MILWAUKEE, Wis. (May 8, 2007) -
Soccer Buzz Magazine has tabbed the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team's 2007 recruiting class as the best in the Horizon League.
The internet publication concluded its ranking of recruiting classes this week and has the Panthers ahead of Butler and Loyola in second and third places. Last year, Milwaukee's recruiting class was second in the league after top honors in 2005.
The class is also ranked as the ninth-best in the Great Lakes Region and 69th in the country.
Milwaukee put together a 10-player recruiting class, including six members of the FC Milwaukee club team and three more that have played together for Grand Valley Soccer Club.
From Soccer Buzz:
"It was just a little blip when UW-Milwaukee settled in at number two in last year's recruiting rankings, so it's back to business as usual with a signing class that tops the Horizon. If you are talking soccer recruiting and UWM, you can bet several additions are coming from FC Milwaukee. That holds this year as six newcomers will stay near home to play for the Panthers. Three hail from state champion Brookfield Central HS as Nicole Hirsch, Sarah Talbert and Heather Roadhouse will be quick producers for Coach Moynihan. Roadhouse is a regional ODP pool midfielder while both Talbert and Hirsch earned all-state honors and suited up for the Wisconsin ODP state squad. Defenders Helena Zbilut and Kelly McGrath come from FC Milwaukee also as does midfielder Nicole Sperl who has state ODP experience and received all-state recognition at Wauwatosa. Outside the state, UWM signed three from Michigan and Illini Claire Watkins, a top defender with KUFC Premier, which won a US Club national title. All three Michigan signees come from the Grand Valley club team. Erin DeYoung and Brianne Borgman are both offensive additions who were all-state prepsters and are joined at UWM by club teammate, Ellen Phillips."
The Panthers return eight starters from 2006, when they went 16-4-2 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season.