PHILADELPHIA- The University of Pennsylvania's head women's soccer coach, Darren Ambrose, has announced his incoming athletes for the 2011 season. Seven players will join the Quakers this fall as freshmen.
"The Class of 2015 is both talented and deep," said Ambrose, who enters his 12th season as the Quakers' head coach in 2011. "We have players who can play in every spot on the field. All have played on very strong, nationally competitive club teams that know how to compete, and I am looking forward to their arrival this fall."
Penn begins the 2011 season on Labor Day Weekend, hosting UMBC Friday night and Delaware on Sunday. The Quakers will begin defense of their 2010 Ivy League championship at Harvard on Friday, Sept. 23.
Palatine, Ill./St. Viator
High School: Did not play high school soccer, instead a member of Eclipse Select for six years ... Eclipse won state championship in her age group every year from 2005-10, was a Region 2 semifinalist three times (2007-09), and ranked second nationally by Soccer America in 2010 ... Disney College Showcase champions in 2009 ... Illinois ODP player ... Region II team in 2007 and 2008, Region II camp in 2006 ... Under-15 National Team pool player, also invited to National Camp in 2008 ... Made trips with Region II teams to Germany (2008) and Holland (2009) ... Peer Mediation member ... Student Council Parliamentarian ... National Honor Society member ... Illinois State Scholar ... Helped coach Special Ability League Soccer for mentally and physically handicapped players.
Personal: Daughter of Denise and Michael Cooper ... Older sister, Valerie, played college soccer at UW-Milwaukee ... Club teammate of fellow Penn recruit Megan York ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Brownstown, Mich./Gabriel Richard
High School: Did not play high school soccer, instead played for her club team full-time ... Team won five Michigan state club titles (2007-11) and won three MRL Premier Division championships (2007-09) ... Also lettered in track, won Catholic League 100-meter title in 2008 ... National Honor Society member ... Amnesty International co-chair ... Interact member ... Varsity Club and Health Club member ... Care Bake member ... Scholastic All-Catholic Team.
Personal: Daughter of Janice and Ronald Hammond ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Seattle, Wash./University Prep
High School: Lettered three times in soccer before an injury senior year ... Team co-captain as a junior ... Also lettered four times in track ... In soccer, two-time Emerald City all-league first team, one-time Emerald City all-league second team ... Club team, NW Nationals Rayos (Red), was Washington state cup finalist in 2009 and semifinalist in 2008 ... Team also won the WSYSA League Division 1 title in 2008 ... In track, three time state meet finalist (best finishes fourth in 100 meters, second in 200, third in 400) ... Lil' Kickers ... Earned University Prep's Female Athlete and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year honors ... Junior class representative ... Scholar's List every semester since sixth grade ... Explorations in Math long-term volunteer ... Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) student group mentorship program.
Personal: Daughter of Laura and David Midgley ... Enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
San Leandro, Calif./The Head-Royce School
High School: Lettered three times in soccer and four times in basketball ... Captain of both teams as a senior ... In soccer, helped Head-Royce to Bay Counties League (BCL) titles in 2008 and 2009 ... Team was also North Coast Section (NCS) finalist in 2008 ... First-team all-league in 2008 and 2009 ... Set school record for goals in a season her freshman year, with 33 ... Club soccer team, Mustang Earthquakes, was a Region IV semifinalist in 2006, Surf Cup champions in 2008, and competed in the Red Bull League and Elite Club National League (ECNL) ... Named to ECNL under-17 All-Event at 2010 national championships ... Helped Head-Royce basketball team to BCL titles from 2008-10 and NCS final in 2008 ... Basketball team was a North California state participant in 2010 ... Black Student Union member ... FADE (student dance group) member ... San Francisco Ballet School from 1997-2008.
Personal: Daughter of Linda and Jarvis Moore ... Older brother, Ryan, is an All-Pac 12 soccer player at the University of Washington ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Shoreline, Wash./Lakeside School
High School: Lettered four years in soccer ... Team captain as a senior ... Helped Lakeside to Metro League championship and undefeated season in 2008 ... Three-time first-team All-Metro (2008-10) ... 2009 Seattle Post-Intelligencer All-Area team ... Club team, Seattle United, was Washington state cup champion in 2010 ... Did a church mission in 2007.
Personal: Daughter of Karen and John Myhre ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
San Diego, Calif./La Jolla
High School: Lettered four times in soccer, captain of the team as a junior and senior ... Also lettered in cross country three times and track & field twice ... In soccer, helped La Jolla to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division II final three times with one title and also a Western League championship (she scored the "golden goal" to clinch the title) ... Led team in scoring all four years ... Four-time first-team CIF all-league ... San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic ... Played club soccer for Southern California Blues, the top-ranked team nationally ... Also a member of SoCal's '92 ODP player pool and an alternate for the '92 SoCal Regional Team ... SoCal Blues team won USYS National Championship, U.S. National League title, Region IV Coast Soccer Premier League crowns as well as five Surf Cup titles ... National Latin Merit member ... California Scholastic Federation (CSF) member ... President of campus-wide "Green Team" ... Tutor and mentor in the AVID program designed for underprivileged kids who seek academic help ... "Relay For Life" Cancer Awareness Operation board member.
Personal: Daughter of Chay and Mark Parra ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius
High School: Lettered in soccer and basketball ... Holds school record for goals in a season (34) ... Honorable mention all-state ... All-conference ... Named one of Illinois' top players in 2009 by ESPN Rise ... Member of Eclipse Select club team for 2009 and 2010 Illinois state cup championships and 2009 Disney Soccer Showcase title ... 2011 Illinois State Scholar ... First honors five times, honors with distinction twice ... Spanish Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Carmel and Michael York ... Club teammate of fellow Penn recruit Haley Cooper ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.