Milwaukee Women's Soccer Inks Nine For 2009 Season
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Feb. 4, 2009) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team has announced the signing of nine players to National Letters of Intent to attend UWM and play soccer, head coach Michael Moynihan announced today.
Kera Modell of Cedarburg, Wis., Jamie Forbes of St. Charles, Ill., Libby Cooper of Batavia, Ill., Nicole Munnelly of Dublin, Ireland, Gabby Guaiumi of Mill Valley, Calif., Demi Price of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Meghan Elvington of Muskego, Wis., Helen Steinhauser of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Ally Spicher of Eden Prairie, Minn., have all signed NLI's to play for Milwaukee next season.
"What I really like about this class is that there are a lot of people that are good soccer players," Moynihan said. "They have a good sense for the game, have good intelligence on the soccer field. They will understand how to play within our style. We like to possess the ball, combine with each other. We have a lot of players that will flourish in that system.
"We're very happy with the people we are bringing in. Our players clocked with them really well and they are good students. They are a lot of solid people. You look at them and you see real leadership potential there in the future."
The Panthers will be adding three goalkeepers in Forbes, Guaiumi and Spicher, bringing the number of keepers on next year's roster to four. Junior Leslie Deebach enters the season as the incumbent, with the three newcomers vying for playing time.
"Obviously people are looking at our goalkeeping situation with Erin Kane graduating. She had been our starter for four years and holds all of our records and had a very successful career," Moynihan said. "It's a big hole that we have to fill and we have Leslie coming back. She will be our lone returning goalkeeper and we brought in three that will push her a little bit. All four of them will challenge for a starting spot.
"The three we are bringing in, I am happy with the quality of all of them. I think we will see a good battle amongst them. I think we will be in a good situation in the goal. I am confident that one of the four of them will step up and do a solid job for us."
Modell is a midfielder/defender out of Cedarburg High School, where she played one season of high school soccer. She was an all-conference second-team player, but opted to compete with her nationally-ranked club team FC Milwaukee Nationals. She also has extensive ODP experience, competing with the state team from 2005-07 and the regional team in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Forbes is the first of three goalkeepers in this class. She hails from St. Charles North High School, the same high school that produced Erin Kane, who graduated with many of UWM's goalkeeping records after last season. Forbes graduated in 2008 and committed to Miami University in Ohio out of high school. She did not attend Miami and comes to Milwaukee with freshman eligibility. Her senior season, she was listed as the top goalkeeper in the Chicago area by the Chicago Sun-Times. Her club team, Eclipse Select, was twice the No. 1 team in the nation and was No. 3 in 2008. They also won a Region II title and tournament titles at GLSA Octoberfest and the NSR Puma Cup, both in 2007.
Cooper is in her senior year at Batavia High School, but has not played for BHS, choosing to play for Eclipse Select. Her club team won a national championship in 2006 and was a finalist in 2008. Elipse also won state cups in 2007 and 2008, after being finalists in 2005 and 2006, and Region II titles in 2006 and 2008 with a semifinal showing 2007. A forward, Cooper also competed with the state ODP from 2004-08.
Munnelly is a defender from Dublin, where she is a player in the Republic of Ireland U-17 National Team pool. She plays for Malahide United and is the daughter of George Munnelly, a former professional player with Reading FC currently of the England League Championship.
Guaiumi is entering her senior season as the starting goalkeeper at Tamalpais High School. Last season, she led her team to a North Coast Section Championship. THS finished 20-1-2 and won both conference regular season and tournament titles. Guaiumi was an all-conference first team player with 18 shutouts and at one point posted a shutout streak of 813 minutes, spanning nine-straight clean sheets. An all-conference second-team selection as a sophomore, she helped her team to the North Coast Section semifinals in each of her first two seasons.
Price is a midfielder out of Centennial High School in Calgary. As a holding midfielder, she tallied 10 career goals and 12 assists in her high school career. She helped her club team, Calgary Foothills Colts, to Canadian National Championships as both a junior and senior. She also trained with the Alberta Provincial Team her last two years and was invited to play in the Canada Summer Games.
Milwaukee's class also adds more of an international flavor with Munnelly signing out of Ireland and Price out of Canada. The duo joins sophomore Keara Thompson on the roster as international players. Like Price, Thompson hails from Calgary. Also, Munnelly is the first player to join the program from outside North America since Lisa Bengtsson (2001-04) joined the program out of Sweden.
"I like the fact that we have some kids from Ireland and another Canadian and that international flavor," Moynihan said. "It adds something to the environment, a little bit different perspective, a different approach and feel for the game."
Elvington is a three-time all-conference midfielder at Muskego High School. As a junior, she talled 44 points on 17 goals and 10 assists to earn all-state second-team honors. She was also named second-team all-area and first-team all-conference. MHS also won a Southeast Conference title after North Division titles her first two seasons. Elvington was also a first-team all-conference player as a sophomore and was named to the second team as a freshman. She enters her senior season with 42 career goals, 30 assists and 114 career points.
Steinhauser is a two-time all-state midfielder out of Huron High School. She was an all-state second-team selection as a junior last season, tallying 14 goals and 12 assists for 40 points and helping her team to a 22-2-2 record. She was also an all-area, all-region and all-district first team selection. Steinhauser was also named to the district first team in each of her first two seasons and the region team as a sophomore when she was also all-state honorable mention. Her club team, Michigan Hawks 91, is among the top-10 nationally and won state titles in 2008 and 2009.
A goalkeeper out of Eden Prairie High School, Spicher wrapped up her prep career in the fall by helping her team to the Class AA state title game. In the semifinals, she made two saves and converted the deciding penalty kick in a shootout win. After the season, she was an all-state and all-conference selection. With the Minnesota Thunder Academy in the club season, she won a state title in 2008. Spicher is also a member of the regional ODP pool.
Milwaukee had arguably its most accomplished season ever in 2008, going 18-3-2 and ascending the national rankings to a program-best No. 16 ranking by the NSCAA. The Panthers won a ninth-straight Horizon League regular season championship, a fifth league tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in school history. The team's 18 wins and .864 winning percentage are both school records, as were the team's 65 goals, 70 assists and 200 points.