04/07/2014 11:34 AM
The Western New York Flash has announced the signing of four trialists, including goalkeeper Kelsey Wys, defender Haley Palmer, midfielder Kristen Meier and forward Jasmyne Spencer. Per team and league policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
The Flash selected Wys during the second round of the 2014 NWSL Draft, taking the netminder with their third pick (18th overall). While a member of the Florida State Seminoles, Wys and her team reached the Final Four of the Women’s College Cup in each of her final three seasons, including an appearance in the 2013 NCAA Championship game where FSU fell to UCLA in overtime.
In addition to being a three-time All-ACC selection, Wys ended her career at Florida State holding 17 goalkeeping records and two ACC Championships. She has also seen time with numerous U.S. soccer youth teams and represented the Americans in 2008 in the CONCACAF U-17 National Tournament.
Palmer, 21, was invited into training camp after attending 2014 open tryouts in February. A former defender at San Diego State University, Palmer started all of the Aztecs’ 22 games as a senior, totaling 1,883 minutes played and led a defense that recorded seven shutouts and limited opponents to 6.7 shots per game.
A two-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Palmer and SDSU won the MWC Championship in 2012 and 2013. The California native finished her career with the Aztecs with three goals and 15 assists over 87 appearances.
Both Meier and Spencer have experience playing in the National Women’s Soccer League. In 2013, Meier was a member of Seattle Reign FC, while Spencer played for the Washington Spirit.
Meier, a Wake Forest University graduate and Syracuse, N.Y. native, was drafted No. 23 overall by Seattle Reign FC in the third round of the 2013 NWSL College Draft. She appeared in six games on defense for Seattle, starting four and totaling 363 minutes, in the inaugural season of the NWSL.
Spencer, 23, appeared in 17 games (six starts) for the Spirit in 2013. She finished the year with seven shots and one assist. Prior to her time in the NWSL, the Bay Shore, N.Y. native played at the University of Maryland. She ended her career with the Terrapins with 58 points on 22 goals and 14 assists, a career total that currently ranks ninth in Maryland history.
Spencer has also accumulated experience internationally, making two appearances in the 2012 UEFA Women’s Champions League with Brondby IF of Denmark.
The full 2014 Flash roster will be announced on Monday afternoon in preparation for the beginning of the NWSL season. Western New York, the reigning NWSL Regular-Season Champion, will play its first game of the new season on Sunday, traveling to face the Washington Spirit at 4 p.m.