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UNC Women’s Soccer Finalizes New Recruiting Class

By Brian Alluisi Posted July 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

CHAPEL HILL – UNC’s Women’s soccer team finalized a 13-member recruiting class for the 2013 season. The 13 newcomers include 12 freshman class members and a transfer from the University of Georgia.

This year’s newcomers include:

Maggie Bill, a multi sport athlete from Huntington N.Y., ranked number four prospect in New York and number 84 talent in the country.  She will play for two defending NCAA championship teams in her freshman year as both a soccer and lacrosse player.

Joana Boyles, a Raleigh native, is a decorated club soccer player who earned a spot on the Under-17 and Under-18 National teams. Graduating from SandersonHigh School, Boyles didn’t play for the high school team, but focused on her club team CASL Chelsea Ladies.

Emily Bruder, another veteran of U.S youth national teams, competed in the 2012 Under-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan.  Playing for her high school team in Utah, Bruder lead the state in scoring three times and had several game winning goals in leading her team to state championships in 2009 and 2010.

Cameron Castleberry, another Raleigh player and member of CASL Chelsea Ladies, is an NSCAA Youth All-American.  Leading her team to multiple ECNL national championships, Chelsea was a recent call up to the U18 U.S team.

Jenny Chiu another addition to Carolina’s midfield hails from El Paso, Texas.  Holding citizenship for both the US and Mexico, Chiu played for both national teams. Qualifying for both U17 teams, Chiu led the Mexican U17 team to the 2012 World Cup in Azerbaijan.

Sara Ashley Firstenberg is another Texas native that is joining the Carolina family.  Firstenberg led her high school team in Dallas in goals all four years, with 36 alone her senior year.  Both a forward and midfielder, Firstenberg will be a another great addition to the Carolina team.

Darcy McFarlane joins her older sister, Kelly, a rising senior on the UNC team.  A two-time All-League selection, she earned multiple athletic honors at Branson and was president of the student body.

Amber Munerlyn ranked number six recruit by Top Drawer Soccer, is an excellent addition to the Carolina team.  Munerlyn started playing for the U17 national team in 2010 and scored the winning goal that took the US team to the 2012 World Cup in Azerbaijan. She was also awarded Gatorade State High School Player of the Year for the state of California.

Alexa Newfield was a late addition to the Carolina family after transferring from University of Georgia this year.  Newfield missed most of the 2012 season due to knee injury, but had previously broken the school record with 40 points in one season.  She was awarded All-Sec and first team All-South region for the Bulldogs.

Danae O’Halloran hails from Toms River, NJ where she was team captain of a squad ranked fourth nationally.  O’Halloran participated in track along with soccer, earning her schools MVP for track four years in a row.  She certainly brings talent to the UNC team.

Niki Romero, a multi faceted played from Las Vegas, NV; saw her earliest exposure to national teams in 2011 as a member of U15. In 2012 she jumped up to U18 national team and will continue to play for them in 2013.

Amada Rooney recruited from Hicksville, NY, has experience as team captain for several years while also making the New York ODP team six years. Rooney has been a youth national team pool player for two years and  a member of the Long Island Fury WPSL team since 15.

Maya Worth from Cary, NC finalizes the recruiting class for 2013 season.  She is the third member of the CASL Chelsea Ladies to be recruited to UNC this year, and a top track performer.  Worth holds six track records at GreenHopeHigh School and has played on ECNL national championship teams in 2011 and 2012.

These 13 new teammates will join the other 23 members including six seniors and five underclass starters from 2012. The season begins in late August with games against Santa Clara and VCU.

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