Women's Soccer Introduces 17 Newcomers
URBANA, Ohio (July 11, 2012) - This week, Urbana University Head Women's Soccer Coach Lauren Lewicki unveiled her complete 2012 roster, complete with 17 new freshmen recruits. The newcomers join a strong core of 11 returners that includes 6 experienced seniors (Meghan Taucher, Roniqua Scott, Samantha Trick, Mikaela Tolbert, Abby Pearson and Brooke Smith) and 4 juniors (Brittany Mazzu, Hanna Abdalla, Adriana Sayers and Katie Felty).
The 2011 campaign was a tale of two teams. At home, the squad impressed, posting a 5-2-1 mark that included wins over GLIAC opponents Lake Erie and Ashland. On the road, the Blue Knights finished the year winless at 0-10-0. Lewicki's newcomers hope to help the squad end that streak early in 2012.
Below, each of Urbana's 17 newcomers are listed alphabetically by last name, along with comments from Coach Lewicki. Click on each student-athlete's name to read more about the recruits. Urbana opens the 2012 season with a pair of Labor Day Weekend matches. First, the Blue Knights host the University of Southern Indiana at Wittenberg University on Saturday, September 1st. (The game had to be moved to Wittenberg due to a UU home football game that day.) Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. Then, on Sunday, September 2nd, the Blue Knights host Davis & Elkins College on the campus of UU at 1:00 p.m.
2012 Blue Knight Women's Soccer Recruits
#26 Kayla Bodenmiller, 5'7", D/MF, Sidney, Ohio (Sidney HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "I love Kayla's tenacity to get better. She will do a lot to improve our team dynamic on and off the field."
#21 Malaree Bowshier, F/MF, Urbana, Ohio (Urbana HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "Malaree has a solid shot. Once we get her used to the physical nature of the NCAA Division II, she will be a great forward."
#2 Alyx Brown, 5'3", F/MF, Highland Heights, Ohio (Mayfield HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "Alyx is a forward you lose until she puts one in on you. She will add a lot of quiet excitement to our offensive game."
#22 McKensey Cross, 5'5", F, Canton, Ohio (GlenOak HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "McKensey is a skilled and strong forward that will do well for us up top, regardless if her back is to the goal or she's attacking one-one-one."
#11 Bailey Domer, 5'8", MF, Pickerington, Ohio (Central HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "Bailey is a very soccer-smart midfielder. She is coachable and fast. She will improve our transition and possession game."
#00 Danyell Duibley, GK, Beavercreek, Ohio (Beavercreek HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "Danyell wants to be here. That's all I need to make a great keeper!"
#18 Cortney Evans, 5'2", MF/F, Cincinnati, Ohio (Northwest HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "I recruited Cortney for her energy and coachability. She is willing to do whatever it takes to succeed at 'The U'."
#8 Kristen Foley, 5'0", MF, Bethel, Ohio (Bethel-Tate HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "Kristen is a running machine. She will provide us with speed and endurance on the flanks."
#16 Sierra Higginbotham, 4'10", F/D, Nottingham, Maryland (Eastern Technical HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "Sierra is a quick and hard-working player that will elevate our attacking game with her speed, skill and nose for the ball."
#5 Brooke Kasianczuk, 5'8", D, Aurora, Illinois (Waubonsie Valley HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "I recruited Brooke because of her ability to defend, communicate, and read the game. She will definitely strengthen our back line."
#25 Brooke Kidd, Lima, Ohio (Lima Central Catholic HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "I like Brooke's composed nature. She's smart and she plays smart. We need that."
#10 Hannah Rembach, 5'3", F/MF, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina (Fuquay-Varina HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "Hannah is one passionate and energized player. She is dynamic and that will amp up our offense."
#24 Cheyenne Sweigart, 5'0", D/MF, Ada, Ohio (Allen East HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "I recruited Cheyenne because of her passion, her soccer work ethic, and her versatility. She will be a great utility player for us."
#14 Alexis Titus, 5'2", MF/F, Fairborn, Ohio (Fairborn HS)
#20 Brandi VanderYacht, 5'7", D/MF, Franklin, Ohio (Franklin HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "Brandi is full speed 100% of the time. She reads the offensive game really well. I think we will see her on the flank but she can play anywhere!"
#0 Chelsea Welsch, 5'8", GK, Cincinnati, Ohio (Taylor HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "Chelsea was a great pick up for us between the pipes. My favorite thing about her is her competitiveness. it will be great to see her impact in the back."
#19 Hannah Wimmers, 5'6", MF/F, Hamilton, Ohio (Badin HS)
Coach Lewicki's Comments: "Hannah possesses all the qualities you want in a center midfielder. She is composed on the ball and has a great touch. Our attack will be made a lot stronger with her on it."