MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown announced the addition of 10 student-athletes for the 2013 season.
The signees are Bryce Banuelos (Elmhurst, Ill.), Tessa Broadwater (Midlothian, Va.), Kadeisha Buchanan (Brampton, Ontario), Sarah Howley (Dallas, Texas), Haley Keefer (Grand Blanc, Mich.), Ashley Lawrence (Toronto, Ontario), Daniela Neves (Springfield, Va.), Michelle Newhouse (Pinch, W.Va.), Amandine Pierre-Louis (Montreal, Quebec) and Ashley Woolpert (Springboro, Ohio).
“This is an exciting day for WVU women’s soccer,” says Izzo-Brown, who just completed her 17th season in charge of the Mountaineers. “Our staff has worked extremely hard to bring in these student-athletes who can help our program continue to win championships.
“It’s a group that will give us depth at every position. We look forward to their arrival on campus and helping them fulfill their potential as Mountaineers.”Bryce Banuelos, 5-5, Midfielder, Elmhurst, Ill.
ESPNHS Top 150 (No. 66) … Top Drawer Soccer Midwest Regional Top 10 (No. 9) … Girls IMG Academy Top 150 (No. 89) … plays club for Team Chicago under coach Phil Nielsen … 2012-2013 USYSA National League Champions … 2012 USYSA Region II Champions … two-time Illinois State Cup Champions (2011-12) … 2009 Illinois State Cup Finalists … played one season (2012) at York High for coach Krzysztof Halupka … earned all-conference and all-sectional honors … ODP Region II team member (2009-12) … daughter of Michael and Maria Banuelos … mother, Maria, played tennis at Central Michigan … one of three children … birthday is May 6.Tessa Broadwater, 5-8, Midfielder, Midlothian, Va.
Versatile midfielder with good touch … totaled 36 goals and 17 assists in three seasons (2010-12) … won 2012 state AAA title at Cosby High for coach Roger Lattimer … scored 16 goals as a junior (2012) … 2012 Richmond Times Dispatch All-Metro First Team … 2012 all-region and all-district … all-academic honoree in three sports: soccer, cross country and track … plays club for Richmond Kickers Elite under coach Andy McIntosh … 2012 state cup Final Four U18 and 2012 WAGS Champions U18 … participant on '94 Richmond Kickers Elite Team U9-U15, and U17 … national honor society and national BETA club member … daughter of Timothy and Natasha Broadwater … one of four children … birthday is January 16.Kadeisha Buchanan, 5-6, Defender, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Great international experience and strong club background … standout defender at Cardinal Leger Catholic Secondary School under coach James Chambers … 11-A side champions in 2009 and ROPSSA champions in 2010 … also played flag football, volleyball and basketball … plays club for Brams United under coach Joe Nucifora … silver medalist with full Canadian national team at Yongchuan Cup in China (2013) … represented Canada at the 2012 U17 CONCACAF Women’s tournament, winning a silver medal … game MVP against Jamaica at U17 CONCACAF (2012) … guided club teams to league championship (2011), Ontario Cup titles (2008, 2011) and a national championship (2011) … earned MVP honors at Gran Campon Del Torneo (2008-09) … Provincial wins in the Quebec Series (2010) and nationals (2010-11) … daughter of Howard Tate and Melsadie Tate … one of 12 children … birthday is November 5.Sarah Howley, 5-8, Defender, Dallas, Texas
Four-year letterwinner at Highland Park High for coach Stewart Brown … team captain as a senior (2013) … 4A state champions in 2012 … 2012 4A state championship MVP and 4A All-State Tournament Team … 2012 all-district first team … 2010-11 all-district second team … plays club for Sting ’95 under coach Jeremy Halverson … two-time LHGCL Division 1 Grand Champions … 2012 USYSA state champions and Region III semifinalists … member of state ODP teams from 2005-07 and regional ODP teams in 2007 and 2008 … Honors student who was twice named Cornerstone Scholar Athlete (2012-13) and AP Scholar (2010-12) … daughter of Scott and Emily Howley … one of three children … birthday is September 12 … granddaughter of former WVU All-American and Super Bowl MVP Chuck Howley.Haley Keefer, 5-4, Goalkeeper, Grand Blanc, Mich.
Attended Grand Blanc High but did not play soccer … plays club for Michigan Hawks 96 ECNL under coaches Doug Landefeld and Adil Salmoni … ECNL Challenge A Top 10 (2011-13) … 2011 Region 2 finalists and state cup champions … 2010 USYSA national semifinalist (2010) and Region 2 champions … 2010 Region 2 Midwest Regional League Champions (2010) … 2009-10 state cup semifinalists … ODP state team member from 2008-10 … ODP Regional Camp participant (2009-10) … National Honor Society member … Honor Roll student … daughter of Brian and Gidget Keefer … only child … birthday is August 6.Ashley Lawrence, 5-6, Forward, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Natural goal scorer with great international experience as a member of Canadian Youth National Teams … won gold medals with Team Ontario at U14 Nationals and U16 Nationals … represented Canada at the 2010 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago … captained Canada’s U17 teams at CONCAF qualifiers (April 2012) and Women’s World Cup (Sept. 2012) … twice named U17 Canadian Player of the Year (2011-12) … attended U20 (July 2012) and Full National Team (Jan. 2013) camps, including international CAPS at the Four-Nation Tournament in China (Jan. 2013) … plays club for Erin Mills Mighty Eagles under coach Cyprian McFarlane … led team to gold medal at 2010 Ontario Summer Games, two gold medals at the Ontario Cup Championship and a gold medal at the National Club Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta … two-time Petro Canada Fueling Athlete and Coaching Excellence Program member (2010-11) … attended Mayfield Secondary School after three seasons of soccer at Cardinal Leger High for coach James Chambers … daughter of Raphael Emovon and Tina Lawrence … one of two children … birthday is June 11.Daniela Neves, 5-4, Forward, Springfield, Va.
ESPNHS Top 150 (No. 138) … Top Drawer Soccer Mid-Atlantic Regional Top 10 (No. 18) … three-time MVP at Robert. E. Lee High for coach John Fuller … led district in scoring for three-straight years … all-district first team selection … plays club for VSA Heat under coaches Steve Smith and Keith Hilton … leading scorer in 2012 Youth Regional … guided VSA Heat to 2012 national championship … daughter of Armando and Gabriela Neves … one of two children … birthday is January 5.Michelle Newhouse, 5-8, Goalkeeper, Pinch, W.Va.
2012 NSCAA Girls High School All-American … standout goalkeeper and four-time MVP at Capital High for coach Riley Gibson … recorded 483 saves and 30 shutouts in her career … also scored nine goals in final two seasons … made 93 saves against 121 shots as a senior … four-time all-state … 2012 AAA state Player of the Year and MSAC Player of the Year … 2012 team captain and North South All Star Game participant … All-MSAC first team … All-Kanawha Valley Team … 2011 AAA state Goal Keeper of the Year and MSAC Goal Keeper of the Year … plays club for WVSC Rowdies under coach Kevin Long … member of seven state champion teams … state ODP member from 2010-12 … “A” honor roll student … daughter of Andy and Cindy Newhouse … father, Andy, played football at Glenville State … one of two children … birthday is April 5.Amandine Pierre-Louis, 5-6, Forward, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Strong finisher with great international experience … Canadian U17 Player of the Year finalist … won a silver medal at 2012 CONCACAF U17 Championship in Guatemala … represented Canada at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 ... plays club for Saint-Leonard … 2011 Quebec Player of the Year … speaks French … daughter of Emerson and Martine Pierre-Louis … one of two children … birthday is February 18.Ashley Woolpert , 5-8, Midfielder/Defender, Springboro, Ohio
Plays club for Cincinnati United Premier under coach Scott Rogers … led team to 2008 State Championship, 2010 CASL Showcase Championship and 2011 Ohio South State Cup Finals … four-year letterwinner at Springboro High for coach Eric Detmer … team captain as a junior and senior … All-Ohio second team as a senior, leading team to district semifinals in 2012 … 2012 All-Miami Valley first team and All-Greater Western Ohio Conference first team … 2012 Greater Western Ohio Conference Player of the Year … 2012 Springboro High Offensive Player of the Year … 2010 All-Dayton South selection … four-year Greater Western Ohio Conference Scholar Athlete Award (2009-12) … state ODP member from 2008-11 … helped 2010 squad to Region II Team Championship … 2010-2011 ODP State Team National Championship Semifinalist … daughter of Phil and Kathy Woolpert … one of two children … birthday is June 7.