July 19 – HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College women's soccer team, and head coach Michael Cracas, are pleased to announce 12 new additions that make up the 2017-18 recruiting class.
Entering his third season at the helm of the Terrier women's soccer program, Coach Cracas was tasked with replacing a graduating class of 10 players, which featured five, four-year starters.
"I'm thrilled to introduce our 2017 class," remarked Coach Cracas. "Within this class, we have a tremendous group of student-athletes who will have an immediate impact. We were able to add a few solid players to our defensive unit, as well as some exceptional attacking and midfield athletes who will help increase our production and creative on the offensive end."
The 2017-18 recruiting class is comprised of one junior transfer as well as 11 freshmen. Nine of the players come from all over the state of Ohio, with athletes also hailing from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Nevada.
Of the 12 athletes looking to suit up for the Terriers for the first time in 2017, seven were named All-League selections during their time for their respective schools. Of those, six were deemed All-District or All-County selections. The recruiting class also boasts three, four-year letterwinners as well as an All-Region and First-Team All-State honoree.
A comprehensive list of the incoming class can be viewed, below.
D Amber Baker – 5-6 (Las Vegas, Nevada/Palo Verde)
Baker is one of two back line players that have been brought in to help the defense in 2017. The Las Vegas native spent her high school career playing club soccer with Heat FC. Amber plans to pursue a degree in Hiram's new Integrative Exercise Science program.
M Kate Cawley – 5-4 (Kansasville, Wisc./Trinity (Ill.))
Cawley comes to the Terriers after four seasons with the Trinity Blazers in River Forest, Ill. and will look to add depth to the midfield. Cawley also played club soccer for the LaGrange Celtics.
F Kristen Funk – 5-5 (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor)
The first recruit from the state of Ohio on the list, Funk played for the Cardinals of Mentor High School while also playing club soccer for the Cleveland Whitecaps. Funk intends to study either psychology or education while at Hiram.
D Kelynn Heckman – 5-6 (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland)
The second defensive recruit on the list, Heckman was a four-year varsity starter for Ashland High School. She garnered two Ohio Cardinal Conference honors, including a first-team selection. She was also named a second-team all-district honoree. Heckman plans to pursue a degree in nursing.
GK Sam Hudson – 5-7 (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville)
The lone transfer on the list will look to make an impact between the posts as Hudson comes to the Terriers after two years with the Arrows of Ursuline College. Hudson was an honorable mention selection in the Northern Ohio Conference in 2014 where she posted a goals-against average of .25 for Strongsville High School.
M Sam Minor – 5-5 (Hartville, Ohio/Lake)
Minor comes to the Terriers from near by Lake High School, where she was a three-year varsity letterman. Minor earned First-Team All-Federal League honors, twice, and also garnered a pair of all-district selections. She broke the Lake High School record for assists by a senior, posting 11 in 2016.
F Michaela Rowland – 5-8 (Leavittsburg, Ohio/Labrae)
Rowland will look to add depth on the attack heading into the 2017 season. The former Labrae Viking was a two-time all-county honoree, earning both first-team and honorable mention honors throughout her career. Rowland will look to pursue a degree in biology with a pre-med focus.
F Jessica Smith – 5-8 (Reynoldsville, Pa./DuBois)
Smith comes to Hiram after a successful playing career with the Beavers. The forward was twice the offensive MVP for DuBois, and helped the girl's soccer team to a District 9 Class 3A title in 2016. She was twice named the offensive MVP and led the team in goals scored during her senior year. She plans to pursue a degree in integrative exercise science.
M Madison Snyder – 5-6 (Shreve, Ohio/Triway)
One of three four-year letterwinners on the list, Snyder was a four-time varsity player for the Titans of Triway High School. Snyder was one of the leaders on the Titans' roster, being named a senior captain and the team's offensive player of the year. Madison plans to pursue a degree in Nursing while at Hiram.
F Hannah Ward – 5-6 (Niles, Ohio/McKinley)
One of the most decorated recruits on the list, Ward comes to Hiram from near-by Niles McKinley High School, where she was a four-time varsity starter. Ward earned a First-Team All-State honor following her senior campaign, as well as being named the All-American Conference – White Tier Player of the Year. The three-time first-team all-district selection finished her four-year career with six school records.
M Caroline Watson – 5-8 (Bexley, Ohio/Bexley)
Watson played four seasons for the Bexley High School Lions, twice earning All-Mid State League honors, including a first-team selection in 2016. That season, Watson was also named a second-team all-district honoree.
F Courtney Wendel – 5-4 (Aurora, Ohio/Aurora)
Rounding out the 12 new faces of Hiram women's soccer, Wendel comes to the Terriers after helping the Aurora Greenmen to a Suburban League Championship. Wendel was a First-Team All-Suburban League honoree as a senior, while also earning an all-district honorable mention selection.
The Hiram women's soccer team will begin camp on August 19 with the season opener scheduled for Friday, September 1 against Thiel College.