BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University women's soccer coach Simon Duffy has announced the signing of three more student-athletes for the upcoming season. Petra Koivuvaara, Sasha Haderer, and Nadia Ashiq have all signed to join the Tornado for the 2016 season.
Koivuvaara will join Duffy's squad from Helsinki, Finland where she attended Ressun Lukio High School. She was also on the roster for the Finland Youth National Team. In 2013, she helped her team finish second in the Finnish Cup. Outside of soccer, she speaks five difference languages.
"Petra comes to us from Finland and will make an immediate impact for us defensively," Duffy said. "We are expecting big things from her over the next four years."
Haderer joins the Tornado after a solid career at John S. Battle High School in Bristol, Va., where she played soccer as well as basketball, cross country and track and field. On the pitch she helped the Trojans win a conference title in 2015. During that 2015 season, Haderer was selected Clinch Mountain Conference Player of the Year as well as All-Clinch Mountain Conference. She also garnered All-State recognition that season. Along with her soccer accolades, Haderer was an All-District performer in all of the other sports she played.
"Sasha is a local player and one we've been watching for the last couple of years now," stated Duffy. "She has bags of talent, and is very athletic. She will learn a lot this next year alone and mature into a very good player"
Ashiq comes to King following a very successful career at Richlands High School in Richlands, Va., helping the Blue Tornado to two Southern Empire Conference championships in soccer. In her career, she letter all four years in soccer, volleyball and basketball. She holds the Richlands High School record for career goals at 158 and goals in a season with 52. In volleyball she holds the school record for career digs with 1,257. On the pitch, Ashiq was selected second team all-conference her freshman season before garnering first team honors as sophomore. During her sophomore season she was also selected second team All-Region and conference co-player of the year. Following her junior season, she was selected first team all-conference, first team All-Region and first team All-State while earning conference player of the year honors.
"Nadia comes from Richlands High School in Virginia and is another player we have been watching for number of years," Duffy commented. "Her athleticism and eye for goal will really help us as she can play anywhere across the front line."