April 22, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's soccer team proudly announces the incoming members of the nine-person Class of 2018 anticipated to join the Huskies on the pitch this fall. The class will join head coach Len Tsantiris in his 34th year at the helm of the Huskies. The group will look to contribute to a Connecticut squad that finished 11-9 in its inaugural season as a member of The American. UConn is expected to return nine of eleven starters from the 2013 roster and will graduate two seniors in May.
Danielle Gottwik | Midfield | New Port Richey, Fla. | JW Mitchell High School
A highly touted recruit, Gottwik has been recognized as a 2014 Player to Watch, a Four Star Midfielders and a Florida Top 10 recruit by Top Drawer Soccer.com. Gottwik is a 2014 participant of the ECNL Player Development Program and was selected as an ECNL national Finals Best XI, Honorable Mention, in July 2013. She Is a three-time member of the Florida '95 State Team in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Gottwik has helped capture three Florida State Cup titles in her U17, U16 and U13 years and a Super Y National Championship with the U17s.
Individually, Gottwik was named SAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 and is a four-time SAC All-Conference First Team selection. She helped lead JW Mitchell High School to an SAC Conference Championship in 2012 and earned All-Pasco County First Team three times. Gottwik also captained the team in her senior season.
"She is a versatile player than can be a box to box midfielder and is a great combination of strength, athletic ability and technique," said Coach Tsantiris.
Brittany Moreau | Forward/Midfield | Belchertown, Mass. | Belchertown High School
A three-time Western Massachusetts champion in high school, Moreau helped lead Belchertown to a pair of State Semifinal appearances in 2010 and 2011. Brittany will graduate as the second-highest scorer in Belchertown High School history with 94 points, tallying 50 goals and 44 assists in her career. She has been an All-Western Mass. selection, an All-Hampshire Gazette, and an All-State Team pick all four years. Brittany has also been named a Super 6 Player in 2012 and 2013 in addition to All-New England Team honors in 2013.
Brittany has also participated in USA Soccer in the U-14 National Team Identification Camp and the 2010 National Team Pool. She played in the 2011 Puma Elite Women's Showcase and was labelled a 4 Star Recruit by Top Drawer Soccer.com.
"Brittany is a really fast and hard-working forward that is a constant threat to score. Her ability to pressure the ball causes real problems for opposing teams. A danger around the goal, she can both create and finish chances."
Breanne Moreau | Midfield/Defense | Belchertown, Mass. | Belchertown High School
Breanna Moreau, twin sister to Brittany, sports an impressive resume in her own right. Breanna concluded her high school career as the first player in school history to reach 100 points on 72 goals and 35 assists. She and sister Brittany finished their four years at Belchertown with an impressive 69-7 record. Breanne, who also elected a team captain, was named Team MVP as a freshman and led the team in both goals and points from 2011-13. In 2011 and 2013 She was named the Hampshire Gazette Soccer Player of the Year and a Super 7 Player in 2012 and 2013. Breanne also garnered All-Western Massachusetts, All-Hampshire Gazette, and All-State Team recognition in all four of her years at Belchertown. She is a three-time NSCAA All-New England Team choice (2011-13) and a two-time Western Massachusetts High School League MVP in 2011 and 2013. She capped her career by at the High School All-American game in 2013. This past fall in 2013, Breanne was a finalist for Miss Massachusetts Soccer.
Breanne was also recognized as a 4 Start Recruit by Top Drawer Soccer.com and was invited to participate in the 2010 U-14 National Team Identification Camp, in addition to being included in the 2010 National Team Pool. Both Breanne and Brittany earned spots on the Region I ODP Team in 2010 and 2011, representing Region 1 in Spain in 2012. Breanna traveled to Costa Rica as a member of the squad in 2011.
"Breanne is a great athlete with an awesome fighting spirit," remarked Coach Len Tsantiris. "She is a physical defender that can also play out of the back and aid in the attack going forward."
Noriana Radwan | Midfield/Forward | Wappingers Falls, N.Y. | Beacon High School
A two-year captain of the Beacon High squad, Radwan has also garnered All-State and All-Section First Team Honors during her time in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. She rebounded from a junior year injury to earn MVP in her senior season and was recognized as a Poughkeepsie Journal All-Star in her senior year. A three-time All-League choice, Radwan also spent five years on the school's honor roll, served as class secretary in both her junior and senior years, and will graduate as a member of the National Honor Society.
"Noriana is very technical with an excellent soccer mind and tactical understanding," coach Len Tsantiris described. "She is comfortable anywhere centrally in the midfield and is very good in tight spaces. She can be a threat and shoot from anywhere, and plays an excellent final pass."
Sara Rothery | Defender | Bellmore, N.Y. | John F. Kennedy High School
Rothery is an All-Conference player from Bellmore, N.Y. who has also been an All-Class selection in 2012 and Player of the Week in 2011. As a member of the N.Y. Rush Patriots, Rothery helped lead the club to the 2013 NPL National Championship, the Disney Showcase crown in 2012. She also helped propel the Long Island Rough Riders to the 2012 Super Y League Mid-Atlantic Undefeated Championship and National Semifinalist status. From an academic standpoint, Rothery is a member of both the National Honor society and the National Spanish Honor Society, being selected as Spanish Student of the Month in 2013. Rothery captained the NY Rush Patriots in 2013 and was named the 2012 Unsung Hero.
"Sara is a very technically sound center back that is able to both win and keep the ball. She serves well over distance and is very good in the air," said coach Tsantiris.
Sabrina Toole | Defender/Midfielder |Westport, Conn. | Saint Joseph
Connecticut native Sabrina Toole is a four-year All-Conference performer from Westport, Conn. She has been tabbed as an All-State selection in the past three season (2011-13) and chosen as an All-Region honoree over the past two (2012 and 2013). Toole is a two-time NSCAA All-America choice (2012 and 2013) and was chosen as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2013 High School State Player of the Year for Connecticut. In 2012 she was selected as the MSG Varsity State Player of the Year in Connecticut and led her team to a pair of conference titles in 2012 and 2013, including a State Championship in the latter year as the top team in the state. Toole has played with the Yankee United FC for the past six years and has been a member of the semi-pro WPSL Yankee Ladies for the last two seasons.
"Sabrina is a very mobile and versatile player that is able to comfortably play several positions," head coach Len Tsantiris commented. "She is very good with the ball and a strong physical presence."
Tanya Altrui | Forward/Midfield| Branford, Conn. | Branford High School
Connecticut native Tanya Altrui helped capture three consecutive SCC Oronoque Championships from 2010-2013 with Branford High School, also winning the SCC Tournament Championship in 2012 and reaching the Class L Tournament Final in 2013. Altrui captained the Branford club in her senior season and was named Southern Connecticut Conference Player of the Year in addition to being recognized as an All-State selection. She was named Most Valuable Player in 2013 and a two-time New Haven Register All-Area choice in 2012 and 2013. Altrui concluded her high school career with 31 goals and 26 assists during her time on the Branford pitch, also garnering All-SCC Oronoque recognition in three of her four seasons. Academically, Altrui is an Honor Student who was selected as a Wendy's High School Heisman Winner.
"Tanya has the rare combination of raw speed and good technical ability and tactical awareness. She will be a constant threat to get behind opponents and she finishes well when she gets chances."
Emily Maier | Defense | Mesa, Ariz. |Red Mountain High School
Maier joins the Huskies after a successful campaign at Red Mountain High School. On the pitch, Emily was named to the Mesa All-City First Team in her sophomore, junior and senior year, in addition to being named an East Valley All-Tribune Second Team member in her sophomore season. An All-State Honorable Mention selection, Maier also captained in her senior season and led the squad in assists in both her sophomore and junior outings. She also holds the distinction of being the first and only female to ever score points with Red Mountain's varsity football team when she converted for two extra points during a one-year stint with the squad.
In the classroom, Maier was the recipient of the President's Award for Academic Achievement as a rookie and recognized with the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in her junior year. In her third year of high school, Maier earned a Certificate of Arizona Skill Standards for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services, which she will look to continue as an anticipated Exercise Science major at UConn.
"Emily is a very strong and hard-working player that is very good in the air, serves well over distance and is a good physical presence."
Youn-Jae Baek | Defense | Avon, Conn. | Avon High School
Baek will join UConn as an Avon native. A senior captain, Baek has been recognized as an All-Conference selection in 2012 and 2013, an All-State performer in 2013, and a Hartford Courant All-Courant Team choice in 2013. Baek played with the CT ODP from 2008-10 and again in 2012. She led Avon to a pair of Class L State Championships in 2011 and 2012.
In the classroom, Baek has four-peated as an Honor Roll student and won the Scholar Athlete Award four times. She is a member of student government and the first chair violinist in the school orchestra.
"A smart and steady player that has good technical ability and tactical awareness. She is good with the ball at her feet and will provide a good option as both a back or a midfielder."