Walker Signs Seven for 2012

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Feb. 2, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Following a second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2011, the Ohio State women's soccer team announced the signing of seven members to the 2012 recruiting class Wednesday.

The class includes three forwards, a midfielder/forward, a defender and two goalkeepers.

"This class bookends goalkeepers and forwards adding to the great tradition we have at Ohio State," head coach Lori Walker said. "We're proud the class comes from highly competitive club and national camp backgrounds. With the graduation of nine seniors from 2011, we anticipate a strong immediate presence from this class."

Michela Paradiso, Morgan Wolcott and Marisa Wolf all hail from Ohio. Kaitlyn Kraft and Jillian McVicker come to Columbus from New Jersey while Carson Dukes is from California and Shelby Soldat is from Texas.

GK - Carson Dukes - Murrieta, Calif.
Arsenal FC; Murrieta High School
Dukes has five years of club experience with Arsenal FC ... also lettered all four years at Murrieta High School ... member of 2010 ECNL U-16 national championship team and Surf Cup gold flight championship team ... was selected for ECNL/id2 National Training Camp in February 2010 ... named first team All-Valley as a senior at Murrieta and a three-time member of the NSCAA All-Academic team ... enjoys reading and hanging out with friends ... chose Ohio State for its strong engineering program ... daughter of Andy and Betsy Dukes ... has two sisters, Noelle and Andrea.

Coach Lori Walker: "Carson has a sure-handed presence in goal. Her quick feet, size and strength are intimidating around the goal box. Her strong club soccer background has prepared her to compete at the next level."


F - Kaitlyn Kraft - Middletown, N.J.
NJ Real SC Power; St. Rose High School
Kraft has three years of ODP experience in New Jersey and three years of experience for club team NJ Real SC Power, a two-time NJYS State Cup champion ... helped her ODP team to the 2011 Region 1 championship ... team was 2010 U-16 national championship finalist ... lettered four years for St. Rose High School ... totaled 56 goals and 10 assists in her last three high school seasons ... named ESPN Rise first team all-state and Star Ledger second team all-state as a senior ... a three-time All-Monmouth County and All-Shore selection ... also lettered four years in indoor and outdoor track ... enjoys running, swimming, traveling and listening to music ... daughter of Randy Kraft and Laura Princiotta ... has a younger sister, Jaime Leigh.

Coach Lori Walker: "Kaitlyn will add depth to the forward and midfield lines. She runs with ease and grace and has gained invaluable experience this past year in the youth game and regional competitions."


GK - Jillian McVicker - Metuchen, N.J.
FC Pennsylvania Strikers; Metuchen High School
McVicker has five years of experience with FC Pennsylvania Strikers, a five-time Eastern Pennsylvania state champion ... also has five years of experience with the NJYS state ODP team ... named a Top 100 Player to Watch by Top Drawer Soccer ... a three-year letterwinner at Metuchen High School ... recorded 12 shutouts as a junior and 16 as a senior ... first team all-state as a senior ... enjoys singing, listening to music, entertaining teammates and playing pickup football, basketball and soccer ... daughter of David and Judy McVicker ... has an older sister, Jourdan, who is a midfielder at La Salle.

Coach Lori Walker: "Jillian is a well-balanced goalkeeper with clean technique and a strong soccer background. Her range is dangerous, coupled with her quick hands and shot-stopping ability. We anticipate she will challenge for a starting role this fall."


F - Michela Paradiso - Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Premier; Upper Arlington High School
Paradiso has three years of club experience with Ohio Premier ... part of ODP National Identification Camp in 2007 ... a four-year ODP Region II team member ... also played three years at Upper Arlington High School ... a three-time first team all-state and all-conference selection ... led Upper Arlington in scoring all three seasons ... holds school records for most goals and assists in a career ... also played four years of basketball, garnering all-conference laurels twice ... enjoys playing basketball and shopping ... daughter of Dan and Reggie Paradiso ... has four siblings, Domini, Chiara, Giavanna and Vincenza.

Coach Lori Walker: "Michela is a dangerous goal scorer whose physical presence and skillful deception will create problems around the box. She is a difference maker and we anticipate her having a large impact as a freshman."


D - Shelby Soldat - Rockwall, Texas
Dallas Texans Red 94; Rockwall High School
Soldat has eight years of club experience with Dallas Texans Red 94 ... Shelby helped lead the Texans to the 2010 Texas State Cup and was also a 2009 national championship finalist ... also a member of 2010 regional champion ODP team that finished third at nationals ... a four-year starter at Rockwall High School ... a three-time all-district selection ... also lettered two years in track ... an animal lover, Shelby enjoys being outdoors, hanging out with friends and listening to music ... daughter of Bill and Crystal Soldat ... has a sister, Randi, and a brother, Christian ... Randi is a defender on the NC State women's soccer team.

Coach Lori Walker: "Shelby is a hard-working defender who plays with tremendous passion. Her competitive Texas club soccer has helped prepare her for entering the collegiate game."


F/M - Morgan Wolcott - Milford, Ohio
Cincinnati Soccer Alliance; Milford High School
Wolcott lettered in soccer all four years at Milford High School ... named first team All-FAVC all four years and FAVC Player of the Year as a senior ... first team all-state as a senior ... tallied 28 goals and 32 assists over her final three seasons at Milford ... helped lead Milford to FAVC title all four seasons ... also lettered all four years in basketball and one year in track ... daughter of Scott and Tracy Wolcott ... has four siblings, Ryan, Kristin, Kylie and Charlie.

Coach Lori Walker: "Morgan is an outstanding athlete with speed and size that will be dangerous in the Big Ten. She is versatile and able to contribute in all three lines and we anticipate her having an immediate presence on our squad."


F - Marisa Wolf - Cincinnati, Ohio
Ohio Elite; St. Ursula Academy
Wolf has three years of club experience with Ohio Elite to go along with four years lettering at St. Ursula Academy ... helped Ohio Elite to the State Cup championship in 2011 and a runner-up finish in 2010 ... GGCL Player of the Year as a senior and a four-time All-GGCL selection ... garnered all-state honors twice, including first team laurels as a senior ... tallied 75 goals and 24 assists as St. Ursula went 70-5-6 in her four seasons ... enjoys shopping and spending time with family ... daughter of Joe and Antonietta Wolf ... has an older sister, Gabriella, and an older brother, Dominic ... Gabriella plays soccer at Eastern Kentucky.

Coach Lori Walker: "Marisa has dangerous speed and size. She is a natural finisher whose work ethic is second to none. She has proven to be a goal scorer in every environment in which she has competed."