WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's soccer has announced another large and versatile recruiting class, unveiling its group of 11 future Boilermakers set to join the program for the 2018 season in the fall.
Signing National Letters of Intent to attend Purdue and play for the Boilermakers includes: Marisa Bova (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead Union), Sydney Duarte (Lake Forest, Calif./Saddleback Academy), Skylar Giacobetti (Dana Point, Calif./JSerra), Emily Graham (Brookfield, Ill./Riverside Brookfield), Teagan Jones (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove), Aly Mielke (Davie, Fla./Calvary Academy), Ally Mussallem (Palos Heights, Ill./Stagg), Skylurr Patrick (Lowell, Ark./Rogers), Mia Roth (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita), Grace Walsh (Kensington, Md./St. John's) and Julia Ware (Frisco, Texas/John Paul II).
Purdue's latest recruiting class features two goalkeepers, two forwards, a midfielder, a defender and five other versatile players that have the potential to contribute at multiple field positions. Bova and Graham are the goalkeepers. Ware is the defender and Giacobetti the midfielder. Duarte and Roth are projected to contribute as forwards. Jones (M/F), Mielke (M/F), Mussallem (D/M), Patrick (D/M/F) and Walsh (D/M) are the versatile multi-position players.
Bova graduated high school early and enrolled at Purdue for the 2018 spring semester.
Mussallem's sister Hannah will be a senior on the team this fall. She has played in every game for the Boilermakers since the start of the 2015 campaign. Bova and Ware also have siblings that are currently playing college soccer.
Head coach Drew Roff was very proud of the talented group of recruits he and his staff were able to attract to Purdue. "I would like to recognize my assistant coaches, Jim Schneiderhahn and Katie Baumgardner, for playing key roles in putting together such an impressive group of Boilermakers. We cast a very wide net across the country when recruiting this class, and the result is 11 players representing seven different states. Our goal was to bring in players with great talent and character. It was also important they fit our style of play and are driven to win a Big Ten championship. I am thrilled with the results and I look forward to the start of their journey in the fall."
The following is an alphabetical listing of the recruits' information along with comments from Roff.
Hartland, Wisconsin (Arrowhead Union HS/SC Waukesha)
Six-time state cup champion with her SC Waukesha club
Honorable mention all-state as a junior before graduating early to enroll at Purdue
Coach Roff Says: "Mo will make an immediate impact on our talented pool of goalkeepers. At 6-foot-2 and athletic, she brings a physical presence to the position that you rarely see. She is an excellent shot stopper, she is good at dealing with crosses, and she is also very comfortable building from the back with the ball at her feet. Mo graduated high school early; she is already taking classes and training with the team. It is obvious that she has all of the physical qualities, as well as the intangibles, necessary to develop into a standout goalkeeper in the Big Ten and beyond."
Lake Forest, California (Saddleback Academy/So Cal Blues)
2015 ECNL national champion with her So Cal Blues club
First Team All-Orange Coast Soccer League as a junior
Coach Roff Says: "Sydney is an attacking player that is very comfortable on the ball, and brings a high level of craftiness to the game. She is very effective stretching the opponent with runs, but she's also very comfortable receiving the ball under pressure with her back to goal. Her ability to create chances in combination, and finish chances at a high rate of efficiency, make her a constant threat. Her experience of playing for a national championship club team has prepared her well for this level and we expect her to make an impact right away."
Dana Point, California (JSerra Catholic HS/San Diego Surf)
ODP national champion with her Cal South team
Helped JSerra win state and CIF titles as a junior, the first Trinity League team to do so in girl's soccer
Coach Roff Says: "Skylar is a player that brings a great combination of savvy and grit. She can connect passes with accuracy in tight spaces, and she can also strike a quality long ball when needed to switch the point of attack. She is always looking for the ball, and does a great job giving her teammates options when playing as a holding midfielder. Defensively, she does a very good job of understanding spacing and how to defend in a way that protects the back four. Her willingness to battle and get in on tackles will also be a great asset to our midfield."
Brookfield, Illinois (Riverside Brookfield HS/Lyons Township Soccer Club)
Six-time league champion with her Lyons Township club
Four-year A honor roll student
Coach Roff Says: "Emily is a fantastic addition to our goalkeeping group. Her ability to shot stop and organize the defenders in front of her really stands out. She is always looking for opportunities to improve as a player, and she brings a great mentality to the position. I look forward to Emily positively impacting our program on the field and off."
Cary, Illinois (Cary-Grove HS/Sockers FC)
U-15 North American Cup champion with her ECNL club
Chicagoland Soccer all-state honoree and Northwestern Herald Area Player of the Year finalist
Coach Roff Says: "Teagan is a versatile player that sees the field very well, always plays with her head up, and is very comfortable on the ball. Her technical ability allows her to play out of tight spaces effectively, and also connect passes with accuracy and with proper weight on the ball. Her work rate, attacking mindset and high soccer IQ will help her compete for playing time in our midfield early in her career."
Davie, Florida (Calvary Christian Academy/Boca United DA)
Florida State ODP member was a national camp invitee and part of a team that traveled to Brazil
Four-year principals honor roll student
Coach Roff Says: "Aly is an attacking midfielder with excellent vision and a great first touch when receiving the ball. That technical proficiency allows her to play with her head up and play quickly. She is a true playmaker that looks to get the ball in seams, break pressure and create. Her work rate is very good; she's also very skilled at playing the 'final pass' in behind the opponent's back line. Aly brings special qualities to the game and she makes players around her better. We look forward to her making an immediate impact in 2018."
Palos Heights, Illinois (Amos Alonzo Stagg HS/Eclipse ECNL)
Has also played varsity golf, track and volleyball during her high school career
Sister Hannah has played in every game for Purdue since start of 2015; sister Sarah ran track at Illinois State
Coach Roff Says: "Ally comes from a great family of D-I athletes and we are very excited for what she brings to the team. She is an athletic player with very good pace and acceleration, who also has a great engine and can cover ground. She also is versatile in that she can be very effective out wide or playing in the middle of the park. Ally's technical ability is also very good; she does an excellent job of traveling with the ball and attacking space on the dribble. These qualities will allow her to compete to play at a variety of positions early on. I believe Ally's upside is tremendous and her best days are still ahead."
Lowell, Arkansas (Rogers HS/TSC Hurricane ECNL)
Northwest Arkansas Newcomer of the Year as a freshman after scoring 20 goals
Part of an indoor track & field state championship team as a junior
Coach Roff Says: "Skylurr brings a great combination of technical ability, athleticism and toughness. Those traits, along with her ability to cover a lot of ground, make her a well-rounded player and a perfect fit for us as a box-to-box midfielder or a wing back. Equally good at shutting players down and creating opportunities with the ball going forward, we look forward to Skylurr developing into a player that can positively impact the game in multiple ways."
Mission Viejo, California (Santa Margarita Catholic HS/West Coast Futbol Club)
All-league and all-county performer in soccer and lacrosse as an underclassman before focusing on club
Top scorer as both a freshman and sophomore; All-CIF honoree and team was a CIF finalist
Coach Roff Says: "Mia is an attacking player that is very good technically, moves off the ball extremely well and has a great feel for the game, especially around goal. She is skillful enough to combine effectively, and she is very good at timing her runs to get in behind the back line. Aside from her talent and athleticism, she is the type of forward that always competes with grit and toughness; she'll do whatever it takes to put her stamp on the game. Those special qualities will be a tremendous asset to our team in the final third. We look forward to Mia making an impact right away."
Kensington, Maryland (St. John's College HS/Bethesda SC ECNL)
Washington Catholic and DC Athletic Association champion as a senior
Invited to ECNL national training camp in Portland, Oregon
Coach Roff Says: "Grace is a very talented center back with a high soccer IQ and great positional awareness. Her ability to read the game, and anticipate and react quickly, allows her to break up plays and shut down opponents consistently. Once she wins the ball, she is very comfortable playing out of pressure and connecting from the back. That composure and confidence on the ball provides a calming influence on the field, and will allow us to build from the back effectively. Grace brings all the qualities we look for in the center back role, including leadership potential. Her future is very bright."
Frisco, Texas (John Paul II HS/Solar Soccer Club DA)
Moved to Texas as a junior after being part of league and CIF championship teams at Mater Dei High School in California
Sister Olivia plays soccer at Northeastern University, mom Rosita ran track at Notre Dame
Coach Roff Says: "Julia is a center back that understands the game very well. She has the athleticism, technical ability and leadership potential to be a special player. Many effective center backs are either very smart tactically, hard tacklers or great distributors of the ball. Few that play the role combine all three of those characteristics, and Julia is certainly one of them. Her composure on the ball, in particular, will be a tremendous asset to how we build our attack. She is a perfect fit for the style we play and we look forward to Julia being an impact player in the Big Ten Conference."