PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer head coach, Nicole Van Dyke, has announced three additions to the 2017 roster in transfer Laura Hamilton and incoming freshmen Cam Keating and McRae Fried.
“We are fortunate to add three more exceptional young ladies to our roster for this coming fall. All three bring high-level soccer experience, exceptional training habits and a high work rate. Their energy, maturity and passion for Penn and soccer stood out to the entire coaching staff and we could not be happier to have them join our Penn women’s soccer family.”
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Previous School: Drexel University
High School: Trinity Catholic High School
2016 (at Drexel): Third-team All-CAA … Named to the CAA All-Rookie team … Named one of the Top 100 Freshman in the nation … Started all 20 games her freshman season, logging 1,645 minutes – good for fourth on the team … Helped lead the Dragons to the CAA title game in her freshman season … Earned the CAA Commissioner Academic Award for the fall quarter … Member of Drexel’s ‘GEAR UP’ Program.
High School: Four-year letterwinner for Coach Adam Long at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Fla. … Two-time First-team All-Marion County (2014, 2015) … Served as team captain during her senior year … Led Trinity Catholic to the Florida 2A Championship in 2013 … Led the team in goals scored her junior and senior seasons … Named Rookie of the Year and an All-Chronicle County Player of the Year finalist in 2012 … Played her club soccer for Tampa Bay United, leading the team to Florida State Cup, US Soccer Region III and US Soccer National Championships in 2015 … Member of National Honor Society, serving as the secretary during her senior year.
Personal: Daughter of Linda Pautler and Mark Hamilton … Plans to major in economics in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Why Penn: "I chose Penn because I want an academic challenge and the chance to play in a competitive environment surrounded with teammates who have the same goals as me"
Coach Van Dyke on Hamilton: “Laura’s work rate, experience, soccer IQ and personality made her stand out in the recruiting process. She is an attacking outside back, who has the work ethic and endurance to continually attack the flank. She is also a good one-on-one defender and solid technically. She will bring a great amount of experience to our backline, having started every game for Drexel last season as a freshman."
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
High School: Greensboro Day School
High School: 2014 All-Region, All-State and All-Conference selection under Head Coach Kim Burroughs at Greensboro Day School … Member of the Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society and Head of School List … 2016 ODP Region III Team and Nike ECNL U.S. National Camp selection … Played for the ECNL Mid-Atlantic PDP Select from 2014-2016 … Participated in the U17 Irish National Team Camp.
Personal: Daughter of Maria and Mike Keating … Plans to enroll in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Why Penn: "Penn checks off every box on the list of traits I wanted in my dream school. Then, when I got on campus, it felt like home. I said to myself, “I belong here.” I'm so humbled to learn from an incredible university and a great team under Coach Van Dyke. [I’m] counting down the days until preseason!”
Coach Van Dyke on Keating: "Cam is a strong central midfielder and center back who brings a wealth of knowledge to the program. She is a great passer, has a soft touch and great vision. Additionally, she is an exceptional communicator and will make players around her better.”
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
High School: University High School
High School: Four-year letterwinner and 2016 captain for University High School in San Francisco for head coach Deejae Johnson … Three-time first-team all-league selection … Named North Coast Section Honorable Mention her senior year … Played her club soccer for Marin FC with fellow incoming freshman Chase Geffert, serving as team captain for three seasons … Also lettered three times in basketball, leading the team to two Bay County League-West championships … Named 2017 University High School Female Athlete of the Year.
Personal: Daughter of Lycia Carmody and Rocky Fried … Plans to enroll in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Why Penn: "My dad attended Penn so I have grown up rooting for the school. Ultimately when it became time for me to choose a college, Penn’s focus on interdisciplinary academics combined with the opportunity to play soccer for such an incredible program sold me on the school"
Coach Van Dyke on Fried: “McRae has a deep-rooted passion for Penn. Equally, she can play at the back (defender) or in the midfield and brings a calming presence to our possession style of play. McRae’s character was also something that set her apart throughout the recruiting process. She is an extremely mature, optimistic young lady who is enthusiastic about contributing to the success of Penn women’s soccer."