Feb. 1, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Head Women's Soccer coach, Lori Walker, announced the addition of 10 student-athletes expected to join the Buckeyes next Fall.
The 2006 recruiting class includes Ashley Bowyer, Lauren Robertson, Cassie Dickerson, Marisa Simon, Lauren Steuer, Ali Schwach, Shawn Skladany, Kristin Howard, Delina Papa, Erica Aamoth and Lauren Thomas.
Bowyer was a four-year letterwinner and three-time team captain for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Bowyer earned Orange County Register All-County first team accolades and was named to the All-Sea View League first team in 2005 as a midfielder. Bowyer has been a member of the Region IV Olympic Development Program (ODP) since 2002. With the Slammers FC club team, Bowyer assisted the squad in capturing the 2005 Under-17 California-South National State Cup Championship and in winning the U.S. Under-17 Youth Soccer Region IV championship in 2005. Prior to the U-17 crown, Bowyer helped the Slammers win the California-South National State Cup title in 2004 as a member of the Under-16 squad.
"Ashley brings National Team potential," Walker said. "She has tremendous skill with the ball, great variety and range in distribution and a comprehensive vision of the field. We anticipate her to have an immediate impact in our midfield."
Robertson lettered in goal for Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Mission Viejo, Calif., her sophomore, junior and senior years. Robertson also was a member of the Southern California Blues Club team, in addition to competing for the Region IV and California state ODP squads between 2002-2005. Most notably, Robertson saw action with the Under-16 U.S. National Team in 2004.
"A wonderful, athletic talent, who is a nationally touted goalkeeper, Lauren brings great shot-stopping ability, a strong tactical understanding of the game, and overwhelming courage and tenacity," Walker said. "She will immediately compete for time in the net."
Adding to the defensive side of the pitch is Dickerson. A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., Dickerson was the leading scorer for Kalamazoo Central High School her freshman, sophomore, and junior years as a three-year starter and is projected to start for the Giants in the spring. Dickerson obtained all-district, all-conference and all-league laurels and was named to the all-region and all-state squad in 2005. A team captain for Kalamazoo in 2005, Dickerson garnered team Most Valuable Player awards in 2004 and 2005, while also playing for the Michigan Hawks club team. Dickerson's ODP experience includes playing for the Michigan ODP team for eight seasons and is a current member of the Region Team II pool.
"Cassie is a very gifted athlete with very quick feet," Walker said. "Her one-on-one defending, ability to read the game, and solid possession will immediately impact our backline."
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Simon attended Cardinal Mooney High School and was a four-year letterwinner and starter. Simon was named all-conference, all-district and all-county and earned first (2004 and 2005) and second-team (2003) all-state laurels. Simon earned NSCAA All-Region accolades in 2004 and NSCAA All-America honors in 2005. Simon also saw action with the Region II ODP team in 2002 and competed for the Ohio Premier North ODP state team between 2001-2005. Simon helped Ohio Premier win the OYSAN state cup championship in 2004.
"Marisa is a skillful, tireless player who sees and plays the game 360 degrees with solid possession and distribution," Walker said. "Marisa comes from a long family tradition of Buckeyes."
Steuer hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and played for McNichols High School. Steuer was named to the 2002-03 GCL first-team and the 2003-04 GCL second team as a three-year letterwinner and starter. Steuer was a member of the Region II ODP team between 2002-2004 and the Ohio South state team between 2001-2002. Two ACL injuries kept Steuer out ODP and high school competition in 2005. With the regional squad, Steuer attended the Under-14 national camp in Deerfield, Mass., and traveled to the interregional competition in Boca Raton, Fla., in 2002-2004. Other travels included the Region II European tour in Germany, Holland and Australia and the Costa Rica tour. Steuer also divides her time playing club ball for CUP.
"Lauren is a gifted and skillful soccer player with a remarkable defensive mentality," Walker said. "Her experience and versatility will enable her to play in our midfield or in the backline."
Schwach attended Saint Paul Academy in St. Paul, Minn., and was the team leading scorer in 2004 and 2005 en route to earning all-conference and all-state laurels, as well as team MVP accolades during those same years. A team captain in 2005, Schwach helped SPA win the Tri-Metro conference championship for the third-consecutive year. A member of the Bangu Tsunami Sota club team, Schwach assisted the squad to a second-place showing at the Region II Championships. Schwach also was a member of the Minnesota ODP state team between 2001-2005. During the summer of 2005, Schwach played with the National Maccabiah Team in the 17th World Maccabiah Games in Israel.
"A talented, speedy player with relentless work rate and known for her ability to create goal scoring opportunities for her teammates, Ali will add depth and versatility to our frontline or midfield," Walker said.
Columbus, Ohio, native Skladany attended St. Francis DeSales and was the 2005 captain at forward for a team that was the Central Catholic League co-champions. Skladany earned first-team All-CCL and all-district honors, while also garnering honorable mention Super 12 and Most Valuable Midfielder. Her club team experience includes competing for Blast FC. Skladany's father, Tom, was a three-time All-American punter for Ohio State in 1973-76 and a two-time all-pro for the Detroit Lions. As well, Skladany's sisters, Erin and Karly, played soccer at Dayton and James Madison, respectively.
"Shawn is an unyielding player who plays with tremendous heart," Walker said. "Her ability to win balls and keep possession with accurate distribution will complement our midfield."
Howard hails from Indianapolis, Ind., and attended Lawrence North High School. Howard was a two-year starter and lettered in soccer all four years in the midfield. Howard's soccer resume includes making the Indiana ODP state team in 2002, as well as competing for the FC Pride club. Howard's sister, Kelly, plays soccer at Bellarmine College.
"Kristin has a courageous mentality," Walker said. "She is not afraid to take on opponents one-on-one and engage physically. Her role on the team could be in the midfield or in the frontline as a wide player."
Papa also will bring additional strength to the midfield and forward positions. Papa, who prepped at Solon High School, along with Aamoth, is a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter. Papa helped the Comets win the Western Reserve Conference championship in 2003 and they were co-champs in 2004. Papa earned second-team all-conference honors for two years and was honorable mention All-Greater Cleveland. In addition to her efforts at Solon, Papa saw action for the Cleveland Cobras club squad.
"A raw, athletic talent who has the ability to cause problems for opponents with her speed and the courage to take on one-on-one, Delina will add further depth to our frontline," Walker said.
Expected to play the forward or midfielder position for the Buckeyes, Aamoth hails from Solon, Ohio. Aamoth lettered for the Comets for four consecutive years (2002-05) and snagged first-team All-Western Reserve Conference honors in 2003 after helping the Comets win the WRC championship. Solon also took home the co-championship in 2004. Aamoth earned conference honors in 2005 following a season in which she led the team in goals with 17 as the captain. During her final year, Aamoth was named to the All-Greater Cleveland first team, which complemented her 2003 honor. Aamoth also split her playing time with the Cleveland Cobras club team.
"A quick, solid player who has the ability to both assist and score goals, Erica will be resourceful in either our midfield or up front," Walker said.
A native of Massillon, Ohio, Thomas prepped at Massillon Jackson High School and started all four years. As a four-time letterwinner, Thomas also was a member of the Ohio North State ODP pool between 2001-2003.
"Lauren brings pure speed and has the ability to be dangerous in front of the goal," Walker said. "She will add depth to our front line."