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Dambach Welcomes Five

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Feb. 7, 2018


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach Erica Dambach welcomed five student-athletes to the Penn State women's soccer program on Wednesday. In addition to Kelli Beiler (Mount Pleasant Mills, Pa.) enrolling early in January, the Penn State women's soccer recruiting class of 2018 is comprised of six student-athletes.

Katherine Asman (Roswell, Ga.), Caitlin Haislip (Munster, Ind.), Maddie Myers (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Ally Schlegel (Parker, Colo.), and Rachel Wasserman (Dallas, Texas) joined the Penn State women's soccer program on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

"With the class of 2018, we add a tremendous amount of personality and talent," head coach Erica Dambach said. "They are all great players but even better people and will fit seamlessly into the family culture we have built here at Penn State. I am so excited to get our newest Nittany Lions on campus!"

Katherine Asman

Roswell, Georgia | Roswell HS/NASA Tophat Soccer Club

NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE
A member of the United States Women's National Team at the U-14, U-16, U-17, and U-18 levels.

BEFORE PENN STATE
Did not play high school soccer...Played club soccer for NASA Tophat Soccer Club...NASA Tophat Soccer Club won the 2017 South East Conference title and advanced to the 2017 final eight round championship...Attended Roswell High School.

PERSONAL
Katherine Grace Asman was born on May 19, 2000...Parents are Paul and Jennifer Asman...Has an older brother, Sam, who plays lacrosse at Denison University...Intends to major in business.

WHY I CHOSE PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because the minute I stepped on the campus and was able to witness the environment of the Penn State women's soccer program I fell in love. You have amazing people working together to create an environment for individual success as well as team success. If you have ever had that moment in your life where you walked away from a situation happy as ever feeling successful and excited then you can understand how I felt when I left the Penn State campus on my first ever visit and how I still feel three years later. Penn State is a campus and environment where you are surrounded by others who are striving for success and will push you to reach your goals as well."

COACH DAMBACH ON KATHERINE
"We are so excited to welcome Kat into our incredibly competitive goalkeeper landscape. She is a tremendous talent and a truly gifted goalkeeper and will absolutely flourish in our iron-sharpens-iron environment."

Caitlin Haislip

Munster, Indiana | Andrean HS/Eclipse Select

NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE
A member of the United States Women's National Team at the U-17 and U-18 levels.

BEFORE PENN STATE
Did not play high school soccer...Played club soccer for Eclipse Select...Named to the ECNL 2016 National Playoffs Best XI...Named to the ECNL/Id2 Training Camp Best XI...Ranked No. 37 in the IMG Academy Top 150...Ranked No. 9 in the IMG Academy Top Defenders...Attended Andrean High School.

PERSONAL
Caitlin Haislip was born on September 1, 1999, in Chicago, Illinois...Parents are Scott Haislip and Theresa Bosak...Has five siblings, Calvin, Spencer, Cooper, Sydney, and Reagan...Intends to major in premedicine.

WHY I CHOSE PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because from the moment I stepped on campus in Happy Valley, I felt like I was home. The facilities, coaches, and student-athletes at Penn State are second to none. Attending Penn State will give me opportunities on and off the field to succeed and I believe that Penn State will not only make me a better soccer player, but a better person all around."

COACH DAMBACH ON CAITLIN
"Caitlin has all of the pieces in place to be a top center back at this level. I am really looking forward to working with her and watching her thrive surrounded by some of the best defenders in the country."

Maddie Myers

Grand Rapids, Michigan | Forest Hills Northern HS/Michigan Hawks

BEFORE PENN STATE
Did not play high school soccer...Played club soccer for Michigan Hawks...The Michigan Hawks were the ECNL National Champions in 2014 & 2017...The Hawks were also the ECNL National Champion Finalists in 2015...Named to the TopDrawerSoccer Girls 2018 IMG Academy 150 List...Attended the Nike National Training Camp in August 2015...A member of the US ODP National Championship Tournament in February 2016...U.S. Club Soccer Player Development Program (PDP) Midwest Identification Training...ODP `99 Michigan Team...ODP '99 Region II Pool Player...2014 ODP SYL National Select Team...2014 ODP SYL National Training Camp...2012 ODP National Training Camp...Attended Forest Hills Northern High School...Three-year starter at point guard...Also competed in track & field...All-conference and all-region in the 4x400 & 4x800.

PERSONAL
Madison Faye Myers was born on November 1, 1999, in Grand Rapids, Michigan...Parents are Brent and Kirsten Myers...Has a younger sister, Paige, and a younger brother, Travis...Intends to major in international business and Spanish.

WHY I CHOSE PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because of the amazing coaches and the immediate connection I felt to them. I was also impressed with the athletic and academic reputation of the university and the alumni involvement and pride. I knew the very first time I went to PSU and stepped on the soccer field and walked around campus that it would be my future home. Also, the soccer program is a true family which I was looking for in going to college so far from my hometown."

COACH DAMBACH ON MADDIE
"From the moment we first saw Maddie play, we thought of her as a classic Penn Stater - a blue-collar, hard-working winner. She is the type of team-oriented player who will put the team on her back when things get tough."    

Ally Schlegel

Parker, Colorado | Chaparral HS/Real Colorado

NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE
A member of the United States Women's National Team at the U-14, U-15, U-16, and U-18 levels...Current member of the U.S. U-18 WNT...Team captain of the U.S. U-18 WNT.

BEFORE PENN STATE
Ranked the No. 10 player in the 2018 class by TopDrawerSoccer...Played high school soccer for Chaparral only for her freshman year...Set a single-season record for goals in a season and the school record by a freshman in a season in 2015 with 17...Was named second team all-state in 2015...Played club soccer for Real Colorado...Team captain of the Real DA U-18/19 girls team...Was named First Team Continental League in 2015...Garnered Colorado Storm Player of the Year honors in 2014.

PERSONAL
Allison Mariana Schlegel was born on February 7, 2000, in Englewood, Colorado...Parents are Mike and Angela Schlegel...Has an older brother, Drew, who plays football at the University of Kentucky...Plans to major in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship.

WHY I CHOSE PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because it has the recipe for success that is imperfectly intertwined with who I am. Penn State provides me with everything that I am, and everything I want to be. If I fit the university completely, I'd have no room to grow. It has a lively, fun, family-based atmosphere that I love and resonate with completely. It has a blue-collar, gritty, get-down-to-work aura that I also love, but intend to be more like. I chose Penn State because it has everything that will make my college experience memorable and meaningful, and I know I will be pushed every day to become a better person, player, and student."

COACH DAMBAH ON ALLY
"Ally is an incredibly talented player who can play any number of positions. She is that rare player who has the tools to be a big time goal scorer at this level and/or an imposing ball-winner in the middle of the field. She is as well-rounded a player as we have had in this program to date."

Rachel Wasserman

Dallas, Texas | Highland Park HS/D'Feeters 00/99 ECNL

BEFORE PENN STATE
Played high school soccer for Highland Park...Recorded 73 goals and 61 assists in three seasons...Team captain during her senior year...Highland Park won the Texas 5A girls championship in 2017...Her high school team also made it to the state tournament in 2015 and 2016...2017 TopDrawerSoccer and USA Today All-American...2017 Dallas Morning News DFW Player of the Year...2017 district MVP...2017 all-state tournament...2016-2017 first team all-district...2015 newcomer of the year...2015-2016 all-area team...Played club soccer for D'Feeters 00/99 ECNL.

PERSONAL
Rachel Wasserman was born on June 12, 2000, in Dallas, Texas...Parents are Jeff and Sarah Wasserman...Has a younger brother, Noah...Undecided major.

WHY I CHOSE PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because of the incredible coaches and the way I felt when I visited the campus. The second I stepped on campus I felt completely at home. The family environment that the women's soccer program has is unlike anywhere else and I cannot wait to start my journey."

COACH DAMBACH ON RACHEL
"We are really excited to have Rachel join our Penn State family. She is a dynamic attacking player with a ton of athleticism and a killer left foot. She will be able to push the line and will causes defenders fits in tracking her."


 

 

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