PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer program’s head coach, Nicole Van Dyke, has announced her incoming class for the 2016 season. Eight women will join the program in August for the upcoming season. Five of the women hail from the West Coast, two others are local to the Philadelphia region, and one comes to Penn all the way from England.
“The 2016 incoming class brings a tremendous amount of energy to the program,” said Van Dyke, who will enter her second season at the helm in 2016. “They are a wonderful group of women who love Penn, are incredible students, passionate about soccer, and highly competitive. We look forward to themjoining our PWS family in pursuit of success both on and off the field.”
Penn returns 16 letter winners for the 2016 season including seven starters, and will be led by senior defender Paige Lombard who was a first-team All-Ivy pick as well as NSCAA All-Region and All-ECAC a year ago.
High School: Four-year letter winner in soccer at Burlingame … Prep2Prep CCS Sophomore of the Year in 2014 … Peninsula Athletic League Midfielder of the Year in 2014 … Club team is Mountain View Los Altos (MVLA) Pride ECNL, where she is teammates with fellow Penn recruit Megan Lloyd … Four-year member of BHS Honor Roll … Northern CA Chinese Schools Association Chinese Speech Award … Volunteer and junior coach with Soccer For Success program … Did a service trip to Taiwan through Connexpedition.
Personal: Daughter of Janet and Larrin Andrews … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of its amazing academics, particularly the Wharton School of Business. I immediately fell in love with the beautiful and lively city in which the campus is located. I connected well with the coaching staff, and was excited about the vision for the team. Everything about Penn was a perfect fit for me, and I look forward to a great college experience.”
Belvedere, Calif./Marin Academy
High School: Lettered four times in soccer at Marin Academy … Bay Counties League (BCL) co-MVP as a senior with teammate and fellow Penn recruit Miranda Schwartz … Three-time first-team BCL honoree, second-team BCL as a freshman … Helped Marin to 2016 BCL title … Club team is Marin FC, which won NPL Cal North Fall League championship in 2014 … Graduated summa cum laude from Marin Academy … Scholastic Art Award for photography.
Personal: Daughter of Laura Alber and Ned Klingelhofer … Joins high school teammate Miranda Schwartz on the Penn squad … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of the perfect balance of rigorous academics, a competitive soccer program, and the unique and driven people on campus.”
Los Altos, Calif./Homestead
High School: Three-year letter winner and two-year captain in soccer … Named team MVP … Two-time Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) DeAnza League all-conference honoree … Club team is Mountain View Los Altos (MVLA) Pride ECNL, where she is teammates with fellow Penn recruit Kelsey Andrews … NCL Presidential Service Award in 2015 … Silicon Valley Fall Festival Award in Art in 2015.
Personal: Daughter of Jayna and Stephen Lloyd … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because it is a great mix of everything. It has great academics, an amazing campus, and Division 1 sports. I am extremely excited to spend my next four years there!”
Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East
High School: Lettered four times in soccer at C.B. East, served as a team captain … National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School Fall All-America as a senior after scoring 33 goals and dishing off 11 assists … Two-time all-state and regional All-America honoree … Helped C.B. East to 24-1-1 record as a senior as team advanced to state final after winning first-ever Suburban One Continental Conference and District 1 Class AAA titles … Philadelphia Inquirer and The Intelligencer 2015 Player of the Year … Club team is FC Bucks (ECNL) … Graduated summa cum laude from C.B. East … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Jennifer and Brian Loving … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “Penn speaks for itself. Its academic and athletic traditions are second to none. I am excited to compete at a high level of soccer while being challenged in a distinguished intellectual environment.”
Foster City, Calif./San Mateo
High School: Three-year letter winner at San Mateo … 2012-13 Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) Bay Division Goalkeeper of the Year and San Jose Mercury News Honorable Mention … Two-time PAL Bay Division all-league selection … Plays her club soccer with Juventus Sport Club (U.S. Development Academy) … California Scholarship Federation (CSF) member … AP Scholar with Distinction … National Merit Commended … San Mateo High School Marching Band member … Senior Class Treasurer … Key Club member … Interact Club member … Freshman Ambassador.
Personal: Daughter of Janet Zhang and Eric Qu … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because I knew that it would challenge me academically and also help me grow as an athlete and a person. I also loved the coaches and the lively atmosphere of the school. I am very excited to be a part of this incredible institution and to contribute to this strong soccer program!”
Reading, U.K./Maiden Erlegh School
High School: Played several sports in secondary school including soccer, basketball, netball, cricket, track & field, and field hockey … Helped school team to several Berkshire County titles and the U-16 National Schools title in 2013 … Currently plays for Chelsea Ladies FC … Won U-18 Southern Division league title with Arsenal … Attended England U-17 training camps … Outstanding Academic Achievement … House captain.
Personal: Daughter of Kate and Stephen Reed … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of the great facilities and opportunities the University has to offer. The soccer program has a really exciting coaching staff and playing philosophy, and I can’t wait to get started.”
West Chester, Pa./Westtown School
High School: Four-time letter winner in soccer at Westtown School … Two-time captain … Holds school record for career goals (66) and goals in a season (26, set as a senior) … Friends School League MVP as a senior … Four-time Friends School League first-team selection … Two-time Chester County All-Area pick … Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association (PSCA) All-State and All-Southeastern PA selection as a senior … Club team is Penn Fusion Soccer Academy, which has advanced to ECNL Champions League Playoffs each of the last three years … Also lettered in track & field at Westtown … Part of school-record 4x800 relay team and won a PAISAA state title in that event in 2013 … Academic Distinction … Bronze medal on National Spanish Exam in 2013 … Scholar-Athlete Award … Peer tutor.
Personal: Daughter of Sarah and David Sands … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because I wanted to be challenged both on and off the soccer field. I wanted a program that I could have an impact on, and at the same time receive a world-class education. Penn was the perfect fit.”
Mill Valley, Calif./Marin Academy
High School: Lettered four times in soccer at Marin Academy … Two-time captain … Two-time Bay Counties League (BCL) MVP, sharing the award as a senior with teammate and fellow Penn recruit Samantha Klingelhofer … Helped Marin to 2016 BCL title … Club team is Marin FC, which won NPL Cal North Fall League championship in 2014 … Nominated for female athlete representative for Marin County Athletic Award
Personal: Daughter of Kathleen Morrison and Michael Schwartz … Uncle, Matt Morrison, played college baseball at UCLA … Joins high school teammate Samantha Klingelhofer on the Penn squad … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn for not only its ability to support me academically and offer me all of the recourses necessary to succeed inside and outside of the classroom, but also for its ability to support me as an athlete. At Penn, I know that I will have the freedom to grow as an intellectual, a person and an athlete over the course of four years, and that my professors, coaches and advisors will be there to help me and encourage me the whole way through.”