Women's Soccer Announces Class of 2014

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's head women's soccer coach, Darren Ambrose, has announced his incoming athletes for the 2010 season. Eight players will join the Quakers this fall as freshmen, while another joins the program as a sophomore goalkeeper after spending last year at Villanova University.

"I am really excited to see this class in action," said Ambrose, who enters his 11th season overseeing the Quakers' program in 2010. "It is a very talented group and a very deep group -- just about every position on the field is represented among the nine players, and they will all bring something to the program this fall. They are a very athletic class overall, and it wouldn't surprise me to see several of them emerge during the year.

"I have gotten to know them all very well during the recruiting process, and I am as impressed with them off of the field as I am on it," he continued. "They will continue to represent Penn and our program on campus and in their own communities in the first-class manner in which our players have always done."

Penn begins the 2010 season on Friday, Sept. 5 when Towson comes to town. It is the first of four straight home games the Quakers will play to open the season.

SARAH BANKS
Sophomore
Okemos, Mich./Okemos (Villanova)
2009 (at Villanova): Saw 4:41 of action in goal in season opener against Temple (8/21) ... Did not allow a goal and was not forced to make a save as Villanova won, 4-0.
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Team won state championship in 2006 ... Three-time Michigan All-State selection, including second team as a senior ... 2008 Team MVP ... Holds school record for shutouts in a season with 17 and in a career with 60 ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Four-year member of All-Academic Team ... Club team was Michigan Hawks 91 ... Team was 2007 regional champion and national semifinalist and won three consecutive state championships (2007-09) ... Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Goalkeeper at the 2007 Michigan State Cup ... Member of Michigan's ODP 91 team since 2003 ... Played in 2006 and 2007 ODP Regional Championships ... Attended 2008 MSYSA leadership conference ... Member of Ingham County 4-H for 12 years.
Personal: Daughter of Donna and Dennis Banks ... Has two older sisters, Cynthia (24) and Elizabeth (22) ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

KATHRYN BARTH
Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman
High School: Lettered four times in soccer ... Captain as a senior ... Honorable mention all-state and first-team All-Gazette in 2009 ... Also lettered three times in basketball, helped team to league title as a senior captain ... Distinguished Art Scholar Award recipient ... AP Distinguished Scholar in 2009 ... Maryland Merit Scholastic Award ... Presidential Scholar.
Personal: Daughter of Mary and Richard Barth ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

CHRISTINA HART
San Juan Capistrano, Calif./St. Margaret's Episcopal
High School: Lettered four years in soccer and volleyball ... Captain of soccer as a senior ... Team won league title all four years ... Two-time first-team all-league and All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) ... Missed final two seasons due to injury ... Three-time recipient of school's Tartan Heart Award ... Played club soccer for SoCal Blues ... Won state, regional, and US Youth Soccer national titles at the U-15 level ... Won state and regional championships at U-16 level ... State finalist at U-17 and U-19 level ... Helped volleyball team to three league championships and the 2008 CIF championship match ... Two-time second-team all-league ... Headmaster's Honors every semester ... Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal: Daughter of Polita and Todd Hart ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

LAURA OLIVER
Hillsborough, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep
High School: Lettered four years in soccer at St. Ignatius ... Captain as a senior ... Helped team to 2008-09 West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) title ... Team was CIF-Central Coast Section semifinalist three times ... Three-time first-team All-WCAL ... 2008-09 WCAL Junior Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year ... Played club soccer for Juventus Barracudas ... Team ranked No. 1 nationally (May 2009) ... Selected to National ODP in 2008 ... California Scholarship Federation ... St. Ignatius Block Club (community service) ... Boys and Girls Club counselor ... Performing Arts member.
Personal: Daughter of Valerie and Matthew Oliver ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

CANDICE OSEI-AGYEMANG
Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake
High School: Played one year at Eastlake ... Member of Ghana's team at first FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2008 (played in New Zealand) ... Three-year member of Washington's ODP State Team (2007-09) ... Washington was finalist at 2009 Region IV Championships ... Played for Emerald City Football Club '92 Green in 2009 and 2010, winning Washington's under-17 state cup title in 2010 ... Also won state youth cups in 2008 with Northwest Nationals '91 Red (under-16) and 2007 with Crossfire '91 (under-15), and national Super Y League under-14 title in 2006 with Crossfire Premier Hattrup ... Selected to 2006 USL Super-Y League North American All-Star First XI ... 2006 Rimland Pacific Cup Tournament MVP ... Spanish Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Myra and Simon Osei-Agyemang ... Older sister, Mimi, played soccer at Columbia and was a member of Ghana's team at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

BRIANNA RANO
Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata
High School: Lettered two times in soccer ... Team captain in 2007 ... Second-team All-Skyland Conference in 2007 ... Moved exclusively to PDA Fire club team following 2007 high school season ... PDA Fire won Regional I Youth title for their age group each of the last four years and played for the national U-17 title in summer 2009 ... Spanish Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Deborah and Thomas Rano ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

EMILY SAMUELSON
Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth CD
High School: Lettered four times in soccer and field hockey, and three times in track & field ... Captain of soccer team and led them to Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) title with a 13-2 record ... Two-time SPC All-Conference ... Two-time Forth Worth Star-Telegram "Super Team" ... SPC honorable mention in 2007 ... Club team is Polaris '92 ... In field hockey, SPC All-Zone in 2009 ... In track & field, SPC honorable mention in 2008 and 2010 ... Holy Family Catholic Church Confirmation Leader ... High honor roll student ... Worked at Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, constructing and maintaining her own garden.
Personal: Daughter of Dede and Todd Samuelson ... Enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

KERRY SCALORA
Berlin, Conn./Berlin
High School: Lettered four times in soccer ... NSCAA All-America and All-New England as a senior ... Four-time all-state ... Hartford Courant and Herald All-Star teams ... Kelme MVP sophomore and junior years ... Club team is Connecticut FC ... Connecticut ODP for three years ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Betsy and Jeff Scalora ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

CLAIRE WALKER
Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington
High School: Lettered four times in both soccer and cross country ... Team captain in soccer ... Class 5A All-State East Team in 2010 ... Two-time all-district ... First-team Tulsa World All-Metro in 2008, honorable mention in 2010 ... Won four Oklahoma State Cup titles with club team, HFC 92 Shubert ... NSCAA Scholar All-Region ... Oklahoma ODP member ... National Merit finalist ... International Baccalaureate Diploma ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Oklahoma winner for U.S. Institute of Peace National Peace Essay contest ... Oklahoma Academic Scholar ... National Honor Society member ... Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer.
Personal: Daughter of Susan and Bill Walker ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.