2.6.14 WOMEN'S SOCCER: Nine Commit To Cavaliers For 2014

Women's Soccer, 2014-02-06

Walsh University Head Coach David Renard has announced the addition of nine new players to the Cavaliers’ roster for 2014-15. The class includes four defenders, three midfielders, and two forwards. Eight players hail from soccer rich Ohio with Sarah Berger (Wadsworth), Mallory Deel (Avon), Mackenzie Gatchel (United Local), Alexandra Gurka (North Royalton), Madeline Novak (Strongsville), Emma Scanes (Sylvania Northview), Angela Spilker (North Royalton), and Marina Zeller (Notre Dame Academy). Rounding out the 2014 class from Gold Coast, Australia is Gemma Hicks (St. Michaels Catholic).

“It is exciting to bring in players with national championship experience as well as another exceptional international player. This is an experienced bunch that has played in big games at the state, regional, and national level, and are ready to help us right away. We have a big mountain to climb playing in the GLIAC against some of the toughest teams in the country, but this class brings us a step closer and also sets the tone for the type of player we are looking to add in the future. Walsh continues to attract great student-athletes and we expect this to be another strong group academically.”

Sarah Berger (5-7, Defender, Wadsworth, OH) earned four letters at Wadsworth High School. Berger recorded 20 goals and 21 assists primarily in the back while she also spent some time on the front line.  She earned First Team All-Suburban League and Second Team All-District honors. Sara was a member of the 2011 Wadsworth Grizzlies team, along with teammate (and current Walsh All-GLIAC player) Jessie Gearhart, that won a league championship and earned a berth to the regional final while breaking school records for goals scored and least goals allowed. She plays club soccer with Cleveland Futbol Club where her team won the Ohio North State Cup championship in 2012, and also played against some of the top competition in the country while playing in the Midwest Regional League. Berger was a two-sport athlete for the Grizzlies as one of the top runners in track in the state of Ohio. She is a National Merit semi-finalist, and also earned Academic All-Ohio accolades. Sarah will major in pre-med.

Mallory Deel (5-2, Defender, Avon, OH) earned two letters as captain at Avon High School where she won a district championship in 2011. She was named Second Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention GCSSCA All-Cleveland in 2013. Deel also earned Most Valuable Defensive Player in 2011 and 2013. Deel plays club soccer for Cleveland Kickers and will major in physical therapy. 

Mackenzie Gatchel (5-7, Midfielder, Salem, OH) earned three letters at United Local under Coach Raymond O’Flaherty where her team finished as district runner-up this season. In three years at United, she recorded an impressive 64 goals and 46 assists. In 2013, Gatchel was named Second Team All-State, First Team All-District, First Team All-County, and First Team ITCL LEAGUE. She was also named Second Team All-State in 2012. Gatchel was a two-sport athlete and also earned All-District honors in basketball. Mackenzie will major in nursing.

Alexandra Gurka (5-6, Defender, North Royalton, OH) received four letters at North Royalton High School and was the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. Gurka spent most of her time at outside back or center back. She also plays club soccer with Cleveland United and helped guide her U17 team to a USYSA National League Championship. Her team followed that up by winning the USYSA State and National Championship as the top U17 club team in the nation. Alexandra is a member of National Honor Society and will major in education.

Gemma Hicks (5-3, Forward/Midfielder, Gold Coast, Australia) attended St. Michaels Catholic College (High School) where she was voted 2013 “Outstanding Athlete” and “Spirit of Sport” for her entire high school. Hicks was a South Coast Representative and competed in the national tournament as a Queensland State Representative. She was captain of her U18 National Premier League side that went undefeated in the SEQ Conference in 2013. Gemma was also named to the Palm Beach Australian team that was invited to attend the prestigious San Diego Surf Cup Showcase in 2013. She will major in exercise science. 

Madeline Novak (5-7, Defender/Midfielder, Strongsville, OH) played soccer for Jon Felton at Strongsville High School, consistently one of the top high school teams both nationally and in the state of Ohio. After a year in which her team won a district title and earned a trip to the regional final, Maddy was named NEO Valley Division Honors First Team and All-Greater Cleveland Honorable Mention. Novak currently plays club soccer for Cleveland United, a team which recently won the U17 USYSA Club National Championship, the USYSA National League Title, and Ohio North State Cup champions among other honors. She was also an ODP state team member as well as regional pool in 2010. Maddy will study pre-med.

Emma Scanes (5-5 Forward, Toledo, OH) comes from Sylvania Northview where she played for Coach Rick Burgin and helped steer her team to three district championship games, winning in 2011, a year in which her team made it to the state Final Four. In 2013, Scanes was named North Lakes First Team All-League and Second Team NWOOSCA Division 1 All-District. She also plays club soccer at Pacesetter, a member of the Midwest Regional League and Ohio North State Cup Finalists in 2012. Emma is undecided in her college major.  

Angela Spilker (5-4, Forward, North Royalton, OH) earned four letters as captain of her North Royalton High School team. Angela scored 29 goals to go along with 19 assists in her four year career for the Bears. She was named First Team All-Cleveland, First Team All-District, First Team All-Conference, and First Team Academic All-Conference while also being voted as her team’s Offensive Player of the Year. Spilker was a member of the 2012 Cleveland United U16 US Youth Soccer Regional Championship team. She currently plays with Cleveland Futbol Club. Angela is a member of National Honor Society and will major in pre-pharmacy.

Marina Zeller (5-6, Midfielder, Woodville, OH) earned four letters at Notre Dame Academy and captained the team in 2012 and 2013. She recorded 28 goals to go along with 21 assists in her career at Notre Dame. In 2013, Zeller earned First Team NW Ohio All-District, First Team All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference, and was a BCSN All-Around All-Star. Marina led her team to a Three River Conference Championship in 2013 and Northwest Ohio District Championship as the fifth-ranked team in the state of Ohio. Marina plays club soccer with Pacesetter where her team competes in the Midwest Regional League and was an Ohio North State Cup Finalist in 2012. Marina will major in pre-physical therapy.