PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer program’s new head coach, Nicole Van Dyke, has announced her incoming class (of 2015). Nine women will join the program in August for the upcoming season, eight of which will be freshmen and one transfer. Five of the women hail from the East Coast, with the other four coming from the West.
“This year’s incoming class looks to be promising, as we begin a new era of Penn Women’s Soccer,” says Van Dyke, who was hired in March. “Not only are they elite athletes, they are exceptional students who have displayed tremendous leadership throughout their high school career. This incoming class will complement the returning group of young women who are eager to kick off the 2015 soccer season.”
Penn went 8-5-3 last year, tying for third in Ivy League play at 3-3-1. Penn returns 19 team members from last year, including seven starters and a trio of first-team All-Ivy players in seniors Caroline Dwyer, Erin Mikolai and Kalijah Terilli. Mikolai and Terilli also were NSCAA All-Region selections a year ago, while Dwyer was a third-team NSCAA All-America in 2013 who missed much of the 2014 season to injury.
Lafayette, Calif./Campolindo (TCU)
Petite is transferring to Penn from Big 12 Conference program TCU; she is eligible to play right away and will have sophomore eligibility for the Quakers. Petite did not see any game action for the Horned Frogs last year.
High School: At Campolindo High School, Lauren was the top scorer in 2011-12 and earned second-team all-conference honors. She was then the program’s captain and defensive MVP her final two years as she earned first-team all-conference accolades as a junior and senior. In the classroom, Lauren earned scholar athlete honors all four years. It was on the club level where Lauren made a larger impression, as she captained her Lamorinda United club squad to a No. 1 ranking in Northern California as well as a No. 13 national ranking; her team was a semifinalist at the 2012 Cal North State Cup and was the 2012-13 USCS Far West Regional champions. Lauren also helped her team put together a solid 2013-14 campaign, during which they won the Las Vegas Players showcase championship and the Cal North State Cup. Lamorinda United was the 2013 National Premier League National Champions as well as a Blues Cup quarterfinalist, a Surf Cup and College Cup semifinalist in 2013. Lauren, who also lettered once in volleyball at Campolindo, earned the school’s Heart-to-Heart Award for community service. She also was in the Associate Student Body leadership group.
Personal: Lauren is the daughter of Toni and Joe Petite; her father also was an Ivy League athlete, playing football at Dartmouth. Lauren’s younger brother, Tyler, will be a freshman and play football at USC this fall. Lauren will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences this fall.
Why Penn? “I am excited to join a program that values everything I also value in the game. With the combination of possession soccer, a close-knit team and coaching staff, and obviously stellar academics, I know Penn is everything I’ve been looking for.”
High School: A three-year letterwinner at Acton-Boxborough, Romie helped her teams win Dual County League (DCL) titles in 2013 – when A-B was also a Division I North finalist – and 2014. She was a two-time DCL All-Star and an Eastern Mass. All-Star as a senior. On the club side, Romie was captain of her FC Stars of Massachusetts team side in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). She also was invited to try out with the Belgium Under-19 national team for a three-day camp in May, followed by an international friendly against Italy. In the classroom, Romie was a National Honor Society member and a National Merit Scholar finalist. She received the Community Service Award all four years and was a member of A-B’s Athletic Leadership Council.
Personal: Romie is the daughter of Griet Dehandschutter and Arthur D. Boyd Jr. In the fall, she will enroll in the Wharton School of Business.
>Why Penn? “I love Penn not only for its incredible academics, but its cultivation of an atmosphere where more than excellence is valued, and a desire to achieve something bigger than individual ambition is treasured. That atmosphere of aspiration, both individual and communal, is something I hope to not only benefit from but add to.”
Wynnewood, Pa./Baldwin School
High School: Penn has had great success with local products over the years, and Maddie hopes to add to that list over the next four years. She was a four-year soccer letterwinner at the Baldwin School on the Main Line, serving as her team’s captain as a senior. Maddie played her club soccer with the powerful Continental FC Delco program of the ECNL. At Baldwin, she was Senior Class President and recipient of GenHERation Connection 2014 Philadelphia Community Challenge. Maddie earned an NIH Science Education Program Certificate three times, from 2012-14, and was a 2014 NIAMS Summer Student Research Program finalist.
Personal: Maddie is the daughter of Susan Taylor and Kemel Dawkins; her father played soccer and wrestled at Princeton. Maddie will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences this fall.
Why Penn? “I chose to play soccer at Penn because it offers me the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love while providing me with an excellent education. I was attracted to the sense of community and support the team portrayed, and the grit the players and coaches possessed.”
Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion
High School: Another Main Line product, Tori lettered four times in soccer and twice in track & field at Lower Merion High School and was captain for both teams. Tori was MVP of LM’s varsity soccer team as a senior, and the team’s Offensive MVP as a sophomore and junior. She also was a two-time All-Central League First Team and All-Main Line First Team selection, and received All-Main Line Second Team as a sophomore, and received the Bryn Mawr Rotary Girls’ Soccer Award as a senior. Like her future Penn classmate and teammate Maddie Dawkins, Tori played her club soccer and is a starter for one of the top programs in Pennsylvania, Continential FC Delco of the ECNL. Tori was Student Council President at Lower Merion and Editor of the school’s student paper, the Merionite. The honor roll student also was a National Honor Society member, Lower Merion’s Coaches vs. Cancer Committee head, and a Philadelphia Treats For Troops volunteer.
Personal: Tori is the daughter of Sandy and Fred Klevan and comes from an extremely athletic family with Penn ties. Her father was a US Track & Field All-America and record holder in the American Masters 10,000, while her mother played field hockey and softball at Saint Joseph’s. Tori’s uncle, Bruce Rodio, was a letterwinner on Penn’s 1983 and 1984 Ivy League championship football teams. Her aunt, Donna Rodio, was a two-time NCAA champion in field hockey at Old Dominion. This fall, Tori will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “Growing up 20 minutes from campus, Penn has always felt like home to me. There is no other place I would rather represent on the field and in the classroom.”
High School: Victoria was a four-year soccer letterwinner at Marlboro, serving as a team captain and winning the team’s Most Valuable Player award her junior and senior seasons. As a freshman, she helped Marlboro to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Central Jersey Group 4 final. Victoria was a first-team All-Division A North as a senior, and second-team as a junior, and made the All-FRHSD Girls’ Soccer Team her junior year. At the end of the school year, Victoria represented Marlboro at the NJSIAA’s Annual Scholar/Athlete Awards. On the club side, Victoria plays with NJ Wildcats, which was a New Jersey State Cup finalist and Disney Showcase Tournament finalist in 2014. She has played the last two years with the NJ Wildcats W-League team. A standout futsal player, as well, Victoria played for the United States Futsal Federation (USFF) New Jersey and Northeast Regional champion in 2012-13. Victoria is Valedictorian of her class at Marlboro, as well as a National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member. She was a National Merit Scholar and AP Scholar with Honor at Marlboro, and a Math League and Science League member.
Personal: Victoria is the daughter of Svetlana and Yuri Metelkine. Her older brother, Alex, ran cross country and track at Northwood University. This fall, Victoria will enroll in the Wharton School of Business. In high school, she was a Future Business Leaders of America member and a New Jersey state finalist in Business Ethics (2014, first in state competition and second in regional competition for Accounting I (2013).
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of its excellent academics and consistently strong soccer program. I was immediately drawn to Wharton, because it is the best undergraduate business school in the country. I am also in love with Penn's beautiful campus and cannot wait to spend the next four years here!”
Burbank, Calif./Notre Dame HS
High School: Cami was a three-sport star at Notre Dame, lettering in soccer, cross country, and track & field. She was captain of her soccer team as a junior and senior, and was the Team MVP as well as the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player two times each. Cami plays her club with one of the perennial regional and national powers out of the West Coast, Real So Cal of the ECNL. As a member of Notre Dame’s track & field team, Cami was the team’s Most Valuable Sprinter and a member of the team’s 4x100 relay team that placed eighth in California in 2013-14. In the classroom, Cami was a National Society of High School Scholars and California Scholastic Federation (CSF) member. An Honor Roll student, she was the Women’s Leadership Club Vice President, Director of Interact Club of the Valley, and a member of the Outreach Club, the Immersion-To-Go Club, and the Photography Club. Cami was an ASB Representative and Monroe Mentor, a LINK Crew member, and an NDHS Ambassador.
Personal: Cami is the daughter of Andrew Gibson and Chuks Nwokedi, and is scheduled to enroll in the Wharton School of Business.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because after just one visit it already felt like home. At the end of the day Idon’t know where else I would rather be but home.”
La Mesa, Calif./Francis W. Parker
High School: A starter on the Parker girls’ soccer team since her freshman year, Sasha will graduate as the program’s all-time leading goal scorer with 103 goals despite missing more than half of her senior season due to injury. Her senior year, Sasha was first-team All-San Diego Section. As a junior, Sasha scored 44 goals which was a Francis W. Parker single-season record and the most in San Diego County. She led Francis W. Parker to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division III regional state championship that season, and was first-team All-CIF. As a freshman, Sasha scored 23 goals which was the most among freshmen in San Diego County, and Francis W. Parker was a finalist for the CIF Division IV title. She was a second-team all-league and All-CIF Division IV.
Personal: Sasha is the daughter of Mortiz and Stanley Stephens; she will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences this fall.
Why Penn? “I chose to play soccer at Penn because of its academic excellence, diverse student body, superb coaching staff and great location. In addition, the players on the team are genuine and friendly. I couldn’t imagine playing anywhere else.”
High School: Lettered four times in soccer and track, captain of both … Helped soccer team to 2014 AAA state and district championships as well as two 4A district titles (2011, 2013) and the 2013 Wesco 4A South League crown … As a senior, High School All-America and member of Best XI at the Girls’ HS All-America Game … WSSCA Washington first-team All-State 3A … Seattle Times All-Region … First-team Everett Herald All-Area … As a junior, second-team Everett Herald All-Area … Two-time first-team all-league as a junior and senior; second-team all-league as a sophomore; honorable mention all-league as a freshman … Club team is Pacific Northwest Soccer Club ’97 Maroon … National Honor Society member … Outstanding Achievement in Spanish … Work Hard Play Later volunteer mentor … Tutor in chemistry, physics, algebra, calculus … Race For The Cure volunteer.
Personal: Cami is the daughter of Darcie Thompson and James Towell. In the fall, she will enroll in Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of the exceptional academics and the strong soccer program. When I visited, I fell in love with the campus and Philadelphia. I also wanted to continue the tradition of goalkeeper names starting with a ‘K’ sound!”
Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie
High School: Allie lettered four times in soccer in one of the top high school programs in the Philadelphia area, and enjoyed an historic run as a member of the first class in Villa Joseph Marie girls’ soccer history to graduate without losing a Catholic Academies League match. This past fall, she was a team captain and led Villa to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class AA state title; the Jems also played for state championship in 2011. Allie helped VJM to four PIAA District 1 titles and the four Athletic Association of Catholic Academies League crowns, as Villa went 80-7-2 during her career. A three-time Catholic Academies All-League selection, Allie also was a two-time Bucks County Courier Times (BCCT) Player to Watch as well as BCCT Golden Team First Team as a senior and two-time Golden Team honorable mention before that. Allie also was a Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern PA First Team as a senior and a two-time Southeastern PA Coaches Association All-Star Team selection. On the club side, Allie is captain of YMS Premier Wildcats ’97. Allie is a National Honor Society member at Villa Joseph Marie, a Junior and Senior Class Representative, and a High Honors student. She also was a Community Service Club member.
Personal: Allie is the daughter of Beth Paoni and Michael Trzaska. She will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences this fall.
Why Penn? “I knew Penn was the right place for me once I had the opportunity to engage with the team and learn about the values they uphold. This, coupled with an Ivy League education, made my decision very obvious.”