CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s soccer program has announced that eight players will join the Cavalier program this fall. Emily Carrollo (Sussex, N.J.), Erica Hollenberg (Fairfax Station, Va.), Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.), Kiley Naylor (Cincinnati, Ohio), Kate Norbo (Roanoke, Va.), Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.), Morgan Stith (Montclair, N.J.) and Carrie Wisman (Bristol, Va.) will be freshmen on the 2009 Virginia women’s soccer team.
Five of the players in the class were named an All-American by either the NSCAA or ESPN Rise and two are ranked in the top 25 of all recruits.
"We are extremely excited about this years recruiting class since it is not only talented, but it also contains many players who we feel have the potential to contribute to our team immediately,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “In this class there are players who can handle the ball under pressure, understand the game, are exceptional athletes, have a history of helping their teams win, and most importantly, are extremely motivated to improve as players, students and people. These are all qualities we value within our program. In addition, we feel as a whole this is one of most versatile classes we have ever recruited and one that possesses some outstanding leaders who will help guide our program throughout the next four years."
These eight players will join 16 returning players, including seven starters, from last year’s squad. The 2008 Cavaliers went 15-5-3 and reached the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Emily Carrollo – Forward – Sussex, N.J. (Pope John/Montclair Aristocats)
2008 ESPN Rise Second Team All-American ... 2008 Newark Star-Ledger Player of the Year ... Scored 129 career goals at Pope John H.S. ... 2007-08 ODP Region I team ... 2008 New Jersey Herald Female Athlete of the Year ... also a standout in track where she won the 800 meter indoor state championship.
Erica Hollenberg – Forward/Midfielder – Fairfax Station, Va. (South County/McLean Freedom)
Top 100 recruit by Top Drawer Soccer ... member of McLean Freedom team that won national club championship ... member of Virginia and Region I ODP teams ... was a member of South County’s first ever soccer team.
Caroline Miller – Forward – Rockville, Md. (Walter Johnson/McLean Freedom)
2008 NSCAA All-American ... 2008 ESPN Rise Third Team All-American ... 2008 NSCAA All-Region ... 2008-09 Gatorade State Player of the Year ... Two-time First Team Washington Post All-Met ... No. 24 recruit by Top Drawer Soccer ... played for the United States U-16, U-17, and U-20 National Teams ... scored a school-record 29 goals as a senior at Walter Johnson ... member of McLean Freedom team that won national club championship.
Kiley Naylor – Defender – Cincinnati, Ohio (Ursuline Academy/Ohio Elite)
2008 NSCAA All-Region ... 2008 ESPN Rise First Team All-American ... 2008 NSCAA Scholar All-American ... 2008 First Team All-State ... Three-time All-Cincinnati ... Three-time All-Southwest Ohio.
Kate Norbo – Forward – Roanoke, Va. (Patrick Henry/Roanoke Stars)
Virginia ODP team ... Two-time Western Valley District player of the year ... scored 30 goals and had 15 assists as a junior in 2008 ... also a standout in cross country, where she was a two-time Western Valley District Champion and a three-time Group AAA Championships qualifier.
Julia Roberts – Midfielder – Frederick, Md. (Urbana/McLean Freedom)
2008 NSCAA All-American ... 2008 NSCAA All-Region... No. 4 ranked recruit by Top Drawer Soccer ... member of United States team that was runner-up at the 2008 U-17 World Cup ... 2007 First Team Washington Post All-Met ... Led Urbana to a state championship in 2007 as a junior, but didn’t play high school soccer as a senior due to National Team commitments ... member of McLean Freedom team that won national club championship.
Morgan Stith – Defender – Montclair, N.J. (Montclair/Montclair Aristocats)
2008 ESPN Rise Third Team All-American ... 2008 Newark Star-Ledger Defender of the Year ... First team All-State ... 2007-08 ODP Region I team ... Won 2005 New Jersey SportsGirl award from the Wrigley Foundation for being an “Outstanding Athlete and Role Model”.
Carrie Wisman – Goalkeeper – Bristol, Va. (Virginia High/ Roanoke Stars)
2007 First-Team All-State ... two-time first team all-region ... three-time high school team MVP ... Virginia ODP team ... traveled with Roanoke Stars on trips to Sweden and Denmark.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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