Feb. 2, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio - After bringing in 14 freshmen last year, the Miami women's soccer team will again add to its youth in 2011 as the RedHawks signed nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday, head coach Bobby Kramig announced. Lauren Colliver, Kelsey Dinges, Amanda Filian, Emily Hyde, Emilee Kaminski, Charlotte Myers, Hailey Pleshakov, Danielle Wiseman and Courtney Zanotti will all suit up for the Red and White starting in the fall of 2011.
Four of the nine newcomers come to Oxford from the state of Ohio while three are Illinois natives and a pair of them hails from Michigan. The class consists of three forward, three midfielders, two defenders and one goalkeeper.
Colliver is defender from Hillsboro, Ohio where she earned four letters at Hillsboro High School. She never missed a game in her career, making 75 straight starts, while setting the school's career records for goals, assists and points. Colliver led the Indians to a 59-10-6 record during her four years, including South Central Ohio League and Southeast Ohio District championships. She was named All-SCOL all four years, all-district three times and All-Ohio in 2008. Colliver also played for the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy, winning the Ohio South State Cup championships twice, including last year.
"Lauren is a steady, reliable defender. She is very poised and has an excellent tactical understanding of the game along with the organizational skills required of all good center backs," Kramig said. "She's the type of player who makes the players around her better. We have always liked her and her performance at our August prospect camp sealed the deal for us."
Dinges, a midfielder from Smithton, Ill., earned four letters at Althoff Catholic High School, serving as team captain this past season. While playing for the Crusaders, she scored 82 goals in her three varsity season, including an Illinois state record 39 this past season. She also handed out 90 assists, including another Illinois state record 43 helpers in 2010. Dinges led ACHS to the state finals in 2008 and helped them win a state championship this past year with a perfect 27-0 record. She is a two-time first-team all-conference selection and was named All-Illinois in 2010 as well. Dinges also played two years of volleyball for the Crusaders.
"Kelsey's a quick, clever midfielder, who is equally dangerous as a goal scorer and goal creator," Kramig said. "She has the skill and vision to be an outstanding center midfielder and her performance in the Illinois state semifinal and final was remarkable (4 goals, 4 assists). Kelsey's a big-game player."
Filian, a midfielder from Palatine, Ill., has earned two varsity letters at Palatine High School and will earn a third this spring, serving as a team captain each year. She notched seven goals and dished out five assists in her first two years playing varsity while being named all-conference and all-sectional both years. While playing on her club team, Filian helped lead her squad to the Illinois State Cup title in 2007 and 2008 and three Midwest Regional championships.
"Amanda attended our prospect camp and we were drawn to her big personality both on and off the field. She's a natural leader and a natural center midfielder who not only enjoys a tackle but knows what to do with the ball after she wins it," Kramig said. "Every team needs a player like Amanda and we're excited to have her joining us."
Hyde is a forward from Barrington, Ill. where she will earn her fourth letter this season at Barrington High School. She helped lead her team to regional and sectional championships in 2009 and 2010 while also making the final eight of the Illinois state tournament. Hyde was third in the conference in points scored a year ago while being named MVP of the Pepsi Showdown Tournament, which Barrington won. The 5-foot-11 striker also earned all-area and all-conference accolades a season ago.
"We discovered Emily when she attended our prospect camp and were instantly drawn to her athleticism. She has a great frame and terrific straight-ahead speed," Kramig said. "Add to that the fact that she can play both up top and on the flank and you have a prospect with compelling upside potential."
Kaminski comes to Oxford from Saline, Mich. where she played forward and midfield for Saline High School. She earned three letters so far playing for the Hornets and will earn a fourth this spring, including serving two years as team captain. Last year, she led her team with nine goals and handed out seven assists while also leading the Hornets with seven goals and six helpers as a sophomore. Kaminski was named second-team all-state last year while earning first-team all-conference, all-region and all-district honors each of the last two seasons.
"I have no doubt Emilee will prove a first-class addition to our team. When she attended our prospect camp we were immediately impressed with her skill, speed and level of fitness," Kramig said. "Emilee's relentless. She has a big engine and simply wears down defenders by constantly running at them with and without the ball."
Myers is a forward/midfielder from Bexley, Ohio and Bexley High School. She earned four varsity letters playing for the Lions, earning First-Team All-Mid-State League honors each year, including being named Player of the Year this past season as a senior when she also garnered First-Team All-Ohio recognition. Myers was named a NSCAA All-American as a senior as well, one of just 75 players nationally to receive the honor, as she led her team with 20 goals and eight assists while also serving as co-captain. As a junior, she was named second-team all-state after scoring 19 goals and dishing out 13 helpers. Myers finished her career with 75 goals. She also ran track at Bexley, placing fourth in the 400m and sixth in the long jump at the state meet last year.
"What an athlete. Charlotte is very fast and can play either up front or in the midfield," Kramig said. "She hasn't played club soccer for a couple of years due to her track commitments, but I think she has tremendous up-side in college and we are delighted to have her."
Pleshakov is a forward from Brighton, Mich. and played at Hartland High School, where she's earned three letters and will earn her fourth this season. She served as a team captain last year and will do so again this year, after averaging 20 goals per season and 9.6 assists in her first three years. Pleshakov was twice named Livingston County Player of the Year (2009 and 2010), while earning first-team all-district honors each of her first three years, including honorable mention all-state as a junior. She also led her club team, Novi Michigan Jaguars FC, to state championships in 2010 and 2011, and played four years of basketball at Hartland High as well.
"Hailey's a terrific athlete who plays with great passion and commitment. Physically, Hailey has it all, strength, speed and size. She can beat defenders with pure speed but can also play with her back to the goal," Kramig said. "Either way she is a very dangerous player."
Wiseman is the lone goalkeeper in the class, hailing from Canton, Ohio. At Jackson High School, the 5-foot-9-inch keeper earned four letters while serving as captain for a year. She posted a .910 save percentage and owns a 21-inch vertical leap. Wiseman led Jackson to three regional finals and three undefeated league seasons, including a No. 4 state ranking and No. 21 national ranking this year. She was tabbed second-team all-state as a senior, was an All-Federal League recipient each of the last two years and has been an all-district selection for three years.
"Two things I really like about Danielle: she's a terrific athlete who possesses great training habits. It's a recipe for success," Kramig said. "Danielle is very focused on being a great college goalkeeper and she has all the tools needed to make that happen. She is technically sound, good with her feet and distributes well. I think she'll have a terrific collegiate career."
Zanotti is a defender from North Royalton, Ohio where she earned four letters at Lutheran High School West. She was a captain each of her last three years playing for the Longhorns and totaled 27 goals and 22 assists in her career. She helped led LHSW to a pair of conference, section and district titles each. As a senior this year, she was named First-Team All-Ohio for Division II and an All-American for Region IV. The 5-foot-6 back was a four-time all-conference selection and was also tabbed Academic All-Ohio this season while playing in the Greater Cleveland All-Star Game.
"Courtney is a tough, blue-collar type defender who is tough to beat. She's a smart, fast player who can distribute the ball as well as defend," Kramig said. "I can see her playing either as a center back or outside back for us. I also like that she is left-sided and can attack down the flank as a left back."
The RedHawks are coming off a MAC East Division championship in 2010 and a MAC Tournament semifinal appearance after posting a 13-7-2 record. Miami begins spring play in March.