Feb. 17, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Lori Walker, Ohio State women's soccer head coach, announced the signing of four highly-recruited student-athletes to the Buckeye program today. The recruiting class includes Kristina D'Antonio (Brick, N.J.), Jennica Kidd (Westerville, Ohio), Jennifer Ulrey (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Stacia Daum (Dublin, Ohio) who all signed national letters of intent during the early signing period which ended Feb. 2.
"Having only graduated four players, we were really looking for specific fits," Walker said. "I feel that we have found players who can complement our current core and take us to the next level. This recruiting class brings with it a wealth of experience, including representation of the United States in the Youth National Team program. These players bring both talent and personality to the program."
Three of the signees hail from Ohio, while one is from New Jersey.
"We were able to keep some the best talent at home, while attracting talent and experience from elsewhere, as well," Walker said.
D'Antonio, a native of Brick, N.J., brings international experience to the Buckeyes, having represented the United States as a former member of the Under 16 National Team. She played under April Heinrichs, presently the coach of the senior U.S. Women's National Team. D'Antonio, a forward with exceptional speed and quickness, was an NSCAA All-America selection in 1998. She was named to the Associated Press First Team in 1998 and `99 and was an All-New Jersey First Team honoree in 1999. As a member of the Cherry Hill Rockets, she won state championships in 1995, `96, and `97. In her sophomore year at Brick Memorial High School, she broke the single season scoring record, netting 23 goals. D'Antonio is expected to see time as a striker and midfielder for the Buckeyes.
"Tina brings a level of experience that this program has not previously known," Walker said. "We expect that experience to make an immediate impact on our team." Kidd, a product of Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, comes to Ohio State after playing club ball with the Ambassador Soccer Club under former Buckeye All-American Jodie Stranges. With the Ambassadors, Kidd won tournament titles at the Jefferson Cup, Richmond Cup and the San Diego Classic, among others. As a senior captain at Westerville North High School, Kidd was named team MVP and was a four-year letter winner.
"Jennica will contribute her skillful long ball service and ball-winning tenacity from positions in the midfield," Walker said.
Ulrey, a member of the Cardinals Soccer Club and native of Cincinnati, joins the Buckeyes as a goalkeeper. As a senior captain at Turpin High School, she garnered all-city, all-conference and all-state honors as well as team MVP. In 1996, Ulrey was a member of Turpin's state championship team. She has been a participant in the Olympic Development Program since 1994. Ulrey was also the captain of the Turpin basketball squad, but chose to pursue soccer in college.
"Jen brings another dimension to our team," Walker said. "For the first time in a few years, the competition at the goal keeping position will be quite intense, with three talented players vying for the spot."
Daum, a defender from Dublin Scioto High School, is known for her hard-nosed tackles and smothering man-marking. At Scioto, she was named captain and team MVP her senior year, as well as All-OCC second team both her junior and senior years. Daum played club ball with Ohio Premier Soccer Club, also in Dublin. She competed on the same team as current Buckeye Lindsay Eckles. That team won three state cup championships and advanced to the Midwest regional final in 1998.
"Stacia is the kind of player that exemplifies the Buckeye defense: scrappy and hard-working with a fierce sense of pride," Walker said.