WOMEN'S SOCCER INCOMING CLASS OF 2017
"Columbia women’s soccer is extremely excited to welcome five new Lions for the upcoming season. Juliet Allen, Cayla Davis, Jordyn Geller, Sam Slusher and Gracie Wall, each arrive with the dedication and commitment to helping us build a championship program." said Tracey Bartholomew, Head Coach of Women's Soccer.
"We are thrilled to add these tremendous young women to our program. All are individually skilled with the experience to add talent and depth to an outstanding returning team. Each come from a championship pedigree, and we believe they possess the qualities and characteristics that will help contribute to the program over the next four years, as well as be outstanding leaders and representatives of the Columbia community."
Allen comes to Columbia as a four-year captain at Amador Valley and a four-year captain of the Mustang ECNL Magic. Along with earning East Bay Athletic League and Amador Valley's Most Valuable Player award, she boasts a No.6 national ranking by TopDrawerSoccer as a Goalkeeper, and recieved a national ranking of 95 out of the IMG Academy Top 150 for all positions in the class of 2017.
No stranger to the national stage, Allen attended the 2014 Puma Women's Elite Showcase and Nike National Training Camp. Allen joined the U14 Girls National Team camp for the US Soccer Federation National Training Center, participating in all National Training Center session from 2012-14. Also a two-time ECNL PDP Northwest camp invitee, Allen is well experienced in high-level competition.
Boasting a 4.0 GPA, Allen demonstrated great success in the classroom being honored as a four-year North Coast Section Scholar Athlete, two-time gold medalist in the Grand Concours National French Contest, a HOSA State finalist in the Forensic Medicine event, a National Society High School Scholars Member and a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
Juliet's sister, Marina, was a Division I athlete at Santa Clara University where she was a four-year starter and record holder for the Women's Water Polo team.
Davis joins the Lions as a former two-sport athlete at the Hill School, earning varsity letters in both soccer (four) and ice hockey (one). The two-year captain earned Mid-Atlantic Prep League First Team honors in both 2015 and 2016. Along with captaining the Penn Fusion Soccer Academy (ECNL), Davis excelled in the classroom earning Mid-Atlantic Pre League All-Academic Team all four years and The Hill School's Dean's List from 2013-17. An extremely vesatile player, Davis will boost a stingy Columbia backline and midfield.
Davis will now follow the Ivy League family footsteps, as her father is a Cornell alum.
Along with her black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Jordyn Geller comes to Columbia as a captain on both her Moorpark High School and Eagles ECNL teams. As a two-year letterwinner, Jordyn was named MVP in her senior season and collected All-CIF, All-County, and All-League in honors in her tenure.
Geller tallied 53 goals and 10 assists in her final two seasons at Moorpark, incluuding a 35 goal senior season sparked by a streak of 12 goals in three games on three-consecutive hat tricks. She also helped lead the team to a CIF Southern California Division II Regional final apperance.
Geller, also a four-year Honor Roll honoree, comes from a line outstanding athletes, including a great uncle that played on the Italian National Soccer Team in the 1930's.
Slusher arrives to Morningside Heights with 11 varsity letters across three sports, including four in soccer, three in track, and another four in cross-country. The center midfielder garnered second team all-state honors as a freshman, and went on to be named to the First Team All-State her latter three years. As well as being her team's MVP four years running, Slusher earned the Soccer 3A State Player of the Year and 3A League Player of the Year her senior season, breaking through three-conseuctive runner-up selections. She helped lead her team to the NPL National Championship in 2013 and OPL State Cup Championships from 2011-1015.
Slusher is a four-time leading scorer and assists leader for Catlin Gabel tallying a career total of 60 goals and 65 assists.
A National Merit Commended Scholar, Slusher also displayed excellence in the classroom. Slusher also comes from a lineage of Ivy Leaguers, her mom is an alum of Brown and her father is a former football player at Dartmouth.
Gracie Wall comes from the heralded Crossfire Premier ECNL in the state of Washington. Her stong ability to anchor and steer the midfield is greatly attributed to her decision to play club over high school soccer. By her junior year, Wall was competing with a year-older boys team in the fall. Wall is well expereienced in contributing to success with her two-time national qualifying Crossfire Premier ECNL club, while earning 2016 Team MVP honroees.
Wall was sensational in the classroom as well, earning AP Scholar with distinction and a National Merit Commendation. She qualified for the DECA International Career Develement Conference in 2015 and a Washington State representative in 2016.