June 5, 2006
Incoming freshmen soccer players Lauren Cheney, Chance Myers, Brian Perk, Lauren Switzer, and Lauren Wilmoth have been selected to the Parade Magazine All-America teams. Cheney is the 2006 Parade Girls' Player of the Year, Perk is the Boys' Top Goalkeeper, and Switzer is the Girls' Top Defender.
Cheney, an early graduate of Ben Davis HS in Indianapolis, Ind., was the youngest member of the 2005 U.S. Under-21 Nordic Cup Team that won its seventh straight title. She will join the U.S. team at the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Championship in August. In her prep career, Cheney was an Indiana All-State selection all four years. She scored 112 goals, had 67 assists and became the Indiana Girls' High School Player of the Year this past season.
Myers, a defender from Thousand Oaks, Calif., has seen action with the U.S. Under-18 National Team and is a member of the U-20 National Team pool. He earned NSCAA/adidas Youth All-America honors a year ago and led his Thousand Oaks HS team to two CIF Championships. He finished his prep career with 37 goals and 17 assists.
Perk, who hails from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., was an instant impact player coming out of the U.S. Soccer Residency Program. Once he joined to the Under-17 National Team, he started 13 of 15 matches and allowed just one goal while earning a 5-1-3 record. In two years, he has made 30 U-17 National Team appearances and carries a 0.96 goals against average.
Switzer, a defender from St. Charles North HS in St. Charles, Ill., has been a defensive fixture for the U.S. youth women's national team. Last year, she started all seven matches for the Under-17 National Team and helped her club team, the Eclipse Select, to the U.S. Youth National Championship title. Switzer was also a member of the national champion squad in 2004. A two-time PARADE All-American and all-state selection in Illinois, she also earned an All-American Scholar Athlete award.
Wilmoth, a defender from Garland HS in Garland, Texas, is a member of the Under-17 National Team and a two-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American. She is ranked as one of the Top 25 recruits in the country by Soccer Buzz Magazine and recorded 46 goals and 35 assists this past season.
2006 Parade All-America Girls' Team
Lauren Cheney, Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.
Kelley O'Hara, Sr., Fayetteville, Ga.
Alexa Orand, Sr., Orange, Calif.
Jessica McDonald, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.
Kiki Bosio, Sr., Mission Viejo, Calif.
Rachel Givan, Jr., Ridgeland, Miss.
Ashley Moore, Sr., Clifton Park, N.Y.
Melissa Henderson, So. Garland, Tex.
Tobin Heath, Sr., Basking Ridge, N.J.
Ali Hawkins, Sr., Encinitas, Calif.
Elisabeth Redmond, Sr., Morristown, N.J.
Whitney Engen, Sr., Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
Melissa Hayes, Sr., Cave Creek, Ariz.
Nikki Washington, Sr., Mesquite, Tex.
Casey Nogueira, Sr., Raleigh, N.C.
Christine Nairn, So., Bowie, Md.
Lauren Switzer, Sr., St. Charles, Ill.
Lauren Barnes, Jr., Upland, Calif.
Lauren Wilmoth, Sr., Garland, Tex.
Jane Alukonis, Sr., Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Hannah Cerrone, Jr., Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
Sara Murphy, Sr., Mendham, N.J.
Ashley Rape, So., Dallas, Tex.
Carolyn Blank, Sr., Toms River, N.J.
Alyssa Naeher, Sr., Seymour, Conn.
2006 Parade All-America Boys' Team
Josmer Altidore, Jr., Boca Raton, Fla.
Jeremy Hall, Sr., Tampa, Fla.
Omar Gonzalez, Sr., Dallas, Tex.
Eddie Ababio, Sr., Tampa, Fla.
Edgar Barajas, Jr., Pacoima, Calif.
Perica Marosevic, Sr., Rockford, Ill.
Casey Townsend, So., Traverse City, Mich.
Eber Martinez, Jr., Woodbridge, Va.
Jonathan Villanueva, Sr., Dallas, Tex.
Cameron Brown, Jr., Garland, Tex.
Anthony Wallace, Sr., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Eric Alexander, Sr., Portage, Mich.
Dan Kelly, Sr., Hendersonville, Tenn.
Jose Gonzalez, So., Soquel, Calif.
Bobby Warshaw, Jr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Drew Yates, Sr., Severna Park, Md.
Eric Lichaj, Sr., Downers Grove, Ill.
Greg Eckhardt, Sr., Orange Park, Fla.
Kyle Davies, Jr., Danville, Calif.
Chance Myers, Sr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Christian Ibeagha, Jr., Edmond, Okla.
Doug Ferner, Jr., Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Ian Kalis, So., Plano, Tex.
Mykell Bates, Jr., Roseville, Calif.
Brian Perk, Sr., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.