Four Recruits from Michigan Among U-M's Six Signees

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's soccer head coach Debbie Rademacher announced Thursday (Feb. 8) the signing of six recruits for the 2007 campaign. Brittany Boeckel (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams), Amanda Bowery (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), Stephanie Crawford (Novi, Mich./Novi), Jill Ferree (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) and Allison Herbert (Spring, Texas/Klein) all signed National Letters of Intent to become Wolverines next season.

"I am extremely excited about the signing of this class," Rademacher said. "Each player has the ability to impact our team right away, and all bring a different dimension that will contribute to our success. Not only are they fine soccer players, but they are a great group of competitiors, winners, leaders and outstanding all-around young women."

Boeckel, a forward/midfielder, is a member of the '89 Michigan ODP squad and helped the team to a third-place finish at the 2005 ODP National Tournament. Along with Bowery and Carron, Boeckel is a member of the Bloomfield Force Soccer Club that reached the 2006 regional final and recently won the 2007 State Cup.

"Brittany is going to add speed to our team," Rademacher said. "She is a dynamic player that can get up and down the field at either midfield or forward. She is an excellent ball winner and loves to run at defenders."

Bowery is also a member of the '89 Michigan ODP squad and the Bloomfield Force. As a member of the 2005 Region II ODP '89 team, she competed at the European International Tour. During her junior season at Rochester High School, Bowery earned 2006 first team all-state, and she recently was named a 2007 Michigan Athlete of the Year nominee. She also helped her high school basketball squad to the 2006 state quarterfinals and, as a member of the volleyball squad, is nominated for the 2007 Miss Volleyball award.

"Amanda is an extremely versatile player that is equally proficient at forward and in the defense," said Rademacher. "Her great physical presence allows her to dominate in the air and physically on the field. She is just a terrific athlete and will most likely be asked to contribute to our attack this next season."

Carron, a two-time first team all-state selection (2005-06) at Rochester High School, plays center back and center midfield. She too is also a member of the ODP '88 team and the Bloomfield Force. Carron earned 2005 NSCAA/Adidas Youth All-American accolades and 2006 Michigan Dream Team honors as a junior. She is also a 2007 Region II U-19 Interregional team member and a member of both the 2005 and 2006 Region II squads. Over the past two years, she has played on international tours to Costa Rica and Europe.

"Jackie is going to bring another dimension to our backline and midfield," said Rademacher. "She is smooth on the ball and has great defensive instincts and vision. Her quick feet and ball skills also allow her to join the attack. She has the ability to score goals as well."

Crawford is 2006 Michigan Dream Team member who, as a forward, helped Novi High School to back-to-back state championships (2005-06). She collected first team all-state and NSCAA high school all-region as a junior, and was named a WXYZ/McDonald's High School Scholar Athlete as well. Crawford is a member of the Michigan Hawks Soccer Club and a seven-time Michigan ODP player.

"Stephanie is going to be a great addition to our team's attack," said Rademacher. "She is quick and skillful, and a pure goal scorer. I foresee her making a big impact right away to our program."

Ferree, a midfielder, helped Strongsville High School to the Ohio State Championship in 2005. As a senior, Ferree garnered NSCAA High School All-America honors and was an All-Ohio first team selection. She is a member of the Cleveland Internationals Club Team and W-League team, and played on the 2005 Super Y-League National team.

"Jill is going to be a huge addition to our midfield," Rademacher said. "Her left foot and attacking-minded play are crucial to our attacking scheme, and we'll look for her to score goals as well. She is a passionate and dynamic soccer player that can step in and make a difference for us."

Herbert currently captains the State Champions Challenge '89 Soccer Club. She was also a member of the South Texas ODP squad as well as a state regional finalist in the 300-meter hurdles in 2005.

"Allison is an explosive winger that is really going to add speed to our team," Rademacher said. "She is gritty and tough and brings an excitement to the field with her aggressive and dynamic play."

Soccer Buzz magazine recognized three of this season's recruits. Carron is named to the periodical's top 100 list, while Ferree is selected for the top 150 listing and Bowery to the top 200.

Contact: Matt Baumer (734) 763-4423

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