May 12, 2012

Henninger Signs with New York Fury of WPSL

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The New York Fury has signed former Santa Clara University goalkeeper Bianca Henninger for the 2012 WPSL Elite season.

Henninger was a member of the U.S. team that won the 2010 CONACAF U-20 Women's Championships in Guatemala to earn a berth to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. She started all five matches and played every minute, allowing just two goals for the U.S.

"Bianca is a first class goalkeeper who will have opportunities with the full National team over the next few years," said New York Fury head coach Paul Riley, who drafted Henninger for the Philadelphia Independence in the third round (13th overall) in this year's Women's Pro Soccer draft.

"She is athletic, great presence , superb hands, and amazing training habits that make her one of the brightest prospects in the game. We are excited to have two very good goalkeepers and the competition between the two will bode well for the team. Bianca was our draft pick in Philly and we believe she has the composure and talent to lead our team in big games which we will face on a weekly basis this summer."

As a senior at Santa Clara, she was named the 2011 West Coast Conference  Goalkeeper of the Year, was selected first team all conference and Third-Team All-American. She was U.S. Soccer's Young Female athlete of the year in 2010  and a first team NSCAA All American. That followed up her selection as a sophomore in 2009 to the NSCAA All-West Region Third Team. She had 22 shutouts in her four year career with the Broncos. 

The New York Fury open the 2012 WPSL Elite League season on Saturday when they visit the New England Mutiny.