Finesse Soccer’s All Female Training Staff

Carrie Fry Robinson

Carrie Fry Robinson

Founder & Director

Carrie has been actively involved in the soccer community since returning to Kansas City in 2008. She holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a USSF National D License. Carrie founded Finesse Soccer in 2010; alongside Laura Carley, the two hosted their first series of progressive soccer clinics (which has since evolved to the Skills & Goalkeeper Academy) – a first for woman owned and run soccer organizations in Kansas, and likely one of the only woman owned and run soccer training organizations in the country.

Carrie earned a soccer and academic scholarship to Indiana University in 2001, demonstrating excellence in both the classroom and on the field. There, she graduated with top honors from the Kelley School of Business, and went on to work for Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco.

Back in the high school glory days, Carrie was a four-year Varsity starter for Shawnee Mission East High School from 1998-2001 (coach Jim Ricker), where she led the Lancers to two Kansas 6A High School State Championships, 1999 & 2000 (and one runner-up…she’d prefer not to remember that one!). She received numerous accolades at both a local, regional and national level, including NSCAA Academic All-America, First Team All-State, All-Metro, All-League and All-County.

In 2001, she was honored as the All-Metro Player of the Year, and was awarded both the KC Star Scholar Athlete of the Year (HM) and All-Sun Girls Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Deemed “the most prolific girls scorer in Kansas high school history“, she set the state record for goals in a season in 2001 (36) and currently holds the Shawnee Mission East HS record for career goals and goals in a season. One of her favorite memories was scoring a hat-trick against the top goalkeeper in the state in the 2000 6A State Finals.

Her club team, the KC Heat coached by Gags Pritchard, won State Cup numerous times and went on to represent the state of Kansas at Regionals. She played ODP from 1996-2001.

Today, Carrie lives in Prairie Village with her husband, their two young kiddos, and two dogs (can’t forget about the furry little friends). Soccer is a lifelong passion of hers and she continues to play when time allows.

Laura (Boyer) Carley

Laura (Boyer) Carley

Director of Goalkeepers

Laura (Boyer) Carley grew up playing soccer in the Kansas City area. She attended Blue Valley Northwest High School and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2009. She was a scholastic All-American in high school and college. Her club team, KCFC Alliance Revolution coached by Gags Pritchard, was ranked as high as 9th in the nation and sent 13 girls to division 1 schools to play soccer.

Laura played goalkeeper for Marquette University and was recently inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNzJVzIkL2U) . While there, the team made two trips to the NCAA tournament, most notably in 2005 when they advanced to the Sweet 16. Laura was Marquette’s first ever M.A.C. Herman Award candidate in 2006. In 2009, Laura was honored by the University with the 62nd annual McCahill Award, which is presented to the Marquette senior athlete from the previous year who has demonstrated the highest performance in scholarship, leadership and athletics.

After college, Laura spent a season playing soccer professionally for Qbik, a club in Karlstad, Sweden.

Laura has been training with Finesse Soccer since 2010. Additionally, she has conducted individual and group GK training sessions in Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Sweden. She has coached at Region II ODP Camp in (Dekalb, IL), Marquette University High School Camp, Camp Shutout (Milwaukee, WI), and Minnesota Goalkeeping Challenge.

Currently, Laura lives in Overland Park, KS and is a portfolio manager for Boyer & Corporon Wealth Management, LLC.

Blair Slapper

Blair Slapper

Defender/Forward

Blair Slapper grew up playing in the Kansas City area. She attended Shawnee Mission East High School, where she was a four year letter winner. Blair also lettered in track as a sophomore, qualifying for the Kansas Relays and State Track Meet. In the club circuit she played for KCFC Alliance Heat under Doug McLagan, which won the 2006 Kansas State Championship. That same season the team was ranked 18th in the nation.

Blair accepted a scholarship to the University of Nebraska. She was defender for the Cornhuskers and appeared in 74 matches and started well over half of those matches on the back line. She graduated in May 2012 and was a member of the honor roll being named academic all Big 12 and Big 10 all four years. In the summer of 2009, she played soccer for the W-League team the Seattle Sounders.

Her coaching experience has been with Capital Soccer Association in Lincoln, Nebraska. Blair worked primarily with youth players under the ages of 13, she also coached at various University sponsored camps and clinics.

She currently lives in Prairie Village, KS and recently accepted at position at Lockton as an Account Administrator.

Michaella Fulmer

Michaella Fulmer

Midfield/Forward

Michaella Fulmer grew up playing soccer in the Kansas City Area. She was a four year letter winner at O’hara High School. Throughout her four years, she broke the Missouri High School state scoring record with 218 goals. She was a four time first team all-state and all-district selection. In 2006, she was named the Missouri Class 1 Player of the Year.

In the club circuit, Michaella played at St. Louis Soccer Club, which won nine Missouri State Cup Championships. She played a huge role in helping the club to a second place finish in Region II, while gaining a top-25 national ranking.

Michaella played her collegiate soccer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She played both as a forward and finished her career on the back line, starting every game her senior year. During her time at Nebraska, she had nine goals and nine assists. Michaella graduated in May 2012 with a degree in Accounting and was a member of the honor roll being named academic all Big 12 and Big 10 all four years.

Her coaching experience has been with Capital Soccer Association in Lincoln, Nebraska. Michaella has worked at various University sponsored camps and clinics, working with youth players of all ages.

Michaella currently lives in Lee’s Summit, Mo and works as an Underwriting Analyst for MetLife.

Laura Creason

Laura Creason

Defender/Midfield

Laura Creason grew up playing soccer in the Kansas City Area. She attended Blue Springs High School, where she was a four year letter winner under Doug McLagan. During her high school soccer career, she led the team to conference and district championships, serving as team captain her senior year. She was awarded Offensive Player of the Year, Player’s Player award, All-Area team and earned the Academic Excellence award from 2005 to 2008.

During her competitive club career, Laura played for KCFC Alliance Jazz for Richard Davis. Then, she moved to the KC Metro Dynamos playing for Derek Shoare, winning back-to-back Kansas State Champion titles in 2008 and 2009, Region II Semifinalist in 2009, Region II Champion in 2010, and National Finalist.

Laura played in 74 collegiate games, starting off earning an academic and athletic scholarship to Missouri Southern State as a defender. Then in 2009, she transferred to UMKC to start the first Women’s Soccer team with the Roos and earned a full scholarship. During that time she was a starter in defense and midfield. She was named to The Summit League Fall Academic All-League team and Commissioner’s List of Excellence. Her senior year she was UMKC’s first team captain, leading the team to their first conference tournament and awarded by her teammates, The Unsung Hero Award. Laura graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry.

Laura started coaching at UMKC camps and clinics to give back to the game she loves. Her coaching experience has been with KC Fusion Metro United Soccer Club, primarily with youth players. She holds an NSCAA Level 6 and Coerver Youth Diploma.

Laura currently lives in Kansas City, MO and works for Catalent Pharma Solutions as a Formulations Scientist.

Melissa Hagan

Melissa Hagan

Midfield/Forward

Melissa Hagan grew up playing in Northeast Ohio. There she played for Jackson High School, where she lettered all 4 years. Melissa had second team league and honorable mention county honors in 2007 and first team league, district and county honors in 2008. She was also team captain and MVP her senior year. Melissa began playing club soccer with Ohio Premier then later played for CASA All-Stars winning State Cup in 2008 and 2009 competing in Region II Championships.

Melissa accepted an academic and soccer scholarship to the University of Northern Iowa where she played in all 74 games of her college career. She was a midfield/forward where she held the record for assists until 2014. Melissa was named to the Missouri Valley Conference 2nd team two years in a row, 2011 & 2012, and voted Player’s Player of the Year by her teammates in 2012. She was also named to the College Sports Madness Missouri Valley Preseason All-Conference Second Team in 2012. Melissa graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor’s in Biology.

Melissa currently lives in Overland Park, KS and works at PRA Health Sciences in the Clinical Operations department, but will be returning to school full time this Fall to pursue her bachelors of nursing at Rockhurst University/Research College of Nursing.

Sarah Todd

Sarah Todd

Defender/Midfielder

Sarah Todd has been playing soccer in the Kansas City area all her life. She attended Blue Valley High school, where she was a four year letter winner as a defender. She was named to the first and second all Eastern Kansas League teams throughout her years. She earned All-Sun honors three times, earning first team as a senior. She led her team to a regional title as a captain her senior year.

Sarah played on the Blue Valley Stars for her club career from third grade to senior year of high school. She had various coaches throughout the years, but was mostly shaped by coaches Peter Vermes, Jon Parry, and Chris Duke. Her club team appeared in the Kansas state championship every year. At least 15 girls from her club team went on to play soccer at the collegiate level.

Sarah’s college career was held at the University of Missouri-Kansas City coached by Chris Cissell. She was a four year starting defender. Sarah earned awards from her teammates like "Newcomer of the Year" and "Defender of the Year" for three years in a row. She was also named to the freshman team all Summit League , second team all Summit League two years in a row, and first team all Western Athletic Conference her senior year. She was also the captain her senior year.

Sarah has coached at various UMKC ID camps with kids of all ages. She currently lives in Roeland Park, KS. She works as a nurse at North Kansas City hospital.

Stephanie Villarreal

Stephanie Villarreal

Forward / Midfield

Stephanie Villarreal grew-up playing soccer in the Kansas City area, attending Blue Valley North High School where she accumulated a total of 9 varsity letters as a 3-sport athlete playing soccer, basketball and golf. Playing soccer at North, she earned 2-First Team All-State, Region and Sun Country Honors, and 3-First Team East Kansas League Honors while leading the team to a State Championship in 2002. In 2007, she was inducted into the BVN Athletic Hall of Fame. In her club career, Stephanie played for the KCFC Dynamos under coach Mike Saif, captaining her team to four Kansas State titles. She was also a six year member of the Kansas State ODP team.

Stephanie earned an athletic scholarship to Iowa State University in Ames, IA, competing in the Big XII conference. As a 3 year starter, she was a critical part to 2005 ISU team, making it to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history, scoring 3 game winning goals, including a last second goal to edge a No. 12 ranked Texas A&M team. She was a two time recipient for the ISU “Hard-Hat” award for her hard work and dedication on the field, a two time MVP, and captained the ISU team in both her junior and senior seasons.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from ISU in 2009, and now lives in Prairie Village with her husband and puppy, and works as a senior engineer at Burns & McDonnell.

Sarah Grace Nicholson

Defender / Midfielder

Sarah Grace Nicholson grew up playing soccer in the Kansas City area. She attended Olathe East High School, where she was a four-year letter winner as a defender/midfielder. She contributed to a 21-0 perfect season, state championship, and NSCAA #1 national ranking her junior year and was named first team all-state her senior year.

Sarah Grace played for KCFC Force for much of her club career, coached by Richard Davies, and then Sporting Blue Valley under, now FCKC coach, Vlatko Andonovski. She competed in ECNL and battled some of the best teams in the country.

Sarah Grace earned an athletic scholarship to Division I Drake University, in Des Moines, IA, competing in the Missouri Valley Conference. A four-year starter at center midfielder and center back, she was a critical part of the defensive unit. She received the Player’s Choice Award three years in a row for demonstrating actions and attitudes that fully encompassed the spirit of the team in all that she did. Her junior year, she was awarded the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year for her work on the backline that helped the team win the regular season championship. She was a two-year captain and two-time All-Conference First Team recipient. Her senior year she was honored at the Adams Leadership Convocation for her outstanding leadership on the soccer field and exceptional work in mentoring younger players. She was also nominated for the Senior CLASS Award, one of 35 Division I women’s soccer players in the nation who were nominated based on their excellency in the classroom, competition and character.

Sarah Grace has run individual training sessions in Des Moines, coached for West Des Moines Soccer Club, and led groups of campers at Drake. Locally, she has run summer clinics for Olathe East. She holds her E-License in coaching. Her love for coaching comes from her passion for sharing the game with others and giving them the opportunity to improve and better themselves as players and people. Sarah Grace works at MBB+, an advertising agency in Leawood as an account coordinator.

Rebecca (Ewing) Downing

Rebecca (Ewing) Downing

Goalkeeper

Rebecca Downing grew up playing soccer in the Kansas City area, Lenexa. She played Goalkeeper at Shawnee Mission West where they made it to the State Championship her junior and senior years. Her senior year, she was honored as All-Sunflower league, All-Kansas and was All-Metro 1st team goalkeeper. She played club soccer for the KC Comets.

Rebecca earned a soccer and academic scholarship to William Jewell in Liberty, MO, where she played 4 years of soccer, making it into post-season play all 4 years and to the NAIA tournament. She graduated with a major in psychology, pre-physical therapy, ACT-In (gen ed) and a minor in Coaching and performance enhancement. After undergrad, she went on to postgraduate school through Northwestern University where she completed a certificate program in both orthotics and prosthetics. In the fall of 2011, Rebecca was the UMKC Women’s Goalkeeper Coach.

Today, she is working through her residency and preparing for boards currently at Horizon Orthotic and Prosthetic Experience (HOPE) in Overland Park, KS.

Nina Tzianos

Nina Tzianos

Goalkeeper

Nina grew up in St. Louis where she attended Lindbergh High School. She was a four year varsity goalkeeper and holds the record for most shutouts in four years on varsity (25). For club she played for St. Louis Scott Gallagher on their ECNL roster.

Nina then went on to attend UMKC on an athletic scholarship where she was a four year starter (UMKC bio). She earned a handful of ’player of the week’ and ‘defensive player of the week’ awards. In her junior year, Nina was named College Sports Madness defensive player of the week, and earned a spot in the WAC first-team all league honors/ WAC all academic honors. In Nina’s senior year she only allowed 8 goals in 12 games. She was 9th in the nation for save percentage before tearing her ACL.

Nina now lives in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from UMKC in May 2016. She plans to earn her masters in guidance and counseling. Her coaching experience consists of goalie training all ages for St. Louis Scott Gallagher and training at ID camps for UMKC.

Alex Dressman

Alex Dressman

Goalkeeper

Alex Dressman grew up playing in the Kansas City area. She attended Shawnee Mission East High School, where she lettered all 4 years, battled back from 2 ACL tears, and made Sunflower League Honorable Mention in 2012. In her club career, Alex played for the Kansas City United Metros under Rich Wolf competing in the MRL Premier Division and USYS National League, and winning the Kansas State Champion title in 2012.

Alex earned academic and soccer scholarships to William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. During her college career, she was awarded Defensive Play of the Year by her teammates in 2015 for the shutout posted against UMSL, served as a captain her senior year, and contributed to William Jewell’s team being the only team in the Great Lakes Valley Conference to earn both the NSCAA Team Academic & Team Ethics Awards. Alex was also a part of the first team in school and program history to make the NCAA DII National Tournament in 2012. She graduated with honors & bachelor’s degrees in religion and psychology. She was also a member of Mortar Board and completed the Pryor Leadership Studies Program.

Now, Alex lives in Prairie Village, Kansas and works as the High School Coordinator at Jacob’s Well Church in Midtown Kansas City.