April 17, 2012
DeKALB, Ill. - Head Coach John Ross announced the addition of nine signees to his first recruiting class as head coach of the Northern Illinois women's soccer program. The geographically well-versed class features three from Wisconsin, two from Illinois and Minnesota and others from Florida and Nebraska.
"I am really excited about the class we have coming in this fall. These players have had a tremendous amount of experience at the highest levels in club soccer, which will translate well in the college game," said Ross. "Along with the current players we have on the team, the 2012 class should come in and allow us as a team to be multifaceted this fall."
The class of 2012 features six midfield players and three forwards to bolster the Huskies roster of 21 players. NIU finished 2-15-2 and 1-10 in Mid-American Conference play in 2011, including a 1-0 win at Buffalo on a goal by defender Lauren Eberts.
Stay tuned to NIUHuskies.com for the release of the 2012 schedule and future updates on the program.
Complete bios and break down of signees listed below.
PLAYERS BY STATE:
Illinois: two (2)
Wisconsin: three (3)
Minnesota: two (2)
Nebraska: one (1)
Florida: one (1)
PLAYERS BY POSITION:
Forwards: three (3)
Midfielder: six (6)
5-4 | Forward/Midfield
Maitland, Fla./Orangewood Christian
ORANGEWOOD CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL:
All-state in senior season … All-star game MVP … Three-time all-conference and all-county performer … Played three seasons at Orangewood Christian, compiling a 54-20-5 record … Team captain in 2009 … Won district and regional championships with the team in freshman and sophomore seasons … State semifinalists in same season … Was district runner-up with the Rams in 2010 … Scored 79 goals and 31 assists (189 points) in 70 career games … Holds school-record for most goals in a season, scoring 45 during her senior season … Began playing varsity as an eighth grader and scored game-winning goal in state semifinals that season.
Twice a Florida State ODP and Southeast Regional pool player … Won the U17 State Championship with the Florida Rush in 2009 … State runner-up with U18 and U15 squads in 2010 and 2007, respectively …
Born Feb. 5 1992 … Daughter of Rick and Gayle Affolter … Sister, Lindsey, played soccer Florida … Intends to major in Nursing and become a nurse practitioner … Began studying general education at Kishwaukee College in spring 2012 … Signed with Florida following her high school.
5-3 | Midfield
Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North
PLAINFIELD NORTH HIGH SCHOOL:
Two-time all-conference honoree and team captain at Plainfield North High School … Earned first team all-area recognition as a junior after scoring nine goals and 10 assists, including three game-winning goals, to lead the Tigers to a conference championship … Team was ranked as high as 11th in the state by ESPNRise.com in 2010-11 … Scored 12 goals and four assists in 2009-10 with PNHS … Part of team that has won the last three conference championships and has gone undefeated in league play in each of those seasons.
Tallied seven goals and 14 assists this season with Chicago Inter S.C., while combining for 33 goals and 63 assists in the last four seasons… Recorded 10 game-winning goals in her career with Chicago Inter.
Born Nov. 5, 1993 … Daughter of Tom and Corrine Auble … Born in Cincinnati, Ohio … Interested in majoring in Pre-Pharmacy … Member of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society … Volunteered with Feed My Starving Children and youth soccer programs … Active member at St. Mary’s Immaculate Parish … Admires U.S. Women’s National Team member Carli Lloyd because of her work rate, leadership and aggressiveness … Lists hanging out with friends, shopping and babysitting.
5-6 | Forward
BARTLETT HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned all-conference honors following her junior season after scoring 17 goals and 12 assists with Bartlett High School… Named BHS’ team captain before her senior season… Scored 36 goals and 24 assists in her first three seasons… Part of Bartlett’s 2008-09 regional championship team.
Helped Strikers Fox Valley finish in the top 16 at the State Cup.
Born Jan. 7, 1994 … Daughter of Mike and Deedee Gobbo … Was originally born in Oak Park, Fla. … Undecided on major … Four-year honor roll student … Enjoys working as a lifeguard … Admires Abby Wambach … Father, Mike, played baseball at Midwestern State … Used to work the scoreboard at Bartlett High School basketball games.
5-10 | Midfield
Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge
EAST RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned all-conference honors during her sophomore and senior seasons at East Ridge High School … Helped East Ridge to a sectional championship and an appearance at the state tournament during her sophomore season … Named team captain prior to her senior year.
Was a Minnesota State Cup champion each of the last five seasons with Minnesota Thunder… Helped the club to a Midwest Regional League championship in 2008, a MRL Premier Division runner-up finish in 2009 and a Disney College Showcase championship in 2009… Qualified for the Elite Clubs National League in 2009 and 2010, along with the USAYA National Finals in 2010.
Born Jan. 4, 1994 … Daughter of Terry and Joyce Lewis … Would like to become a high school math teacher in the future and major in math education … Admires Lance Armstrong because of the adversity he overcame to become a champion.
5-3 | Midfield/Forward
MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL:
A four year starter who earned all-state honors in 2010 and 2011 … Helped Marian High School to metro championships in 2009 and 2011, along with the Nebraska Class A state championship in 2010 … Scored the winning goal in the 2009 Metro Championship Game … Named team captain during her junior and senior seasons … Team qualified for the state semifinals in 2008.
Helped Toro Bravo to the 2012 USYS National League Red Division championship and the No. 2 rankings nationally … Contributed to the club’s Nebraska State Cup championships four of the last five seasons … Part of Toro Bravo’s third place finishes at the USYS National League and Disney Super Showcase in 2011 … Registered 23 goals and 15 assists with Toro Bravo.
Born Dec. 24, 1993 … Daughter of Michael and Christine Nulty … Volunteered with Operation Others not-for profit organization … Also contributed in service learning projects at Open Door Mission and with the Toro Soccer club … Enjoys reading and cooking … Admires Mia Hamm because of everything she’s accomplished and how she handles herself … Plans to become a nursing major … Has an older brother, Matt, and two younger sisters, Julia and Anna.
5-6 | Forward
Chaska, Minn./Holy Family Catholic
HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL:
A three-time all-conference, two-time all-area and two-time all-state honoree at Holy Family Catholic … Scored 30 goals and 26 assists during her senior season with the Fire, helping the team to a runner-up finish at sectionals … Selected to the Minnesota State All-Star game following her senior season… Helped team to the Wright County Conference championship in 2010-11 with 25 goals and 10 assists … Named team captain as a senior … Tallied 81 goals and 50 assists in her career at HFCHS.
Born Oct. 26, 1993 … Daughter of Brian an Maureen Renfro … Four year honor roll student …Member of Spanish, health and service clubs … Also involved with campus ministry and senior leadership … Volunteered with Feed My Starving Children, Jeans 4 Teens, Love INC and Relay For Life non-profit groups … Interested in majoring in education and minoring in psychology … Would like to work with children … Interested in photography, watching movies, traveling, scrapbooking and working out … Admires Mia Hamm because she opened the door to women’s soccer.
5-4 | Forward
Madison, Wis./Madison East
MADISON EAST HIGH SCHOOL:
Was Madison East’s leading scorer each of her first three seasons, while starting every game at forward … Two-time second team all-conference selection … Named the team captain during her senior season with MEHS … Named to the all-city team in her freshman and sophomore seasons … Also lettered in basketball … Named to the honor roll all four years.
Was MYSC’s leading scorer in 2008-09, helping the team qualify for the Midwest Regional League.
Born April 13, 1994 … Daughter of Dave Rozzell and Joy Gander … Undecided on major … Four-year honor roll member … Member of student congress, Beta Club, National Honor Society and Spanish Honors Club … Lists ceramics, drawing and painting as hobbies … Volunteered with Souper Bowl Fundraiser and Link Crew.
5-5 | Midfield
Already on campus and training with the team, graduating high school in fall 2011.
MILTON HIGH SCHOOL:
Tallied 34 goals and 37 assists in first three seasons at Milton High School … Scored seven game-winning goals in her career, including five during the 2010-11 season … Helped team to three regional championships … Key contributor of Milton’s 2009-10 conference championship team, scoring the first goal and game-winning goal in the Badger South Conference championship game … Served as team captain during junior season … Two-time first team all-conference honoree.
Led MYSC Rush to a second place finish in the Midwest Regional League in 2011-12 … Contributed to MYSC’s third place finishes at the State Cup in 2010-11 and 2011-12 … Helped FC Milwaukee win the U16 Midwest Regional League championship and U16 State Cup championship in 2009, her only season with the team … Named to the high honor roll all four years.
Born Dec. 27, 1993 … Daughter of Scott and Nancy Spaulding … Has one brother, Justin, who played football at Division III powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater … Would like to major in human resource management and become an entrepreneur … Worked as a basketball referee … Enjoys swimming, biking and traveling … Four-year honor roll student … Admires her brother, Justin, and U.S. Women’s National team player Alex Morgan.
5-6 | Forward/Midfield
HOMESTEAD HIGH SCHOOL:
2011 WIAA Second Team and all-area performer … First team all-conference in same season … Team captain in 2012 … Four year starter at Homestead High School … Lettered in basketball as a sophomore … Team won three conference championships and was the state runner-up in 2010, finishing 20-2 … Scored the game-winning goal that sent the Highlanders to the state tournament … Totaled 24 goals and 31 assists (79 points) in her first three seasons … Squad has sported a 56-6 record over the last three year.
Played with Mequon Soccer Club for Sergio Diaz … Twice led her club in goals, assists and points … Finished as the Wisconsin state runner-up during the 2009-10 season … Totaled 14 goals and 15 assists in 28 games played and started in 2011.
Born Sept. 7, 1993 … Daughter of Robert and Kate Wirthlin… Would like to major in business and minor in communications … Father, Robert, played football at East Carolina University … Four year honor rool student … Member of student council … Involved with the Best Buddies and Outreach programs … Lists music, dance, piano and plays as hobbies … Admires Mia Hamm because she was incredibly hard working.