Talented Student-Athletes Headline Women's Soccer Recruiting Class
Feb. 6, 2014
CHICAGO - DePaul women’s soccer is following up one of the most successful seasons in program history with a deep and talented recruiting class announced by coach Erin Chastain.
After earning a bid to the NCAA tournament last fall and leading the nation in save percentage, the Blue Demons are ready to take their program to the next level.
The eight incoming freshmen in the class of 2014 have the potential to be among the best recruiting classes in program history. On Thursday, Elizabeth Endy of Minnetonka High School was honored as the Gatorade Minnesota Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
“We are really excited about our 2014 class,” Chastain said. “We feel we really identified our program’s needs at the back, midfield and forward spots and have added a group of players who will help our program continue to grow and be competitive at the national level.
“It’s also a class full of personality that will be a great addition to the chemistry of our team. All of these young women have been extremely committed to their development as athletes, students and people, and we look forward to the many contributions they will have in their careers at DePaul.”
Here are profiles of the future Blue Demons.
Alexa Ben - Midfielder - Schaumburg, Ill. (Schaumburg HS)
Coach Chastain: “Alexa is a very special attacking player with an outstanding soccer IQ. She can play attacking mid or up top and will immediately impact our team’s ability to create chances.”
Kassandra Cerda – Defender/Forward – Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS)
Coach Chastain: “Kassie is a flank player who is as tenacious as they come. She loves to attack and loves to defend.”
Lucy Edwards - Midfielder/Defender – Lake Forest, Ill. (Lake Forest HS)
Coach Chastain: “Lucy is a special athlete who is great as a holding mid or defender. She’s very smooth and comfortable on the ball and will help our team possess and connect.”
Elizabeth Endy – Defender – Deephaven, Minn. (Minnetonka HS)
In high school she was a three-time, All-State athlete in track and ran on the state champion 4x800 relay team in 2012 while helping lead Minnetonka to the Class AA state title in 2013. Endy led her club soccer team to the Minnesota State Cup U-16 title. She is an AP Scholar and a National Honor Society student.
Coach Chastain: “Elizabeth’s pace and endurance truly set her apart. She’s a phenomenal athlete and soccer player with an incredible mentality.”
Lauren Frasca – Goalkeeper – Aurora, Ill. (Rosary HS)
Coach Chastain: “Lauren is a fearless goalkeeper who is great at shot stopping and 1 v 1 scenarios. She’s got a great attitude and will provide quality depth at the goalkeeper position.”
Sonia Johnson - Midfielder/Defender – Houston, Texas (The John Cooper School)
She was big reason why the Dragons were a Southzone Division 1 runner-up for three seasons and was chosen the 2013 Rotary Club Student of the Year. Johnson led her club team, the Texas Rush, to the Presidents Cup state and regional titles in 2011 and third place in the 2011 Presidents Cup Nationals.
Coach Chastain: “Sonia is a great soccer player and athlete who can play midfield or defense. She’s very comfortable with the ball at her feet and extremely good in the air. She’s also got a wonderful ability to hit a wide range of free kicks.”
Maria Petrillo - Defender/Forward – Arlington Heights, Ill. (St. Viator HS)
She helped lead her club team to the ECNL US Club regional title and to the national tournament along with the USYSA state title and regional finals and was an IYSA State Cup finalist. She will be reunited at DePaul with close friend and Sockers FC teammate Jessica Schmidt.
Coach Chastain: “Maria has great pace and is able to tirelessly get up and down the flank from the outside back position. She’s extremely feisty and great on the attacking end as well.”
Jessica Schmidt - Midfielder/Forward – Park Ridge, Ill. (Maine South HS)
Coach Chastain: “Jessie has a wonderful feel for the game and is a great athlete. She has the versatility to play attacking mid or forward and will have a big impact on our attack.”