WASHINGTON — American University women's soccer head coach Anabel Hering is pleased to announce a 10-member recruiting Class of 2023.
"Our 2019 recruiting class is a big one, but each of them is different in their own way as players and people. As a group they are extremely passionate about soccer, unity, and competing. This particular group of players is going to fit well with the culture of our current group while helping raise the bar in training and games."
Darnestown, Md. / Northwest High School
Bethesda Soccer Club
Accolades: US National Training Center … ECNL Houston's Best Selection … High School Fall State Stars Selection … Washington Post All-Metro Selection … Maryland All State Selection
Hering on Adelman: "Cailynn is a true center back. Her most valuable assets are her communication skills on the field and ability to organize her back line. She is able to anticipate plays to be in the right place to provide cover for her teammates or make the individual tackle. She can connect passes out of the back which is important for our style."
Sacramento, California / Christian Brothers High School
San Juan ECNL
High School: Played all four years at Christian Brothers and was a three-time captain … Two-time all-league … three-time scholar athlete.
Club: Qualified for National Playoffs in 2016, 2017, 2018.
Hering on Barbour: "Annie is an outside back who can run for days. Her stamina is elite and fits the mold of how we like to play. We can see Annie's transition into our teams' style of play being close to seamless."
Hometown: Baltimore, Md. / Archbishop Spalding
Soccer Association of Columbia
High School: Scored 19 goals and had three assists as a senior and was named team MVP … In 2018, was selected to the First Team All-Maryland and All-Anne Arundel County … In 2017, was chosen Second Team All-Maryland.
Hering on Iluyomade: "Fisayo is a local star who has a true knack for the goal. Her understanding of where to move to be a goal threat is her main strength. Her overall game technically and tactically is quite strong along with her soccer IQ. We are looking forward to seeing if her goal-scoring ability translates to our team and the Division I level
Ellicott City Md. / Centennial
Selected for U.S national training camp for 2 years
High School: Rookie of the Year … Most Valuable Player … All-County … Regional Champion
Club: Maryland State Champion … National Semifinalist
Hering on Molz: "Ashley is a local star who is extremely versatile. She can play anywhere in the spine of the field however we see her as a center midfielder. She is very disciplined defensively and is capable of winning the ball one-versus-one, cutting off passing lanes, and winning aerial battles while keeping possession very well."
Sarasota, Florida / Riverview
Tampa Bay United Rowdies ECNL
Accolades: ECNL U17 Team Captain 2017, 2018 ECNL Playoff
Hering on Oliver: "Another Floridian to add to our ranks! Natalie Oliver is an interesting prospect who has the pedigree to be a top player in our league. Natalie turned down some fantastic institutions in a couple of the country's top conferences after finding her home with American next season. Her assertiveness in defense, as well as her problem-solving abilities on the ball will fit right in with our style of play, while adding some much-needed steel against the more robust teams. She can play in multiple roles, central and wide, and will hopefully hit the ground running in August."
Position: Midfield / Defense
North Wales, Pa. / Gwynedd Mercy Academy
Continental Football Club ECNL
High School: Four-year varsity starter … two-year varsity team captain … led the team in goals as a junior
Club: 2016 National ECNL Showcase Finalist
Hering on Panacek: "Cailin is a player who is extremely versatile with being able to play several different positions. She has an athletic build that makes her strong with tackles and physicality. Cailin has a true passion to be an Eagle, and her work ethic is something we value very much at American."
Pembroke Pines, Fla. / American Heritage
Sunrise Soccer Club
High School: 2018 Miami Herald All-Broward County Second Team … 2016, 2017 Sun-Sentinel Broward County Second Team … 2016 Florida State Championship … 2017, 2018 Florida State Semifinalist … Three-Time Regional Championship.
Club: 2018 National Championship, Southern Regional Championship and Florida State Championship … 2017 Southern Regional Finalist and Florida State Championship.
Hering on Prepetit: "Sylvie is a true athlete. She is strongest in the outside-back position with her ability to shut down players one versus one and speed to keep up with the fastest attackers. We have enjoyed recruiting Sylvie, as she is truly passionate about American and is extremely coachable."
Houston, Texas / The Kinkaid School
Albion Hurricanes FC ECNL
High School: Four-year varsity and team captain as a senior… Three-time All-SPC Southzone … All-SPC as a junior.
Club accolades: Team captain in 2018 … 2017 ECNL Amazing Young Woman Award
Hering on Provenzano: "Lena comes to us from a very competitive Albion Hurricanes team. She is a multi-dimensional defender who has operated as an outside back, a center back, and a wing back with her team. She will bring a tremendous amount of energy to our group and will add young leadership from day one. She is a hungry defender, a true team player, and another fine young woman who will be a great addition to our program."
Position: Midfielder/ Forward
Fairport, N.Y. / Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women
Matchfit Academy ECNL
Hering on Rizzo: "Dori is an attacking center midfielder who can wear a lot of hats. She is a great distributor of the ball and can also make things happen on the dribble. We believe she can be a triple threat for us with her ability to score as well."
Miami, Fla. / Cardinal Gibbons
Hering on Vázquez: "Alysa is a workhorse in the midfield. She is capable of being a box to box midfielder for us while being solid on both sides of the ball. She is defensively sound in holding space, gritty in battles and can cause trouble for opponents in the attacking third. We are looking forward to having her type of work ethic."