Women's Soccer Rookie Class Ranked Ninth in Region

Philadelphia – The 2004 Penn women’s soccer freshman class is ranked ninth in the Mid-Atlantic Region and 62nd in the nation according to SoccerBuzz.com. During his four-year tenure, each of Head Coach Darren Ambrose’s recruiting classes has been ranked in the top-10 in the region and top-100 nationally.

The Class of 2008 is comprised of six student-athletes who made significant impacts on their high school, club and Olympic Development teams. In the midfield will be Jenna Mitby and Rachel Fletcher. Mitby was a member of the Wisconsin Olympic Development Program (ODP) and a participant in the 2002 Region II Team European Tour. Fletcher was a member of both the Colorado Rush Soccer Club and the Colorado ODP.

At the forward position will be Alysha Hovenand Ashley Wallach. Hoven was a member of both the West Valley Samba Soccer Club and the California-South ODP. She also participated in the Region IV Regional Camp. Wallach joins the Red and Blue after helping her high school team to the 2003 Arizona State Championship. As a senior she was named the 2004 All-Southern Arizona Player of the Year and received All-Arizona honors.

On the defensive end is Ashley Hullwho was a member of the Spirit United Soccer Club and the Eastern Pennsylvania Olympic Development Program. She was also a participant in the Region I Olympic Development Program and the Olympic Development Program National Team Camp in 2000 and 2001. Rounding out the class is goalkeeper Jacquelyn McNaughton. A member of the IMG Soccer Academy and the California-North Olympic Development Program, McNaughton played in the Region IV Regional Tournament and was named to the St. Mary's Classic All-Tournament Team.

The 2004 Penn women’s soccer team will feature a host of seniors (10), including former Ivy League Player of the Year and two-time All-American and Academic All-American Katy Cross. The Quakers kick-off their 2004 campaign with the College of Charleston at Rhodes Field on Sept. 3.

Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.