Feb. 4, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's soccer head coach Greg Ryan announced today (Thursday, Feb. 4) the commitment of nine recruits for the 2010 season. The Wolverines received National Letters of Intent from Shelby Chambers-Garcia, a forward from San Clemente, Calif.; Nkem Ezurike, a forward from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada; Kayla Mannino, a forward from Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Tori McCombs, a midfielder/forward from Londonderry, N.H.; Shelby Murphy, an attacking midfielder from San Diego, Calif.; Vicky Parsons, a goalkeeper from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Meghan Toohey, a center midfielder from Philadelphia, Pa.; and Shelina Zadorsky, a left defender/left midfielder from London, Ontario, Canada. Ryan also accepted a commitment from Karin Thomas, a defender from Centennial, Colo.
"The 2010 recruiting class will play a huge role in establishing an exciting and attractive attacking style of play. I believe the 2010 recruits will blend well with the personalities and talents of our returning players to create a strong Michigan team with both great starters and great depth," Ryan said. "Although young, the 2010 recruiting class has a tremendous amount of high-level soccer experiences under their belts. Five players have international experience with three playing for Canada, one for Mexico and one for Ireland. All of our 2010 recruits will make an immediate and positive impact on our team."
Chambers-Garcia, a forward from San Clemente High School, led her team to the 2009 CIF-SS DI championship, scoring the championship goal, and the 2009 CIF State Regional DI championship. Her goal-scoring ability helped San Clemente H.S. reach the No. 1 spot in the national NSCAA/Adidas Final Poll. Chambers-Garcia played for the Slammers FC where she was the U-19 Premier Coast Soccer League leader for goals scored in 2009-10. She also plays for Mexico's U-20 and Senior National Teams. She was rated a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
"Shelby is tall, fast and very skillful with great 1v1 ability," Ryan said. "Her service from the flanks and shots on goal will be an asset for us."
Ezurike, one of three incoming players from Canada, was the starting center forward for Canada's U-17 National Team. She played in the U-17 Women's World Cup and U-17 Women's CONCACAF Championships in 2008. For her efforts on the Nova Scotia Provincial Team, Ezurike was named the IKON Awards Athlete of the Year in 2009 and the Most Valuable Player at the Atlantic All-Stars Championships in 2007.
"Nkem is a strong, fast, powerful player," Ryan said. "She possesses great skill, vision and ability to score goals."
Mannino, a product of Avondale High School, is ranked No. 61 in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com. A three-time all-state first team selection, Mannino was selected to the 2009 All-State Dream Team. She also plays for the Vardar club team where she has won six State Cup championships. The six-year team captain was named the State Cup Most Valuable Player in 2005 and 2008. On the national stage, Mannino has participated on the Michigan ODP State team for five years and was invited to the 2008 Elite Soccer Player Camp for top 100 players.
"Kayla is the best attacking player from Michigan with the versatility to play wing or striker," Ryan said. "She is exceptionally skillful and creative and can produce some great services and shots on goal."
McCombs, who played for Londonderry High School and Seacoast United, is rated four-star recruit and ranks among the nation's top 100 nationally by TopDrawerSoccer.com. She was a two-time All-State first team selection, Gatorade Player of the Year nominee, ESPN Rise Magazine All-America honorable mention and NSCAA All-New England selection in 2009. McCombs led her high school to three State semifinals (2006-07, 2009). She has been part of the New Hampshire ODP State Team for eight years (2003-2010) and was selected to join the Region I ODP team in Russia this spring.
"Tori is a fast and dynamic attacking player," Ryan said. "She is good 1v1 with a great service and can score a lot of goals. She is an intense player with an exceptional work rate."
Murphy comes from Point Loma High School where she led her team to a CIF division II championship in 2009. En route to the title, she was named Eastern League Player of the Year, CIF DII Player of the Year, All-CIF first team and an honorable mention on the ESPN RISE Magazine All-America team. Murphy, before switching to the Slammers FC in 2009, was awarded the Most Valuable Player at the 2008 Surf Cup Tournament while playing for the Surf S.C. She has recently been invited to join the Senior Irish National Team for training camps and games this spring.
"Shelby is a wonderfully skillful and creative attacking midfield player who is a great playmaker behind the forward line," Ryan said. "She has outstanding vision, touch and tremendous passing skills to create goals for her teammates."
Parsons, the lone goalkeeper of the class, brings invaluable experience from her time on the Canadian national circuit. She played on the U-20 and U-17 Canadian National Teams, competing in the 2008 U-17 Women's World Cup. The aggressive netminder led the Ontario Provincial squad to gold medals in the U-15 and U-14 Canadian Nationals in 2006. Parson's abilities earned her the opportunity to train in Switzerland at the FC Neunkirch Academy in 2009-10.
"Vicky is a very athletic, quick, agile and aggressive goalkeeper," Ryan said. "She is a great shot stopper, has a great kicking game and will control the box and space behind the back line."
Toohey, a product of Phil-Mont Christian Acadamy, is a two-time NSCAA High School All-America second team selection. A top-100 recruit according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, she was named one of ESPN.com's Pennsylvania players to watch in 2009. She guided FC Delco to a Red Bull National League and US Club national championships in 2009. Toohey, who can play several positions, has also earned varsity letters in track and softball.
"Meghan is an exceptionally dynamic two-way central midfielder who is both a great attacking and defending player," Ryan said. "She is fast, powerful and great passer who can play anywhere on the field."
Zadorsky has been a member of the Canadian National Team for four years (2007-10) where she participated in the 2008 Women's U-17 World Cup and will join the U-20 squad in the 2010 Women's World Cup. In 2009, she was named Most Valuable Player at Nationals with the North London Galaxy, her club team. Zadorsky played on the Ontario Provincial Team for five years (2006-10) and was elected captain of the squad.
"Shelina is a natural left sided player," Ryan said. "She is exceptionally skillful, fast, good 1v1 and has a great service and a powerful shot with either foot from outside the box."
Thomas, a product of Cherry Creek High School, led her team to two Centennial League championships in 2007 and 2009. She and her high school teammates competed in the State Finals in 2007. Thomas also made back-to-back appearances in the State Cup semifinals with her club team, the Colorado Storm Royal, in 2006 and 2007. She is the younger sister of former Michigan captain Kristin Thomas (2005-08).
"Karin is a powerful and aggressive central defender," Ryan said. "She is a leader and organizer at the back with great understanding of how to run a zonal back four defense."
Ryan, will enter his third season at the helm this fall, and the Wolverines are set to open the new U-M Soccer Stadium for the 2010 season.