PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer head coach Darren Ambrose has announced his incoming class for the 2009 season. The program’s Class of 2013 will feature seven recruited student-athletes.
“This is a solid class from top to bottom that covers all areas of the field for us, from the goalkeeper to the front line,” said Ambrose, who will enter his 10th season in 2009. “I really like the makeup of the group, and I feel they will bring a competitive attitude that will continue to push our program forward.”
Once again this year, Penn’s class stretches across the country, starting on one coast and ending on the other. The Quakers stayed relatively local in locking up Yvonne Moyer (Levittown, Pa.) and Taylor Collins (Livingston, N.J.), and grabbed another East Coaster in Laura Yu (Clifton, Va.). Three players will come to Philadelphia from America’s Heartland: Erin Beck (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Alex Dayneka (Solon, Ohio) and Rachel Resek (Batavia, Ill.). From the West Coast, Penn pulled Erin Thayer (Portland, Ore.).
These seven freshmen will join the Quakers for preseason camp in August. Penn returns 17 letterwinners -- including eight starters -- from a squad that went 8-6-3 overall in 2008, including a 2-3-2 mark in Ivy League play. The Quakers were Ivy League champions in 2007, when they went 6-1-0 in the Ancient Eight.
Penn opens the 2009 season with four home games, starting Labor Day Weekend when the Quakers host George Mason (Friday, Sept. 4) and La Salle (Sunday, Sept. 6).
PREVIEWING THE PENN WOMEN’S SOCCER CLASS OF 2013...
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Fort Wayne Fever
High School: Three-time letterwinner in soccer ... Missed junior year due to an ACL injury ... Captain as a senior ... Three-time all-district and IHSAA All-State ... Team MVP in 2008 ... Helped club team to several Indiana State Cup titles, and Region II semifinal round in 2005 ... US Club Regional champions in 2006 ... Advanced to Super-Y Nationals twice, with Fort Wayne Fever and Chicago Magic ... Member of Indiana and Region II ODP (B) teams ... Super Y ODP National Team from 2004-07 ... IHSAA Advisory Panel and Leadership Conference ... Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana ... Honor Code Committee ... Holds the Canterbury High School record in the mile ... Two-year president of Key Club ... Honor Committee ... Design editor of school paper ... Editor of school magazine and yearbook ... Indiana High School Athletic Association Advisory Committee ... Headmaster’s List ... Dean’s Award ... Commended Scholar Award ... Faculty Prize commendation ... National Merit semifinalist ... Cum Laude Society ... Wellesley College Book Award ... National Society of High School Scholars ... Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards ... Academic All-State ... Big Brothers/Big Sisters First Mentor Program.
Personal: Daughter of Debra and Edward Beck ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
High School: Lettered in soccer and cross country ... Two-time NJGSCA All-State in soccer ... Two-time first-team All-Essex County and all-conference ... Third-team all-state Group IV and NJGSCA Top 20 North I Region in 2006 ... Essex County Sophomore of the Year in 2006 ... Club team, Montclair Aristocrats, won New Jersey State Cup four times ... Also member of New Jersey and Region I ODP teams ... Won Region I ODP titles in 2006 and 2007, and national ODP championship in 2007 ... In cross country, won Essex County individual title and helped team to Essex County title in 2007 ... Group IV All-State in 2007 ... Spanish Honor Society member ... High honor roll student.
Personal: Daughter of Robin and John Collins ... Uncle, Thomas Roger Collins, was national high school champion in the javelin in 1966 and is a member of Clemson’s Track & Field Hall of Fame ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Hathaway Brown School
High School: Lettered four times in soccer ... Two-year captain ... Helped team win three district titles, two regional championships, and 2007 Division 2 state title (20-3-1) ... Two-time Independent School League MVP and first-team ISL ... Two-time first-team all-state and adidas/NSCAA All-Region ... Member of 2007 Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Star Team ... Club team, Cleveland Internationals, won Ohio North State Cup titles in 2005, 2006 and 2009 and was Midwest Regional League champions in 2007 ... Internationals also won Super Y League national titles in 2004 and 2007, and were runner-up in 2005 ... Member of Super Y League regional team in 2005 and 2007, and Super Y National Select Team in 2006 ... Also lettered once in basketball ... Cum Laude Society ... Member of science research program that worked on a study at the Cleveland Clinic investigating ultrasound and CT scans to diagnose neck infections in children ... Also a cello player.
Personal: Daughter of Janet Reid and Alex Dayneka ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
High School: Lettered two years at Pennsbury before turning focus exclusively to club program (FC Bucks) ... First-team All-Suburban One League in 2007, when she led the league in scoring ... Team Offensive MVP in 2006 and 2007 ... Club team, FC Bucks, is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation ... Bucks won 2008 USYSA Region I title and took third at the national championships ... Also claimed 2008 and 2009 Region I Premier League championships ... Has played on seven Eastern PA State Cup title teams ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Lorna and Donald Moyer ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Windy City Pride
High School: Lettered four times in soccer ... Helped team win two East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) titles and 2007 Hinsdale Central Regional championship ... Three-time All-ESCC ... Honorable mention all-section in 2009, all-section in 2008 ... Club team, Windy City Pride, was Illinois State Cup finalist in 2007 ... Presidential Scholars candidate ... National Merit Scholar Commended Scholar ... National Society of High School Scholars ... National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society member ... 2008-09 ESCC Scholar Athlete ... 2009 U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete candidate ... 2009 Chicago Tribune Scholar Athlete candidate.
Personal: Daughter of Jayne and Ralph Resek ... Will enroll in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).
High School: Lettered four times in soccer ... Helped team to 2007 and 2008 state championship seasons, going undefeated both years ... Also won four league titles ... Three-time first-team all-league ... Captain of club team, Portland Sapphire, from 2005-09 ... Sapphire won three league and Oregon State Cups (2006-08) and was a 2007 USYSA Region IV finalist ... Also played for and was captain of Oregon’s ODP team ... National Honor Society member ... International Studies Honor ... Oregon Scholar Award ... Honor roll student.
Personal: Daughter of Claire and Matt Thayer ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
High School: Lettered twice in high school before turning focus to club team ... Helped high school team to 2006 and 2007 Concorde District and Northern Region titles ... Club team, McLean Freedom, won 2008 USYSA national and Region I championships ... Also won Virginia State Cups in 2006, 2008 and 2009 ... Prior to the Freedom, spent 2004-05 with BRYC Fury and won state cup ... Member of Virginia’s ODP team from 2002-07 and was a two-year captain ... Region I ODP team from 2006-07 ... National Development Camp in 2007 ... Class Valedictorian ... National Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society member ... Honor roll student ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... English Medallion recipient.
Personal: Daughter of MaryJo Hensler Yu and Paul Yu ... Will enroll in Wharton.