Feb. 13, 2013
Defender, 5-5, Montclair, N.J./Montclair H.S.
Quoting Miller: "Kaila is a player that brings a ton of speed and athleticism to our squad. Her competitive nature and technical ability will separate her from most. She is a solid 1v1 defender who likes to get forward into the attack. We anticipate that she will compete for significant time in our backline."
High School: Will graduate in June, 2013 from Montclair High School in Montclair, N.J., where she was a four-year varsity starter in soccer...Named the New Jersey State Player of the Year as a senior...Two-time All-State selection (First Team as a senior and Second Team as a junior), three-time All-Conference, three-time All-Group selection and four-time All-County honoree...Played centerback, led the Mounties to the New Jersey group sectional title, an Essex County championship and 18-3-3 record and earned 13 shutouts as a senior in 2012...Also limited opponents to one goal or fewer in 20 of 24 matches as a senior...Scored a goal on a 40-yard free kick blast...Earned her team's Matt Reisig and Best Defender awards following her senior season...Led team to the New Jersey group sectional championship, Essex County regular season and tournament titles and 22-1-1 record as a junior...Played defender and helped lead team to a 12-6-0 record as a sophomore...Started in the midfield, scored six goals and guided her team to a 13-2-3 overall record and state final appearance as a freshman...Played for the Montclair United Bluehawks from 2003-07...Played with the SDFC Lynx...Helped guide the Lynx to a state cup, earned a trip to regionals, won the Jefferson Cup and earned a spot in the US Club nationals in Virginia Beach, Va....Also played varsity lacrosse and served as team captain...Scored eight goals and added two assists during her senior year in lacrosse.
Personal: Born Kaila J. Jenkins on February 24, 1995...Daughter of Mr. Glenn and Pamela Jenkins...Has three siblings: Tiffany, Erinn and Drew...Brother Drew plays lacrosse at Syracuse...Sister serves as Montclair High School field hockey coach...Father played football at Hampton University...Has volunteered with an organization called "Goals for Life," which raises funds for breast cancer through an adult soccer match...Also involved with an organization called "Sisters on the Run," which combats domestic violence against women.