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January 13, 2018 at 12:58 pm #45721
West Virginia University women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown announced the addition of two transfers and four early enrollees for the 2018 season.
Graduate transfer Nadya Gill (Toronto, Ontario/Quinnipiac) and redshirt-freshman Kayla Morrison (Virginia Beach, Virginia/Virginia) are eligible immediately. They are joined by freshmen Addison Clark (Wayzata, Minnesota), Lizzie Mayfield (Atlanta, Georgia), Mara Rodriguez (Rochester, New York) and Nahla Turner (Frisco, Texas).
“I am so excited to welcome this group to our West Virginia family,” Izzo-Brown said. “These young ladies are committed to excellence and want to continue our program’s level of success. It is going to be awesome to develop this group – they each bring so much ability. I’m looking forward to an exciting spring season as we continue to develop our 2018 team.”
Addison Clark, 5-9, Defender, Wayzata, Minnesota
Member of the 2015 United States U-15 Girls National Team … multiple-year player for Minnesota Thunder Academy … all-state midfielder for Wayzata High … 2017 TopDrawerSoccer.com High School All-America Watch List … 2016 NSCAA Fall Girls High School All-Central Region Team … 2016 Fall High School All-State Team by TopDrawerSoccer.com … 2016 First Team All-State … 2015 All-State Second Team … four-time all-conference player … daughter of Chris and Stacie Clark … father ran track at Indiana University … has one brother … birthday is April 10.
Nadya Gill, 5-2, Forward/Midfielder, Toronto, Ontario
Graduate transfer from Quinnipiac who is available immediately with one year of eligibility remaining … invited to the Canadian women’s EXCEL U-20 Camp in February 2017 … played for Canada at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica … won silver with Canada at the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championships … 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District … two-time MAAC All-Academic Team … two-time NEWISA All-New England Second Team … 2016 NSCAA All-Northeast Second Team … two-time All-MAAC First Team … two-time All-ECAC Honorable Mention … 2015 MAAC Rookie of the Year … 2015 All-MAAC Second Team … played in all 19 games in 2017 and started 16 … paced the Bobcats in goals (13), assists (8) and points (34) in 2017 … appeared in 20 matches in 2016 with 19 starts … posted 21 points on a team-best nine goals and three assists as a sophomore … started all 17 matches as a freshman in 2015 … paced the team in 2015 in points (19), goals (8) and game-winning goals (5) … only player in school history to have first four career goals go down as game-winners … in 2015, was youngest student-athlete (age 16) playing at a Division I school … played for Vaughn Soccer Club and selected to Ontario Provincial Team … daughter of Gurmail and Karima Gill … has a twin sister and one brother … birthday is September 26.
Lizzie Mayfield, 5-6, Forward, Atlanta, Georgia
United States soccer training invitee … four-year member of the Region III Olympic Development Program (ODP) Team and five-year pool member … invited to the 2014 and 2015 ODP National Training Camps … with Region III ODP Team, competed in London in 2017, Brazil in 2016 and Costa Rica in 2015 … two-time member of the ODP Region III Thanksgiving Interregional Team … IMG Academy Top-150 …. 2015 Georgia State Cup champion … four-year member and team captain of North Atlanta High School varsity team … paced high school team in scoring all four seasons … voted high school’s Most Valuable Offensive Player … daughter of Scott and Beth Mayfield … has two sisters and one brother … birthday is May 24.
Kayla Morrison, 5-9, Defender, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Transfer from Virginia who is available immediately with three years of eligibility remaining … did not play in 2017 and redshirted in 2016 … TopDrawerSoccer.com All-America and Top-150 selection … played for FC Virginia … four-year varsity starter at center back for Norfolk Christian High and two-time team captain … three-time First Team All-State … All-Tidewater first- and second-team honoree … tallied 41 goals for Norfolk Christian … also ran track and served as 2016 captain for indoor and outdoor teams … finished third in the 4x200m relay at 2016 Virginia State Track Championship … started at defense for varsity field hockey team from 2012-13 … daughter of Randolph and Valerie Morrison … father was a football linebacker at James Madison … has two brothers and three sisters … sister, Kelly, was a four-year starter in soccer at VMI and played semi-professional soccer with Hampton Roads Piranhas … birthday is October 20.
Mara Rodriguez, 5-7, Midfielder, Rochester, New York
Called into camp for El Salvador’s Full Women’s National Team in November 2017 … three-year member of the U-20 El Salvador Women’s National Team … started all three matches for El Salvador at the 2017 U-20 UNCAF Tournament and scored first international goal against Honduras … played with the El Salvador U-20 Women’s National Team at the 2017 U-20 FIFA UNCAF Qualifiers in Nicaragua … also in 2017, played in three International friendlies with U-20 El Salvador Women’s National Team … member of the U-17 El Salvador Women’s National Team and invited to multiple camps in 2016 … participated in the 2017 ECNL Southeast PDP … named an ECNL Southeast Conference Player to Watch three straight years (2015-17) … in 2017, ranked 10th-best midfielder regionally by TopDrawerSoccer.com … named to the 2015 Best XI, TopDrawerSoccer.com Florida Girls Combine … in 2014, named to the iD2 Selection, Nike iD2 National Development Program in Raleigh, North Carolina … three-year PDP participant (2014-16) as part of the U.S. Soccer PDP Identification Program … three-year team captain (2014-17) for West Florida Flames (ECNL and DA) … two-time IMG Coaches Award and Team MVP … three-year team captain (2012-15) at IMG Academy … member of the ODP U.S. Region I Tournament Team and selected for Region I ODP Camp – New York West Team (2012-13) … member of the National Honor Society at Inspiration Academy … daughter of Thomas and Linette Rodriguez … birthday is July 6.
Nahla Turner, 5-5, Goalkeeper, Frisco, Texas
Toured with the Puerto Rican Women’s National Team in 2017 … two-year member of FC Dallas as part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League … played for FC Dallas Development Academy … ran track and field for Reedy High School … daughter of Sean Turner and Leaigha Santiago-Turner … has one brother … birthday is Nov. 14.0
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