OXFORD, Ohio - Coming off a Mid-American Conference championship season, the Miami University women's soccer team looks to build on that in 2013 and helped that process Wednesday as head coach Bobby Kramig announced the signing of nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The signing class includes Taylor Jackson, Victoria Maniaci, Rachel Marble, Casey May, Dana Miller, Katie Nummer, Hannah Schippers, Emma Schneider and Jenna Weiner.
Of the nine new RedHawks, three each hail from Illinois and Michigan while two stayed in state and are from Ohio and one is a native of Indiana. Among the group are four midfielders, three defenders, one forward and one goalkeeper.
Jackson is a forward and outside midfielder from Cincinnati where she earned four varsity letters at Indian Hill High School and served as captain her senior year. She led the Cincinnati Hills League in overall points her senior year with 46 and tied for most goals in the league with 17. While Jackson was there, Indian Hill won the CHL in 2011 when she was a junior, won their regional two out of four years and was even ranked No. 1 in the state of Ohio at one point in 2011. She earned First-Team All-CHL and played in the Senior All-Star Game, earning MVP. Jackson's father, Tom, played football at Louisville and in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and now appears on the popular ESPN television program Sunday NFL Countdown.
Maniaci is a goalkeeper from Chesterfield, Mich. who earned three varsity letters for L'Anse Creuse High School North. In 2012 she made 89 saves and allowed just 2.25 goals per game while in 2011 she sported an even more impressive 96 saves and a 1.55 GAA. Maniaci received an All-State Honorable Mention nod in 2012 while she was named to the all-district team for the second year in a row in 2012 and was named team MVP as a senior. She was also a two-time captain for the Crusaders.
Another Michigan native, Marble is a midfielder and forward from Midland where she has earned three varsity letters so far for Midland Dow High School. She led the Chargers and the Saginaw Valley League in goals, assists and points during her sophomore and junior seasons and has scored 57 goals entering her senior season (Spring '13). Marble was named First-Team All-SVL each season and was named to the Michigan All-State Second Team and the All-Area Dream Team during her junior season in 2012. She played for the Michigan Hawks club team as well, alongside fellow RedHawk signee Katie Nummer, helping the Hawks to a state title in 2011. Marble's father, Bruce, played football at Central Michigan.
May comes to Oxford from Hinsdale, Ill. where she plays defense for Hinsdale Central High School. She is a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain for the Red Devils, leading them to a regional championship in 2012. She was named to the All-Chicago Area Team last season while leading Hinsdale Central in minutes played each year she's been on the team. May has also been captain of the Oak Brook Soccer Club for the past four years, leading OBSC in minutes as well.
Miller is another defender from suburban Chicago where she has earned three letters so far for Wheaton Warrenville South High School entering into her senior season (Spring '13) when she will serve as captain. She has 21 goals and 17 assists through her first three high school seasons in which the Tigers accumulated an impressive 42-18-8 record. During both her sophomore and junior years, she was named all-section, All-DuPage Valley Conference, and academic all-conference while helping the Tigers to a DuPage Valley Conference and regional title as a freshman. The Wheaton, Ill., native led her club team, Chicago Botafogo, to a state title in 2012, as well. Miller also has earned two letters in basketball.
Nummer, teammates with Marble on the Michigan Hawks, is a defender who hails from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She has played year-round with the Hawks, not playing for Marian High School during her career. Nummer has been the captain of the Hawks for the past three years under coach Michele Brach. She is one of just two original members of the Michigan Hawks, playing with the team since she was eight, as she helped the team finish third at the club soccer national championship in 2011. She also played four years for the Michigan Olympic Development Program team. Her father, Mike ('90), as well as her uncle and grandfather all attended Miami.
Schippers is a midfielder/forward from Solon, Ohio and earned four varsity letters playing for Solon High School. She tallied the most goals on her team in her freshman, sophomore and junior years as well as the most assists her senior year. Schippers led the Comets to a district championship and an Ohio Elite Eight appearance her senior year while being named Second Team All-Ohio and First-Team Greater Cleveland. She is also a two-time all-conference selection and helped her club team, Cleveland Futbol Club, to five state titles.
Schneider comes to Miami from Carmel, Ind. where she was a defender for Carmel High School. She was a varsity starter each of her first three years before playing club soccer for Carmel United Soccer Club in her final season. She contributed to 40 shutouts in 61 games during her high school career, earning academic all-conference in 2010 and 2011. Schneider led the Greyhounds to the IHSAA state title as a junior in 2011 while helping them to undefeated regular seasons as a sophomore and junior. Carmel also was named No. 1 in the country by ESPN in 2011 while her club team won state titles five times with her anchoring the back.
Rounding out the group is Weiner, a center midfielder from suburban Chicago who has earned three varsity soccer letters so far at Stevenson High School and will serve as team captain as a senior in 2013. The Buffalo Grove native led the Patriots to a regional championship in 2011 and led the team in assists. She was previously named to the Chicago Sun Times Top 50 players to watch list. Weiner also played for FC United club team, helping them win a state title, while she has played several years for the Illinois Olympic Development Team, as well. She has also earned two letters in cross country at Stevenson High.
The RedHawks won the MAC regular-season and tournament titles this past fall while making their fourth ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. All nine signees will join Miami in the fall of 2013 as the RedHawks look to repeat as MAC champs and make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. The RedHawks' spring season will begin in March, though the newest RedHawks will not compete until August.