April 12, 2011
Individual Recruit Info
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Striving to enhance the depth of the program, head coach Robert Klatte and his staff compiled a sizeable 2011 recruiting class that will join Purdue women's soccer in the fall.
Klatte announced the names of the 16 new players set to become part of the program. Alabama-Birmingham transfer Laura McCalla (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill) is already enrolled at Purdue and practicing with the team this spring. Joining the team as freshmen in the fall includes:
|Chinyelu Asher (Silver Spring, Md./Archbishop Carroll)
Alex Azeez (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota West)
Brooke Barden (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield Senior)
Devon Beckwith (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon)
Alexandra Davies (Newark, Ohio/Newark)
Michelle DeVilbiss (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty)
Alexandria Hairston (Portland, Ore./U.S. Grant)
Nicole Hively (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes)
|Laine Jackson (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South)
Amy Jordan (Greenwood, Ind./Irvington Academy)
Jackie Kurgan (Oakville, Ontario/Appleby)
Taylor Niewoit (Macomb, Mich./Henry Ford II)
Jennifer Stoot (Colorado Springs, Co./Cheyenne Mountain)
Anna Thyen (Jasper, Ind./Jasper)
Soraya Topping-Herbert (Elkins Park, Pa./Montgomery Academy)
The 2011 recruiting class is one of the largest in program history and features a mixture of versatile athletes and proven goal scorers. Azeez (58 goals), Beckwith (127), Davies (108) and McCalla (22 goals a UAB) have all displayed a knack for finding the back of the net.
The newcomers hail from 10 different states as well as having specific international ties to Barbados (Topping-Herbert), Canada (Kurgan) and Jamaica (Asher).
The following is recap of individual accomplishment along with comments from coach Klatte.
Hometown/High School/Club: Silver Spring, Md./Archbishop Carroll/Freestate United
Coach Klatte says: "Chiny has a remarkable ability to play in tight spaces, is clever and creative on top of the ball and is capable of playing several different attacking roles."
Honors & Accomplishments: Her high school did not offer a girl's soccer team so she trained with the boys during their season... finished second at the 2007 AAU national cross country championships... helped her club team win the 2009 Washington Area Girls Soccer league championship and qualify for the State Cup finals... honor roll student.
Hometown/High School/Club: Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota West/Cincinnati United Premier
Coach Klatte says: "Alex is strong, can hit a ball with both feet and loves to score goals. She should prove to be a dangerous threat, combining pace, power and mentality."
Honors & Accomplishments: Scored a school-record 58 goals in her prep career... 2009 Great Miami Conference Player of the Year... two-time all-state as an upperclassman and a four-time all-conference performer... helped her club team win the U16 Ohio South State Cup in 2009.
Hometown/High School/Club: Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield Senior/Cincinnati United Premier
Coach Klatte says: "Brooke is technically sound and a consistent distributor of the ball."
Honors & Accomplishments: Four-year varsity letter-winner served as a team captain and also ran cross country and track... participated in an ODP tour of England in 2008... plans to participate in Purdue's ROTC program.
Hometown/High School/Club: Chardon, Ohio/Chardon/Akron Metro Futbol
Coach Klatte says: "Devon is both determined and consistent. She constantly threatens opposing defenses and has knack for scoring goals."
Honors & Accomplishments: Scored 127 goals in her prep career, including a state-high 38 as a sophomore in 2008... four-time First Team All-Premier Athletic Conference performer... also selected to All-Greater Cleveland Area teams... set new school records in the 100 and 400 meters in track and field... four-time academic all-conference student.
Hometown/High School/Club: Newark, Ohio/Newark/Ohio Premier U16 Green
Coach Klatte says: "Al is fit, hard working and both capable and confident in front of the goal."
Honors & Accomplishments: Scored a county-record 108 goals during her prep career... Ohio Capital Conference Player of the Year as a senior and freshman... first team all-conference in cross country in 2010, her first year competing in the sport... scholar-athlete award winner is set to be her class valedictorian.
Hometown/High School/Club: Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty/Ohio Premier Eagles U17
Coach Klatte says: "Michelle can play both in the back and in the midfield. She is solid on the ball and a tough tackler."
Honors & Accomplishments: Four-year starter became the first player in her high school's history to start every game of her career... two-time First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference as an upperclassman... helped her club team win the 2006 Ohio South state title... four-year scholar athlete.
Hometown/High School/Club: Portland, Ore./U.S. Grant/Bridlemile
Coach Klatte says: "Alex possesses speed, size and an ability to play. She will threaten to get behind opponents as well as providing an ability to hold the ball."
Honors & Accomplishments: First Team All-State (6A) performer as a senior... led her team in goals and points for three straights seasons as a First Team All-Portland Interscholastic League honoree... played for regional championship teams at both the club and ODP levels... in track and field, won the 400 meters conference title at the junior varsity level and helped the 4x400 relay team reach the 2009 6A state finals.
Hometown/High School/Club: Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes/Irvine Strikers
Coach Klatte says: "Nicole is a left-sided player who will fit in comfortably either as a wide forward or outside mid. She is technical enough to buy her own space and she can provide a great entry serve on the attack."
Honors & Accomplishments: Helped her high school team win the 2010-11 Bay League championship and reach the finals of the California Interscholastic Federation state tournament... recorded 18 goals and 20 assists over two years while playing for the premier divisions of the Beach Soccer Club.
Hometown/High School/Club: Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South/Chicago Fire Juniors
Coach Klatte says: "Laine is a committed defender. She is tough in the air and strong in the tackle."
Honors & Accomplishments: Four-year starter was team MVP in soccer and basketball in 2008... her club team won the NSR Cup and Metro United Tournament in 2010... honor roll student and scholastic achievement award winner.
Hometown/High School/Club: Greenwood, Ind./Irvington Academy/South Central Soccer Academy
Coach Klatte says: "Amy is coming back from injury but our hopes are that she can regain the form that saw her an attacking minded, hard working, athletic player capable of excelling at multiple positions."
Honors & Accomplishments: All-Marion County performer in 2007, the same season she helped her team win the championship at the Evansville Veterans Day Tournament... high honor roll student and National Honor Society... her father, mother, brother and sister are all Purdue alumni.
Hometown/High School/Club: Oakville, Ontario/Appleby/Dixie Dragons
Coach Klatte says: "Jackie has good technique and vision. She is a solid distributor of the ball and she can score goals, too. She is very versatile."
Honors & Accomplishments: Four-year varsity starter and team's leading scorer... helped lead her team to indoor provincial championships in 2005 and 2007... played for the No. 1 ranked club team in the province that won the Ontario/Quebec Cup... regional cross country champion in 2007 and runner-up in 2008.
Hometown/High School/Previous College: Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill/Alabama-Birmingham
Honors & Accomplishments: Led UAB with 12 goals and six assists in 2010, earning Second Team All-Conference USA recognition... three-year starter tallied 22 goals and 11 assists at UAB... helped her high school team to the 4A state finals as a junior and the 5A Georgia State Championship as a sophomore.
Hometown/High School/Club: Macomb, Mich./Henry Ford II/Novi Jaguars
Coach Klatte says: "Taylor will prove a very dangerous collegiate player. She is both strong and quick. She loves running with the ball and will provide added dynamic mobility out of the midfield."
Honors & Accomplishments: Three-year all-state performer entering her senior season... helped lead her high school to back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010... also part of a pair of championship teams at the club level... all-academic team selection.
Hometown/High School/Club: Colorado Springs, Co./Cheyenne Mountain/Pride Predators `93
Coach Klatte says: "Jen brings a hard-working commitment and good technical skills to the team. She has vision on the ball, can change the point of attack and combines well in the attack."
Honors & Accomplishments: Three-time all-conference performer entering her senior season... Tri Peaks League South Region Player of the Year and honorable mention all-state as a freshman in 2008... transferred high schools as a junior... won Colorado State Cup championship with her club team in 2006 and 2007... honor roll student.
Hometown/High School/Club: Jasper, Ind./Jasper/Evansville Elite
Coach Klatte says: "Anna is a good athlete with a relentless drive and work ethic. She is mobile off the ball and solid in the air."
Honors & Accomplishments: Four-time All-Big Eight Conference performer and team offensive player of the year... helped lead her club team to the Louisville Cup championship and Indiana State Cup finals in 2010... also played varsity basketball, softball and track... honored multiple times as the team's top outfielder in softball and defensive player in basketball... four-year academic all-conference student.
Hometown/High School/Club: Elkins Park, Pa./Montgomery Academy/FC Delco
Coach Klatte says: "Soraya is a clever, mobile and instinctive player. She is constantly around the ball, whether she's bringing others into the game with her passing skills or dribbling past opponents in the final third."
Honors & Accomplishments: A native of Barbados, recorded seven CAPs and one goal for the Barbados U20 National Team... 2010 Bicentennial Athletic League Player of the Year... helped lead FC Delco to the 2009 U17 club national championship and was also part of championship teams in Barbados... honor roll student.