Women's Soccer Team Welcomes Nine Incoming Freshmen
May 9, 2006
Second-year head coach Alvin Alexander is excited about his incoming recruiting class, which includes nine high school standouts. "This is a really strong class that fills a lot of needs for us," says Alexander.
Goalkeeper Kelly Farrell (Manteca, Calif.) was a member of the Cal North Olympic Development Program and earned First Team All-Valley Oak League honors as a member of her high school team. "Kelly has great athleticism and work ethic," says Alexander. "I expect her to make a significant impact as a freshman."
Brittany Green, a forward/midfielder from Cincinnati's McAuley High School, earned First Team All-Girls Greater Catholic League and First Team All-Southwest Ohio honors as a junior and senior. Green also earned a spot on the Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star Team as a senior. She plays for the Kolping Club Team.
"Brittany is a local kid that was highly-recruited by some excellent programs," says Alexander. "She will be a dynamite addition to our lineup."
Samantha Lee, a midfielder from Homestead High School in Ft. Wayne, Ind., earned Team MVP and All-State honors as a junior and senior while leading her team to a Northeast Hoosier Conference Championship and a Sectional Championship her senior year. Lee also earned a long list of honors as a standout track and cross country star, including setting a school record in the 4k race.
"Samantha is a player that can play on any team in the country," says Alexander. "She is a kid that will come in challenge for a starting spot right away."
Loren Marshall, a midfielder/defender from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, plays for the top club team in the nation, Dallas Texans Red North. This All-District standout played four years at Marcus High, winning a state championship as a junior.
"Loren is a kid who has shown me every necessary skill to be successful at this level," says Alexander. "She plays for an outstanding club team."
Megan Miller, a defender from Richmond High School in Richmond, Ind., earned Second Team All-District, IHSAA All-Academic Team and First Team North Central Conference honors. She scored 10 goals as a senior, while also earning the team's top defensive award. She plays club soccer for Wayne County United.
"Megan may be the surprise player in our league," says Alexander. "She has great speed. She's faster then any other kid on our team and she's a very good soccer player."
Ali Nellis, a forward/midfielder from Granger, Ind. and St. Joseph's High School in South Bend, Ind., earned NSCAA High School All-American honors in addition to First Team Indiana All-State honors. Nellis, a four-year starter, led the team in goals and assists. She has also been a standout performer for the Carmel United Soccer Club, which has been ranked number one in the country.
"Ali is a great addition," says Alexander. "Ali is a high school All-American. She is fast and a very good striker of the ball. She also played for a very good club team."
Lauren Nutini, a defender from Cincinnati's Seton High School, earned All-Girls Greater Catholic League and Second Team All-City honors while helping Seton set a school record with 13 shutouts. She also played club soccer for Westside.
"Lauren is a very good player," says Alexander. "She is a very skillful player who should challenge for some time this season."
Brittany Ramirez, a forward from Carrollton, Texas and Lutheran High School in Dallas, Texas, played three years on the varsity men's soccer team, earning honorable mention All-District honors as a senior. Ramirez was a standout for three years on the North Texas Olympic Development Team and more recently for the Dallas-Forth Worth Tejanos and Texas Longhorns.
"Brittany is probably one of the best strikers of the ball that I've seen," says Alexander. "She is very good on the ball, very strong and really hard to knock off the ball. She is a player that played for me when I was coaching back in Texas."
Katy Rudokas, a midfielder from Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio, earned First Team All-Greater Miami Conference honors as a senior and Second Team as a junior. Rudokas helped her team finish among the top seven in the city each of her three seasons on the varsity. She won the 2005 Club State Championship playing for Cincinnati United Premier Club.
"Katy was a captain of her club team, and might be the best of our new players from a tactical standpoint," says Alexander. "She brings with her some talents that will impact the game when she is in the lineup."