She may share a name with one MAAC school, but Central Coast Mariners midfielder Iona Snape will be heading to another, signing with Siena College in Loudonville on the outskirts of Albany, New York. One of nine players in Siena’s recruiting class for 2022, Snape will become the first Australian player in program history, and in fact the MAAC has not seen many Australians as a conference over the years, with Kiri Dale’s brief stint at Iona from 2015 to 2016 the last Aussie to play in the league.
A long-time member of the Central Coast Mariners first-team, Snape has been a potent goalscoring midfielder since making her debut in 2018. Having made in excess of 60 appearances and scored more than 20 goals for the Mariners, Snape has become an integral member of a team that has long been there or thereabouts in NPL2 but not quite able to secure a title in the second division of NSW women’s football. Snape has also trained with Western Sydney Wanderers’ A-League Women’s program, further illustrating her prowess even at this early stage of her career.
“Iona is a very technical player who brings some international experience,” explained Siena head coach Steve Karbowski in an official release. “She has played and trained at a high level, and demonstrated the commitment to the game. Her ability to connect and combine through the midfield, along with her decision making, will fit well with our possession style.”
Siena have generally been a solid team in the MAAC, winning the conference championship over powerhouse side Monmouth in 2019 and reaching the semi-finals in 2021. With eleven seniors or graduates on the 2021 roster, there shapes to be plenty of turnover in the upcoming season, although that may yet be mitigated by players using their extra year of eligibility granted due to COVID-19. However, there looks to be plenty of opportunity for not only Snape, but the entirety of the burgeoning freshman class which is actually the largest in program history.