Women's soccer signs six for 2017

This year's signing class includes six student-athletes from five states (Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Michigan and Nebraska).
Feb. 1, 2017

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MILWAUKEE - Six individuals signed National Letters of Intent to join the Marquette University women's soccer team it was announced by head coach Markus Roeders on Wednesday afternoon.

"It's another special day for our Marquette family and we are thrilled that these six outstanding ladies have made it official to make Marquette their home," Roeders said. "We couldn't me more excited as we know they will excel on and off the field. Individually and as a group, they are fantastic young women who have already done terrific work academically and will continue to make a difference at Marquette.

"As athletes, we look forward to them making an impact on our program and building on our tradition of winning championships and competing at the highest level nationally. All have competed and learned soccer with top-level club programs and coaches in youth soccer. As they join us later this summer, we look forward for them to bring their championship experiences, athletic and technical abilities, plus their competitive mindsets."

Meredith McGuire (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central/Sockers FC Chicago) and Maddie Monticello (Chicago, Ill./Lane Tech/Eclipse Select SC) hail from Illinois, while four other states are represented, including Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan and California.

Another pair of attacking players from the Midwest join the Illinois duo in Kylie Sprecher, a forward, from nearby Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin (Menomonee Falls H.S./Eclipse Select SC) and midfielder Elaina Eckert of Warren, Michigan (Marian High School/Vardar SC).

Midfielders Maggie Lena from Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica High School/Eagles SC) and Rachel Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska (Marian High School/Gretna Prima) round out MU's 2017 recruiting class, which replaces 10 graduating seniors from the 2016 campaign. Johnson continues the tradition of talented players signing with Marquette from Omaha, following in the footsteps of former All-BIG EAST forward Liz Bartels and current All-BIG EAST Freshman Team goalkeeper Maddy Henry.

All six will have four years of eligibility remaining with the Golden Eagles when they arrive on campus this summer.

"We can't wait for them to arrive and make our team, program and Marquette an even better place," Roeders said. "Welcome Maddie, Kylie, Meredith, Elaina, Rachel and Maggie to Marquette University and thank you for joining our soccer family."

Marquette concluded the 2016 season with a share of its sixth BIG EAST Conference regular season title and qualified for its 13th NCAA tournament appearance.

Keep up with the Marquette women's soccer program through social media by following on Twitter (@MUWomensSoccer) and Instagram (@MarquetteWSOC) and `liking' on Facebook (/MUWomensSoccer).

Elaina Eckert | MF/F | 5-4 | Warren, Mich. | Marian High | Vardar SC

Prior to Marquette: Eckert is entering her fourth soccer season at Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan ... Named to all-league, all-catholic, and all-state teams during her high school campaign ... Helped her team to two Catholic League Championships in 2014 and 2015, two regional championships in 2014 and 2016, and a state semifinal run in 2016 ... Scored 11 goals and notched six assists in the 2016 season and seven goals with nine assists as a junior... Played for head coach Jim Stachura with Vardar Soccer Club of the ECNL.

Personal: Born in Royal Oak, Michigan and is the daughter of Glenn and Paula Eckert ... Has two siblings, Erika and Avery.

Why Eckert chose to join the `Family': "I chose to attend Marquette University because I attended a game when I was 13 and decided this was a program I'd love to be a part of. I loved the energy of the fans, the level of soccer, and the overall environment. Yet most importantly I think Marquette is a beautiful place with great people where I can come to get a world-class education."

Rachel Johnson | MF/F | 5-8 | Omaha, Neb. | Marian High | Gretna Prima SC

Prior to Marquette: Johnson is entering her fourth soccer season in 2017 at Marian High School ... Won state championships in 2014 and 2016 ... Led Marian to a 15-3 record as a junior in 2016 with seven goals and eight assists ... Named to Nebraska First Team All-State from the Omaha World-Herald during her junior year (2016) and received honorable mention in her freshman and sophomore seasons (2014 and 2015) ... Posted four goals and four assists as a sophomore and six goals with three assists as a freshman, while tallying the assist on the match-winning goal in the state title game ... Played club soccer with Gretna Prima and won the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship with Gretna Prima 95/96 Green ... Was a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Region II team with fellow signee Kylie Sprecher and competed in the national ODP event in 2015.

Personal: Born in Omaha, Nebraska and is the daughter of Troy and Rhonda Johnson ... Has one sibling, Trevor.

Why Johnson chose to join the `Family': "I chose to attend Marquette because of its tight-knit family atmosphere, which really made me feel at home. I also chose Marquette because of the amazing coaching staff and players of the women's soccer team who I am so blessed to be a part of, and of course I chose Marquette because of its incredible academics and beautiful campus."

Maggie Lena | MF/F | 5-6 | Santa Monica, Calif. | Santa Monica High | Eagles SC

Prior to Marquette: Lena is entering her third soccer season at Santa Monica High School in 2017 ... Named captain for her junior and senior years ... Won the MVP of the Ocean League in 2016 ... Led her team in goals and assists in 2016 ... Helped her team win four Ocean League Championships ... All-CIF Second Team performer in 2016 and a first team selection in 2015 ... Led Santa Monica to the CIF quarterfinals in 2016 and the CIF semifinals in 2015 ... Plays for Eagles ECNL Soccer Club ... Helped the Eagles to two finalist runs for the ECNL North American Cup in 2015 and 2016.

Personal: Born in Santa Monica, California and is the daughter of David and Bonnie Lena ... Has one sibling, Samuel ... Plans to study biomedical sciences ... Advanced through a pool of 600 girls from three states to the final four of Nick Sports' reality television show "Soccer Superstar" season 1, staring Heather Mitts, Marcello Balboa and Angela Hughes.

Why Lena chose to join the `Family': "I chose Marquette University because I wanted to play soccer at the highest collegiate level. As soon as I met with their amazing coaching staff, it was evident that they represented an exceptional program. Marquette's values provide a superlative education that will allow me to pursue a leadership role in the medical field with the goal to make a positive contribution. I also chose Marquette University because of its reputation to produce exciting, word-class leaders."

Meredith McGuire | MF/F | 5-7 | Naperville, Ill. | Naperville Central High| Sockers FC Chicago

Prior to Marquette: McGuire earned two letters for her freshman and senior season at Naperville Central High School ... Named to all-conference team and all-academic all-conference team in 2014 ... Named as co-captain for her senior season ... Played year-round for Sockers Football Club Chicago in her sophomore and junior seasons for head coach Trey Bradberry ... Helped her U13 & U14 team to win the US Club Soccer National Cup Championship ... Competed in ECNL National Playoffs with U15 & U16 team ... Selected to ECNL Player Development Program in 2016.

Personal: Born in Naperville, Illinois and is the daughter of Brian and Lori McGuire ... Has one sibling, Mitchell ... National Honor Society member ... Plans to study advertising.

Why McGuire chose to join the `Family': "I chose to attend Marquette University because of the outstanding academics offered, as well as the incredible soccer program. The coaches and players have all been amazing throughout the recruiting process and I look forward to being part of the program."

Maddie Monticello | MF/D | 5-6 | Chicago, Ill. | Lane Tech College Prep | Eclipse Select SC

Prior to Marquette: Monticello plays for Eclipse Select Soccer Club in the ENCL and head coach Rory Dames ... Named as captain for four seasons with Eclipse Select ... Helped her team reach ECNL National Qualifiers in 2016 ... Participated in the ECNL Player Development Program ... Ran track and was two-year track and field letter winner in 2014 and 2015 for Lane Tech College Prep.

Personal: Born in Chicago, Illinois and is the daughter of Mike Monticello and Michelle Roberts ... Her mother played volleyball at DePaul University ... Has three siblings, Claire, Quinn, and Thomas ... Plans to study business ... Competitive Irish dancer from 2010-11 with the Trinity Irish Dancers, with which she competed in regional, national and world competitions.

Why Monticello chose to join the `Family': "I chose Marquette University because of their outstanding academics, commitment to athletics, and welcoming community. Marquette provides a family atmosphere that makes one feel included throughout the University. I also know Marquette will provide me with the tools to become a successful individual."

Kylie Sprecher | F | 5-8 | Menomonee Falls, Wis. | Menomonee Falls High |Eclipse Select SC

Prior to Marquette: Sprecher was a letter-winner in her freshman and sophomore years at Menomonee Falls High School ... Set her high school's record for most goals scored in a single season (31 goals) in 2015 ... Named first team all-conference and first team all-state in 2015 ... Helped her team to a state semifinal finish in 2015 ... Played for Rory Dames with Eclipse Soccer Club from 2015-17 in the ENCL after competing from 2009-15 with SC Waukesha for head coach Marcio Leite ... Helped Eclipse SC qualify for Nationals in 2016 ... Led SC Waukesha to a Wisconsin state championship from 2013-16 and a regional final ... Earned a letter freshman year in basketball ... Was a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Region II team with fellow signee Rachel Johnson and competed in the national ODP event in 2015.

Personal: Born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and is the daughter of Daren and Susie Sprecher ... Her mother played soccer at Wisconsin ... Has one sibling, Ellie ... Plans to study business.

Why Sprecher chose to join the `Family': "I chose to attend MU because of the family aspect that is so highly regarded in all areas of the University whether it be soccer or school. Everyone is willing to help one another no matter what because it's recognized all throughout the campus that everyone at Marquette is on the same team. Marquette will also challenge me every day with athletics and school in order for me to be better than I was yesterday. All of this combined makes me so excited to "Be the Difference" as a Golden Eagle."




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