Penn State women’s football reveals No.5 ranked recruiting class
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania. – Penn State’s women’s football program welcomed seven signatories to their 2022 recruiting class on national signing day.
The class is ranked # 5 in the country by Top Drawer Soccer and is the fifth Top 5 class in the program for the past 9 years.
See below for an overview of Nittany Lions’ new group:
Hanson, MA | # 172 in total, # 6 in the northeast
High school: Attends Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in Hanson, MA… 3x Patriot League All-Star… 2x Boston Globe All-Scholastic… 2019 All-State… 2020 All-New England… 2019 Team MVP… Patriot League Champions 2019… The club team is South Shore Select GA… 2017 NPL National Champions… 2017 South Shore Select Coaching Awards.
Staff: Full name is Olivia Halina Borgen… Daughter of Michael and Dorothy Borgen… Has 1 brother, Max… Cousin Lindsay attended Penn State… Born December 12th.
Why Penn State? “I chose Penn State because they have a great football program as well as great academics. I also like the moral of the program and the coaching style. Not only does Penn State have an amazing football program, their entire sports team is doing well, and it seems like such a cool experience to be surrounded by so many talented athletes at school. I know Penn State is going to push me to step out of my comfort zone every day on the court and in the classroom, and I can’t wait. “
Lyndhurst, New Jersey | Player n ° 17 overall, goalkeeper n ° 3 overall
High school: He attends Lyndhurst High School in Lyndhurst, New Jersey… The club team is the STA Girls Academy… Selected as the 2021 WPSL Eastern Region Goalkeeper of the Year… Ranked # 17th overall and # 3 in 2022 class by Top Drawer Soccer… United States National Team Experience; Attended training camps with USYNT U14 and U16… played for USYNT U16 in the UEFA tournament in England… part of the USWNT U18 player pool.
Staff: Full name is Mackenzie Lynn Gress… Daughter of Diane and Richard Gress… Born June 3rd.
Why Penn State? “The second I walked onto the Penn State campus, I immediately felt at home. Coaches and players create a stimulating but encouraging environment that will push me to be a better person and a better player. I knew the culture of the Penn State Women’s Soccer family would drive me to achieve my goals on and off the field. This program is the best in the country and I can’t wait to represent it!
Norwood, New Jersey | Player No. 38 overall, No. 2 in New Jersey and midfielder No. 14 overall
High school: He attends Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, NJ… The club team is PDA… 2nd team ENCL… North Atlantic conference champions.
Staff: Full name is Luciana Olivia Latino… Daughter of Jen and Vin… has 1 brother, Giovanni… cousin Gabriella attended Penn State… Born November 2nd.
Why Penn State? “The real question is how not to choose Penn State? The school has an incredible sense of unity and diversity unlike any other. The Penn State atmosphere and camaraderie that students have with each other is unique. School is the ideal academic and athletic tool for me, and I couldn’t ask for better. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity alongside top notch football coaches, amazing teammates and a flawless school. WE ARE!!”
Acton, MA | # 114 in total, # 3 in the northeast
High school: Attends Buckingham Browne & Nichols School… 2018 Freshman Year NEPSAC Semifinalist Class A… 1st All-ISL Team… 1st All-NEPSAC Team… NE Football Journal Rookie of the Year… the NSCAA… TDS Preparation Team from across the region… Year of sophomore 2019 NEPSAC Class A Champions… USA Today Preseason All-American… All-ISL 1st Team… All-NEPSAC 1st Team… NEPSAC Class A MVP… NSCAA All-State Team… NE Soccer Journal Underclassmen Best XI… NE Soccer Journal Best XI… NE Football Journal Midfielder of the Year… Top Drawer Soccer 1st Team HS All-American… Top Drawer Soccer Prep All Region 1st Team… Top Drawer Soccer All State Team… Junior Team Captain of the Year 2020… Team Captain of the Year 2021… The club team is FC Stars (ECNL Blue).
Staff: Full name is Molly Elizabeth Martin… Daughter of Naomi and Mark Martin… Has 1 brother, Tyler… Born August 30th.
Why Penn State? “Years ago, when I started the recruiting process, I asked some of my older ECNL teammates how they knew which school was right for them. At the time, they offered the seemingly useless advice of “you will know when you know”. When I first arrived at State College and historic Jeffrey Field years ago, I knew exactly what they were talking about and, more importantly, I knew this was exactly where I wanted to play the game. college football. The USP women’s soccer coaching team as well as past and present players have worked tirelessly to create a hardworking, relentless, self-cultured team that I just can’t wait to be a part of. I am grateful and honored to be a part of the Nittany Lion family.
Downtown, Pennsylvania | # 155 overall, # 4 in Pennsylvania
High school: Attends Downingtown West High School in Downingtown, PA… 2020 All-Area First Team… High School All-American… The club’s team is the Penn Fusion Soccer Academy.
Staff: The full name is Ava Dee Minnier… Daughter of Karin and Scott Minnier… Has 2 siblings, Max and Sydney… Born May 14th.
Why Penn State? “I chose Penn State University because of the incredible team atmosphere on and off the field and the incredible coaching staff. I look forward to being surrounded by the best talent and being taken to the next level with my new family!
Sammamish, WA | No.27 player overall, No.2 in the Pacific Northwest, No.9 forward overall
High school: Attends Eastside Catholic School in Seattle, WA… The club team is Eastside FC… 2021 ECNL League Champions… 2018-2021 US National Youth Team Participant… Quarter Finalist Development Academy 2019 national qualifiers (Reign Academy 04).
Staff: The full name is Alivia Marie Uribe… Daughter of Cynthia and Mauricio Uribe… Has 1 brother, Gabe… Born February 26th.
Why Penn State? “I chose Penn State because of its academic and athletic opportunities. Academically, the Smeal College of Business offers me a wonderful opportunity to pursue my dreams in finance. In the long term, I hope to use this business experience to access a position in sports marketing.
“Athletically, Penn State Women’s Soccer is the highest level. From day one, the coaches have put together a comprehensive plan for me to improve during my time at Penn State and prepare me to play professionally afterward. Likewise, my teammates made me feel like a family member, even from the entire West Coast! I can’t wait to pursue my next academic and athletic steps, and there’s no better place to do it than at Penn State! #We are”
Fort Wayne, ID | 2nd player in the general classification, 1st attacker in the general classification
High school: Attends Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, IN… The club team is Fort Wayne United… Also manages the track.
Staff: Full name is Amelia Grace White… Daughter of Laura and Avery… has 2 siblings, Sophia and Addison… Born June 17th.
Why Penn State? “I chose Penn State because of the many academic options as well as the amazing football and coaching program. It was the only college where I felt at home.