FAIRFIELD, CT- Sacred Heart University Women's Soccer head coach Matt Micros and the Sacred Heart University Women's Soccer team have announced the signing of 11 players to join the class of 2023 and will begin play in the upcoming 2020 season.
This year's class features, a Regional All-American, an All-New England performer, six All-State and 11 All Conference selections. Academically, the student-athletes will enter school in the fall with an average combined GPA of 3.63 from clubs represented in the three top girls youth soccer leagues in the country--the ECNL (5), GDA (2) and NPL (4), and represent six different youth clubs from five different states.
"Scott, Andre, Paul and I are extremely excited to build on the success of this year's Northeast Conference Semifinal appearance and believe this class will be able to blend in seamlessly with our strong returning core and contribute," Head Coach Matt Micros said. "With all 11 starters returning in 2020, there is an excitement about the program and this class will only strengthen that resolve."
Here is a look at the newest members of the Pioneers:
#43 Liz Allen (F/MF)
Monroe-Woodbury High School
Force FC NPL
~All Section, All State, NY State Class AA Champions (2018)
On why she chose Sacred Heart: "There are a number of reasons why I chose to attend Sacred Heart. Academically, SHU has a variety of different majors to choose from along with excellent facilities. I am also excited to continue my soccer career at SHU because of the level of play, the girls on the team, and the coaching staff. I know it is a good fit."
#29 Jordan Busch (MF)
New London, NH
Kearsarge Regional High School
~Honorable Mention All-State
~Playing for New Hampshire's State Team (Seniors) in the Lions Cup
On why she chose Sacred Heart: "I love the campus and found the positive atmosphere at the school and soccer program to be very welcoming."
#0 Leanne Durham (GK)
Seacoast United NPL
~Team Captain, Team MVP, Regional Champions
~All Conference, All Region
~All Eastern Mass
On why she chose Sacred Heart: "After visiting Sacred Heart for the first time, I knew it was the school for me. The school itself is in a great location, and I love the campus size. It also gives me the opportunity to challenge myself academically while furthering my soccer career."
#3 Sofia Germano (D/MF)
Arlington High School
CFC United ECNL/CFC United Academy
~2-year Team Captain, 3-time Sectional Champion
~All League, League Player of the Year
~All Section, 2nd Team All State
~National Honor Society
On why she chose Sacred Heart: "I chose Sacred Heart because of the new modernized campus and its well-known Nursing Program that I aim to be a part of."
#5 Olivia Kells (F/MF)
Bunnell High School
CFC United ECNL/CFC United Academy
~1st Team All-Conference
On why she chose Sacred Heart: "I chose Sacred Heart because of the campus and its strong Nursing Program, which was important to me. I also wanted to stay close to home and play soccer where I loved the team and coaches. SHU is the perfect fit for me and I can't wait to start my new journey there."
#34 Maria Nolan (F/MF)
Granby Memorial High School
CFC United ECNL
~Team Captain, 2-Time State Champions
~All-Conference, All-Hartford Courant
~All- State, All-New England
~96 goals, 61 assists (career)
On why she chose Sacred Heart: "I chose Sacred Heart for many reasons. I love the campus and community, as well as the religious atmosphere the students project. The buildings are modern, and the campus is a decent distance from my hometown without being unbearably far so my parents can see me play."
#41 Megan Padilla (MF)
Livingston High School
~4-Year Academic Honor Roll
On why she chose Sacred Heart: "When I first visited Sacred Heart, I knew right away it was where I wanted to spend my college years. I fell in love with the beautiful campus, religious atmosphere and outstanding Nursing Program. I began attending ID Clinics and instantly loved the coaches and team and knew I wanted nothing more than to be a Pioneer."
#28 Madison Palma (F)
Morris Knolls High School
~4-Time All-Conference, 3-Time All-State & All-County
~Top 20 North Region 1, Top 22 All-County
~2-Time County Champions
~76 goals and 20 assists (career)
On why she chose Sacred Heart: "I chose Sacred Heart because it was the perfect fit for me. It has exactly what I am looking for academically to pursue a career in education. Sacred Heart will also give me the opportunity to continue my soccer career playing at a very high level. The campus is beautiful and it is close enough to home that it makes it easier to see my family when needed."
#44 Karsen Pirone (D)
Newtown High School
CFC United ECNL
~All-Conference, Academic All-Conference
On why she chose Sacred Heart: "I fell in love with Sacred Heart because I would like to pursue a degree within the medical field and was very impressed with SHU's high end Nursing Program. Also, when I went on a tour of the campus with some of the girls on the soccer team, I felt right at home. The girls on the team are so friendly and made me feel welcome. I couldn't imagine myself playing soccer anywhere else."
#35 Alexandra O'Hare (D)
Marlboro High School
PDA Shore Fusion
~2-Year Team Captain
~NJ Shore 2-Time All-Division
~NJ Shore All-Conference
On why she chose Sacred Heart: "Sacred Heart has been a dream school for me ever since I was little. My father went to Sacred Heart to further his academic career and play football and I wish to do the same with the sport I love. I also love the environment and school size which enables you to interact more personally with the staff and coaches without the chaos of a really large school. I cannot wait for the opportunities it will provide academically and athletically."
#25 Kaitlyn Zeeb (F/MF)
~58 Goals and 14 Assists (career)
On why she chose Sacred Heart: "When I first visited Sacred Heart, I could immediately see myself attending there. I fell in love with the campus, and knew I would be getting a great education while also getting to play the sport I love."