PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer program’s head coach, Darren Ambrose, has announced his incoming class. Seven women from the University's Class of 2017 will join the program in August for preseason practices.
“I am really looking forward to working with this group of women,” said Ambrose, who will enter his 14th season at the helm in August. “They are a very athletic bunch who will impact our program from the start. They all have a good pedigree in club soccer, and we know they will represent our program at the highest standard. They are outstanding people who will add character and personality to both our program and the University.”
Penn finished the 2012 season with a 9-6-1 record, and for the third year in a row the Quakers entered their final match with a chance of winning at least a share of the Ivy League title. This year, the women lost to Princeton in that final match, 4-2, and ended up third in the league at 5-2-0. In the last three seasons, Penn has gone a combined 14-4-3 in Ivy play.
Fifteen letterwinners return for this coming fall. The captains for the 2013 season are seniors Brianna Rano, Kerry Scalora and Claire Walker.
High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer, captain as a senior … Helped Haddonfield Memorial to Colonial Conference titles in 2011 and 2012 … 2011 team won South Jersey Group 2 title and was runner-up at the South Jersey Coaches Tournament … Two-time first-team All-Colonial Conference and first-team All-SJSCA … As a senior, first-team All-State Group 2 by Newark Star Ledger, All-South Jersey by Philadelphia Inquirer, and All-South Jersey Group 2 by Courier Post … South Jersey Magazine 8 Major Players to Watch … As a junior, first-team All-South Jersey Group 2 and second-team All-South Jersey by Courier Post, second-team All-State Group 2 by Newark Star Ledger … Club team, PDA Crush, has been state runner-up four straight years … Also runs track for Haddonfield Memorial … Member of school’s record 4x100 shuttle hurdles team, first-team all-conference and South Jersey Group 1 … National Honor Society member (secretary) … German National Honor Society … Academic Honor Roll First Honors … Leo Club (secretary).
Personal: Daughter of Lisa and Reginald Blaber … Father played water polo and swam at Bucknell … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ambrose: “Olivia is a local gifted athlete with great pace and strength. She can add depth to any position in our back line and also has a very dangerous long throw that will be useful in the attacking third. She will also run track while at Penn in the hurdles.”
Oregon Episcopal School
High School: Lettered in soccer at Oregon Episcopal … Helped team to championships in 2011 and 2012 … Two-time first-team all-league, second-team all-league as a sophomore, all-league honorable mention as a freshman … MVP of Championships … Played club soccer for Oregon Joga Bonita, currently with ASO NW USA Maestro Training Center … Junior National Team player for Russia at the U-15, U-17 and U-19 levels … Competed in state competitions in choir … Science Fair honorable mention recognition (2010).
Personal: Daughter of Olga and Igor Chevtchenko … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ambrose: “Ana has tremendous technical ability and a maturity on the field which is unusual for a player her age.Her experience at the international level will serve her well as she comes into Penn this fall. She has great vision, can strike a ball well with both feet and can provide great service in the final third to our forwards.We feel she could step into our line up early in her career.”
High School: Lettered six times in soccer and five times in basketball … Captain of both teams … Helped soccer team to state runner-up finish in 2010 … Three-time All-Metro, all-county, all-region … All-state honorable mention recognition … Club program is FC United … In basketball, team won three area titles and twice advanced to state sub-regional … AHSAA South All-Star Team in basketball … All-region honorable mention and all-county in basketball … Honor Council Vice President … Cum Laude Society (historian) … Scholars’ Bowl captain … Science Olympiad … Chorus … Jack and Jill of America, Inc. … National Honor Society member … Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society member … Spanish National Honor Society member … National English Honor Society member … Science National Honor Society member … Thomas C. Huckabee Chemistry Award recipient … National Achievement finalist … UMS-Wright Spirit Award.
Personal: Daughter of Tammy and Errol Crook … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ambrose: “Carrie will bring much-needed depth to our goalkeeping corps this fall. She is a multi-sport athlete and has tremendous potential to grow into a bigger role in the program with some experience. She has a lot of the physical tools to compete at this level.”
Porter Gaud School
High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer, team MVP three times … Helped Porter Gaud to state championship match as a senior … All-state and All-Low Country recipient … Club program is Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (ECNL) … National Honor Society member … National Spanish Club … Honor roll student.
Personal: Daughter of Deborah and Alonzo Nesmith … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ambrose: “Tee is a phenomenal athlete. She can play in many spots on the field due to her speed, size and strength. She can cover a lot of ground and is fearless in her defending. She can play in several spots and will also be a threat on all set pieces. She also has a dangerous long throw. She is one of the best headers of a ball I have seen in recent years recruiting and we expect her to impact our back line this fall.”
High School: Lettered four years in soccer, captain as a senior … Helped team to Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) Conference A championships in 2010 (18-3) and 2011 (16-2-1) … Two-time first-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro and first-team IAAM all-conference … Team MVP in 2012 … ESPN High School All-Star (Maryland) in 2011 … Club program is Freestate Soccer Alliance (ECNL) … Dean’s List student … Commended Scholar … Model UN Team member.
Personal: Daughter of Laura Pearson … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ambrose: “Jordan is another good athlete who can play in one or two spots.She has a good left foot, a great work rate and can get up and down the line.She will provide an alternative in our rotation of outside defenders or can play wide in a front line.”
High School: Lettered four times in soccer and basketball and West Potomac, captain of both teams … First-team all-district in soccer in 2011, second-team in 2009 and 2010 … Won ECNL Flight B national championship with club team, McLean Power … In basketball, honorable mention all-district as a junior … AP Scholar with Honor … National Honor Society member (President) … Math League (President) … Spanish Honor Society … Debate Team member.
Personal: Daughter of Joanne and David Sawczuk … Father played basketball at Princeton … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ambrose: “Lindsey is a very composed, technical midfield player. She has great composure and vision and we expect her to be able to contribute in the middle of the field for us this year.”
High School: Lettered four times in soccer, captain as a senior … Helped Midlothian to 2012 Bi-District title and 2010 regional semifinals … Two-time first-team all-district … Duncanville Tournament MVP in 2011 and 2012 … Club program was Dallas Texans (ECNL) … Also lettered four times in cross country and track … In track, holds school record in the 800 meters … Two-time district champion in the 1,600 and once in the 800 … Three-time regional qualifier … In cross country, four-time regional qualifier … National Honor Society member … Science Club and Psych Club member.
Personal: Daughter of Ricci and Shawn Winget … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ambrose: “Riann was a late pickup for us in the class and we were fortunate she was still looking at schools so late. She is a strong defensive presence, is good in the air and has some leadership qualities to match her playing ability. She will help provide depth in our back line this fall.”