April 9, 2012
Class of 2012 Photo Gallery (Photos will be added as they come available)
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University women's soccer head coach Markus Roeders has announced MU's six-person signing class of 2012, all of whom have committed to continue their academic and athletic endeavors at Marquette University starting in the fall.
The incoming class includes Amanda Engel (Centennial, Colo.), Ann Marie Lynch (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Andee Nelson (The Woodlands, Texas), Darian Powell (La Porte City, Iowa), Caroline Shay (Kansas City, Mo.) and Jordan Scott (Albuquerque, N.M.).
The class boasts teammates from regional club champions, plentiful Olympic Development (ODP) experience and young women who truly emulate the title "student-athlete."
"We are extremely excited that these six young ladies have committed themselves to our program and Marquette University," said Roeders. "Each one brings different strengths to our team but all have a love for what Marquette stands for, our program and our passion for the sport. They are great, hard-working players, outstanding students, and thoroughly embrace our team philosophy of family. We expect them to join us this fall, immediately contribute to our team on and off the field and help us attain our goals. We are fortunate to enrich our family with such a diverse group of young women and personalities with varying backgrounds and experiences. The future is very bright for our program and we know Marquette will be a better place with these ladies on campus."
Real Colorado National
Engel competed at Arapahoe High School in 2009 and 2010, helping the school to state semi-finals and championship runs in those seasons. She was a member of the Real Colorado National team from 2009-2012. Engel's club team had tremendous success, capturing three-straight state championships (2007-09) and a state semifinals appearance in 2011. She participated as an alternate for the Colorado ODP in 2006 and 2007, before playing full-time in 2008. While a member of the Colorado Rush Nike (2006-09), Engel's play in net provided success in many elite tournaments including: Region IV ODP Semi-Finals (2009), Manchester Cup Quarter-Finals (2008), Region IV Quarter-Finals (2007), Surf Cup Semi-Finals and Colorado Rush Kickoff Classic Semi-Finals, where she was named the most valuable player (2007). Engel was an honor student all four years at Arapahoe and has taught pre-school religious education for the past three years.
Amanda Engel on why she chose Marquette: "I chose Marquette because it was the perfect balance between school and soccer. The coaches, the players, the students and the administration all seemed to be a perfect fit for me."
Ann Marie Lynch
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Rolling Meadows High School
Sockers FC Chicago
Lynch was a four-year letterwinner and three-time team captain in both soccer and basketball at Rolling Meadows High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. In soccer, she has earned all-conference and all-area accolades the past two seasons as well as all-sectional honorable mention following her 2011 campaign. In her high school career, the Mustangs midfielder has scored 30 goals and recorded 18 assists. Lynch plays her club soccer with Sockers FC, and has helped the club capture back-to-back Illinois State Cup titles (2010-11). Following its state cup championship in 2011, Lynch's Sockers FC team won the U.S. Youth Soccer Regional Championship. At Rolling Meadows, she was a member of the National Honor Society, student council president and four-year class president.
Ann Marie Lynch on why she chose Marquette: I "chose Marquette because it is a very academically accredited school and a university that focuses on giving back to its surrounding community, which is something I have been a part of my whole life. As for the soccer aspect, I love the coaching staff and was impressed with how friendly and helpful they were with me right from the start. I get a vibe from the team as one, big, happy family which I enjoy very much since that's how all of my sports teams have been.
The Woodlands, Texas
The Challenge ENCL
Nelson was a three-sport standout at The Woodlands Preparatory School, excelling in soccer, basketball and track, and was named the school's Prep Athlete of the Year in 2011. As a two-year captain of the soccer team, she led the Wolverines to a regional championship and state semi-final appearance in her senior campaign. Nelson was a member of three-straight Final-16 state playoff teams (2009-11), named first-team all-state and all-district, and was the team's MVP. Nelson played for Challenge ECNL and South Texas ODP (2010). Nelson's Challenge ECNL team captured South Texas State Championships on five occasions and was Region III quarterfinalists four times. Nelson's club also participated in two national events, finishing in the top eight on both occasions. In track, Nelson was a regional and state champion in the 3200-meter run in 2010 and a regional and state silver-medalist in the 800 meters (2009-11).
Andee Nelson on why she chose Marquette: "Marquette University is a great Catholic school, with rigorous academics and an amazing women's soccer program. The campus was beautiful, and the people made me feel at home."
La Porte City, Iowa
Heartland Soccer Club
Powell lettered in soccer at Union High School in La Porte City, Iowa, for two years before transferring to Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn., where she will finish her high school career. During her two years at Union, Powell set the Iowa High School scoring record with 70 goals in the 2009 season. She followed it up with 61 netted goals in 2010, which led to her nomination for the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year award. Named to the Iowa all-tournament and all-state teams both years at Union, she helped the school to the state semi-finals (2009) and finals (2010). In her first season at Shattuck-St. Mary's, Powell was the leading scorer for the Sabres with 25 goals. From 2006 through 2011, she trained and played with the Iowa ODP team and won the Iowa ODP State Cup title in 2006. Most recently, she has been a member of the Minnesota OPD Team and was named to the Region II Team after earning the Golden Boot Award at the Region II camp. Powell also has participated in basketball throughout her high school career and was Shattuck-St. Mary's leading scorer her junior and senior seasons.
Darian Powell on why she chose Marquette: "When I went and visited, I immediately knew that Marquette was the place I wanted to be for the next four years. I've watched the team play a few times and they play the aggressive style that I love. I also picked Marquette because of the amazing academics, and I appreciate Marquette's dedication to serve others, and all the opportunities that come with it. It is the perfect fit for me, and I cannot wait to be a Golden Eagle."
Kansas City, Mo.
Notre Dame de Sion
Blue Valley SC
Shay was a four-year letterwinner at Notre Dame de Sion High School, where she helped the team to three straight regional and district championships. Her team has been to three consecutive state semi-finals and advanced to the state championship match in 2011, taking second place. Through her three years of proven success on the pitch, she has been named a co-captain for the school's 2012 campaign. Shay's forward play on the field has garnered all-state recognition each year (2009-11) at Notre Dame de Sion. Along with the first-team all-state mention in 2010, she earned her region's Offensive Player of the Year award and was named to KC Star Metro's Honorable Mention team. Shay earned rookie of the year honors in 2009 as a freshman on the varsity squad. In 2011, her Blue Valley Soccer Club finished second in the Kansas State Cup.
Caroline Shay on why she chose Marquette: "Marquette offers not only a great education but also an awesome soccer program with a unique family atmosphere. It's a win-win situation and was an easy decision to make."
Rio Vista Eagles
Scott was a four-year athletic letter winner at Sandia High School, where she compiled a 73-9 record in net and helped the team to a state title in 2008. She also led the Matadors to three consecutive metro and district championships from 2009-2011. Scott was named the No. 1 New Mexico High School Goalkeeper and to the all-metro team in back-to-back seasons. Scott played her club soccer with the Rio Vista Eagles, helping the club to a Region IV Finals appearance in 2011, as well as five New Mexico state championships titles (2005-07, 2009, 2011). Scott was selected to the #2 Region IV and #12 National Teams for U-17 and U-18 play.
Jordan Scott on why she chose Marquette: "Marquette has everything that I'd want in a college, great people, great academics, great sports teams and an incredible spirit."