Nine Signees to Join Women’s Soccer This Fall

June 15, 2018

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LOS ANGELES – Loyola Marymount women’s soccer has completed its signing class for the fall 2018 season with the addition of nine new players. Competing for the Lions this fall are freshmen Siarfo Abekah, Kendyl Baker, Jalyn Lupo, Jordan Robinson, Emma Rohleder, Sydney Schultz, Taylor Sherman, and Brianna Van Giesen and sophomore transfer Dana Reed.

 

“We are excited to welcome our recruiting class of 2018,” said Head Coach Michelle Myers. “This class will have some big shoes to fill with the graduation of a very experienced and successful senior class this past year. Our goal with this class was to help replace some of those seniors, as well as, add more depth to our roster while continuing to make us better in all areas of the field. This class is diverse in the positions covered, as well as, their soccer and geographical backgrounds. Overall, it is a very athletic class with a strong competitive spirit. It is a class that we expect to have a strong impact both on and off the field during their time here as Lions on the bluff.”


 

 

 

 

Meet the Players:

 

Siarfo Abekah, F, Issaquah High School, Issaquah, WA., ISC Gunners

 

High School Team Awards: State Champions 2015 and 2017, King-Co League Champions: 2017

Club Team Awards: Surf Cup Champions 2017, NPL Finalists 2012

Individual Awards: IHS Grade Scholar Summer 2017, HIS Grade Scholar Fall 2017


Reason she chose LMU: “I chose LMU because it is in such a beautiful area and has an amazing campus. Also, the atmosphere of the school was so welcoming when I visited. The coaching staff that I met were also very fun and helpful and I'm really excited to work with them and all my new teammates!”

 

Head Coach Michelle Myers on Abekah:

Siarfo is a forward with great pace that will be able to get behind defenses and create goal scoring opportunities for us.  Defenders will definitely be aware of her on the field.  Her speed has been an asset for her both on the soccer field and the track. We are excited to watch Siarfo put that speed to use along with her grit and determination as she adds some more points to our LIONS attack.   

 

 

Kendyl Baker, GK, Davis High School, Kaysville, UT, La Roca Futbol Club, U.S. Development Academy

 

High School Team Awards: National Champions 2015-16 and 2016-17, State Champions three consecutive seasons (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17), XFINITY Sports Awards: Most Outstanding Girls Team (2017), Max Preps Awards (2015, 2016)

Club School Team Awards: State Cup Champions (2011-2015, 2017), Region Champions (2015), National Finalists (2015, 2016)

ODP Team Awards: ODP Finalists (2015)
Individual Awards: All-State Team: Deseret News (2016), All-State Team: Salt Lake Tribune (2016), All-State Second Team: Deseret News (2015), Golden Leaves Winner (2016)


Reason she chose LMU: “LMU is a great school, both academically and athletically. It is third best in the West educationally, and contains amazing facilities, staff, and tutors that help students be and do the very best that they can, expanding their minds to their full potential. LMU is great athletically because it has caring, hardworking coaches that develop their players, and support their student-athletes both on and off the field. LMU also recognized my success and potential early, and has constantly been in contact with me, making me feel wanted, special and excited to attend their college and play my hardest and best soccer for them. I can’t wait to be a Loyola Lion!”

 

Head Coach Michelle Myers on Baker:

Kendyl is a goalkeeper who will join our already talented goalkeeping unit.  Kendyl is a great shot stopper who reads the game well.  She has a good frame and does a great job covering high balls especially in traffic. Her mobility allows her to make the big save off of her line and control the 18 yard box.  We are excited to add Kendyl’s fearless mentality to our team and anticipate seeing several spectacular saves from her during her time as a Lion.

 

Jalyn Lupo, M/D, Steele Canyon High School, El Cajon, CA. Albion SC, U.S. Development Academy

 

High School Team Awards: League Champs, CIF Finalists (2015), CIF Open Division (2016), League Champs, CIF Finalist, State Participant (2017)

Club School Team Awards: Team captain last five years, National Championship Series: 2015 & 2016 State Finals, 2015 Region Semis, 2015 National Championships Semi Finals, 2015-2016 National League Runner Up

ODP Team Awards: 2017 ODP National Champions, 2017 OPD Region IV Champions, 2016 ODP Pool, 2014 ODP Pool, 2013 ODP Pool
Individual Awards: All-League, Grossmont Hills League Freshman of the Year, Socal Hs Soccer Classic Tournament All-Tournament Team, Steele Canyon High School Academic Excellance Award (2015), All-League, Steele Canyon High School Sophomore Of The Year, Steele Canyon High School Academic Excellence Award (2016), Junior-All League, All CIF, Union Tribune All-Academic Team, Silver Boot Award for Most Assists (2017), Steele Canyon High School Academic Excellence Award (2015, 2016), Union Tribune All-Academic Team

Reason she chose LMU: “I’m a Southern California girl who wanted to stay close to home and near the beach. I am close with my family who have always made it a point to make it to every game and support me. LMU is a perfect match where I’m not too far from home, will get an excellent education and play the game I love.”

 

Head Coach Michelle Myers on Lupo:

Jalyn is a central midfielder who could also play as a defender.  Jalyn is a great ball winner and has the ability to win aerial battles both offensively and defensively.  Her competitive drive can be seen in the way she relentlessly applies pressure to win balls and give her team possession.  Jalyn also possesses a long throw-in which can aid in our attack. We are excited to add Jalyn’s physical presence/mentality to our team.

 

 

Jordan Robinson, Defender, Notre Dame High School, Woodland Hills, CA., Real So Cal ECNL

 

High School Team Awards: First league championship for girls’ soccer in school history (2017)
Individual Awards: All-League (2016-18), Defensive MVP (2017), Varsity Co-Team Captain (2018), All-League Academic Team (2016-18), Wendy’s High School Heisman local winner for Notre Dame (2018)


Reason she chose LMU: “I chose LMU because I wanted to get a great education while being a part of a successful soccer program. The school has an exceptional business program which is where I plan on earning my finance degree. LMU being a Jesuit school also played a part in my decision because religion is important to me and I feel it brings a sense of community and warmth to the campus. With my brother attending LMU, presently, I learned that LMU provides great opportunities and experiences for its students.”

 

Head Coach Michelle Myers on Robinson:

Jordan is a defender who can play anywhere in the back line.  The combination of Jordan’s athleticism teamed up with her technical and tactical soccer ability make her a defender that can not only run down opponents and win air battles but also attack out of the back.  Having lost four defenders to graduation, we are excited to add Jordan’s versatility and experience to our back line

 

Emma Rohleder, F, Skyline High School, Sammamish, WA., Crossfire Premier, U.S. Development Academy

 

Club School Team Awards: 1stplace Western Division and #1 seed nationally – undefeatedafter league play 22-0-2 (2018), 6th-place at ECNL Nationals in Richmond (2015), NW ECNL league champs, 3rd-place at ECNL Nationals in Maryland (2016), NW ECNL league champs, 2nd-place at ECNL Nationals in San Diego (2017), #1 Academy team in the nation (2018)

Individual Awards: Skyline Soccer MVP (2016)


Reason she chose LMU: “I chose LMU soccer because of its competitive soccer program, fantastic coaches, and tight-knit community. Oh, and you can’t beat the view from the bluff! I can’t wait to join the Lion family!!”

 

Head Coach Michelle Myers on Rohleder:

Emma is a forward that reads the game well and uses that strength to put herself into good attacking situations whether it be getting behind the defense to cross a ball or getting on the end of a ball to score a goal.  She is comfortable with her back to goal or running at opponents and has that desire to go to goal and make things happen in the final third of the field.  We are excited to add Emma’s strengths to our attack and the production she will add.

 

 

Sydney Schultz, F, River City High School, West Sacramento, CA, Placer United SC, U.S. Development Academy

 

High School Team Awards: CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Champions 2018 (1sttime in history),Tri-County Conference Champions 2015, 2016, 2018
Individual Awards: Tri-County Conference Most Valuable Player (2018),Tri-County Conference Offensive Player of the Year (2017), All-Conference Player (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Sacramento All-City Team Selection (2017), Set school record for points (340), goals (144), and assists (52) in a career, National Training Camp Roster ODP, 8-Time U.S. Soccer Training Camp Invitee, Named to Region IV Top 18 (2000’s) (2014; ODP Championships), Team leader in goals scored since joining Placer United (2015-2017 Seasons), team single-season record for goals (29) scored (2015-16 Season)

Reason she chose LMU: “I chose LMU because my first visit to the campus felt like home.  From my talk with the coach expressing the value of the strengths and intangibles they saw in me, I realized I was seeing the same in LMU -an intangible feeling of belonging to a campus, a way of life, a team, a family. A feeling this is where I belonged remained following my visit and made me realize being an LMU Lion was my destiny.”

 

Head Coach Michelle Myers on Schultz:

Sydney is the type of player that every coach wishes to have in their program.  She is a soccer junkie.  Her relentless passion for the sport drives her to take advantage of every opportunity to train and get better.  She is a true goal scorer that has a knack for finding the back of the net. You may find her breaking out a bicycle kick or crushing a half-volley to get the job done.  We are excited for her to infuse that energy, determination and work-ethic into the team both on and off the field. 

 

Taylor Sherman, M, Medfeld High School, Medfield, MA., Boston Breakers, U.S. Development Academy

 

High School Team Awards: Tri-Valley League Champions (2017)

Club School Team Awards: U.S. Youth Soccer National Champions (2014), NPL National Champions (2014, 2015), US Club Soccer National Champions (2016)
Individual Awards: Tri-Valley League MVP (2017), Tri-Valley League All-Star (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Eastern Massachusetts All-Star (2015, 2016, 2017), Massachusetts All-State Team (2016, 2017), Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team (2016, 2017), Record at Medfield High for most goals in one season (25)

Reason she chose LMU: “I chose LMU because I have always wanted to go to school in California and LMU was a perfect fit for me, for both soccer and academically. After visiting LMU I knew it was the perfect fit.”

 

Head Coach Michelle Myers on Sherman:

Taylor is an athletic midfielder who can play both wide or centrally.  You may also see her playing up top or as an outside back which gives us some good options.  Taylor has the ability to get up and down the field, is technically sound and is a true competitor. She comes from a championship background having won multiple national titles with her club team. We are excited to add Taylor’s no nonsense, get down to business, East Coast mentality to our program.



Brianna VanGiesen, D, Maria Carillo High School, Santa Rosa, CA, Santa Rosa United ECNL

 

High School Team Awards: NCS of the CIF Fall Champions (2014-15) (2015-16), NBL League Champions (2014-15), (2015-16)

Club School Team Awards: Surf Cup Champions (2013)

ODP Team: NPL Norcal PDP State Team (2011-2017), ECNL PDP National Tryouts (2014-2017), Market Trainings (2014/2015), ID2 Arizona (2014/2015)
Individual Awards: First Team All-Empire 2017, Esmark High School All American (2016/2017), North Coast Section, CIF Scholar Athlete (2014 -15, 2015-16, 2016-17), Maria Carrillo High School Summa Cum Laude 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18)

Reason she chose LMU: “I chose LMU because not only is it located in Los Angeles, one of my favorite cities, but because it’s by the beach and it’s sunny almost every day! The school itself is gorgeous and the moment I stepped foot on the campus I just knew that it was where I wanted to spend the next four years. In addition to its location & beauty, LMU will also allow me to follow my dreams and play division I soccer! All together LMU offers everything I am looking for in a home for the next four years.”

 

Head Coach Michelle Myers on Van Giesen:

Brianna is a defender that can play both wide or central.  Brianna is technically sound and has the ability to connect out of the back. She is smart when it comes to defending and anticipating the transitional moments in order to win the ball. Brianna is also capable of playing in the midfield if needed.  Brianna will be reuniting with a former high school teammate and current Lion, Ali King. The pair were part of a championship run together shutting out opponents along the way. We are excited add Brianna’s talents to our defense which will add to our ability to play out of the back.

 

Dana Reed, F/MF, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Highland, MD, Maryland United FC

 

High School Team Awards: Three-time WCAC Champion

Club School Team Awards: ECNL National Semifinalist
Individual Awards: First Team All-State, First Team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, Team Captain as a Junior and Senior, Recipient of the Colin Brown Soccer Award and Coaches Award for Excellence as a youth player.

 

Head Coach Michelle Myers on Dana Reed:

Dana will be joining us after spending her first season at LSU.  Dana had a successful freshmen season with the Tigers finishing ranked 6thon the team in overall points with seven points from 2 goals and 3 assists.  She primarily played forward last season but with her engine and athleticism she could play a number of positions for us. Dana is originally from Maryland which adds to the geographical diversity of this incoming class and our team.  Dana is known for her hard work and competitive nature.  She also has leadership experience as a former 2x time team captain with her championship high school team. We are excited to add Dana’s work ethic, perspective and leadership ability to our program.

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