Feb. 21, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Head women’s soccer coach Paula Wilkins announced Thursday that eight high school seniors have signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Wisconsin and play soccer for the Badgers beginning in the fall of 2013.
MICAELA POWERS (Midfielder, Beavercreek High School, Beavercreek, Ohio)
A two-time NSCAA All-American, Micaela Powers earned Ohio’s Player of the Year award during her senior season after scoring 82 career goals and notching 41 assists. Powers trained with both the U17 and U15 U.S. Youth National Teams and competed nationally with the USYA Region 2 All-Star team.
Paula Wilkins on Powers: “Micaela has a great ball-winning presence in the midfield. Athletically, she is one of the best kids that we’ve had in that area. Along with being very good in the air, Micaela is also going to be great on set pieces and in terms of giving us a physical component in the midfield that we’ve been missing. She was also a player of the year in Ohio and will make an immediate impact on our program.”
SARA WATERS (Forward, Shorewood High School, Shorewood, Wis.)
Sara Waters served as a key offensive threat for her club team, FC Milwaukee, and has made a name for herself at Elite Clubs National Team events. Waters, rated a four-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer.com, earned All-Event Team honors at the 2012 Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) event this past summer.
Paula Wilkins on Waters: “Sarah Waters is a homegrown Wisconsin kid. She is really dynamic and is more of a forward-type player. She has connected really well with some of the players on the team over the years and has already built great chemistry with a lot of the returners. Obviously, you want to keep the best players in Wisconsin and she is definitely one of those young talents.
“I think her presence is going to make our attacking group more dynamic. Her runs off the ball and her ability to attack one-on-one are also very impressive attributes.”
ROSE LAVELLE (Forward, Mount Notre Dame High School, Cincinnati, Ohio)
A four-year varsity performer at Mount Notre Dame High School, Rose Lavelle was recently named to the U20 U.S. Women’s National Team roster set to compete in La Mange, Spain, in March. Lavelle was named the Cincinnati Player of the Year by The Cincinnati Enquirer this past season after netting 15 goals and totaling 38 points. Lavelle finished her career as the school’s all-time leading goal scorer (57), earning NSCAA all-region and first-team all-state honors.
Paula Wilkins on Lavelle: “Rose is one of the most dynamic young soccer players right now, in terms of being able to change direction, but technically, she is probably one of the cleanest. She’s spent time at the U18 U.S. national camp and is adding to her already exciting and dynamic skillset as an attacking player. She is a left footed player and has the ability to take people on and create space with her quickness. Defensively, she does a great job of closing people down with speed.”
“I think she’s going to be a huge part of our attacking group. Rose is going to add some flair and creativity to our solid core of forwards. We’re really excited about her. She’s already played in the Women’s Pro-Am Soccer League with older, more mature players and has done quite well.”
KYLIE SCHWARZ (Defender/Forward, Wayzata High School, Plymouth, Minn.)
A four-time all-state performer for Wayzata High School, Kylie Schwarz led the Trojans to a state championship this past fall, the school’s third since her freshman season. Schwarz was rated as a four-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer.com and played for the U15 U.S. Girls National Team during the early portion of her prep career.
Paula Wilkins on Schwarz: “We’re really excited about Kylie because we believe she’s one of the best players coming out of Minnesota. Her high school team has won three state championships in the four years that she was there. I’ve known Kylie since she was in eighth grade. She can play center back or defensive holding center mid.
“Kylie has a really great soccer brain. She is technically really good with the ball and sees the game really well. I expect her to be a person who controls the tempo in our games and I think she has a good sense of what she’s going to do. Kylie is a very good athlete--competitive. She’s been with the U.S. Olympic Development Programs and has played with some of the best."
MORGAN TAYLOR (Defender, Hudson High School, Hudson, Wis.)
Hudson, Wis., native Morgan Taylor is an early enrollee for the Badgers. Taylor, who played four years of club ball for the Minnesota Thunder Academy ECNL team, enrolled at UW during the spring semester and will be joining the team for its spring practices.
Paula Wilkins on Taylor: “Morgan is from Wisconsin, but she played for a Minnesota club team. She is a good defender with good vision and can serve the ball really well. In terms of one-on-one, she is probably one of the fastest kids we’ll have on the roster. I’m really excited about her potential and that she’s here for the spring.”
HOLLY HECKENDORF (Midfielder, Hamilton High School, Menomonee Falls, Wis.)
Menomonee Falls, Wis., native Holly Heckendorf was a seven-year member of FC Milwaukee. Heckendorf, who currently holds a 3.8 grade point average at Sussex Hamilton High School, earned honorable mention Greater Metro Conference honors during the 2010 season, while finishing as the runner-up at the national 3 v 3 tournament in 2008 and 2009.
Paula Wilkins on Heckendorf: “Holly is a very good defender and has a really good soccer sense. She’s a very experienced athlete and has played at the highest level with her club team. We’ve known her and watched her over the years and we’re excited what she’s going to bring to our defensive group.”
MEGHAN LEDIN (Goalkeeper, Middleton High School, Middleton, Wis.)
Meghan Ledin earned second-team All-Big Eight league honors as a junior at Middleton High School after leading the team to the sectional semifinals in 2012. A member of the Olympic Development Program, Ledin is one of two goalkeepers in UW’s class of 2013.
Paula Wilkins on Ledin: “Meghan Ledin local kid who did a great job making a big run in the state championship last year, upsetting Waunakee. I think her and Caitlin (Clem) come in bringing great goalkeeping talent. It’s always great to keep the local kids in the state and Meghan is a great addition.”
Tim Rosenfeld on Ledin: “Meghan is a local player that will do well in the right environment due to her athleticism and consistency. Once she gets here and is surrounded by teammates who will push her I think her play is going to pick up. She’s also going to push Caitlin and Genevieve (Richard) to be better. She’s got a ton of potential because she’s an athletic kid - her best days are ahead of her for sure.”
CAITLYN CLEM (Goalkeeper, Williamston High School, Okemos, Mich.)
A four-year member of the Olympic Development Program, goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem joins the Badgers after four years of dominating the club soccer scene with the Michigan Hawks. A four-star goalkeeper according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, Clem was recently named to the Elite Clubs National League roster for the upcoming Detroit PDP. Clem competed at the 2011 U.S. Youth Nationals, as well as the ECNL Premier Development Program.
Paula Wilkins on Clem: “Caitlyn comes from a long line of goalkeepers so she has a solid background in terms of a support system. Clem has great presence in goal and a great kicking game. She plays for the Michigan Hawks who have competed for national championships and she’s been a huge part of that every year that they’ve competed. She knows what it means to play hard and has played at the highest level. For a goalkeeper, she’ll come in and she’ll compete with Genevieve (Richard).”
Tim Rosenfeld on Clem: “Caitlyn comes from a great soccer background. She’s got a ton of experience playing with one of the best clubs in the country. She is also gifted athletically. I think she’s going to be one that is going to be right there from day one. I’m excited to work with her. I think Clem will come in and make an immediate impact for us.”