June 5, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina women's soccer program recently put the finishing touches on an outstanding recruiting class that will begin play for the Tar Heels in August 2012. Head coach Anson Dorrance announced details of the class Tuesday.
The class will be one of the biggest, numbers wise, in UNC history as 14 newcomers join Carolina, increasing the roster size to 35 this coming season. The class includes 13 true freshmen plus one graduate student. Two of the freshmen enrolled at Carolina in January 2012 and the graduate student enrolled at UNC in May 2012.
UNC's incoming class includes Katie Bowen of Auckland, New Zealand; Vicky Bruce of Cornelius, N.C.; Michelle Clemente of Caracas, Venezuela; Indi Cowie of Cary, N.C.; Hanna Gardner of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Summer Green of Milford, Mich.; Lindsey Harris of Austin, Texas; Bryane Heaberlin of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Lindsey Horan of Golden, Colo.; Caroline Lindquist of Raleigh, N.C.; Marina Nesic of Koceljeva, Serbia; Paige Nielsen of Lincoln, Neb.; Reilly Parker of Danville, Calif.; and Maddy White of Wyomissing, Pa.
Katie Bowen is a multi-purpose player who can fill a need anywhere on the pitch for the Tar Heels. A native of Auckland, New Zealand, she currently competes for the Football Ferns, the national team of New Zealand, primarily as a defender. A member of the Glenfield Rovers club team, she has six caps with the NZ full National Team. She will be competing for her nation's U20 squad at the World Cup in Japan from August 19-September 8, one of five Tar Heel players who will be in that competition. Bowen is a 2012 alumna of Lynfield College in her hometown of Auckland.
Vicky Bruce is a native of Cornelius, N.C. where she attended Cannon High School, playing forward and midfield. She earned All-State honors three times as a prepster. She competed in club soccer for the Charlotte Soccer Academy (CSA) '93 Predator Team. She led her club team in scoring three times and twice led them to NCYSA team titles. She was twice named to the Region III ODP team as an individual.
Michelle Clemente is a midfielder/defender from Caracas, Venezuela. She attended U.E. Colegio Humboldt for her prep studies. A 10-year veteran of soccer, she also competed in four other sports growing up. Clemente played on the Venezuelan U17 side that competed in the Women's World Cup in 2010 in Trinidad and Tobago. She has also been training in 2012 with the Venezuela U20 National Team.
Indi Cowie enrolled at UNC in January 2012 after graduating from Green Hope High School in her hometown of Cary, N.C. She will be red-shirting this coming season after suffering a torn ACL this past spring. Cowie did not play high school soccer but the forward/midfielder competed for CASL, Triangle United and Triangle Futbol Club on the club team level. Possessing dual citizenship, she has been capped at the U17 level for Scotland's National Team. Cowie graduated from Green Hope last December with a 4.3 grade point average.
Hanna Gardner is a Chapel Hill native, graduating from East Chapel Hill High School in 2012. A midfielder and defender, she was a two-time all-conference honoree and four-year member of the North Carolina ODP Team. She competed on the club level for both CASL and Triangle United.
Summer Green, a forward/midfielder, is a current member of the U.S. U17 National Team and will compete for that team at the Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan September 22-October 13 of this year. Green just completed a magnificent run in the CONCACAF U17 Championships, winning the Golden Boot award and breaking the scoring record set in the 2012 CONCACAF Championships by fellow UNC recruit Lindsey Horan. Green hails from Milford, Mich., where she graduated this spring from Brighton High School.
Lindsey Harris graduated from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas where she was a three-year starting goalkeeper. As a junior, she posted 17 shutouts in 23 games, allowing only eight goals on the season. She recorded 16 more shutouts as a senior, allowing only 0.33 goals per game. In 2011, Harris was named both an NSCAA high school All-America as well as the NSCAA state player of the year in Texas.
Bryane Heaberlin is a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., and the second goalkeeper in the Class of 2016. She enrolled at UNC in January 2012 after graduating from Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Fla. Heaberlin is a current member of the U.S. U20 National Team and will be traveling with the American side to compete in the 2012 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup in Japan from August 19-September 8. This will be her second appearance at a U20 World Cup as she also represented the American team at the 2010 championship in Germany at age 16. She has trained with U.S. youth national teams since 2007 beginning with the girls under 14 squad and progressing up the ranks. Heberlin was identified by Top Drawer Soccer as the #1 recruit in the Class of 2012.
Lindsey Horan, a forward from Golden, Colo., posseses great speed and size at 5-9. She will also play with the U.S. U20 team at the World Cup in Japan August 19-September 8. Horan was ranked as the #2 recruit in the Class of 2012 by Top Drawer Soccer. The Golden High School graduate set what was then the CONCACAF U17 Championships scoring record in 2010, winning the Golden Boot award. Horan plays for Colorado Rush at the club level and is now in her 13th year of competitive soccer. She has been on U.S. Soccer national teams since U14 competition. Her most recent top honor was being named tournament MVP at a U20 Tournament in La Manga, Spain this spring.
Caroline Lindquist is a midfielder from Ravenscroft School in Raleigh where she played three years of varsity soccer. She played her club soccer for the CASL Spartan Elite teams since she was 11 years old, serving as captain five years. She participated in three U18 National Team camps in 2011. Lindquist has been named an ESPN Rise first-team All-America and she was the Gatorade State Player of the Year for North Carolina in 2011.
Marina Nesic is a graduate student who enrolled last month in the Master's of Accounting program in the Kenan-Flagler School of Business Administration. A native of Koceljeva, Serbia she graduated from Grand Canyon University in Arizona in May 2012. She was named the Pacific West Conference Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. In 2011, she was named a Division II All-America. She has competed for the full national team in her native Serbia since October 2005, earning caps on 20 occasions, playing primarily at the forward and midfield positions.
Paige Nielsen is a forward/midfielder who attended Lincoln Southeast High School in Lincoln, Neb. She started four years on the varsity soccer team there and was twice named to the All-State high school team. She led all Nebraska prep players in scoring as both a junior and senior. She twice led Lincoln Southeast to state championship game appearances, the first time the school had ever reached that level in the state playoffs. On the club level she played for Toro Bravo in Omaha, Neb.
Reilly Parker is an outside midfielder and forward from Danville, Calif., where she played for San Ramon Valley High School. One of the top high school players in the nation in 2012, she was Top Drawer Soccer's No. 14 ranked senior this year. She has been a member of U.S. National Team pools for the U14, U15, U17 and U18 teams since 2008. In 2010 she played on the US Team, which won the Nordic Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark. A 2011 Gatorade State Player of the Year nominee, she played her club soccer for the Mustang Blast.
Maddy White of Wyomissing, Pa. rounds out the recruiting class. She has been a four-year starter on defense and in the midfield for Wyomissing High School, twice being named All-Division. On the club level she competed for the FC Revolution Dynamo where she started on defense for seven successive years. White is the valedictorian of the 2012 class at Wyomissing High School.