FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2012
Women’s soccer inks ten on signing day
After finishing the year with a share of the Atlantic Sun regular season championship, the JU women’s soccer team is looking to continue its success by adding 10 players for the 2012 season.
The Dolphins added keepers Jill D’Amico (Naperville, IL) and Hannah Allerton (Ponte Vedra, FL), forwards Sarah Moghadas (Winter Springs, FL) and Karley Bush (Rising Sun, MD), midfielders Meghan Kelley (Naperville, IL), Lindsay Forrest (Lakewood, CO) and Marlee Harris (Jacksonville Beach, FL) and defenders Marie Weckhurst (West Hills, CA), Chawnee Gulick (Melbourne, FL), and Cheyenne Gulick (Melbourne, FL) to the 2012 roster.
“We are extremely pleased with the class we have assembled for 2012,’’ coach Brian Copham said. “We have a wide variety of players that will fill many needs for us this upcoming season. We feel as a class they will make immediate impacts at numerous positions as well as add depth and competition at many other spots.”
D’Amico, a keeper for Naperville Central High School, also plays club soccer for Chicago Fire Juniors. In 2011, she led her team to a National Soccer Ranking Gold Cup championship, as well as a Midwest Regional League Premier Division championship.
“Jill is an excellent goalkeeper that has played at a very high level,’’ Copham said. “She brings high energy, athletic ability, and commitment to the position. I look forward to seeing her compete in the college setting.”
Allerton, a keeper for Ponte Vedra High School, helped lead her team to a 2011 regional championship and Florida state semi-final, as well as a 2012 district championship, securing a regional final spot.
As a member of one of Florida’s premier club teams, Clay County SC Fury, she captained her team to a 2010 US Club Soccer regional and national championship, while also being named to the 2010 ODP State Pool. In 2011, she led Clay County to a Florida State Cup semi-final and a second place in Florida State League Division 1.
“She brings a tremendous amount of athletic ability as well as potential at the goalkeeping position,’’ Copham said. “She has the physical tools to develop into an excellent college goalkeeper.”
Moghadas, comes from Winter Springs High School, where in 2011 she scored 24 goals and had seven assists in 14 games. She also plays club soccer for Florida Soccer Alliance. In 2011, she led her Florida Rush team to Southern regionals.
“Sarah brings and excellent work rate, competitive attitude, and knack for creating chances in the attack,’’ Copham said. “We feel she will bring a great deal to our offense and create and score many goals while at JU.”
Bush, a forward for Northeast High School, has been named to the All-County team all four years and was ranked second in the county for goals scored as a freshman. She was also named 2011 Lacrosse Player of the Year for her high school.
As a member of the Baltimore SC Bays, she has led her club team to a 2010 and 2011 Maryland State Cup championship. In 2008 and 2009, she was named to the Delaware State ODP Team.
“Karly is a crafty attacking player that has the ability to score goals’’ Copham said. “She has played for an excellent team and competed at the highest level in club and we look forward to her continuing her success here with us.’’
Kelley, a midfielder for Neuqua Valley High School, helped lead her team to a number-one ranking in the country on ESPN Rise and NSCAA, as well as a conference championship. She earned academic all-conference for both the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Along with fellow incoming freshman Jill D’Amico, Kelley plays club soccer for Chicago Fire Juniors where she led her team to a National Soccer Ranking Gold Cup championship, as well as a Midwest Regional League Premier Division championship in the 2010-11 season. Her club team is currently competing in the U.S. Youth Soccer National League.
“Meghan brings high energy and sophistication to the attack,’’ Copham said. “She does an excellent job of creating opportunities from the wide positions.”
Forrest, a midfielder from Green Mountain High School, was named first team All-Conference and first team All-State in 2011, and second team All-Conference in 2010.
Playing for one of the top soccer clubs in the country, Real Colorado, she has led her team to a state Cup Championship in 2006, and state Cup runner-up each year until 2011. The team was also League champions in 2011. She also was named to the Region IV ODP Team from 2007 to 2010.
“Lindsay is an all-around excellent midfield player,’’ Copham said. “She does great work on both sides of the ball as far as defending and attacking. She is technically ready to compete at the college level.”
Harris, from Fletcher High School, has captained her team to four district championships in a row, while scoring 33 goals and 30 assists. She was named first team All-Conference in 2011 and second team All-Conference in 2009. She was also named Female Student-Athlete of the Year at Fletcher for competing in soccer, basketball, swimming, volleyball, and track while maintaining a 3.9 GPA.
As a member of one of Florida’s premier club teams, Clay County SC Fury, she helped lead her team to the state final the past three years. The team is currently ranked fourth in Florida and 17th in the region.
“Marlee is a well-rounded player that has the ability to compete at many different positions,’’ Copham said. “Her athleticism and competiveness will push those around her as well as allow her to compete for playing time.’’
Weckhurst plays for Chaminade College Preparatory where she was named Female Athlete of the Year for her sophomore and junior years. She also received the scholar athlete award the past two seasons for maintaining at least a 3.0 while competing in athletics. Weckhurst was named by Los Angeles Daily News one of the top seniors to watch in Los Angeles County.
As a member of one of the top soccer clubs in the country, Real So Cal, she led her team in goals with seven. Marie will join her sister, current Dolphin Raquel Weckhurst, in Jacksonville for the 2012 season.
“Her athleticism, her work rate and her engine on the field allow her to compete at numerous wide positions,’’ Copham said. “With her pace we expect her to create great opportunities from whatever position she plays.”
Chawnee Gulick, a defender at Eau Gallie High School, started and played in every game during her four years with the Commodores. She was defensive MVP her sophomore and junior seasons.
Gulick currently plays club soccer for Florida Rush, where she led her team to a 2009 state championship. She was also named to the 2007 Florida State ODP team. Chawnee joins the 2012 class with her sister Cheyenne.
“Chawnee an excellent defender and brings a physical presence to the back line as well as a great since of organization,’’ Copham said.
Cheyenne Gulick, also a defender from Eau Gallie High School, started and played in every game all four years as a Commodore. She led her team in goals scored as a freshman, was named Offensive MVP her sophomore year, and was the Coaches Award recipient her junior year.
Gulick also plays club soccer for Florida Rush, along with her sister and fellow incoming freshman, Chawnee, where she led her team to a 2009 state championship. She was named to the 2007 Florida State ODP team.
“Cheyenne is a tough one versus one defender and ball winner,’’ Copham said. “She also does a good job getting into the attack from the back line.
“This is a diverse class that will come in and compete right away,’’ Copham said. “Not only the size of the class, but the talent in the class is going to help us continue to be competitive every day in training as well every weekend games.”