PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer coach Darren Ambrose has announced his incoming class for the 2007 season. The program’s Class of 2011 will feature six recruited student-athletes.
“This is an exceptional group of student-athletes,” said Ambrose. “They will complement our squad with each of their own personalities and athletic ability.”
The Quakers stayed local for a pair of players, in Kaitlin Campbell (Perkasie, Pa.) and Sarah Friedman (Villanova, Pa.). They also went about as far as they could while still staying within the United States to pick up Marisa Schoen (Honolulu, Hawaii). In keeping with its reputation as a national program, the Quakers’ remaining three recruits are Kristin Kaiser (Pelham, N.H.), Kylie Mitchell (Flint, Mich.) and goalkeeper Gina Winters (Fairfax, Va.).
These six freshmen will join the Quakers for preseason camp. Penn, which finished last season with an 8-5-3 record, begins the 2007 campaign with seven field players who started at least 10 matches in 2006, along with two goalies who basically split time in the woodwork as freshmen last year.
Penn opens the 2007 season with Robert Morris on Sunday, Sept. 2.
PREVIEWING THE PENN WOMEN’S SOCCER CLASS OF 2011...
High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer ... Captain as a senior ... First-team All-Suburban 1 as a senior ... Second-team All-Suburban 1 in 2004 and 2006 ... Also lettered once in basketball ... Plays club soccer with Philadelphia Liberty in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) ... Played on Eastern Pennsylvania (EPYSA) ODP team coached by Darren Ambrose that won national ODP championship in March ... National Honor and Spanish Honor Society member ... Executive Student Council member.
Personal: Born Feb. 18, 1989 ... Daughter of Kathryn and John Campbell.
Coach Ambrose says: “Kaitlin will add a strong presence in the middle of the field. She is great in the air and has tremendous composure with the ball at her feet. She will complement our other midfield players well.”
High School: Four-year starter in soccer ... Finished career with 59 goals and 24 assists ... Helped Friends Central to Friends League title in 2005 ... Four-time Friends League First-Team All-Star and Main Line Times First Team ... Southeastern PA Soccer Coaches Association All-Star ... Played six years with Eastern PA ODP ... Helped ODP team win Region I titles in 2002 and 2005, and win national co-championship in 2006 ... Six times invited to Region I camp ... ... Club team, FC Pennsylvania Strikers, won Eastern PA titles in 2004 and 2005 and was a finalist in 2006 ... Also lettered in basketball, softball and lacrosse at Friends Central ... Team MVP and Friends League First-Team All-Star as a senior in both basketball and lacrosse ... Set school single-season scoring record in lacrosse ... Named school’s Outstanding Senior Athlete.
Personal: Born Nov. 7, 1988 ... Daughter of Rebecca Taub and Paul Friedman.
Coach Ambrose says: “Sarah is a gifted player technically. She can put the ball anywhere on the field, and her distribution from the middle of the field will provide us with a lot of attacking opportunities.”
St. Paul’s School
High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer at St. Paul’s, captain as a senior ... All-league selection all four years ... Club team, Seacoast United, has won State Cup every year since 2003, took the Super Y national title in 2004 and lost in 2005 semifinal round ... Also lettered in hockey (4), track & field (3) and softball (1) ... Two-time all-league selection in ice hockey ... Finished third in New England in the pole vault in 2007 ... School record-holder in pole vault and 4x100 relay.
Personal: Born Jan. 23, 1989 in Boston ... Daughter of Colleen and Kenneth Kaiser ... Brother, Kevin, plays hockey at Princeton.
Coach Ambrose says: “Kristin is a versatile player who can play up top or wide in the midfield. She has fantastic speed and a tenacious attitude. She will create problems for many defenses this fall.”
High School: Four-year letterwinner and three-time captain of soccer team ... Two-time honorable mention all-state ... Two-time first-team all-league, all-district and all-region ... Honorable mention all-league as a sophomore ... Also earned three letters in football, gaining honorable mention all-league as a senior ... Made ESPN SportsCenter’s “Top 10 Plays” for football ... Club soccer team was Vardar Soccer Club ... Also spent two years with Michigan Hawks program ... Vardar team won Midwest Regional League Premier Division title in 2006 ... Principals Leadership Scholarship nominee ... Student Council Outstanding Leadership Award, Best Senior Female Athlete.
Personal: Born April 13, 1989 ... Daughter of Bente and Joe Mitchell.
Coach Ambrose says: “We identified Kylie at our camp last summer, and felt she would be a good addition to the squad. She will provide much-needed depth in our backline. She has a first-class work rate and attitude.”
High School: Four-year letterwinner and two-time captain ... Helped team to state and ILH championships in 2004 and 2005 ... Earned all-tournament at 2005 championships ... Three-time second-team all-state selection ... First-team ILH All-Star in 2006 and 2007 ... Also ran cross country and track & field ... Won six state team titles in those sports during her career ... Earned four first-team ILH All-Star awards and three second-team awards as a runner ... Played club soccer with Honolulu Bulls 88G in2004 and 2005 and with Leahi 89 Premier in 2006 and 2007 ... Won Hawaii State Cup title all four years ... With Bulls, won 2005 U.S. Club Soccer Under-17 national championship ... National Honor Society member ... Four-year Dean’s List honoree ... Punahou School’s 11th Grade Sportswoman of the Year in 2006.
Personal: Born May 7, 1989 ... Daughter of Chiou-Yann and Steven Schoen.
Coach Ambrose says: “Marisa will be a great wide player for us. She can run all day and is technically very clean. She is a great athlete and will contribute in a couple of spots.”
Gina Winters (GK)
High School: Four-year letterwinner and two-time captain ... High school’s selection for “Sports Woman of the Year” for Fairfax County ... Two-time all-region ... Two-time first-team Washington Post All-Met ... Two-time All-Examiner Team by Washington Examiner ... Two-time first-team all-district (Concorde) ... Also lettered twice in basketball ... Club team is Braddock Road Fury ... Played for six Virginia State Cup champions ... Team was Region I finalist in 2004 and semifinalist in 2002 and 2005 ... Also played for DC United Youth Team in Super-Y League ... DC United club won 2003 Mid-Atlantic title and was a national semifinalist ... Selected to play for Majestics USL W-League team ... French Honor Society, Science Honor Society, and National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born April 17, 1989 ... Daughter of Cathy and Steve Winters ... Sister, Rachel, is a rugby standout at the University of Virginia.
Coach Ambrose says: “Gina is a very brave goalkeeper who commands the 18-yard box well. She communicates and organizes well. She has good hands and has the ability to compete with our two returning goalkeepers this fall.”