Coming off a NCAA championship game appearance, WVU women’s soccer signed nine players on National Signing Day 2017. Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown has to replace four graduating seniors, which includes Hermann Trophy winner Kadeisha Buchanan and Canadian women’s national team member Ashley Lawrence.
Defender Lois Joel comes to Morgantown from London, England. She has represented England as a youth international player for three years, including the 2016 FIFA U-17 World Cup and UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship.
Lauren Segalla, a forward from Salisbury, Connecticut, played at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. She played her youth soccer at CFC United ECNL.
Ashley Triplett was the first goalkeeper signed in the 2017 class. Though she is from Memphis, Tennessee, Triplett plays prep soccer for Pinecrest Academy youth soccer for Atlanta Fire United ECNL.
The shortest move for a recruit in this class will be for Marissa DeZorzi. The midfielder is from Arona, Pennsylvania. She played youth soccer for the Pittsburgh Riverhouds Academy and trained at U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.
Danielle Gordon was the first multi-position recruit Izzo-Brown signed on the day. The Jacksonville, Florida, native plays as both a defender and forward. She won five championships with 2015 Tampa Bay United U-17.
WVU stole a recruit from the backyard of a Big 12 foe in Kayla Thompson, a goalkeeper from Austin, Texas. She played youth soccer for Lonestar ’99 ECNL and was part of the Texas Player Development Program pool.
Another versatile player chose to play for WVU today. Chloe Zamiela, a defender and midfielder, comes to WVU from Stuart, Florida. She was a National Region 3 Finalist in 2016 as a member of Sunrise Soccer Club.
Lexi Mitchell, a defender and midfielder, comes from Auburn, New York. Playing for Syracuse Development Academy, she won three New York State West State Cup championships.
The final international player to sign to WVU today was Stefany Ferrer-Van Ginkel. The forward and midfielder is from Barcelona, Spain, and a member of RCD Espanyol.
Back in January, Malia Kaleohi, a midfielder, from San Diego, California, enrolled at WVU to join the Mountaineers. She is the younger sister of freshman Heather Kaleohi. Like her sister, Kaleohi played her youth soccer for Albion Soccer Club, reaching the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship semifinals. She was also a member of the Cal South Olympic Development Program.