TOLEDO, OH - The University of Toledo women's soccer team received committments from seven student-athletes for the 2011 season, Head Coach Brad Evans announced today.
This past fall, Toledo sported a 15-4-2 overall mark, including a league-record 10-1-0 ledger in the Mid-American Conference. UT also tallied a school-record 11-match win streak and captured a share of its second conference regular-season championship in the last three seasons under the guidance of Evans, the 2010 MAC Coach of the Year.
These seven signees will have big shoes to fill as the Rockets bode farewell to six accomplished seniors with the completion of the fall campaign. Lauren Baker, Sarah Blake, Erin Flynn, Brittany Hensler, Torrie Klier and Angela Righeimer won a school-record 56 matches, including two MAC regular-season titles (2008, ‘10) and two league-tourney titles (2007, ‘08). The group's victory total is tied for 25th-most in the country according to collegesoccer360.com's exclusive tracking of the winningest senior classes/four-year records in Division I.
The following is a brief look at the entire Rockets' 2011 recruiting class:
Kirsten Catloth (D, 5-7, Saginaw, MI): Catloth is a three-year letterwinner in soccer at Heritage High School. Her senior campaign will take place in the spring. As a junior, she earned honorable mention all-state honors, as well as first-team all-league, first-team all-region and first-team all-district accolades. Her sophomore season, Catloth received honorable mention all-state recognition, as well as first-team all-league, first-team all-region and first-team all-district laurels. The two-time first-team academic all-league honoree also played three years of club soccer for Vardar with fellow Rocket signee Meghan Topolewski, helping them capture the 2009 MRL U-16 Blue Division championships and the ‘09 Orange Classic.
Rio James (F/MF, 5-5, Brownsburg, IN): James was a four-year letterwinner in soccer and two years in track & field at Brownsburg High School. As a senior, she finished as her team's leading scorer and was named the Most Valuable Player, earning Indianapolis Metro-West Player of the Year honors and first-team all-league and first-team all-district recognition. She played a key part in helping her her team to the state semifinals and was selected to the Indianapolis Star Super Team and the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association second-team. Her junior season, she was a captain and received Indianapolis Metro-West first-team and second-team all-district laurels, leading her squad to a sectional and a regional championship. On the club level, she played three years for Westside and six years for Dynamo FC, capturing the 2008 and ‘09 State Cup titles. James was also a member of the Indiana State Team for five years and participated in the U12-U16 Region 2 Camp. On the track, James placed fifth in the state in the 4x400 in Spring 2008.
Heather Kravitz (D, 5-3, Highland Heights, OH): Kravitz was a two-year letterwinner in soccer at Mayfield High School. As a sophomore, she was named honorable mention all-conference, honorable mention All-Greater Cleveland and honorable mention by the News-Herald. Kravitz opted to train with her club team as a junior and missed her senior campaign with an injury. On the club level, she played three years each for CASA and Cleveland Internationals. She helped CASA capture the State Cup Championship and assisted the Internationals in finishing runner-up at the State Cup. Kravitz was also a member of the State Team in 2007-08 and attended the Regional Camp. She is the younger sister of junior Rachael Kravitz, a 2010 second-team all-league defender.
Sarah Seig (F, 5-8, Cincinnati, OH): Seig has played the last 10 years for the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy on the club level. She played a key part in helping them capture the Ohio State Championship in 2006 and ‘10. Seig also assisted her club team to the regional semifinals each of the last three seasons, placing third in the 2010 ECNL Nationals. Selg also attended the 2 Super Y ID National Camp in 2007-08.
Alexis Tice (MF/D, 5-5, Palatine, IL): Tice is a two-year letterwinner in soccer for William Fremd High School. Her senior campaign will take place in the spring. As a junior, she started every match and tallied four goals with six assists, earning first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-section accolades. Her sophomore season, Tice also started every contest and finished with four scores and four helpers, receiving her team's "100% Effort Award." On the club level, she played six years for the Palatine Celtic Select (2002-07) and most recently five years with FCX North Black (2007-11). Tice was also a member of the 2008-09 State Team and a regional pool player.
Meghan Topolewski (MF, 5-4, Waterford, MI): Topolewski is a three-year letterwinner in soccer at Our Lady of the Lakes High School. Her senior campaign will take place in the spring. She has tallied 43 goals and 32 assists (118 points) in her first three seasons of high school. As a junior captain, Topolewski finished with 18 scores and 17 helpers, guiding her squad to a state championship with a 17-1-1 record. For her efforts on the pitch, she earned first-team all-state (MHSAA/MHSSCA), first-team all-region, first team all-district and first-team all-league accolades, as well as honorable mention all-county recognition from the Oakland Press. As a sophomore captain, Topolewski totaled 16 goals and five assists for the district champs, garnering second-team all-state accolades, as well as first-team all-conference, first-team all-district and first team all-region honors. On the club level, she played nine years for Vardar and one season for Waza. She was a member of the State Team in 2006-07 and ‘09-10, attending the Regional Camp in 2006-07 and '09 and is currently training with the National Pool squad. Topolewski helped Vardar capture the 2006 Pacesetter Showcase championship, ‘06 Michigan State Cup title, ‘07 Novi Jaguars championship, ‘07 Manchester United Premier Cup, ‘08 Vardar Nike Cup championship and most recently the ‘09 Orange Classic title. An excellent all-around athlete, she was also a member an all-league performer on the basketball team that won the Class D state championship and qualified for the state championship track meet.
Katie Watt (F/MF, 5-7, Glen Ellyn, IL): Watt has played the last seven years for the Windy City Pride on the club level. She guided her squad to the 2007 Spring Sockers Nike Tournament championship, as well as first-place finishes in the Palentine Celtic Cup, U-15 Wags, U-15 MRL, U-15 SC Del Sol Tournament Phoenix and a top-four finish in the Manchester United Premiere Nike National Cup. In 2008, the Watt and the Pride were ranked as high as No. 6 nationally and captured the Presidents Day Tournament SC Del Sol and the US Club Regionals, as well as were finalists in the State Cup. And most recently in 2010, the Pride repeated as winners of the US Club Regionals and were finalists for the State Cup, as well as won the US Club National Championship in Virginia Beach.
Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown (High School)
Kirsten Catloth D 5-7 Fr. Saginaw, MI - Heritage
Rio James F/MF 5-5 Fr. Brownsburg, IN - Brownsburg
Heather Kravitz D 5-3 Fr. Highland Heights, OH - Mayfield
Sarah Seig F 5-8 Fr. Cincinnati, OH - McAuley
Alexis Tice MF/D 5-5 Fr. Palatine, IL - William Fremd
Meghan Topolewski MF 5-4 Fr. Waterford, MI - Our Lady of the Lakes
Katie Watt F/MF 5-7 Fr. Glen Ellyn, IL - Glenbard West