NEW YORK - Columbia head women's soccer coach Kevin McCarthy will welcome seven student-athletes to his team in the fall of 2011, as it prepares to once again contend for an Ivy League championship.
Erin Falk, Sarah Forthal, Torie Goode, Grace Redmon, Jourdan Sayers, Catherine Troup and Alexa Yow have all committed to play for the Lions beginning in the fall 2011.
"This is a great group of young women that also represent the core values of Columbia women's soccer," McCarthy says. "They also truly embody the ABC's of the program: they are assertive, bold and creative in the classroom, on the field and in pursuing their dreams in college and beyond."
A native of Duluth, Ga., Falk was named all-county in each of the last three years for Duluth High School, and won the Golden Boot Award as the team's leading scorer in both 2009 and 2010. As a junior, she had 18 goals for the Wildcats and was named the Team's Most Valuable Player. Falk plays her club soccer for Norcross Fury and has been a member of the Georgia State Olympic Developmental Program for the past three seasons.
McCarthy on Falk: "One of the most technically savvy players in the nation, Erin will combine fantasy and function on the pitch."
Rated a three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com, Forthal earned four varsity letters in both soccer and track at University High School in Irvine, Calif. A 5-8 striker, Forthal was named to the Pacific Coast League first team as a sophomore after leading the Trojans in scoring and helping them to a PCL championship. She is a member of the Irvine Strikers club team.
McCarthy on Forthal: "Sarah is an attacking force. She always looks to go forward and uses her pace in initiating creative attacking play and winning the ball back quickly."
Goode hails from Wildwood, Mo., and has played a variety of different positions throughout her career at Eureka High School. In her first varsity season, Goode played a defensive role and earned first team all-conference honors as the Wildcats won a conference championship. The following season, Goode led the team in goals as a forward and was again named first team all-conference while also adding first team all-district honors. As a junior, Goode played central midfielder and led her squad to a district championship.
McCarthy on Goode: "Torie is a strong young woman in many ways. Her athletic influence on the field, both in attack and defense, is only matched by the energy of her personality and drive."
A standout goalkeeper at the high school level, Redmon comes to Columbia after starting three seasons at Hathaway Brown High School in Ohio. The 6-2 goalie stopped 248 shots and recorded 27 shutouts over her three seasons with the Blazers. Redmon helped the team to three straight state final four appearances, including a state championship in 2009.
McCarthy on Redmon: "Grace has great hands, courage and presence. She has been very pro-active in her desire to be a part of our success, and we expect she will be a contributor in the next four years."
Sayers, a four-year letterwinner and team captain as a senior at Oakcrest High School in New Jersey, will join Redmon and rising senior Lillian Klein in the goalkeeping ranks this fall. Named the Falcons' most valuable player after setting a single-season shutout record as a senior, Sayers posted nine shutouts while also being named second team All-Cape Atlantic League. She is rated as 15th-best recruit in the state of New Jersey by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
McCarthy on Sayers: "Jourdan is athletic, brave and very focused. A highly sought-after student-athlete and goalkeeper, Jourdan has great potential and we are delighted to have her in our program. "
Troup played two seasons at The Bullis School in Washington, D.C., before concentrating on club soccer with the nationally-renowned Bethesda Dragons over the last two years. The Dragons are rated as one of the top 20 club teams in the nation, most recently winning both the Discovery Cup and the Maryland State Cup in 2010. Troup has been a member of the Maryland ODP state team and was also selected for the United States Soccer Region I pool in 2006.
McCarthy on Troup: "Pace and grace! Catherine calmly and very quickly plays defense in an assertive manner that will make her a very valuable member of the Columbia women's soccer program."
A former high school teammate of rising sophomore Chelsea Ryan at Loomis Chaffee in Connecticut, Yow is a four-year letterwinner and team captain for the Pelicans. The 5-4 forward/midfielder helped Loomis Chaffee to three consecutive appearances in the New England Class A finals from 2007-09. A member of the U-17 Irish National Team in 2010, Yow has played club soccer for the Connecticut Football Club, which won the Connecticut State Cup in 2010.
McCarthy on Yow: "Alexa is a creative attacking player with a high level of skill. After recovering from a serious knee injury last year, we now see grit and determination in her already strong list of strengths."