Feb. 5, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota women’s soccer organisation announced 9 additions to a Gopher Soccer family on Wednesday afternoon. Eight of a newcomers sealed National Letters of Intent and will strictly join a organisation in a fall, while one sealed her proposal and assimilated a organisation in early January.
Head manager Stefanie Golan and her assistants, Krystle Seidel and Deana Waintraub, put together a well-rounded category to supplement to an already clever organisation including Alyssa Blahnik, Tori Burnett, Maddie Gaffney, Julianna Gernes, Hannah Holm, Megan Koenig, Kellie McGahn and Sydeny Squires as good as Rachel McCloskey.
“We are unequivocally vehement about a 2014 category as we worked unequivocally tough to put together a right category for a program,” pronounced Golan. “This is a illusory organisation of immature women who will make an evident impact on a module on a margin and will paint a module in a classroom and village with class. We have a change of aggressive players and defenders, athleticism and soccer intelligence, and this is a hard-working, focused organisation that wants to assistance take a module to a subsequent level. When we brew this category into a returning group, we are going to be a better, deeper organisation and we are vehement about a destiny of a Gopher Soccer Family.”
A local of Savage, Minn., Alyssa Blahnik joins a Gophers from Burnsville High School. At Burnsville, Blahnik was a soccer letterwinner and a discussion champion. She was named to a South Suburban All-Conference organisation in 2010 and 2011 and to a Minnesota All-State organisation in 2011 when her organisation finished second in a state. While during Minnesota, Blahnik hopes to start her tour to her dream career of being a orthopedic doctor.
“Alyssa Blahnik is a energetic aggressive actor who can measure goals,” pronounced Golan. “She is discerning with a round during her feet and can measure in a accumulation of ways. She plays many bigger than she is, and we are looking brazen to removing her here and settling her into a complement as she will be means to minister adult tip or in a midfield.”
Tori Burnett joins a Maroon and Gold as a sole deputy from a state of Colorado. Burnett is a letterwinner in both soccer and basketball during Cheyenne Mountin High School. Her jaunty achievements embody Pikes Peak Athletic League Soccer Conference Champions in both 2012 and 2013 as good as state champions in 2013. She has been on a Principal’s Honor Roll for all 4 years of high propagandize as good as being named an AP Scholar, a member of a National Honor Society and a 4 time Academic All-State honoree. She skeleton to vital in biochemistry during a University of Minnesota and hopes to be a chemist.
“Tori Burnett is an jaunty defender out of Colorado who is a healthy personality with a illusory work rate,” pronounced Golan. “As an outward back, she attacks unequivocally good with a round during her feet and has a aptness bottom to cover a lot of ground. As a core back, she is composed, organized, and keeps a round well. She is a tough defender who isn’t fearful to lay out a tackle and she is good in a air. She is going to come in and assistance us immediately.”
Maddie Gaffney joins a Gophers from Woodbury, Minn. where she is a soccer letterwinner as good as a an educational standout. She finished her soccer career during Woodbury High School with 46 goals and 13 assists. She was an Suburban East All-Conference, All-Metro, All-State and All-Regional honoree as a youth and a comparison as good as being named an All-American in her comparison year by a National Soccer Coaches Association. Outside of her jaunty achievements, Gaffney has also recieved educational honors each year as she finishes high propagandize with a 4.0 GPA. She skeleton to vital in kinesiology or earthy therapy and hopes to turn a earthy therapist.
“Maddie Gaffney is as solid as they come,” pronounced Golan. “She has a low aptness bottom and works intensely hard. One of her biggest resources is her flexibility that is what will concede her to assistance us immediately. She can play adult tip and measure goals; she can play in a midfield and keep a diversion elementary and urge well; she can play as an outward behind and tighten players down while display restraint on a aggressive side of a ball. Plus, she is income on set pieces. Maddie gives us evident abyss in several places and will unequivocally assistance right away.”
A local of Lake Elmo, Minn., Julianna Gernes will join a Gophers from Hill-Murray this fall. Gernes was a three-time letterwinner during Hill-Murray earning All-Conference and All-State honors during her time there as good as being named a organisation captain in 2013. She was also named to a All-Metro East Team by a Pioneer Press and was a heading scorer in Minnesota with 26 goals in 2013. She was named a Hill-Murray MVP in 2013 as good as a Player of a Year. She skeleton to vital in biological sciences.
“Julianna Gernes is a tough nosed jaunty actor who can play adult tip or as an outward back,” pronounced Golan. “She has extensive gait and is relentless defensively. We feel she will come in and contest to play adult tip primarily where she will assistance us in a press and also give us a actor with gait to get during players on a side and yield peculiarity service. She worked tough to get here and we are assured she will grow a lot over her 4 years as a Gopher.”
Hannah Holm who will be fasten a Gophers from Spokane Valley, Wash., is a two-time letterwinner in soccer as good as cranky nation and track. Holm is a National Honor Society member as good as a state qualifer in cranky nation and took home a seventh place finish in a 4×4 during a state championships in lane in 2011. She played with Soccer Edge Academy FC, winning 3 joining championships as good as dual state championships during her tenure. She skeleton to vital in kinesiology while attending a University of Minnesota.
“Hannah Holm is a unequivocally energetic aggressive actor out of a state of Washington,” pronounced Golan. “She will come in and contest to play right divided as an aggressive midfielder. Hannah is clever and discerning on a ball, combines well, and is always dangerous on a ball. Defensively, she can cover belligerent and reads a diversion well, though isn’t fearful to lay out a tackle when compulsory as well. We turn a many some-more dangerous aggressive organisation with Hannah, and we are vehement that we should have abyss during a core of a midfield this year.”
A local of Mahtomedi, Minn, Megan Koenig will join a Gophers from Mahtomedi High School. She was a five-time minute winner, 4 for soccer as good as one for lane in 2011. She was comparison as an Classic Suburban All-Conference honoree 2011-13, a Minnesota AA All-State honoree in 2013 as good as a Star Tribune All-Metro First Team and a Pioneer Press East Metro First Team in 2013. Koenig was named a 2013 Pioneer Press Player of a Year after she finished her high propagandize career with a many career assists during Mahtomedi High School (55). She skeleton to vital in biology.
“Megan Koenig is another actor we design to minister and supplement abyss in a midfield,” pronounced Golan. “Small in stature, though Megan’s soccer IQ some-more than creates adult for that. She is technically means and can truly foreordain a upsurge of a game; some of her placement is ridiculous! Her biggest composition will be a speed of a college game, though we are assured that she will play to her strengths and give us another choice in a midfield.”
Kellie McGahn will join a Maroon and Gold from Apple Valley High School. Not usually was McGahn a four-year letterwinner in soccer though also in hockey as good as a three-year letterwinner in lane during Eastview High School. She was named a South Suburban All-Conference honoree as good as an All-State honoree in 2012 and 2013. On tip of a exhausting jaunty schedule, McGahn was also a four-year educational letterwinner. During her comparison year, she was named to a Section 3AA All-Tournament Team, Section 3AA All-Academic Team, a Start Tribune Metro First Team, a Pioneer Press All-East Metro Team as good as being named a Eastview women’s soccer MVP, Ms Offense and Outstanding Academic Athlete.
“Kellie McGahn is a fast, tough, left footed actor that we are vehement to have join a program,” pronounced Golan. “While she can play adult tip and be a dangerous aggressive player, we see her primarily competing during a left behind position where her speed will be a extensive item both defensively and removing brazen out of a back. She can cover a lot of ground, and we know that she will be means to settle into a complement and assistance us take a step brazen as a program.”
The usually Wisconsin local to join a Gophers this arriving season, Sydney Squires creates her approach to Minneapolis from Hudson High School. Squires played during St. Croix Academy where she helped her organisation acquire a Minnesota State Cup Championship in 2013 as good as a MRL championship in 2012 and a Disney Showcase Championship in 2013. Not usually did Squires have a successful bar soccer career, she was also a means hockey and tennis student-athlete during Hudson. She was a four-time letterwinner and a four-time All-Conference and All-State honest mention. She also warranted 3 letters in tennis where she was named to a All-Conference organisation and done it to a state contest her youth and comparison years. She skeleton to vital in business or selling during a University of Minnesota.
“Sydney Squires is a goalscorer of a group,” pronounced Golan. “She is jaunty and fit with a extensive work rate and has a knack for scoring goals. She can measure in a run of play, off service, with her head, and works intensely tough to be consistently dangerous. On tip of that, she has a aptness bottom and work rate to do what we need on a defensive side of a ball, and we are vehement to assistance her grow as a actor over her 4 years as a Gopher.”
Rounding out a recruiting category is Rachel McCloskey who assimilated a Gophers in Jan after graduating early from Southeast Polk High School in Iowa. Her bar team, Iowa Rush, done several trips to a Iowa State Cup. She also played varsity basketball and was an respect student. She will use with a organisation in prepartion for a 2014 season.
“Rachel McCloskey is already here this semester, and she has transitioned to life as a student-athlete intensely well,” pronounced Golan. “We are vehement for an additional division of work with her as she is someone who can play for us as a core back, outward back, or defensive midfielder right away. She came in fit and technically sound, and is now adjusting to a speed of play compulsory during a level. She will do good here.”
The 9 Gopher newcomers will join 19 returners including 2013 Big Ten Goalkeeper of a Year, Tarah Hobbs, as good as a heading scorer for a Gophers final season, Katie Thyken. The Gophers finished a deteriorate during 11-8-2 with a outing to both a Big Ten Tournament and their initial coming in a NCAA Tournament given 2010.