June 11, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith will welcome six freshmen to New Haven this fall. The Class of 2012 represents nearly every region of the country. In addition, Megan Ashforth will join the Bulldogs this fall after transferring from the University of Virginia.
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2012:
Adelaide Gay GK 5-6 Skillman, N.J. Lawrenceville School
Three-time first team all-state and all-league selection at the Lawrenceville School... Recipient of the 2007 California Cup as team most valuable player... Four-year letterwinner... Helped lead Lawrenceville to three league championships and three appearances in the New Jersey prep state championship... Invited to the national ODP Development Camp in 2004... Member of the Region I ODP team and the New Jersey ODP team... Played for the PDA Power Team, which competed in the USYSA national championship series in 2005.
"Most of all I chose Yale because when I visited and talked to the people, I just felt like that was where I belonged. People seemed to share the same value system as me."
Alana Gebhart D 5-8 San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Capistrano Valley HS
First team All-South Coast League selection at Capistrano Valley High School... Also earned second team and honorable mention all-league honors during her career... Member of the Nike North/South Senior All-Star Team... Three-time team MVP... Two-year team captain... Named 2007-08 Female Athlete of Year at Capistrano Valley... Orange County Register Scholar Athlete... Spent seven years with the Southern California Blues and three years with Laguna Hills Eclipse White... Her father is a third generation University of Pennsylvania graduate and played soccer for the Quakers.
"The moment I stepped on campus I fell in love with the charm, the beauty and the unique urban setting that Yale provides. The combination of top level academics and a competitive soccer program is exactly what I am looking for in a university. I am overjoyed to become a Bulldog and compete for an Ivy League title."
Miyuki Hino F 5-5 Potomac, Md. Sidwell Friends School
Two-time first team All-Independent School League selection at the Sidwell Friends School...Named team most valuable players as a senior... Scored 21 goals in her senior season... Recipient of the Coaches Award as a sophomore... Played club soccer for the Bethesda Rapids, who won three State Cup championships during her tenure... Also played for the Maryland ODP team and the Region I ODP team... Older brother, Ken-Ichi, played baseball at Penn.
"I chose Yale because it provides me with the chance to fully pursue both my academic and athletic goals. I am eager to join the Yale community and maintain the standards of excellence established in the Yale women's soccer program."
Enma Mullo M 5-5 Floral Park, N.Y. Sacred Heart Academy
Two-time all-league selection at Sacred Heart Academy... Led team in goals and assists twice in her career... Named team most valuable player as a sophomore... Helped lead Sacred Heart to the state championship as a junior... Played three years with the Long Island Fury of the Women's Premier Soccer League... Played club soccer for the Albertson Fury, which won the State Cup in 2006... Played with the Eastern New York Soccer Association Olympic Development program... Named team MVP in 2004.
"I play and watch soccer for fun and to stay fit. It is the greatest sport in the world. Yale gives me the ability to enjoy the sport at the highest level and also prepares me for my life after soccer. I want to face the world as a Yale graduate."
Lindsey Raymond M 5-8 Acton, Mass. Acton Boxborough HS
First team Dual County All Star at Acton Boxborough High School... Lowell Sun All Star selection... Acton Boxborough was ranked second in the nation in 2007 after winning the Massachusetts state championship... Team won three Dual County League championships... Member of the Massachusetts state ODP team... Played club soccer for the Boston Bolts, who were the 2008 Region I North League champions.
"I was initially attracted to Yale because of its academic reputation and competitive athletic programs. After visiting, I also fell in love with the campus and the Yale community."
Jacque Sahlberg D 5-5 Boise, Idaho Boise HS
First team all-conference selection at Boise High School... Three-year varsity letterwinner... Team captain... Captain of the conference All Star game... Recipient of the CHA Award as player of the year... Boise was state runner up in 2005 and 2006... Helped lead Les Bois United club team to two state championships and one US Club regional final... Team was the 2008 futsal regional champion in 2008 and regional finalist in 2007... Spent five years with the ODP state team and was an ODP captain...Will also run track at Yale... Was the second female in Idaho to break five minutes in the mile in the spring of her junior year... Helped lead Boise cross country team to two state championships... Member of the Junior Olympic national championship team in 2006.
"When I was seven years old, my club soccer coach read my team a poem by an anonymous author entitled `Dream Big.' Since this time `Dream Big' has become his slogan and a motto I live by. With my father being a Harvard man, and my competitive drive to beat him out, Yale became my biggest dream. I am thrilled to be a Bulldog and join the Yale women's soccer team."
Megan Ashforth M So. New Canaan, Conn., New Canaan HS
Appeared in six games off the bench last fall for Virginia... Missed the entire 2006 season due to an injury and received a medical redshirt... An NSCAA All-American at New Canaan High School... Two-time All-New England selection... Three-time all-state selection... Helped New Canaan to two state championships... Helped CUFC Arsenal club team to three state championships... Veteran of the Region I ODP team... Also played ice hockey at New Canaan and was an all-county selection... Teammate of Maggie Westfal at New Canaan.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity