OXFORD, Ohio – Seeing injuries sap the team’s numbers down the stretch last fall, Miami head soccer coach Bobby Kramig revealed a 12-player freshman class during the team’s signing period on Thursday.
Size and numbers from the midfield on back are the theme of this group of newcomers, which balloons to a baker’s dozen with the transfer of defender Lydia Brosnahan in January. Joining the Red and White in the fall are Tessa Abbott, Morgan Affleck, Audrey Carr, Chrissy Ciarrocca, Delaney Cook, Elizabeth Kowalski, Haley Paez, Emily Roberts, Alyssa Serveiss, Soph Spinell, Tara Walenczyk and Emily Wilhelm. Including the transfer of Brosnahan, 10 of the 13 incoming RedHawks can play either back or midfield, if not both while another goalkeeper was brought into the mix.
“Congratulations to all our 2017 commits,” Kramig said. “I believe this to be an outstanding class and we are delighted to welcome them to Miami Soccer. I also have to acknowledge the efforts of our recruiting coordinator, Matt Ward who did a great job putting this class together.”
Full biographical capsules on each of the incoming freshmen are listed below.
High School/Club: Earned three varsity letters in soccer … named a First-Team Dual Country League All-Star … plays for the FC Stars in club play … helped team reach the Division II State Finals in 2015 … backstopped team to a league title in 2013 … part of a National Runner-Up club team at the U16 level … member of the National Honor Society and earned a President’s Volunteer Service Award (Silver).
Personal: Born Jan. 7, 1999 … parents are Emma and Mark Abbott … has dual citizenship between America and England.
High School/Club: Earned two letters apiece in soccer, cross country and track and field … guided her high school team to league titles in 2015 and 2016 … high school team reached the state semifinals in 2015 and the quarterfinals in 2016 … plays for the Eagles SC U18/19 Composite club team … AP Scholar and a commended student in the National Merit Scholarship Program … Delians Honor Society member.
Personal: Born March 19, 1999 … daughter of Lynne Affleck and Terry Johnes … plans to major in Environmental Studies and Political Science.
High School/Club: Three-year letter winner in tennis … plays for Mountain View Los Altos club team … played in the Las Vegas Players Showcase each of the last four years … guided team to three State Cups (2014-16) … part of National Premier League champions and EGSL Champions in 2015 and 2016 and a State Cup Finalist squad in 2014.
Personal: Born Oct. 19, 1998 … parents are Connie-Rae and Daniel Carr … plans to major in Nutrition with a Psychology minor.
High School/Club: Lettered four times in soccer, serving as team captain during her senior season … guided team to a pair of league runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2014 … plays club for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Development Academy, which she helped reach the US Club Soccer Nationals in 2016 … named first-team all-conference as a senior while earning WPIAL Section One AAA First Team honors as a junior and senior … spent all four years of high school on the honor roll.
Personal: Born Nov. 7, 1998 … parents are Lisa and Matthew Ciarrocca … cousin, Colby Ciarrocca, plays women’s soccer at Rutgers while her cousin Natalie Cignetti plays volleyball and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
High School/Club: Earned four letters in track and field and three more in soccer … plays club ball for the Pacesetter Soccer Club … named team’s defender of the year and served as team captain as a senior … member of the National Honor Society and earned an Academic Excellence Award all four years.
Personal: Born Aug. 19, 1999 … parents are Stacy and Gary Cook … plans to major in Bioengineering (Pre-Med).
High School/Club: Lettered as a freshman at York High School and is returning to the high school ranks for her senior season this year … plays for Sockers FC in Chicago, where she began playing since age 12 … helped club team claim an Illinois State Cup title in 2012 along with a pair of US Club National and Regional crowns in 2012 and 2013 … part of ECNL National Playoff squads from 2014-16 … member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Oct. 6, 1998 … parents are Patti and Andrew Kowalski … father, Andrew, played varsity soccer at Northern Illinois … plans to major in Marketing with a Psychology minor.
High School/Club: Earned two letters in soccer as a freshman and a senior … served as team captain during her junior year with IMG Academy … plays for Shockers FC … helped guide high school team to a state title in 2014 while guiding squad to a pair of state titles … part of the Illinois Olympic Development Program from 2011-13 … helped IMG win a Florida state title in 2016 … member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Oct. 15, 1998 … parents are Pamela Gingold and Gerry Paez … plans to major in Kinesiology.
High School/Club: Lettered all four years in soccer … earned all-conference honors … part of a 2014 IHSAA State runner-up … tied school record for most assists in a game … finished as her team’s third leading scorer in her last season … named a scholar athlete in 2013 and earned a class award in 2015 … graduating with honors.
Personal: Born Jan. 27, 1999 … parents are Lori Darvas Roberts and Matthew Roberts … father, Matthew, played soccer at Indianapolis … plans to major in Education.
High School/Club: Earned four letters in soccer, serving as team captain her final two seasons … plays for the Annandale United Football Club … also played basketball as a freshman … led soccer team in scoring as a sophomore … part of a U19 State Cup winning club team in 2016 … earned first-team all-conference honors and second-team all-region during her sophomore campaign … member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society.
Personal: Born Dec. 20, 1998 … parents are Betsy and Victor Serveiss … intends to major in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology.
High School/Club: Earned four letters … plays club ball for Stuart Peek … spent four years (2010-14) in the Illinois Olympic Development Program … earned all-state, all-sectional, all-regional, all-area and all-conference honors as a junior in 2016 … also named all-area with special mention all-section during her 2015 sophomore campaign … member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Dec. 7, 1998 … parents are Michele and Richard Spinell … seventh member of her family to attend Miami University, a group that includes former Miami hockey captain Steven Spinell (cousin) … plans to major in Business.
High School/Club: Earned four letters in soccer … netted six goals and seven assists while serving as team captain her senior year … plays for the PDA Vipers club team … guided team to a state title in 2015 thanks to a 23-0-1 record … team also won a conference title in 2016 … honor roll student.
Personal: Born July 16, 1999 … parents are Brenda and William Walenczyk … plans to major in physics.
High School/Club: Lettered and started for four years in soccer … also spent a year as a junior varsity gymnast … helped her team set a school record with 21 shutouts in a season, including 19 in a row … plays club ball for Team Chicago … helped club team win state titles in 2013 and 2015 while claiming a regional title and a berth in the national championship in 2013 … helped Team Chicago claim a state title in 2016 … led high school team to two league titles (2014 and 2016) and three regional titles (2014-16) along with a 2016 sectional title … named all-conference in 2016 … three-time academic all-conference member and landing on the high honor roll every semester.
Personal: Born Feb. 7, 1999 … parents are Jackie and John Wilhelm … uncle, Jamie Wilhelm, played football at Miami … plans to major in Business.