up finish (2015, 2016) and third place performance (2014, 2015) in Juniorinnen Bundesliga, the highest national girls level.

With the boy's team she led them to a Thuringen State Cup Championship and runner-up finish at the U15 level. Additionally, she was a member of a program which took home third place in the International School Sport Federation World High School Soccer Tournament.

FANNY ELFGREN: 5-8, Freshman, Defender, Stockholm, Sweden (Vaermdoe Gymnasium)
Elfgren is set to don the Orange and Blue following her time with Vaermdoe Gymnasium in her native Sweden.

After playing for Hammarby IF F-19 her first year she suited up for Enskede IK, one of the largest women's soccer clubs in Sweden, at the Division I Sodra Svealand the next three seasons. In 2016 she would help Enskede IK earn the Swedish Football Association's Child and Youth Association of the Year in Swedish Football Award.

In addition to soccer, Elfgren competed in horseback riding during her junior year and graduated with the "Heart of the Class" award. The latter represents someone who puts forth an effort to challenge and develop teaching that improves the classes overall performance.

MANUELA GIRALDO: 5-2, Freshman, Midfielder, Bogota, Columbia (Colegio Anglo Colombiano)
An accomplished player, Giraldo has championship level experience, having helped Colegio Anglo Colombiano to five Uncoli Championships. Those came from 2013-17 and in 2018-19 and paired with First Level Clan Championships at Liga Bogota and the Manzoner Tournament this past season.

Individually she would serve as team captain in 2015-16 and be named Best Athlete of the Season in 2016-17 and 2018-19. In addition to her exploits on the field, Giraldo also has an extensive background in golf, having won several tournaments, as well as volleyball.

At the club level she also played for Besser FC, Gol Star, First Level Clan, FC Porto and FC Barcelona.

TEYA HOLLOMAN: 5-4, Freshman, Midfielder, Marietta, Ga. (Pope High School/Farmington High School - New Mexico)
A local product, by way of the State of New Mexico, Teya Holloman joins the Lakers as a true freshman after playing for nearby Pope High School the past two years and Farmington High School in the Land of Enchantment before that.

With FHS as a freshman and sophomore she was named to the All-Academic Team and helped lead the program to back-to-back district championships before moving east for her final two seasons. While at Pope she played soccer both years but also made her presence known on the court.

In two seasons with the Greyhounds' basketball program, Holloman earned a pair of First-Team All-Region selections, was named Second-Team All-County as a junior and Best Passer at the 6A level. A large part of what earned her those honors was the fact that she was a high level passer, breaking the program record for assists in a season in both years and the single game mark as a senior.

TAYLOR POLLOCK: 5-5, Freshman, Midfielder, Thornton, Colo. (Broomfield High School)
An import from the Rocky Mountain State, Pollock has been resilient as she has battled back from injury during her high school career at Broomfield.

As a freshman she played through pain to help her club team, Colorado Storm North, to a second place finish at the Vegas Showcase before missing the following campaign. Returning to full strength as a junior she served as team captain during the back half of the season and was the club's top scorer as a senior. The latter was accomplished while playing primarily midfield.

No one trick pony, Pollock has been extremely successful in the classroom, being placed in Honors level courses since the fifth grade. For five straight years she earned academic honors with her GPA ranging between 3.8 and 4.0.

CAMERON RISK: 5-10, Freshman, Goalkeeper, Conyers, Ga. (Heritage High School)
An imposing keeper, opposing attackers have been "risk-averse" as Cameron Risk helped lead nearby Heritage High School to multiple region championships during her four years.

She helped guide that program to four straight postseason appearances and region championships as a freshman, sophomore and senior. In the latter campaign, the Patriots reached the Final Four.

At the club level, Risk played for SCCL Concorde Fire, helping that program to a tournament runner-up finish in Florida. She was also part of a group that competed in the World Wide ESPN Series Tournament.

Head Coach Fergal Forde on the 2019 Signing Class
"We are just really looking forward to getting on the field with a strong group of returners and an exciting group of new players. After a couple of seasons of rebuilding the squad, we are anxious to see what this group can achieve throughout this season."