June 10, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Head women’s soccer coach Paula Wilkins announced Tuesday six high school seniors who have signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Wisconsin and play soccer for the Badgers beginning in the fall of 2014.
Jordan Blaser (Pewaukee, Wisconsin), Becca Harrison (Valencia, California), Sydney McGinnis (Park Ridge, Illinois), Arlyn Reed (West Bloomfield, Michigan), Caitlin Riley (Eagle River, Wisconsin) and Alexis Tye (San Rafael, California) join the Badgers this fall.
“We’re excited about the talent and potential of this class,” Wilkins said. “This is a multifaceted group that features some of the best from different levels of play. While one of the more diverse classes compared to those of our past, this group is one we feel will mesh well together and also complement the great student-athletes already in our program.”
Defender, Pewaukee High School, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Sockers FC (Rob Lestina)
A three-year varsity performer at Pewaukee High School, Jordan Blaser earned honorable mention All-Woodland conference honors as a sophomore. Blaser represents one of the two Wisconsin natives that represent the Badgers’ 2014 recruiting class.
Wilkins on Blaser: “Jordan is a strong, consistent defender who has the ability to shut down her opponents 1 v 1. She has a competitive mentality that allows her to raise her team’s ability to be successful, while also being versatile enough to play centrally or out wide.”
Midfielder, Valencia High School, Valencia, California, Real So Cal (Kristy Walker)
A four-star midfielder, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, Becca Harrison was named the All-Foothill League Player of the Year following her junior campaign. Harrison accounted for 24 points at Valencia High School, netting seven goals and adding a team-best 10 assists in 2013. She also led her team to a first-place finish in the league as a junior.
Wilkins on Harrison: “Becca comes from one of the most successful programs on the west coast. She has great flair on the ball and great vision passing in the front half of the field. She is a creative midfielder with the ball, and she has a definite grit when she plays. She will be entertaining to watch with her creative ideas in the final third.”
Forward, Maine South High School, Park Ridge, Illinois, Eclipse (Rory Dames)
A four-star forward, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, Sydney McGinnis was ranked as the third-best prospect in the Midwest and No. 5 among the forwards in the class of 2014. A member of the Olympic Development Program, McGinnis was named to the 2011 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships Best XI’s squad.
Wilkins on McGinnis: “Sydney is a dynamic, fast and strong forward who is a pure goal scorer. She is busy and confident around the goal and has the ability to get behind defenses with her pace and mentality. Sydney will bring a different physical dimension to our attack.”
Defender, Detroit Country Day School, West Bloomfield, Michigan, Michigan Hawks (Doug Landefeld)
The West Bloomfield, Mich., native has participated in the Elite Clubs National League since 2010-11, competing in the Finals during the 2011-12 season and competing in the Champions League during the 2012-13 campaign. In leading Detroit Country Day School to an appearance in the Division III state semifinals as a freshman, Reed has also been a member of the Olympic Development Program since 2008.
Wilkins on Reed: “Arlyn comes from a very successful soccer program in Michigan. She is a tough, determined defender who adds an attacking mentality from the flank and defense. A shutdown defender, her work rate up and down the flank is exciting and will help add another dimension to our program.”
Forward, Eagle River, Wisconsin, Shattuck St. Mary’s (Minnesota)
A three-star prospect according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, Caitlin Riley hails from one of the top prep soccer programs in the country in Shattuck St. Mary’s. This past February, Riley helped Shattuck St. Mary’s earn a tourney championship at the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup in Nevada.
Wilkins on Riley: “Caitlin is a dynamic, quick forward who has the ability to score and create goals for herself and her teammates. She is also able to cause problems for other teams with her quickness and awareness, displaying a real nose for the goal.”
ATHLETE, Marin Catholic High School, San Rafael, California, Mustang FC (Chad Harper)
Ranked as the 17th-best prospect in all of Northern California and Hawaii, Alexis Tye is rated as a four-star recruit, per TopDrawerSoccer.com. Tye was among the 150-player pool at the 2014 Girls IMG Academy after being named the All-Marin Player of the Year in California as a junior. The Mustang FC product has participated in the Olympic Development Program, ECNL and U.S. Youth Soccer programs.
Wilkins on Tye: “Alexis is an extremely versatile player who has played several different positions for her club and high school. Her versatility is a great asset, and will aid in her success at Wisconsin. She is a solid technical player with a combination of competitiveness, attitude and physical fight.”