Feb. 7, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern head coach Michael Moynihan and the Northwestern women’s soccer program announced today that eight individuals will join the Wildcats for the upcoming 2013 season.
This year’s class includes Mary Erikson (Beloit, Wis./James Madison Memorial), Maria Grygleski (Lisle, Ill./Naperville North), Jenna Hascher (Stamford, Conn./Convent of the Sacred Heart), Kaitlin Moore (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West), Cami Pham (Dallas, Texas/Ursuline Academy), Kourtney Scott (Okemos, Mich./Okemos), Addie Steiner (Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mills) and Rachel Zampa (Plainfield, Ill./Joliet Catholic Academy).
"We made some great progress in 2012, and it was enjoyable finishing the Big Ten season with three straight wins,” Moynihan said. “We hope to build on this momentum in the fall and our 2013 class will be an important piece in determining our success. This incoming class will add competitiveness and depth to our roster, and I expect to see several of them making immediate contributions. We have every position covered in this class and a few players that have great versatility.
“We are excited about what this class as a whole brings to the Northwestern women's soccer program. I see a group with tremendous mental toughness, determination and potential as they are eager to learn and grow. They are all student-athletes with strong foundations in the game and they are eager to face the challenges the Big Ten presents. Above it all, they are all wonderful people with strong character and strong team values and we are excited to have them join the Wildcat family."
Complete bios by position are as follows, along with comments from head coach Michael Moynihan on the newest members of the Wildcat family.
5-2 • F
Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mills High School:
Four-year letter winner at Shawnee Mills H.S. … Freshman MVP … First Team All-Conference as sophomore … First Team All-Metro as sophomore … First Team All-State as sophomore … Team won regionals two years in a row … Played with club team KCFC for last six years … Academic All-American. Personal:
Born Addison Steiner … Daughter of Bryan Steiner and Katy McCoy … Competed against fellow NU signee Rachel Zampa … Chose Northwestern over Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, TCU and West Virginia … Anticipated major is undecided Moynihan on Steiner:
“Addie Steiner will bring an important attacking dimension to our team. While small in stature, she is both quick and fast, and with her positioning sense and feisty disposition, she scores goals. She has been a goal-scorer at every level she has played and I know she will contribute much-needed goals for us in the Big Ten as well.”
5-5 • M, F
Lisle, Ill./Naperville North
High School: Three-year letter winner at Naperville North High School … Recorded three goals and one assist during her senior season … Awarded All-Academic in 2011 and 2012 … Team was an Illinois State Finalist in 2011 before being crowned Illinois State Champions in 2012 … Participated for four years with the Naperville Soccer Association … Club Team was a 2012 State Cup Semi-Finalist and the 2012 Eclipse Challenge Cup Champions … Earned a spot on her school’s High Honor Roll each year of high school … Named an Illinois State Scholar in 2012.
Personal: Born Maria Jane Grygleski … Daughter of Michael and Mary Grygleski … Attended the same high school as NFL running back Chris Brown … Competed against current Wildcat Jennifer Korn along with fellow signees Kaitlin Moore and Rachel Zampa … Chose Northwestern over Wisconsin, Iowa and UW-Milwaukee … Anticipated major is undecided.
5-9 • M
Plainfield, Ill./Joliet Catholic Academy
VIDEO: Zampa Signs With Northwestern
High School: Three-year letter winner at Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, Ill … Leading scorer in senior season with 12 goals and 9 assists … All-Area and All-Conference … Scored game winner in freshman season to send team to Super Sectionals for first time in school history … Regional Champions in 2010, ’11, ’12 … Sectional Champions 2010 … Sectional Finalist 2010 … Played with Chicago Fire Juniors for five years … 2009 Illinois State Cup Semifinalist … 2009 US Club National Cup Finalist … 2010 Illinois State Cup Champions … 2011 Illinois State Cup Finalist … 2012 US Club Regional Champions … Illinois ODP 1994 State Team … ODP 1994 Regional Pool … National Honor Society member … National Honor Society Spanish member … Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Rachel Elizabeth Zampa … Daughter of Joe and Kris Zampa … Competed against fellow NU signees Addie Steiner, Kaitlin Moore and Maria Grygleski … Anticipated major is Economics.
Moynihan on Grygleski and Zampa: “Maria Grygleski and Rachel Zampa will both strengthen our midfield options. Rachel is a strong ball winner with great range in her distribution and a nice shot from distance. Her mental toughness and physical presence will help us in our central midfield or even in central defense. Maria is a technical player with great composure and ability to help us in our possession. She has a nice sense for the game and sees the field well. Maria also has nice range in her distribution and will help us spread the game more effectively.”
5-7 • M, D
Beloit, Wis./James Madison Memorial
High School: Four-year letter winner at James Madison Memorial … Scored 30 goals with 46 assists for her career … Served as two-year captain … All-Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman … Second Team All-Conference as a sophomore … First Team All-Conference as a junior … Team MVP as a junior … Team went to State Tournament and was ranked number 1 in the state during sophomore season … Led team to 29-3 mark in conference play over past three seasons … Lettered once in basketball … Played with FC Milwaukee club team for four years … Team was 2009 state champions … Team participated in ECNL … Chose Northwestern over UW-Milwaukee … Member of National Honor Society … High School Honor Roll.
Personal: Born Mary Paige Erikson … Daughter of John and Michele Erikson … Anticipated major is Environmental Science.
5-8 • D, M
Dallas, Texas/Ursuline Academy
High School: Three-year letter winner at Ursuline Academy where she helped the team to three state championships from 2010-12 … Served as team captain … Three-time TAPPS First-Team All-State and All-District honoree (2010-12) … Played club soccer for the Dallas Sting … Part of the 2010 USYS U15 National Championship team and 2011 USYS U16 National Championship team … 2010 ECNL U15 National Champion … Dallas Sting were U17 National Semifinalists … Honor Roll recipient … Received Presidential Award for Academic Excellence … Member of Quill & Scroll—International honor society for high school journalists … Served as the yearbook editor-in-chief ... Involved in community service as a hospice volunteer and Promise House volunteer.
Personal: Born Camilla Pham… Daughter of CJ and Belinda Pham … Chose Northwestern over Missouri … Anticipated major is Journalism.
5-7 • F, M, D
High School: Four-year letter winner at Okemos High School Named All-Region in 2012 … Awarded All-District in 2011 and 2012 and All-Conference in 2012 … Garnered Academic All-Conference awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012 … Team won the Michigan state championship in 2012 … Played on the Michigan Hawks club team from 2008-2013 … Club team won the 2012 Girls State Cup … Member of National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Kourtney Nikkole Scott … Daughter of Kevin and Marie Scott … Father, Kevin, played basketball at Western Michigan … Chose Northwestern over Purdue and Indiana … Anticipated major is undecided.
Moynihan on Erikson, Pham and Scott: “Cami Pham, Kourtney Scott and Mary Erikson will add important defensive depth to our roster. Cami is the most experienced of the group, playing central defense for a Dallas Sting team that won several National Championships. She is physically strong, good in the air, and is very comfortable with the ball at her feet. She has a great serve and the ability to get counter attacks going quickly. Kourtney also is a central defender but can play wide as well. She has tremendous pace and also is comfortable with the ball at her feet, which will help our ability to build out of the back. She loves to get forward and can also play attacking positions. Mary is another fine athlete, with good mobility and a strong ball winning mentality. Her toughness, determination, and sheer will make her an invaluable asset when building a defense and creating a team culture. Mary has experience all across the back line and as a wide midfielder as well.”
5-7 • GK
Stamford, Conn./Convent of the Sacred Heart
High School: Captain and four-year letter winner at Convent of the Sacred Heart … Posted a 1.17 goals-against average in varsity career, including a 1.07 mark with five shutouts in senior season … Named to the Connecticut All-State team after both junior and senior seasons … Named to the All-Western New England Parochial team and All-Fairchester Athletic Association team after sophomore, junior and senior campaigns … Competed in the Connecticut Senior Bowl All-Star Game in 2012 … Played for Connecticut FC 18s from 2007-2012 … Club team won the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association state championship in 2010 and 2012 … Earned an AP Scholar Award … Awarded the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle … Presented with a Cablevision Educational Access Awareness Award.
Personal: Born Jenna A. Hascher … Daughter of Glenn and Donna Hascher … Chose Northwestern over Cornell, Columbia, Northeastern and Holy Cross … Anticipated major is Radio/Television/Film.
Moynihan on Hascher: “Jenna Hascher will provide further competition at the goalkeeper position. Jenna has a great sense of awareness and positioning and has a way of making things look easy. She also plays with great presence. One of the most valuable qualities to be found in goalkeeping is consistency, and this is Jenna. She is the type of goalkeeper with an all-around game that puts players around her at ease.”
5-5 • M, F
Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West
High School: Three-year letter winner at Glenbard West High School … Varsity starter as a freshman … Led team in assists as a sophomore … Led team in goals and assists as a junior … Awarded All-Conference, All-Sectional and Team MVP in 2012 … Academic All-American … Team won regionals two years in a row … Played for four years with NSA Premier Fireballs club … Club team was State Cup Semifinalist in 2012 … Won MRL First Division Red in 2012… Member of school’s High Honor Roll … Has No. 2 GPA out of 592 in graduating class … National Merit Scholar … AP Scholar with Distinction.
Personal: Born Kaitlin Ann Moore … Daughter of Keith and Sandy Moore … Attended the same high school as Northwestern Men’s Basketball all-time leading scorer John Shurna … Competed against fellow NU signees Maria Grygleski and Rachel Zampa … Sister Ally runs cross country and track at Wheaton College … Anticipated major is undecided.
Moynihan on Moore: “Kaitlin Moore is one that offers some versatility in her positioning. She has experience just about everywhere, but will probably feature as an attacking outside defender or other wide positions. She is a solid athlete that brings tremendous energy wherever she plays on the field.”
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