Feb. 11, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio-Lori Walker, Ohio State women's soccer head coach, today announced 10 prospects have committed to join the women's soccer program in the fall of 2002.
Walker considers the Class of 2006 to be the top recruiting class in the history of the program. The class boasts 10 high school all-state award winners, three regional All-Americans and one national All-American. Members of the incoming class have been named to Olympic Development Program state teams a combined 32 times and to the ODP regional level eight times and have won an impressive 41 club and high school state championships.
"I am understandably very excited about the talent in this group of players," Walker said. "I believe this class is testimony to the commitment The Ohio State University has made to this program. That support combined with the big wins we had last year make this program a very attractive place to call home. We have achieved our goals of ensuring the best in Ohio stay home and attracting some special players from out of state. The fall season cannot get here soon enough"
Six members hail from Ohio (two from Columbus), with the other four representing Colorado, Georgia and Vermont. Nicole Braman (Niwot, Colo./Niwot), Kristen Clark (Columbus, Ohio/Westerville North), Danielle Dietrich (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills), Colleen Hoban (Strongsville, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit), Melissa Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain), Shannon Neely (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman), Kristin Rhyne (Alpharetta, Ga./Chattahoochee), Kristin Sawchak (Roswell, Ga./Roswell), Kelsey Thornton (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) and Chelsea VanHorn (Underhill, Vt./Mt. Mansfield Union) make up the incoming class.
A dynamic goal scorer from Colorado, Braman brings extensive experience to the Buckeyes. Braman is a four-time all-area and two-time all-state performer at Niwot High School and was a regional All-American in 2001. With the Colorado Girls' Soccer Academy (formerly Colorado Rush), Braman won seven state championships and competed in four Western Regional championship matches. She also is a five-time member of the Colorado State ODP squad. Her parents, Jennifer and Mark Braman, both graduated from Michigan where her father had an outstanding football career.
A hometown product from Columbus, Clark brings the Buckeyes great quickness and a nose for the goal. Clark earned 2001 Ohio High School All-State honors for her play at Westerville North High School and as a member of the Columbus "Super 12" team. Clark's club team, Cosa Express, is a two-time Ohio South state champion and Clark is a four-time Ohio South ODP state team member. She also is a member of the Midwest Region II pool. She is the daughter of Dinene and Hal Clark.
Dietrich is the all-time leading goal scorer at Cincinnati's Oak Hills High School but perhaps is best known for her dominance in the air, a hole she immediately will fill for the Buckeyes. A two-time all-conference performer, conference Player of the Year, team MVP and all-state performer at Oak Hills, she also is a member of the Kolping BenGals, a five-time state champion and 2001 Midwest Region Champion. Her club team placed third at the 2001 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship in Indianapolis, Ind., and Dietrich is a three-time member of the Ohio South ODP Team and a member of the Midwest Region II player pool. She is the daughter of Roseanna and Steven Dietrich.
Hoban arrives at Ohio State toting more accolades for her prep soccer career than any player in the history of the OSU women's soccer program. Playing for Walsh Jesuit High School, Hoban was an All-American, the Ohio High School State Player of the Year, twice was named all-state, and was the Akron Touchdown Club's 2001 Player of the Year. Hoban led Walsh Jesuit to the 2000 national and 2000 and 2001 state championship titles. Her club team, Internationals, is a six-time state champion and two-time Midwest Regional champion. Hoban also is a four-time Ohio North ODP State Team member and a three-time Midwest Regional Team member. She is the daughter of Anita and Jim Hoban. Her sister, Megan, is the soccer coach at The Citadel.
Miller joins the Buckeyes from Colerain High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. The defender will strengthen the Buckeyes with her tremendous speed and athleticism. The two-sport standout not only had a stellar high school soccer career, but also was an all-state performer in track and was named The Cincinnati Enquirer's Performer of the Year. Miller teamed with Dietrich to lead the Kolping BenGals to five state championships, a Midwest Regional championship and a third-place finish at the 2001 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship. She is the daughter of Chris and Barry Miller.
Local standout Neely comes to the Buckeyes after capping off her high school career at Dublin Coffman with the 2001 Ohio High School State Championship title. The goalkeeper anchored Coffman's state title run with a spectacular 0.36 goals-against average. Neely also was in the net as her club team, Ohio Premier, won the 2001 Ohio South State Championship, later advancing all the way to the Midwest Region II semifinals. An honor-roll student and artist, Neely won the 2000 Central Ohio Scholastic Arts Award and has had her art displayed at The Columbus College of Art and Design. She is the daughter of Susan and John Neely.
Coming north from Georgia, Rhyne is a forward who specializes in combining with and setting up her teammates. She brings superior technical skills that have a powerful impact on the game. Rhyne won a total of four state championships with the Roswell Lady Santos and AFC Lightning and advanced to three Southern Region semifinals, the last in 2001 with the Lightning. She was selected six times to the Georgia ODP state team, three times to the Southern Region III team, and twice was invited to attend U.S. Soccer national camps. She is the daughter of Carol and Chet Rhyne. Her brother, Steve, currently plays soccer at Clemson.
Also hailing from the Atlanta, Ga. area, Sawchak is a hard-nosed defender known for her leadership and organization of the defense. Sawchak comes to the Buckeyes as an All-Atlanta honoree and a two-time MVP and captain at Roswell High School. A teammate of Rhyne's, Sawchak won three Georgia club soccer state championships and three semifinal berths in the Southern Region U.S. Youth Soccer Championship. She is the daughter of Ann and Mark Sawchak.
An honor-roll student from Dayton, Ohio, Thornton brings numerous high school soccer accolades with her to Ohio State. She is a four-time all-Dayton selection, two-time Dayton Player of the Year, and a 2000 and 2001 all-state selection. She was voted among the Top 5 players in the state for the 2001 high school season. She is the daughter of Debbie and Tom Thornton.
A two-time All-New England performer, VanHorn joins the Buckeyes for the 2002 season. Twice honored as an All-Vermont selection, VanHorn also had a stellar track career, frequently finishing near the top of the state in sprint and hurdle events. She is a three-sport letterwinner who brings great athleticism to Buckeye soccer. VanHorn's soccer club, Nordic Spirit, is a nine-time defending state champion, and she was selected to the Vermont ODP state team six-consecutive years. She is the daughter of Phyllis and Jody VanHorn and her sister, Calais, currently attends Ohio State.
Ohio State Women's Soccer 2002 Recruiting Class Player Hometown High School Club Team Nicole Braman Niwot, Colo. Niwot Colorado Girls' Soccer Academy Kristen Clark Columbus, Ohio Westerville North Cosa Express Danielle Dietrich Cincinnati, Ohio Oak Hills Kolping BenGals Colleen Hoban Strongsville, Ohio Walsh Jesuit Internationals Melissa Miller Cincinnati, Ohio Colerain Kolping BenGals Shannon Neely Dublin, Ohio Dublin Coffman Ohio Premier Kristin Rhyne Alpharetta, Ga. Chattahoochee AFC Lightning Kristin Sawchak Roswell, Ga. Roswell Metro North Navy Kelsey Thornton Dayton, Ohio Oakwood Dayton Soccer Academy Chelsea VanHorn Underhill, Vt. Mt. Mansfield Union Nordic Spirit