Preseason Central


2017

Pony_SmallLogo   Kara Bean - Defender - Savage, Minn. 
  Minnesota Thunder Academy

Before Denver: 
Four-year starter at outside back at Eden Prairie High School…Two-Time All-State selection, including First Team All-Minnesota pick in 2016…Two-time All-Minnesota Tournament Team honoree…Led her high school team to a runner-up finish in 2014 and 2015…Also led her club team Minnesota Thunder Academy to a Region 2 Championship in 2016.     

Personal: 
Born January 12, 1999 in Elgin, Ill....Daughter of Maurice and Jennifer...Has two siblings, Kennedy and Reese...Chose Denver because of its exception academics, stellar campus and the experience of a family-like atmosphere in the soccer program...Following college, hopes to become a physician’s associate...Plans to study biomedical sciences.

 


Pony_SmallLogo   Malak Rafik - Midfielder - Parker, Colo. 
  Real Colorado (ECNL)

Before Denver: 
Played her high school soccer for Chaparral, seeing action in each of her first three seasons for the Wolverines…Named Offensive MVP in her freshman campaign….Two-time All-Continental League First Team selection and a second-team pick in her junior season….Winner of the National girls and women in sports award…In 25 appearances in her sophomore and junior seasons, scored 14 goals and tallied 10 assists…Player her club soccer for Real Colorado…Finished as Colorado state finalists in 2011, Surf Cup Semifinalists, Colorado State Cup Champions and participated in the Far West Regionals in 2012…Reached the ECNL Regionals and ECNL Finals in 2014…Played in the Seattle ECNL Regional in 2015 and the San Diego ECNL Regional in 2016.

Personal: 
Born October 15, 1998 in Denver, Colo.....Daughter of Mohamed and Samira...Has one sister, Imane and one brother Rachid...Chose Denver because it was the perfect match for both her academic career and future soccer aspirations. Loved the coaches and facilities...Plans to study engineering…Hopes to pursue a career in engineering because the field matches her interests and she hopes to make a positive impact on people’s lives, the environment and humanity.




Pony_SmallLogo   Brittney Lewis - Defender - Centennial, Colo.
  Colorado Storm (ECNL)

Before Denver: 
Played her high school soccer for Smoky Hill High School and played her club soccer for Colorado Storm…Finished seventh at ECNL Nationals in 2013…Two-time Second Team All-Colorado selection in 2014 and 2015….Finished 8th at the U-17 ECNL Nationals in 2016…Four-time ECNL Division Champions…MVP of her Storm Copa 99 team in 2012.

Personal: 
Born March 27, 1999 in Saint Louis, Mo.....Daughter of Chad and April...Has one sister, Ashley...Chose Denver because of its proximity to home as well as its academics and study abroad programs...Plans to study business and psychology…Hopes to continue to play soccer at a high level after college…Also recruited by Missouri, UC Santa Barbara and Louisville.


 

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Pony_SmallLogo   Alison Tobey - Goalkeeper - Colorado Springs, Colo.
  Real Colorado (ECNL)

Before Denver: 
Academic All-State selection…State Cup finalist in 2012 with the Colorado Storm, a team she played with from 2012-15…Has most recently played for Real Colorado since 2015…Plays her high school soccer for the Palmer Ridge Bears…Captained her high school program, while also earning all-conference and All-Colorado Honorable Mention honors during her high school career.

Personal: 
Born August 31, 1999 in El Paso, Texas...Daughter of Mike and Geneen...Has one brother, Matt...Chose Denver because of its academics, soccer program and coaching staff. Enhoys photograph, hiking and coaching.

 


Pony_SmallLogo   Maya Roston - Midfielder - Newport Coast, Calif. - Slammers FC (ECNL)

Before Denver: 
Played four seasons of high school soccer for Sage Hill’s Varsity program…Competed with her club side Slammers FC at the 2014 ECNL National Championships…Qualified for the ECNL National Playoffs in 2015 and 2016 and the ECNL Club Championships in 2016…Served as the team-captain of both her high school and club sides in 2016-17…Trained at the U.S. Soccer Training Center in 2013, and was in the summer and winter pool for Cal South ODP in 2012…2014 and 2015 All-League selection at Sage Hill.

Personal: 
Born October 20, 1999 in Newport Beach, Calif.....Daughter of Daniel and Stacey...Has one sibling, Jakob...Chose Denver because it was the perfect combination of education, soccer and location, and had a true family atmosphere in its soccer program...Following college, hopes to begin a career in hospitality and business management...Plans to study hospitality management.



 



Pony_SmallLogo   Meg Halvorson - Midfielder - Englewood, Colo. - Colorado Storm (ECNL)

Before Denver: 
Three-time All-Conference first team selection at Cherry Creek High School…All-Conference Academic honors in 2016…Had been ranked in the top-50 nationally and was selected for the U14 National Camp pool…Four-star ranking by Top Drawer Soccer.

Personal: 
Born November 13, 1998 in Denver, Colo...Daughter of Joel and Susan...Has one sister, Betsy and one brother, Ben...Chose Denver because of its great academic standards and its great soccer program under the leadership of Jeff Hooker...Plans to study elementary education…After college hopes to explore opportunities in elementary education as well as international travel.

 



Pony_SmallLogo   Macee Barlow - Forward- Las Vegas, Nev.
  Downtown Las Vegas SC (ECNL)/SC Del Sol

Before Denver: 
Four year high school career at Palo Verde High School and a four-time scholar athlete for the Panthers…2012: Played in the Club Youth World Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden, scoring six international goals… 2013-14: Tallied 10 goals and 11 assists in her freshman high school campaign… Also played for the ODP Regional Team…2014-15: Scored 16 goals and provided four helpers in her sophomore high school season, earning Playoff MVP honors, a spot on the All Northwest League and All Sunset Region teams…Played in the U-16 ECNL Champions League with Las Vegas Premier reaching the ECNL Champions League Finals…2015-16: Netted 18 goals and added five assists in her junior high school season en route to All Southwest League, All Southern Nevada, All Sunset Region and First Team All-Nevada honors…2016-17: Scored 27 goals in her senior high school season to go along with 14 assists…Earned All Southwest League, All Southern Nevada and All Sunset Region Nevada First Team honors…also named the Sunset Region Northwest Offensive Player of the Year and was the only player from the state of Nevada to earn NSCAA All-Region honors...US Club U-18 National Champions…NIAA Sunset Regional Champions and state runner-up.   

Personal: 
Born December 14, 1998 in St. George, Utah.....Daughter of Clay and Debbie...Has one sibling, Lacy...Chose Denver because she immediately fell in love with the University on her first visit...Undecided major…Also recruited by North Arizona, Eastern Washington and New Mexico State.

 


Pony_SmallLogo   Taylor Parker - Defender - Aurora, Colo. - Colorado Storm (ECNL)

Before Denver: 
Played her high school soccer for Grandview and her club soccer for the Colorado Storm…2014: Second Team All-Centennial League and an IMG Top-150 Player according to Top Drawer Soccer after the Storm’s top-16 finish at the ECNL National Championships…2015: Won the Colorado State Championship with Grandview, earning First Team All-Colorado honors…Earned another top-16 finish with the Colorado Storm at the ECNL National Championships…2016: Colorado 5A Player of the Year, leading her team to Grandview’s second-straight Colorado State Championship…Top Drawer Soccer First Team All-West Region…Earned a ECNL National Training Camp Invite to go to Portland, Ore., after a quarterfinal appearance at the ECNL National Championships.

Personal: 
Born April 27, 1999 in Aurora, Colo…Daughter of Don and Daneda...Has one brother Travis and one sister Tori...Chose Denver because of mix of a high level education along with a great soccer and family atmosphere...Undecided major. Enjoys hiking and volunteering at her mom’s elementary school.  

 

2016
Pony_SmallLogo   Hannah Adler - Midfielder - Oak Park, Calif. - Real So Cal (ECNL)

Before Denver:
Surpassed the 100 point mark in her high school career in 2016 as a central midfielder, helping lead Oak Park High School to over 60 wins in her high school career...Finished the 2015 season tied for the most points on her Real So Cal U-17 ECNL Team...2015 California All-Star selection...Two-time First Team All-Conference pick...Real So Cal U16/U17 back-to-back Surf Cup titles...IMG Academy 150 player pool...2015 First Team All-CIF...3 National ECNL Playoff appearances...High School MVP and Offensive MVP.    

Personal:
Born January 23, 1998 in Thousand Oaks, Calif...Daughter of Frank and Lauren...Has two brothers, Josh (attends CU) and Landon, and one sister, Tess...Chose Denver because of its outstanding academics, family-like soccer program, beautiful campus and convenient location...Following college, hopes to play professionally in Europe...Plans to study psychology, marketing and advertising...Also recruited by UCSB, Colorado and Wisconsin.



Pony_SmallLogo   Brittany Wilson - Goalkeeper - Littleton, Colo. - U.S. WNT

Before Denver:
Earned three separate call-ups to join the U.S. Women's National Team, a pair of U-19 call-ups in April and October of 2015, and a U-20 call-up in August of 2015...Remains in pool for players eligible for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup...Goalkeeper for the No. 1 nationally ranked Real Colorado ECNL team...ECNL National finalist in 2014 after also finishing second at ECNL Nationals in 2013...Two-time captain at Real Colorado...Played three years in the Colorado Olympic Development Program.

Personal:
Born September 22, 1997 in Denver, Colo...Daughter of James and Dawn...Has one sister, Alyssa...Chose Denver because of its prestigious academics and athletics, as well as its personable coaching staff...Also recruited by Colorado, San Diego State and Washington State...Hopes to one day play professionally in the NWSL or overseas.



Pony_SmallLogo   Cheyenne Shorts - Defender - Denver, Colo. - Colorado Storm

Before Denver:
Spent three seasons as a center back (2010-12) for the Colorado Olympic Development Program, including serving as captain in 2012...Participated in camps at the U.S. Training Centers in 2012 and 2013...Led the Colorado Storm to a seventh place national finish in 2013, while serving as captain in her first of four seasons in the role...Four-time First-Team All-Conference selection and team defensive MVP at Denver East, making the varsity team starting as a freshman in 2013.

Personal:
Born August 10, 1998 in Denver, Colo...Daughter of Laura...Has one sister, Allison...Chose Denver because of its perfect combination of academics and athletics, giving her the opportunity to pursue her degree in business, while getting to play with a coaching staff that she will click with right away...Following graduation from Denver's business school, hopes to further her educations by going into law or getting her masters.



Pony_SmallLogo   Heather Turcios - Defender - Glendale, Calif. - El Salvador WNT

Before Denver:
Has played in the back four for the U-20 El Salvador Women's National Team... Scored six goals and tallied six assists from her defensive position in 2015 for her high school team...Captain of her 2016 club (CZ Elite) and high school programs...Four-year varsity player and in 2015 earned numerous awards, including Second-Team All-Mission League, Second Team All-Pasadena and First Team All-Glendale.

Personal:
Born December 10, 1997 in Glendale, Calif...Daughter of Raul and Cindy...Only child...Chose Denver because she loved the coaching staff, the beautiful campus, the level of academics and the family atmosphere the program has...Also recruited by Loyola Marymount and UC Riverside...Intends to major in environmental science.