WASHINGTON – Head Coach Anabel Hering has announced the American University women's soccer team class of 2022, as the team adds six incoming student-athletes to the roster.
The group consists of five players from the East Coast, West Coast, and a local DMV product.
"The incoming class will continue the trend of leadership that we promote in our program," said Hering. "They'll hit the ground running in the classroom and on the pitch, and will have a wonderful returning group to learn from throughout this next academic year and beyond. We feel in the last two years that we're branching out and bringing the AU brand to different parts of the country to attract the country's best and brightest. Whilst we're still quite young in terms of overall experience, we're confident that each of the young women we're adding in '18 will push our program to new heights."
A complete breakdown of the Class is as follows:
Rockville, Md. / Our Lady of Good Counsel
FC Girondins De Bordeaux
Played three years at Our Lady of Good Counsel and finished with two goals and nine assists.
Hering on Ferris: "Possibly the most competitive player in the class. Keelinepitomizes what we search for in a Patriot League defender –she's quick, physical, has a strong engine, and great timing on her tackles. Keelin is versatile enough to play in multiple systems as a center back, outside back, or wingback. We know that Keelin will provide us with urgency and will be a catalyst for our growing, competitive team culture both on and off the field of play."
Yardley, Pa. / The Pennington School (N.J.)
Played all four seasons as a defender and was the team captain in her senior year. Mahony's team won the New Jersey Prep A State Championship in 2015 and 2017 as well as the Mercer County Tournament in 2014. In 2015 and 2016, The Pennington School were a finalist for N.J. Prep B State Championship. As a senior, she was selected to the All-N.J. Prep A State team, the Mercer 33 All-County Selection and First-Team All-Area.
Hering on Mahony: "Having come highly recommended to us by Kristy-Rose Dougherty and Peter Boyer at FC Patriot, we moved quickly to bring Olivia on board after a few evaluations at tournaments, clinics, and local rivalry games in PA. She has a tough mentality, a real professional approach to her development and her ability to contribute as part of something larger than her is one of her most important attributes. She's strong in the air, composed in possession, and has the organizational leadership that belies her young years."
Glenview, Ill. / Glenbrook South
Ibarra was part of a central midfield for Sockers FC that won a Region II Title in 2015, Alex also starred in a defensive midfield role on her way to placing third in the 2016 National Championships.
Hering on Ibarra: "Getting Alex across the line at American University is a testament to our growing reputation outside the Mid-Atlantic region. Midwest kids like Alex are often tough to attract given the wealth of wonderful academic and athletic institutions in their own backyard, but Alex made lasting connections with our current Eagles when visiting, and was keen to establish herself in our program over the next four years. A dynamic, robust defensive midfielder by trade, Alex will compete to fill the "enforcer" role left by our former captain and all-conference performer, Kira Flaherty."
Maplewood, N.J. / Villa Walsh Academy
NYCFC Girls Academy
Scored 20 goals and 11 assists in her career with the Vikings. Saling's team won for the New Jersey State Championship in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Saling was named to the NJGSCA All-State Team and the Morris County All-County Academic Team.
Hering on Saling: "A true American Soccer Camp success story. We identified Juliana through our camp and clinic events and closely followed her progress during road tournaments throughout the country. We know that she is in a great environment with Kazbek Tambiat NYCFC, so we feel confident that Juliana is ready to shoulder the responsibility of being a collegiate goalscorer in the Patriot League. Juliana is a grafter off the ball, an elite dribbler on it who can create her own chances and maybe one of the best strikers of the ball in our league next season. We're delighted that Juliana is an Eagle."
Lafayette, Calif. / Acalanes
Smith was a three-time Diablo Athletic League All-First Team member and All-DAL Second team member as a freshman. At Acalanes, Smith was named team MVP her junior and senior season while garnering team offensive award as a sophomore. In the classroom, Smith was an Acalanes Scholar-Athlete her junior and senior seasons.
Hering on Smith: "Emily first got on our radar at the Players Showcase in Las Vegas and was clearly technically ready to excel at the next level. She is a smart attacking midfielder, an extremely analytical footballer who can start attacks from deeper central areas, or create chances for us in the final third with her movement and ball control. We anticipate Emily contributing for us early in her career as an Eagle."
Lunenburg, Mass. / Loomis Chaffee
Jordan split her high school career between Lawrence Academy and Loomis Chaffee. She was given the coaches award at Lawrence Academy as a junior and then won the NEPSAC Class A New England at Loomis Chaffee as a senior. Jordan is also an accomplished competitor in track and field.
Hering on Jordan: "Coached and mentored by Kim Bohlin Healy at Lawrence Academy, we brought Tate in as an auxiliary left-sided player capable of performing a defensive or attacking role. She's born with raw speed and a cannon of a left foot, so we're eager to get to work with Tate early in the Fall. The step up in competition and fluidity of movement will be the clearest challenge for Tate to overcome in our system, but we're confident that our returners will push her to the next level."