Women's Soccer Signs Stellar Recruiting Class
Feb. 2, 2012
CHICAGO – DePaul women’s soccer fans should be fired up about the stellar 2012 class of recruits that have signed national letters of intent and will bolster the Blue Demon program.
Leading the way is midfielder-forward Brianna Ryce of Atlanta who plays on the U20 Trinidad & Tobago Women’s National Team and started for Trinidad & Tobago in the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2010.
Ryce was also all-area first team at Holy Spirit Preparatory School and currently plays on the United Football Academy club team.
“Brianna has exceptional attacking qualities and is an outstanding 1 v 1 player,” said DePaul women's soccer coach Erin Chastain. “She has tremendous pace and aggressiveness.
“She has proven her abilities at the highest level with her experience in international competition and will be successful at attacking midfield or up top.”
Chastain and assistant coaches Michele O’Brien and Tina Estrada brought in another quality attacking player in Elise Wyatt from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Wyatt was the leading scorer for the BC Provincial team and the top scorer the last two seasons with the Victoria Metro team. The strong forward who is difficult to defend because of her quickness and being so dangerous with the ball finished fourth for the Athlete of the Year award among young men and women from all sports in the Cowichan Valley.
She was selected for the Vancouver Whitecaps residency soccer program and named to the ODP All-Stars at the Florida Super Y Tournament.
“Elise is a powerful, dynamic goal scorer who has a great feel for the game,” Chastain said. “She can play at a flank midfield or forward spot. She has trained like a professional in the residency program for Vancouver and will bring a unique perspective to our group.”
Kaily Cox of Tulsa, Okla. will bring her aggressive style of play to the Blue Demon midfield. Cox led Jenks High School to the state title as a freshman and was a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award as a senior. The all-district selection played for the TSC Hurricane club team in the ECNL League.
“Kaily is an extremely technical midfielder who is very smooth on the ball,” Chastain said. “She has the versatility to play in a holding or attacking spot and is great in the air. She is tough as nails and will add a great dimension to our midfield.”
Enhancing DePaul’s depth at goalkeeper is Alejandria Godinez of Aurora, Colo. The all-area performer and four-time, all-conference selection from Frederick High School also played for the Colorado Storm Soccer Club in the ECNL League.
Godinez has been in training camp with the Mexican Youth National Team and won a gold medal at the Mexican Junior Olympics.
“Alex is a confident, well-rounded goalkeeper who owns her box and is extremely comfortable with the ball at her feet,” Chastain said. “She is a great athlete and competitor.
“We are very excited to add these four exceptional young women to our team. They are all extremely competitive, driven and talented, and we look forward to their contributions.”