Feb. 12, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Lori Walker, Ohio State women's soccer head coach, today announced 11 prospects have committed to join the women's soccer program next fall. The Class of 2005 comes in as one of the deepest recruiting classes in the history of the program.
"I am very excited about the depth and the talent in this group of players," Walker said. "We were able to attract some of the top players from the region and elsewhere, and at the same time bring in a large class. With the injuries that riddled us last season, creating more depth in the program was a top priority."
Seven of the newcomers hail from Ohio, with the other four representing Michigan, Indiana, Virginia and California. The recruiting class of Lisa Grubb (Portage, Mich./Portage Central), Elizabeth Mumley (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge), Jen Heaney (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton), Erica Nollen (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East), Emily Gilbert (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain), Tammy McCarroll (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), Heather Miller (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville), Paige Harrison (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville), Jen Kaperak (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), Michelle Muhme (Sylvania, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) and Holly Cram (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) signed national letters-of-intent during the early signing period, which ended Feb. 7.
Lisa Grubb, who will move south to Columbus from Portage, Mich., is "the total package." A utility player who specializes at forward, Grubb brings tremendous athleticism and technical skill to the program, which she combines with personality. Grubb is a member of the Michigan Hawks, a perennial Midwest regional champion. She also has won an Olympic Development Program national championship with the Michigan State team, of which she is a longtime member. Grubb attends Portage Central High School and is the daughter of Carl and Debra Grubb.
Liz Mumley joins the Buckeyes from Woodbridge High School in Woodbridge, Va. The midfielder will add her speed and quickness to the center of the Ohio State lineup. She is a member of the Prince William Sparklers, the Under-16 national runners-up last summer, and the Virginia state champions since 1996. Mumley also is a member of the Virginia State ODP team. She is the daughter of Samuel (Jr.) and Susan Mumley. Her mother is an Ohio State graduate and her father played football at Ohio Wesleyan.
A goalkeeper at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Jen Heaney brings her size and athleticism to the Buckeyes' cadre of keepers. A member of the Hammer FC club, she helped her team to state championships in 1996, '97 and '98, with additional midwest regional titles in 1997 and '98. She is a member of the Ohio South ODP team and is the daughter of Don and Debbie Heaney.
A hard-nosed defender with excellent vision of the field, Erica Nollen will help fill the void left by graduating defender Amanda Orr. Nollen has anchored the defense at Lakota East High School in West Chester, Ohio, for the last four years while contributing her services to the Hammer FC club. With the Hammer, she won Ohio South State Cup championships in 1995, '97, and '98, reaching the midwest regional semifinals twice. In 1998 and '99, Nollen was named All-Southwest Ohio, as well as team MVP at Lakota East. A scholar in her own right, Nollen will enter OSU as an honors student in engineering and is the daughter of John and Betty Nollen.
A standout at Cincinnati's Colerain High School, Emily Gilbert joins the Ohio State program as a midfielder with great height and quickness. Her creativity and work rate make her a very versatile player, capable of contributing to the Buckeyes from a number of different positions. A 10-year member of the Kolping Ben-Gals soccer club, Gilbert joined the Hammer FC in 1999. A four-sport athlete, Gilbert also has competed for Colerain in volleyball, basketball, and track. She is a member of the Ohio South ODP. Emily is the daughter of Dennis and Robin Gilbert.
Anchoring the defense for the U-18 national runner-up Carmel Cosmos II, Tammy McCarroll is accustomed to organizing players around her in high-stress situations. The central defender from Carmel, Indiana, is a tough tackler with good vision of the field. She attends Carmel High School, where she helped lead her team to an Indiana state championship in 1998. With the Cosmos, McCarroll has won seven state titles and numerous tournaments around the country. She is the daughter of John and Janice McCarroll, both Ohio State alumni.
Heather Miller, a Centerville, Ohio, native and forward from the Team Dayton club, will bolster the Buckeye forward line with her powerful shot and tenacity in going at the goal. Miller led Centerville High School in scoring and assists, earning her team MVP honors in 1999 and 2000. She garnered All-Ohio first team recognition and was named Miami Valley Player of the Year in 2000. She also is a member of the Ohio South ODP team. Miller is a National Merit Commended Scholar and will enter the honors program at OSU. No stranger to Ohio State soccer, Heather is the sister of current Buckeye Jen Miller and daughter of Gary and Joyce Miller.
Paige Harrison, a teammate of Miller's at Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio, was a co-captain of the 2000 team and was voted the squad's most valuable midfielder. She is a strong player whose height and vision make her tough to get by defensively and she is an offensive threat when the ball is at her feet. Harrison is a member of the Team Dayton club. She is the daughter of R.C. and Mary Harrison. Her father is an OSU alumnus.
A defender/midfielder from Mentor, Ohio, Jen Kaperak was a four-year starter at Mentor High School, earning News Herald first team, Plain Dealer second team and All-Lake Erie League honors in 1999. Her team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2000 Ohio state championships. Kaperak is a member of the Ohio North ODP team and is the daughter of Thomas and Evelyn Kaperak.
A goalkeeper from St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio, Michelle Muhme will bring great size and strength to the already excellent stable of goalkeepers at Ohio State. A two-year starter at St. Ursula and a longtime player for the Maumee Express soccer club, Muhme gained great experience last summer playing in Europe with the Midwest Soccer Academy. She also is an accomplished equestrian and the daughter of Norman and Sally Muhme.
A forward and prolific scorer from La Mirada, Calif., Holly Cram was a four-time first league selection at La Mirada High School and a four-time league offensive player of the year. A member of the Cal South ODP team, Cram also is a member of the storied North Huntington Beach (NHB) Soccer Club. Her family has its own great athletic tradition--her father and aunt are past members of the United States national volleyball teams. She is the daughter of Mike and Cathy Cram.
2001 Ohio State Women's Soccer Recruting Class Name Pos. Ht. Hometown Last School Holly Cram MID 5-3 La Mirada, Calif. La Mirada H.S. Emily Gilbert MID 5-8 Cincinnati, Ohio Colerain H.S. Lisa Grubb FWD 5-5 Portage, Mich. Portage Central H.S. Paige Harrison DEF 5-9 Centerville, Ohio Centerville H.S. Jen Heaney GK 5-9 Cincinnati, Ohio Princeton H.S. Jen Kaperak DEF 5-9 Mentor, Ohio Mentor H.S. Tammy McCarroll DEF/MID 5-6 Carmel, Ind. Carmel H.S. Heather Miller FWD/MID 5-0 Centerville, Ohio Centerville H.S. Michelle Muhme GK 6-0 Sylvania, Ohio St. Ursula Academy Liz Mumley FWD/MID 5-5 Woodbridge, Va. Woodbridge H.S. Erica Nollen DEF 5-6 West Chester, Ohio Lakota East H.S.