WSOC Announces Seven 2016 Signees
May 17, 2016
MILWAUKEE - Head coach Markus Roeders has announced the addition of seven student-athletes to the Marquette University women's soccer program for the 2016 campaign. All seven will arrive on campus this fall and have four seasons of eligibility remaining in Blue & Gold.
"We are very excited that these seven highly talented student-athletes will be joining our Marquette Family," MU head coach Markus Roeders said. "They are fantastic individuals with tremendous soccer backgrounds who strive to excel in the classroom, on the field and in the community. Individually and as a group, they will fit in very well with our current team and provide the foundation for future teams to come. They are skilled, athletic, smart, a joy to be around and should contribute as an incoming freshmen class.
"All of them have played at the highest level of youth soccer by playing on Regional Olympic Development teams and being players on ECNL clubs where they were coached by some of the best youth coaches in the country. All of them come from winning backgrounds, which will help them transition to Marquette and our program."
The seven signees hail from Nebraska and four Midwestern states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio. The group contains a goalkeeper, Maddy Henry, three primary defenders, Mary Kate Simon, Emily Hess and Maura Weaver, as well as three midfielders/forwards in Erin Johnston, Abby Hess and Josie Fowler.
"It is a great blend of players with Maddy Henry being one of the top goalkeepers coming out of high school," Roeders said. "She will be a freshman but her demeanor, skill-set and poise playing the position is beyond a player arriving at the college level. Maura Weaver, Emily Hess and Mary Kate Simon each provide a defensive presence, winning personalities, high energy levels and toughness, in addition to their willingness to get involved in the attack. Erin Johnston is a crafty and versatile midfielder who has been around our program the longest as the younger sister to rising senior Meegan Johnston. Despite her size, Josie Fowler brings a level of skill, creativity and attacking flair that is hard to stop. Abby Hess brings athleticism, speed and a goal scoring mentality that is truly unique and should flourish at our level."
"As our newest 'Family' members, they identify with Marquette, our team's overall mission of what a Marquette player should be and our constant goal to win future championships," Roeders said of the incoming group. "We are looking forward to their arrival and help in our success this fall and in years to come."
Josie Fowler | MF | 5-4 | Perrysburg, Ohio | Perrysburg | Michigan Hawks
Prior to Marquette: Fowler was a three-year letter winner at Perrysburg High School ... Ranked as the No. 26 recruit in the Great Lakes Region by TopDrawerSoccer in the class of 2016 ... Named first team all-district, all-league and all-state as a senior ... Helped Perrysburg to a state championship as a freshman and a member of district title teams all three years in which she competed ... Helped team to a perfect 23-0-0 record as a freshman and a 18-1-1 campaign as a senior ... Played club soccer with the Michigan Hawks ... Region 2 ODP Team 2012-15 ... Attended Interregional ODP event in Florida with Region Team during those years ... Ohio North ODP State Team 2010-15.
Personal: Born in Toledo, Ohio and is the daughter of Brian and Robin Fowler ... Has two siblings, Bryce and Celia.
Maddy Henry | GK | 5-8 |Omaha, Neb. | Millard North |Omaha FC
Prior to Marquette: Henry was a multi-year letter winner at Millard North High School ... Helped her high school team to a state championship in 2013 and a runner-up finish in 2014 ... Posted 14 shutouts as a sophomore (most in Class A), while helping Millard North to the state title match ... Named to the Nebraska High School All-State First Team in 2014 and 2015 as a sophomore and junior ... Contributed to state championships with the Omaha Football Club in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 ... Omaha Football Club Player of the Year ... Nebraska State ODP team 2012-15 and a member of the Region II ODP team that attended the Interregional event in Florida in 2014 and 2015 ... Named to TopDrawerSoccer "Great Plains" team in 2015.
Personal: Born in Cedarburg, Wisconsin to Patrick and Heidi Henry ... Has three siblings, Delaney, Jack and Emerson ... Plans to study exercise physiology.
Abby Hess | F | 5-10 | Rochester, Minn. | Mayo High | Dakota Rev SC
Prior to Marquette: Hess was a four-year letter winner at Mayo High School ... Ranked as the No. 22 recruit in the Midwest Region by TopDrawerSoccer in the class of 2016 ... Helped the Spartans win back-to-back Big 9 Conference Championships in 2014 and 2015 (combined record of 22-0-0) ... Achieved first team all-state recognition in 2015 ... Selected as captain for her high school team in 2014 and 2015 ... Ms. Soccer Minnesota nominee ... 2015 All-Conference Big 9 Scholar Athlete ... Posted 14 goals and 11 assists as a senior ... The Spartans did not allow a goal against in conference play and outscored their opponents 73-5 for the season ... Won State Cup Championship in 2014-15 season with Dakota Rev SC ... Member of the Minnesota ODP State Team from 2010-14 and a Region II tournament finalist in 2013 ... Region 2 ODP Team 2012-15, included Interregional ODP event in Florida and a trip to Costa Rica in 2013 ... Also previously played with the Minnesota Thunder Academy ... Member of the National Honor Society and her high school debate team.
Personal: Born in Rochester, Minnesota ... Has one sister, Emma ... Plans to study physical therapy.
Emily Hess | D/MF | Batavia, Ill. | Batavia | Eclipse Select SC
Prior to Marquette: Hess played only club soccer during her high school career with Eclipse Select ECNL for head coach Rory Dames ... Helped the Eclipse to back-to-back ECNL National Championships in 2013 and 2014 ... Contributed to two Illinois State Cup Championships in 2013 and 2015 ... 2013 USYSA National Champion ... Member of Illinois 1997 ODP State Team from 2012-14 ... Finalist in 2014 ODP National Championship ... Named to "Best XI" at 2014 National Championship.
Personal: Born in Geneva, Illinois to Eric and Megan Hess ... Has two siblings, Morgan and Jonathan ... Plans to study exercise physiology.
Erin Johnston | MF/F | Grayslake, Ill. | Carmel Catholic | Sockers FC
Prior to Marquette: Johnston was a four-year letter winner and two-time team captain at Carmel Catholic ... Named to the All-East Suburban Catholic Conference Team in her sophomore year ... Named to the Lake County All-Area Team in her junior year ... Won IHSA 2A State Championship in her junior year, while scoring three goals, including the game winner, in the title contest ... ODP Illinois State Team from 2011-13 ... Placed third in USYS ODP National Championship in 2014.
Personal: Born in Evanston, Illinois to Neil and Peggy Johnston ... Has one sibling, Meegan, who is a member of the Marquette women's soccer team.
Mary Kate Simon | D | Thiensville, Wis. | Homestead | FC Wisconsin Eclipse
Personal: Simon was born in Evanston, Illinois and is the daughter of Chris and Susan Simon ... Has four siblings, Kelly, Jack, Will and Joe ... Plans to major in business.
Maura Weaver | D | Broadview Heights, Ohio | Brecksville-Broadview Heights H.S. | Internationals SC
Prior to Marquette: Weaver was a four-year varsity letter winner in soccer at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School ... Ranked No. 28 in the Great Lakes Region by TopDrawerSoccer in the class of 2016 ... Named team captain for her senior year...Named MVP her senior year ... Received Varsity Coaches Award her freshman year of high school ... Three-time member of the Greater Cleveland All-District Team ... Two-time all-conference selection ... Named Suburban League Scholar-Athlete her senior year ... Helped guide her high school team to two Southwestern Conference Championships in 2012 and 2014 ... Member of ODP Region II Regional Team from 2013-15 as well as the ODP Region II Costa Rica Team in 2015 ... ODP Interregional All-Star 1998 Team in 2013 ... She helped guide Internationals SC to a U13 Super Y Divisional Championship, U14 Super Y National Championship, U16 ECNL semifinals, U17 semifinals and Champions League.
Personal: Daughter of Mark and Jeannette Weaver ... Has three older siblings including two brothers, Markus and Michael, as well as one sister, Mea ... Plans to major in biomedical engineering.
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