Upper 90 College APAC recruit Siena Senatore recently signed with Southeast Missouri State University (NCAA D1). Southeast Missouri soccer signee Siena Sentore is a two-time national finalist and regular contributor for the Australian National Team and has competed for the Australian International Mini and Young Matildas at the U17, U15 and U13 levels. She is a defender/midfielder from Australia's capital city of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory and enrolled at Southeast prior to the spring semester.
"I would like to commend our head coach, Heather Nelson, and the rest of our staff on the exceptional job that they did with this year's recruiting class. This class has a terrific blend of academic and athletic qualities which will continue to build upon the success of our program," Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt said. "We were able to secure high level student-athletes regionally and were able to continue our presence at the international scene by landing Siena Senatore from Australia. She brings with her a wealth of experience from participating with several National clubs. With her signing, we can continue to open doors and welcome these types of high level student-athletes to our program in the future."
"Siena is a U17 Australian National Team representative with 20-plus caps for her country. She has been a consistent fixture in the Mini and Young Matildas program since first being named to the U13 National Team program," head coach Heather Nelson said. "Most recently, she successfully earned her place in the U19 National training squad. She represents the ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS), which is the high performance arm of the Australian Sports Commission.
"Siena has primarily played in a center-back role for Australia, however, she is extremely versatile and can play anywhere across the back line, and also in the defensive-mid role. She has a fantastic soccer mind and is technically gifted. We couldn't be more excited about Sen's versatility to play centrally as both a defender and midfielder. Sen and her family are amazing additions to our soccer family. We are thrilled to have her join our program this spring and get a start in preparation for our season in the fall. Sen has a bright future ahead of her and we are blessed to be a part of her long-term development."
In 2014-15, Senatore played for Australia's Young Matildas squad. She was also a Canberra United train-on player for the 2014 season. In 2013, she earned two caps as a U17 Australian representative in the Asian Cup. The previous year, Senatore received eight caps for her play as an Australian representative. From 2009-10, she earned six caps as an Australian representative. In 2010, she was the Capital Football Player of the Year, Representative Player of the Year and became the first ACT player to represent Australia on a national team in the 13- and 14-year-old age group.
According to Ray Junna, Senatore's previous coach with the Australian Capital Territory Academy of Sport Women's soccer program from 2010-13, "Siena has the potential to play at a very high level. She has already represented Australia at the Under 17 level. Siena performed with distinction at this international stage. This experience will give her the confidence and attitude to go forward on to higher honors. Siena is an astute player with a willingness to progress her game to the best of her abilities. She is a very resilient player and not afraid to confront challenges. Siena is a very pleasant, trustworthy and polite young lady. She integrates well with her peers and has a bright personality, making her a pleasure to coach."
Jason Lancsar, Vice President of Coerver Coaching, Asia Pacific, said, "In the five years Siena spent with us at Coerver Coaching, she developed into a technically sound player. Siena was a role model for all players in the Coerver Coaching Performance Academy with her dedication to training and thirst for improvement. We are all very proud of Siena and wish her the very best at Southeast Missouri State."