Women’s soccer signs seven for 2018

Pictured left to right: Bombacino, Bugay, Burrier, Koker, Shock, Warren and Wetherell
Pictured left to right: Bombacino, Bugay, Burrier, Koker, Shock, Warren and Wetherell
Feb. 7, 2018

MILWAUKEE - Seven individuals signed to join the Marquette University women’s soccer team it was announced by head coach Markus Roeders on Wednesday afternoon.

Alyssa Bombacino, Sammi Bugay, Madison Burrier, Katie Koker, Macey Shock, Madeline Warren, Katrina Wetherell will all be freshmen in 2018 and join Bonnie Lacey, who enrolled early for the spring semester.

“A huge welcome to the newest members of our Marquette family,” Roeders said. “We are thrilled that they have committed themselves to be part of Marquette University. They are terrific young women who will excel academically and 'Be The Difference.’”

The group includes Sammi Bugay (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison H.S.), the younger sister of current MU midfielder Ryley Bugay, and three pairs of club teammates. Bombacino (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley H.S.) and Koker (Racine, Wis./The Prairie School) are somewhat local products and play for head coach Rory Dames with Chicago Eclipse Select SC, while the other Midwestern natives, Burrier (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome H.S.) and Shock (Dublin, Ohio/The Wellington School) played for Ohio Premier SC.

The Golden Eagles also bring in a pair of players from the southwest in Warren (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) and Wetherell (Peoria, Ariz./Kellis H.S.) of Sereno SC in Arizona.

"We can't wait to see their impact on our program and help build on our tradition of winning championships and competing at the highest level,” Roeders said. “All eight, including Bonnie Lacey, have competed with top-level club programs and been coached by some of the best coaches in America. All of them bring championship experiences, athletic and technical abilities, highly competitive mindsets and a strong desire to win. It's hard to measure passion and excitement, but their addition to our current squad will be fun and hugely important as we move forward into the 2018 season and beyond."

All seven 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 get to campus, make our program and Marquette an even better place. We are thrilled they are joining our Marquette soccer family," Roeder said.



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Alyssa Bombacino | MF/F | 5-7 | Naperville, Ill. | Neuqua Valley H.S. | Eclipse Select SC

Prior to Marquette: Bombacino is entering her fourth soccer season in 2018 at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois... Earned letters all four years of her varsity career... Named all-state in Illinois during her junior year (2017) and received all-sectional accolades her sophomore year (2016) and was honorable mention as a freshman (2015) … Plays for Chicago Eclipse Select SC with fellow MU signee Katie Koker for head coach Rory Dames.

Personal: Born in Naperville, Illinois and is the daughter of Cindy Bombacino ... Has one brother, Tyler … Plans to major in nursing.

Why Bombacino chose to join the `Family': "From the moment I stepped on campus, I always knew I wanted to attend Marquette. I am excited that I get to fulfill my dream of playing college soccer and receive a great education.”

Sammi Bugay | MF | 5-7 | West Lafayette, Ind. | Harrison H.S. | FC Indiana

Prior to Marquette: Bugay attended Harrison High School and played club soccer with FC Indiana for coaches Chris and Erik Castro … She was invited to USA youth team camps and was called up to train with the Philippine National Team in the winter of 2017-18.

Personal: Born in Lafayette, Indiana, Bugay is the youngest of four children to Terri and David Bugay … Has two older brothers, Chris and Kyle, and an older sister, Ryley, who is entering her redshirt senior season at Marquette in 2018 … Brother Kyle plays soccer at the University of Illinois-Springfield … Plans to major in digital media at MU.

Why Bugay chose to join the `Family': “I chose Marquette University because of its urban location while still having a campus feel, its strong academics, and its soccer program.”

Madison Burrier | MF/D | 5-9 | Dublin, Ohio | Dublin Jerome High School | Ohio Premier SC

Prior to Marquette: Burrier was captain for her junior and senior seasons at Dublin Jerome High School, where she earned varsity letters all four years … Led her team to four conference championships, winning district championships her junior and senior seasons … Also helped Jerome reach the state quarterfinals as a senior (15-4-2) … Three-year all-conference first team performer and all-district second team twice … Named the Ohio Capital Conference Student Leadership Representative for girls soccer ... Captain of Ohio Premier Soccer Club in the ENCL under coach William Gage … Ohio Premier teammate of fellow signee Macey Shock.

Personal: Born in Columbus, Ohio and is the daughter of Stacy and Brian Burrier ... Has one brother, Kyle … Plans to study journalism.

Why Burrier chose to join the `Family': "I chose Marquette because from my very first visit it felt like home. The campus was beautiful, and the coaching staff and women’s soccer team were so welcoming that it made me feel like I was a part of a family. I also chose Marquette because of the excellent educational opportunities that it will provide me with for my long-term goals.”

Katie Koker | D | 5-5 | Racine, Wis. | The Prairie School| Eclipse Select SC

Prior to Marquette: Koker earned a varsity letter in soccer as a junior at The Prairie School, her only high school season … Led the squad to a Wisconsin Division 4 State Championship that season (2016) … Three-year member of the Olympic Development Regional teams (2014-16) … Played for the Chicago Eclipse Select Soccer Club with fellow signee Alyssa Bombacino under head coach Rory Dames … Led SC Waukesha to four consecutive state championships (2013-16).

Personal: Born in Racine, Wisconsin and is the daughter of Joyce and Matt Koker... Has one sister, Sarah … Plans to study business.

Why Koker chose to join the `Family': "I chose Marquette for the full college experience. I wanted to play Division I soccer, make connections, build my network, attend Marquette’s business school, watch Division I basketball games, and have the opportunity to help my community through service.”

Macey Shock | F | 5-8 | Dublin, Ohio | The Wellington School | Ohio Premier SC

Prior to Marquette: Shock earned a varsity letter in basketball at The Wellington School … Qualified for ECNL Nationals with Ohio Premier Soccer Club and head coach William Gage … Ohio Premier teammate with fellow MU signee Madison Burrier.

Personal: Born in Celebration, Florida and is the daughter of Michael and Angela Shock ... Has two siblings, Addison and Sloane … Father played football at the University of Dayton … Plans to study business.

Why Shock chose to join the `Family': "I chose Marquette because I wanted to be a part of a university that cares more about each individual student and creates a family atmosphere. Not only did I want to find a university that embodied the values I was searching for, I wanted to play soccer at a collegiate level for a program that still possesses those same values. Marquette’s women’s soccer program is just what I was looking for. Both the university and the soccer program created the family atmosphere through their ability to care for each individual and provide a support system. I cannot wait to be a part of my new family."

Madeline Warren | D | 5-8 | Phoenix, Ariz. | Xavier College Prep | Sereno SC

Prior to Marquette: Warren is a four-year member of the girls soccer team at Xavier College Prep and is in her senior season this spring … Helped Xavier to 15-1-3 record and an Arizona Conference 6A Division I State Championship as a junior in 2017 … High school squad finished third the state as a freshman and sophomore … Competed with Sereno SC and fellow MU signee Katrina Wetherell … Participated in 2017 at the ECNL’s Mountain Region Player Development Program and played with the Arizona OPD squad.

Personal: Born in Phoenix, Arizona … The oldest of four children to Mike and Shannon Warren … Has two younger sisters, Elizabeth and Katherine, and a younger brother, Charlie … Plans to major in journalism.

Why Warren chose to join the `Family': “I choose Marquette because of the welcoming family atmosphere, the incredible Jesuit education and the rigorous soccer program. The coaching staff made me feel part of the Marquette Family, where I am confident this will be the perfect home away from home. I am excited to be a part of a culture where they challenge everyone to ‘Be the Difference.’ I know Marquette will push me to become the best version of myself and look forward to growing personally, athletically and academically. I can’t wait to start this next chapter.”

Katrina Wetherell | MF | 5-8 | Peoria, Ariz. | Kellis H.S. | Sereno SC

Prior to Marquette: Wetherell was a four-year member of the Kellis High School girls soccer program under head coach Lacey Perdomo … As a junior, helped Kellis to an Arizona Christian High School Soccer Tournament Championship and was named the squad’s offensive player of the year and an all-division honorable mention with 32 goals and five assists … Posted 26 goals, including five hat tricks, with five assists as a senior … Also earned all-division honors as a freshman and sophomore .. Team MVP as a freshman (18 goals with 11 assists) and earned AIA Section V First Team honors … Scored 13 goals and four assists as a sophomore.

Personal: Wetherell is the daughter of Curt and Jill Wetherell and has two older siblings (Alexis and Madison) and one younger (Dawson) ... Plans to major in communications.

Why Wetherell chose to join the `Family': “The campus atmosphere and close-knit feeling of the Marquette community drew my attention to the school, but the competitive soccer program sealed the deal.”


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