Feb. 10, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's soccer head coach Greg Ryan announced the program's five-person 2016 recruiting class on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The signees include forward Brooke DeSantis (Roswell, Ga./River Ridge), midfielders Yasmin Ahooja (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad) and Brooke Cilley (Alamo, Calif./Carondelet), defender Jada Dayne (Waunakee, Wisc./Waunakee Community) and goalkeeper Sean Sinko (Morristown, N.J./Villa Walsh Academy).
"I am excited about our recruiting class, as they contribute significantly to the quality and depth of our 2016 team," said Ryan. "This class will add tremendous athletic ability to an already physically gifted squad."
Ahooja is a midfielder from Carlsbad, California, and attends Carlsbad High School, where she has led the Lancers to three league championships (2013, '14, '15), one San Diego CIF Division 1 semifinals appearance (2014), and two San Diego CIF Division 1 finals appearances (2013, '15). Ahooja is also a three-time Scholar Athlete (2013-15) and will lead her high school team as a captain in 2016. She currently plays club soccer for San Diego Surf (2009-present) and helped lead the team to an Elite Clubs National League championship in 2014. She also participated on numerous OPD teams, playing for the Cal South and Region IV teams from 2013-15. In addition to soccer, Ahooja is also a two-time letterwinner in track and field (2013-14).
Coach Ryan on Yasmin Ahooja:
"Yasmin Ahooja is a very dynamic midfielder who is comfortable playing inside and outside. Possessing great skills and quickness, I am looking for Yasmin to add some key minutes for our 2016 midfield."
Cilley, a midfielder from Alamo, California, attends Carondelet High School and plays club for Mustang Soccer Club. Her senior season came to a premature end due to an injury, however, up until that point she led the East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) in goals and assists. Cilley is a four-time North Coast Section Scholar Athlete (2012-15) and represented the Cougars as a captain as a senior. Throughout her junior season, Cilley lead EBAL in goals, assists, and game-winning goals, and was named the All-North Section Junior Player of the Year and a Top Drawer Soccer Winter All-Region Team selection. In addition, Cilley has played for Cal North State First Team and participated in the Norcal PDP Summer Camp (2013), id2 Regional Training Camp (2013) and ECNL Player Development Program - North West Division (2015).
Coach Ryan on Brooke Cilley:
"Brooke Cilley is a strong central midfielder who possesses all of the qualities to step in and play right off the bat in 2016. Brooke is skillful, smart, excellent in possession and strong in the air. Brooke will be ready to compete for a starting position in her first fall."
Dayne is a defender from Waunakee, Wisconsin, and attends Waunakee Community High School where she helped lead her team to a state championship as a sophomore in 2014. In 2015, she was one of five national finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman award. Dayne is also a three-time First Team All-State and All-Conference selection (2013-15), and two-time All-Region honoree (2014-15). Most recently, following her junior season, she was named a Second Team All-American and a Gatorade Player of the Year finalist. She will play her final soccer season at Waunakee this spring. Dayne played club soccer for the Wisconsin Rush from 2013-15 and prior to that played for the Waunakee Club Soccer team (2008-13). In addition to soccer, she is also a three-time varsity letterwinner in basketball, where she has been a three-time All-Conference selection. Her father, Ron Dayne, was a Heisman Trophy winning running back for the University of Wisconsin and played in the NFL for eight seasons.
Coach Ryan on Jada Dayne:
"Jada Dayne will be one of the best athletes I have ever coached. Possessing great speed, strength and heading ability, I believe Jada has the ability to be a mainstay on our back line over the next four years. Given time to develop, Jada shows the potential to become a great college soccer player."
DeSantis is a forward from Roswell, Georgia, attends River Ridge High School, and plays for Concorde Fire ECNL. Previously, she played club for the North Atlanta Soccer Association (2006-14). The three-time All-County first team selection helped lead River Ridge to a regional championship as a sophomore in 2014. Following her junior season (2015), she was named the Region and County Offensive Player of the Year, as well as an All-Region first team member. In 2012-13 she trained with the Georgia Olympic Development Program. DeSantis will play her final soccer season at River Ridge this spring.
Coach Ryan on Brooke DeSantis:
"Brooke DeSantis is an extremely talented striker and an incredibly intense competitor. Brooke is strong, fast and as aggressive a player as I have coached since Meghan Toohey (2010-13). I anticipate that Brooke will make a positive and immediate impact on the field for us next fall."
Sinko is a goalkeeper from Morristown, New Jersey, and attends Villa Walsh Academy. She plays club for PDA Arsenal and helped her team win the U-17 ECNL national championship. Sinko is a two-time New Jersey state champion (2014-15), sectional champion (2014-15) and conference champion (2013-14). Following her senior season, Sinko was named Second Team All-State, Second Team All-Conference and All-County honorable mention. In 2011, Sinko participated in the ODP Region 1 Camp, and in 2012 she attended a US National Team training event.
Coach Ryan on Sean Sinko:
"Sean Sinko is an excellent goalkeeper with a youth national championship under her belt. Sean will add talent and depth in her first year to our outstanding group of goalkeepers."
Communications Contact: Whitney Dixon