ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's soccer head coach Greg Ryan announced Friday (Feb. 15) the signing of six recruits for the 2008 campaign. Kristen Goncalves, a forward/midfielder from Ann Arbor, Mich.; Natalie Horner, a midfielder/defender from Upper Arlington, Ohio; Haley Kopmeyer, a goalkeeper from Troy, Mich.; Courtney Mercier, a midfielder/defender from Erie, Pa.; Kimberly Siebert, a defender from Troy, Mich.; and Clare Stachel, a forward from Grand Rapids, Mich., all signed National Letters of Intent to become Wolverines next season.
"I've heard that it is a fairly strong class," said Ryan, who was hired Feb. 1. "I am really happy that we've signed four quality players from within Michigan, and I hope that we can continue to attract the top players in the state of Michigan. I think that is very important."
Gonclaves is coming off a junior season at Gabriel Richard Catholic High School during which she was named Ann Arbor News girls soccer Player of the Year. A Division 3 first team all-state selection, she set a school record with 35 goals last season. Gonclaves is a member of the Michigan Olympic Development Program state team and is one of four incoming athletes to play club soccer for the Michigan Hawks.
Horner, a four-year letterwinner at Upper Arlington High School, made an immediate splash at the varsity level. She earned team MVP honors and a second team all-state nod as a sophomore. Horner is a two-time Ohio Capital Conference first team honoree and was named to the 2006 NSCAA/adidas High School Girls All-Region IV team. She spent four seasons with the Ohio ODP state team and plays club soccer for the Ohio Premier U17 team.
Kopmeyer brings three State Cup Outstanding Goalkeeper honors to the Wolverine netminder group. She has spent four years on the Michigan ODP state team and plays for the Michigan Hawks. As a junior at Lahser High School, she was named a Division 2 second team member and helped her team advance to back-to-back state runner-up finishes.
Mercier, a four-year letterwinner at McDowell High School, earned all-state honors in 2007. She helped her team to a District 10 championship in 2007, grabbing all-district honors in the process. Mercier played for the Pensylvania West ODP team in 2005 and has been a member of the Region 1 squad since.
Siebert is coming off a junior season that earned her all-state second team honors for Avondale High School. As a member of the Michigan Hawks, Siebert was named Most Valuable Player at the U17 State Cup in 2007. She has spent five years with the Michigan ODP state team.
Stachel, a 2007 MHSSCA Dream Team Member, won a Division 2 state championship with Forest Hills Central last spring. She was also selected to the all-state team as a junior. Stachel earned the 2006 Girls State Cup MVP award while playing for the Michigan Hawks. She is in the Region 2 ODP team pool and has advanced to a pair of USYS national semifinals.
The Wolverines graduated six seniors at the conclusion of the 2007 season: Sarah Banco(Medfield, Mass./Noble and Greenough School), Katie Bohard(Indianapolis, Ind./North Central), Lindsey Cottrell(Kalamazoo, Mich./Central), Melissa Dobbyn(Livonia, Mich./Stevenson), Emily Kalmbach(Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) and Lindsay Yakel(Shelby Township, Mich./Utica).
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423