2.13.13 WOMEN'S SOCCER: Walsh University Signs Seven Incoming Players, adds International Talent for 2013

Women's Soccer, 2013-02-13

Walsh University Head Women’s Soccer Coach, David Renard has announced the signing of seven players to institutional letters of intent on Wednesday, as well as the addition of one international player that red-shirted last season, to continue their education and play soccer for the Cavs.  The class includes five players from Ohio – Emma Angari (GlenOak HS), Mackenzie Beke (Akron Archbishop Hoban HS), Melissa Shoff (Strongsville HS), Madison Strausbaugh (Waynedale HS) and Lauren Wisnor (Elyria Catholic). Two players hail from central Pennsylvania – Emma Mallets (Mechanicsburg HS), and Dani Shambaugh (Cumberland Valley HS).  Walsh also brings in red-shirt freshman, Lea Jalbert from Quebec, Canada

“I believe our staff did a nice job of bringing in players that will not only help us on the field, but also be great representatives off the field and within the Walsh community. This talented young group of student-athletes puts us in a solid position going forward in striving for our ultimate goal of competing for a GLIAC title,” exclaimed Renard.

Emma Angari (5-8, Center Mid) earned three letters at GlenOak High School through her junior year before training with Cleveland Internationals Academy during her senior year.  She recorded 17 goals and 26 assists in three seasons of action.  Angari earned second-team All-Stark County (2010, 2011), second-tea, All Federal League (2011), and honorable Mention All-Federal League (2010). Emma was also voted Most Valuable Player and Best All-Around Player.  She played her club soccer with Cleveland Internationals, where her team won Ohio North State Cup championships in 2011 and 2012.  Emma also played against some of the top competition in the country while playing in the Midwest Regional League and Super Y League. Angari is a member of National Honor Society and is Senior Class Vice President at GlenOak. She will major in Physical Therapy.

Mackenzie Beke (5-6, Goalkeeper) earned three letters at Akron Archbishop Hoban High School and captained the 2012 squad. She recorded 174 total saves in goal for the Knights (92 in 2012). Beke was recognized in 2012 as first-team All North Coast League.  She led her team to two district championships in 2011 and 2012 and earned Akron Beacon Journal Player of Week (Nov. 2011). Mackenzie currently plays club soccer with Cleveland Futbol Club after competing with Cleveland Internationals from 2010 through 2012.  Her team won the Ohio North State Cup championship in 2011 and the Midwest Regional League in 2012. They were Super Y League National finalists in 2010.  Beke is also a three-year letter winner in gymnastics.  She will major in Early Childhood Education. 

Melissa Shoff (5-4, Forward) earned two letters for Coach Jon Felton, at Strongsville High School.  She was a member of the Division 1 2011 State Championship team and the 2012 Region 1 championship team.  Melissa was voted Strongsville High School’s Most Improved Player and received the Booster Award in 2012 after recording  12 goals and 8 assists her senior year.  For her efforts, Shoff was selected first-team All-Conference Northeast Ohio Valley Division and All-Greater Cleveland Honorable Mention in 2012.  She played her club soccer with Pennine United and is a member of the Ohio North ODP state team.  Melissa will study to be an Intervention Specialist at Walsh.

Madison Strausbaugh (5-8, Center Mid) earned four letters and was a three-year captain at Waynedale High School.  Madison scored 41 goals to go along with 23 assists in her four year career.  She was named Wayne County Athletic League Player of the Year and All-Ohio in both 2011 and 2012.  Strausbaugh was also named the Wooster Daily Record Player of the Year in 2012. Other accomplishments include first-team All-District (2011, 2012), first-team Tri-County (2010, 2011, 2012), first-team all-league (2010, 2011, 2012), second-team All-District (2010), second-team all-league in 2010, and was voted Most Valuable Player by her teammates. Strausbaugh has competed with Cleveland Internationals Soccer Club since 2010, where she has played soccer at the highest competitive level in the Midwest Regional League, National League, and currently Elite Clubs National League.  She also helped guide her team to Ohio North State Cup titles in 2011 and 2012. Madison is a member of National Honor Society and is undecided in her college major. 

Lauren Wisnor (5-6, Center Back) earned four letters at Elyria Catholic. She recorded 21 goals and handed out 27 assists, while dividing her time between playing in the midfield and defense. She captained the Elyria Catholic team to its first ever Regional Final appearance while recording 12 goals and 11 assists in 2012. Wisnor was named to the All-Ohio team in 2012, first-team Greater Cleveland (2011, 2012), first-team Lorain County (2011, 2012), and first-team West Shore Conference (2011, 2012).  Lauren was voted Elyria Catholic Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and Most Valuable Player in 2012.  She played her club soccer with Excalibur SC. She will major in communications.

Emma Mallets (5-8, Center Back) earned four letters, two at Andover Central High School in Kansas and two at Mechanicsburg High School in Pennsylvania.  She steered her Andover Central High school team to two Kansas 5A Regional Championships.  At Mechanicsburg, her team was PIAA semi-finalists (2011), District semi-finalists (2012), and Mid-Penn Keystone Division Champions in 2011. In one of the toughest conferences in Pennsylvania, Mallets earned Mid-Penn First-Team –Keystone Division (2012), and first-team All-Sentinel Girls Soccer Team.  She also earned second-team Team Ark Valley Chrisholm Trail League (2011), Honorable Mention AVCTL (2010), and 5A Southwest Region Second-Team (2010, 2011).  Emma plays club soccer for LDC United, the 2012 Pennsylvania East State Cup Champions, and runners-up in the Atlantic Soccer League.  Mallets played for the Kansas ODP State Team and attended the ODP Europe ID camp in Stuttgart, Germany.  Emma is a member of National Honor Society. She will major in Physical Therapy at Walsh. 

Dani Shambaugh (5-7, Goalkeeper) is a three-year letter and was Team Captain under Head Coach Seth Lehman at Cumberland Valley High School. Dani commanded a stingy defense that only allowed .17 goals per game her junior year, and .59 per game with 18 shutouts her senior year.  Shambaugh started in goal for a decorated squad that won Pennsylvania State Championships in 2011 and 2012, while attaining the #1 national ranking in 2011. During her career, Cumberland Valley won four Mid-Penn conference titles and two district titles. Shambaugh was named first-team All-Sentinel Girls Soccer Team (2012, Fall and Spring), Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division First-Team (2012, Fall and Spring), and second-team Patriot News (2012). She plays club soccer for LDC United, the 2012 Pennsylvania East State Cup Champions, and runners-up in the Atlantic Soccer League. Shambaugh will major in business. 

Lea Jalbert (5-3, Forward) will enter her first season of competition at Walsh after red-shirting a year ago. Lea played in the top amateur league in Canada, AAA League Elite De Quebec. Her club team, Monteuil, finished first in the Quebec League and competed in the prestigious Quebec – Ontario cup.  She brings a wealth of playing experience and will play a big role for Walsh in 2013. 

Walsh is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In July, Walsh was approved for the provisional year (three) in the NCAA membership process. The result moves the Cavalier athletics program a step closer to becoming a full-fledged Division II member in time for the 2013-14 academic year.