2011 Women's Soccer Recruiting Class
|Ally Courtnall||Defender||Westlake Village|
|Abby Dahlkemper *||Defender||Menlo Park|
|Caprice Dydasco||Midfielder||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Sarah Killion *||Midfielder||Fort Wayne, Ind.|
|Torey Markowitz||Defender||Mission Viejo|
|Kylie McCarthy||Forward||Rancho Santa Fe|
|Samantha Mewis *||Midfielder||Hanson, Mass.|
|Megan Oyster||Defender||Naperville, Ill.|
|Courtney Proctor||Forward||Santa Clarita|
|Rosie White||Forward||Auckland, New Zealand|
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Compiled by Sam Strong, Bruin Sports senior staff.
Filling the gap left by graduating seniors is a challenge that the UCLA women’s soccer team will be well-equipped to handle come next season.
The 11 incoming freshmen set to join the team this fall have garnered more awards and accolades than any recruiting class before them.
Five of the newly committed Bruins were ranked by Top Drawer Soccer as top 25 recruits in the country, including three players in the top 10.
UCLA has also landed forward Rosie White from New Zealand, the top international signing of 2011.
Leading the freshman standouts is midfielder Samantha Mewis, widely regarded as the No. 1 recruit in the nation.
Voted as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s National High School Player of the Year, Mewis has also made eight international appearances as part of the Under-17 and Under-20 U.S. national teams.
Given the departures of seven seniors, including four-year starters Lauren Barnes and Kylie Wright, the incoming freshman class will play an important role in next season’s success.
“This group brings with it a tremendous amount of athleticism and technical ability,” coach B.J. Snow said in a press release on Friday. “In addition, these players have an astonishing attitude toward winning. They are all highly competitive and are committed toward trying to be their very best both on the soccer field and in the classroom. We are really looking forward to having them join our Bruin family and continue to build upon our tradition of excellence.”
Compiled by Mansi Sheth, Bruin Sports reporter.