Four Sign NLIs With UMass Women's Soccer
Feb. 23, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass head women's soccer coach Jim Rudy announced on Monday the signing of four student athletes to National Letters of Intent. The four will enroll at UMass in the fall and suit up for the Minutewomen during the 2009 season. The class includes one forward, two midfielders/defenders, and a goalkeeper.
"Our staff, particularly assistant coach Angela Napoli, worked extremely hard on this class," said Rudy. "We feel it has great potential for an immediate and future impact."
Emily Cota is a goalkeeper from Green Lake, Pa, who attended Upper Perkiomen High School, where she enjoyed tremendous success on the soccer field. She was a 2008 NSCAA High School All-American, 08 ESPN Fall High School Second Team All-American, and 07 NSCAA High School All-Region selectee.
Cota also has experience with the Vincent United club team, the Eastern Pa. Youth Soccer Association OPD state team, and the U.S. Soccer Region I team. In 2008, she led Upper Perkiomen High School to the Pioneer Athletic Conference Championship, the school's first ever PAC-10 Title to break a decade-long string of championships by Owen J. Roberts. She was also a First Team All PAC-10 performer all four years and All-State in 2007 and 08.
"We're very excited to add Emily to our team. She's had a distinguished high school and club career and she's coming to us at a great starting point," said Rudy. "She's had excellent training at the hands of her high school coach Terry Underkoffler, who I view as one of the premier goalkeeper trainers in the country."
Jessica Howe is a versatile defender/midfielder from Minnechaug, Mass. A four year starter for Nundi Gonsalves' Minnechaug Regional High School, Howe led her squad to the 2008 state championship and was an All-Western Mass. selection. She also played for the Massachusetts ODP State Team from 2003-07 and the 2006 U.S. Youth Soccer National Champions, Boston Bolts.
"It's always a good thing for any school when you can land one of the premier local players, and Jess Howe fits that description aptly," Rudy said. "We see her as being versatile as she can play both in midfield and in the back. She has good speed, technique and field vision.
Forward Jenna Goodwin is also an in-stater from Weymouth, Mass. In her career, she tallied 31 points on 14 goals and 17 assists for Weymouth High School. She was a 2007 High School Weymouth Offensive Player of the Year, and a 2008 Second Team Bay State Conference All-Star. Her soccer experience also includes time for the MSP Renegades Club Team. She has won the Division I South Sectional Championship and the Super Y National Title with the MPS Lady Crusaders.
"We first recognized her ability last summer at our Advanced Girls Soccer Camp at UMass," Rudy said. "She's a great attacking talent with speed and individuality who likes to go one-on-one. We feel she has a great future here."
The final player, Meredith Fox, comes from Chalfont, Pa., where she played for Central Bucks South High School and Pa. Rush Soccer Club.
"We feel that she also is an intelligent versatile player who can play at midfield or in the back," Rudy said. "We like her for her athleticism, grit, work rate, and heading ability."