Feb. 4, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's soccer program landed the most accomplished and deepest class in school history on Friday, as head coach B.J. Snow announced that 11 players have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Bruin program in the fall of 2011. Included in the class are 10 national team standouts (nine from the U.S. and one from New Zealand). Seven of the players have earned NSCAA Youth All-America honors and three have earned their state's Gatorade Player of the Year Award. In Top Drawer Soccer's recent list of the top 100 recruits in America for 2011, UCLA had more players in the top 25 (5) than any other school. Three of those players, Samantha Mewis, Kylie McCarthy and Sarah Killion, were ranked in the top 10 nationally. Mewis is the 2010 NSCAA National High School Player of the Year, and New Zealand's Rosie White is considered this year's top international recruit.
"We are extremely excited to welcome our 2011 class," said Snow. "This is truly an outstanding class that features a very talented and balanced group of players. Their individual honors and accolades speak for themselves but more importantly they represent the type of people that we want representing our program and university.
"This group brings with it a tremendous amount of athleticism and technical ability. In addition, these players have an astonishing attitude towards winning. They are all highly competitive and are committed towards trying to be their very best both on the soccer field and in the classroom. We are really looking forward to having them join our Bruin family and continue to build upon on our tradition of excellence."
Individual player biographies are below.
2011 UCLA Women's Soccer Recruiting Class
|Ally Courtnall||D||Westlake Village, CA||Oaks Christian|
|Abby Dahlkemper||D||Menlo Park, CA||Sacred Heart Prep|
|Caprice Dydasco||MF||Honolulu, HI||Kamehameha|
|Sarah Killion||MF||Fort Wayne, IN||Bishop Dwenger|
|Torey Markowitz||D||Mission Viejo, CA||Tesoro|
|Kylie McCarthy||F||Rancho Santa Fe, CA||Torrey Pines|
|Samantha Mewis||MF||Hanson, MA||Whitman Hanson Regional|
|Megan Oyster||D||Naperville, IL||Neuqua Valley|
|Courtney Proctor||F||Santa Clarita, CA||Home Schooled|
|Katelyn Rowland||GK||Vacaville, CA||Vacaville|
|Rosie White||F||Auckland, New Zealand||Diocesan School for Girls|
Ally Courtnall / D / Westlake Village, CA (Oaks Christian HS)
Played for the Under-17 Canadian National Team at the 2010 World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago ... Also helped the Canadian U-17s capture the 2010 CONCACAF World Championship in Costa Rica ... Dual citizen who is also a pool player with the Under-17 U.S. National Team ... Member of the British Columbia Provincial Team that won the U-15 national championship ... Selected for Canada's National Training Center in 2007 ... Played club soccer for the Camarillo Eagles ... Helped the Eagles to a Premier League Championship in 2008 ... Four-year varsity letterwinner at Oaks Christian High School ... First-team All-CIF selection ... LA Daily News Freshman of the Year ... Also a sprinter on the track & field team ... Oaks Christian Track Athlete of the Year in 2007 ... Named to the All-Tri-Valley Team for the 100, 200 and 4x400 in 2010 ... Has represented Canada at the Little League Softball World Series ... Father, Russ, played 15 years in the NHL and was a member of Canada's 1984 Olympic Team that competed in Sarajevo.
Abby Dahlkemper / D / Menlo Park, CA (Sacred Heart Prep)
Widely considered as the top defender in the 2011 class ... Current member of the Under-20 U.S. National Team pool ... Starting defender on the U-17 National Team ... 2010 Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the state of California ... 2010 Parade All-American ... Three-time NSCAA Youth All-American (2008-2010) ... Rated as the No. 18 recruit in the country according to Top Drawer Soccer ... Plays high school soccer at Sacred Heart Prep ... Two-time West Bay Athletic League (WBAL) Most Valuable Player (2009 & 2010) ... San Mateo Times Player of the Year (2009) ... Two-time Palo Alto Daily News First-Team selection (2009 & 2010) ... Plays club soccer for the MVLA Avalanche ... Captained the team to a CYSA Cal-North State Championship in 2008 ... Has organized soccer fundraisers to help provide shoes for children in Africa.
Caprice Dydasco / MF / Honolulu, HI (Kamehameha HS)
Has been involved with the U.S. National Team Program since the U-14 level ... Currently a member of the Under-18 U.S. National Team ... Starter on the U-17 team prior to qualifying for the Women's World Cup ... Unable to compete in World Cup Qualifying due to injury ... Traveled with the U-17s to Argentina in 2009 ... Two-time NSCAA Youth-All-American (2009 & 2010) ... Rated as the No. 40 recruit in the country (No. 1 in Hawai'i) according to Top Drawer Soccer ... ODP Region-IV Team member from 2007-2010 ... Adidas ESP Camp participant in 2009 ... Plays club soccer for the Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club ... Two-time winner of her club's HSC Player of the Year Award ... Plays high school soccer at Kamehameha High School ... Brother, Zane, plays soccer at the United States Air Force Academy.
Sarah Killion / MF / Fort Wayne, IN (Bishop Dwenger HS)
Pool player with the Under-18 U.S. National Team ... Three-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Indiana (2009-2011) ... ESPN RISE All-American (2010) ... Two-time NSCAA Youth All-American (2009 & 2010) ... Two-time NSCAA High School All-American (2009 & 2010) ... NSCAA Scholar All-American in 2010 ... Rated as the No. 9 recruit in the country (No. 1 in Indiana) according to Top Drawer Soccer ... Adidas ESP All-Star (2009) ... Has traveled with the ODP Region-II Team to Costa Rica, Germany and Portugal ... Four-year letterwinner at Bishop Dwenger High School ... News-Sentinel PrepSports Girls Soccer Player of the Year (2010) ... Finished her high school career with 63 goals and 73 assists ... Indiana Soccer Coaches Association (ISCA) Player of the Year in 2010 ... Plays club soccer for the Fort Wayne Fever ... Maintains a 4.4 GPA ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Torey Markowitz / D / Mission Viejo, CA (Tesoro HS)
Region-IV ODP Team member (2005, 2006 & 2008) ... Four-year letterwinner at Tesoro High School ... Three-year team captain ... 2010 First-Team All-South Coast League selection ... Second-team selection in 2009 ... Tesoro High School MVP in 2010 ... Plays club soccer for the Southern California Blues (2004-Present) ... Led the team to three appearances in the USYSA National Championships, claiming the title in 2010 ... Also helped the team to a second-place finish in 2008 and a third-place showing in 2009 ... Led the Blues to five-straight Surf Cup Championships ... Also helped the team to a Region-IV Championship in 2009 ... Four-time Scholar Athlete recipient ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Kylie McCarthy / F / Rancho Santa Fe, CA (Torrey Pines HS)
Has played for both the Under-18 and Under-17 U.S. National Teams ... Starting forward for the U17 National Team ... Has represented the U.S. in games against Germany, Japan, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay ... Parade All-American in 2010 ... Also named a NSCAA Youth All-American in 2010 ... Rated as the No. 8 recruit in the country according to Top Drawer Soccer ... One of only three high school juniors selected by Puma/Takkle as one of their 2009 top 50 High School Players ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over North Texas to help the CalSouth team claim the 2009 ODP National Championship ... Led her San Diego Surf club team to a California State Cup Championship ... Currently plays for the Southern California Blues Soccer Club ... Helped lead the Blues to the last two Surf Cup Championships ... Plays high school soccer for Torrey Pines High School ... Missed most of her sophomore year, and all of her junior year, because of national team commitments and injury ... Has helped Torrey Pines to a current ranking of No. 10 in the Powerade Fab 50 National Rankings ... Four-year member of her school's Honor Roll.
Samantha Mewis / MF / Hanson, MA (Whitman Hanson Regional HS)
Considered by many to be the nation's No. 1 recruit in the class of 2011 ... National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) National Player of the Year in 2010 ... Two-time Parade All-American (2009 & 2010) ... Member of the 2008 Under-17 U.S. World Cup team that won the silver medal in New Zealand ... Also a member of the U.S. team that won the 2010 CONACAF Under-20 Women's Championships in Guatemala to earn a berth to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup ... Played in 13 total games for the USA heading into the 2010 Women's World Cup, including eight internationals, scoring one goal against New Zealand ... Currently a member of the U-20 player pool ... Four-time NSCAA Youth All-American ... Two-time NSCAA High School All-American ... Two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Massachusetts (2010 & 2011) ... Boston Globe Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010 ... Two-time ESPN RISE First-Team All-American (2009 & 2010) ... Helped her high school team, Whitman Hanson Regional, to four league championships and one sectional championship during her career ... He club team, Scorpions SC, has won three state championships and two regional championships in the last five years ... Also participated in basketball and track & field in high school ... Sister, Kristi, plays soccer at Boston College ... In 2008, Sam and Kristi became the first sisters to represent the U.S. at the a World Cup event ... Highlighted with Kristi in Sports Illustrated's "Where Will They Be?" feature in August of 2010.
Megan Oyster / D / Naperville, IL (Neuqua Valley HS)
Current member of the Under-18 and Under-20 U.S. National Team pools ... Brought in to the U-18/U-20 Super Camp in January of 2009 ... Has been involved with the U.S. National Team Program since the U-15 level ... Traveled to Brazil with the U-16s ... 2010 Parade All-American ... Three-time NSCAA Youth All-American (2007-09) ... ESPN RISE All-American (2010) ... Gatorade State Player of the Year in Illinois (2011) ... Adidas ESP Camp All-Star (2008 & 2009) ... Rated as the No. 21 recruit in the country (No. 1 in Illinois) according to Top Drawer Soccer ... Five-year member of the Region-II ODP team ... Four-time all-state selection at Neugua Valley High School ... Has been a member of the Windy City Pride club team since 1998.
Courtney Proctor / F / Santa Clarita, CA (Home Schooled)
Current member of the Under-18 and Under-20 U.S. National Team pools ... Has also played with the U.S. U-15s and U-17s ... At 15, she was the youngest player on the U-17s in 2007 ... 2009 NSCAA Youth All-American ... Rated as the No. 23 recruit in the country according to Top Drawer Soccer ... One of 14 young athletes in the country highlighted in Sports Illustrated's "Where Will They Be" feature in 2009 ... Also the subject of an ESPN.com feature that same year ... Most Valuable Player at the 2007 Super Y National Championships ... Helped the CalSouth ODP team to a national championship in 2009 ... Named the 2009 Female Individual of the Year by the Santa Clarita Press Club ... Plays club soccer for the Slammers FC ... Leading scorer for Santa Clarita United before moving to the Slammers ... Did not participate in high school soccer due to home schooling.
Katelyn Rowland / GK / Vacaville, CA (Vacaville HS)
Currently in camp with the Under-18 U.S. National Team in Florida ... Starter in a 2-1 victory over Germany on Feb. 1 ... Traveled with the U-17s to Denmark in 2010 ... First brought into the U.S. National Team Program with the U-15s in 2008 ... Helped her club team, San Juan, to a national championship in 2008 ... Awarded the tournament's Golden Gloves Award at the final four ... Named Top Drawer Soccer's "Player to Watch" in 2008 ... Also a varsity basketball and volleyball player at Vacaville High School.
Rosie White / F / Auckland, New Zealand (Diocesan School for Girls)
Top international signing for the class of 2011 ... Member of New Zealand's Full National Team ... Has played in a number of international competitions, including the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand (2008), and two FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cups in Chile (2008) and Germany (2010) ... Was named the New Zealand Football Association's Young Female Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009 ... Scored nine goals in three games at the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) U-20 Women's World Championships, winning both the Golden Boot (top scorer) and MVP trophies ... Played every minute at the 2010 U-20 World Cup, scoring New Zealand's lone goal in a loss to Brazil ... Made her debut with New Zealand's Women's National Team at the age of 15 in January of 2009 (against China) ... Shot to prominence by scoring hat tricks at both the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup (vs. Colombia) and the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup (vs. Chile).