MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown announced the addition of nine student-athletes for the 2017 season.
Set to join the 2016 National Runner-Up Mountaineers are: Marissa DeZorzi (Arona, Pennsylvania), Stefany Ferrer-Van Ginkel (Argencola, Barcelona), Danielle Gordon (Jacksonville, Florida), Lois Joel (North Finchley, London), Lexi Mitchell (Auburn, New York), Lauren Segalla (Salisbury, Connecticut), Kayla Thompson (Austin, Texas), Ashley Triplett (Memphis, Tennessee) and Chloe Zamiela (Stuart, Florida).
Also ready to contribute in 2017 are previously announced early enrollees Issy Coombes and Malia Kaleiohi.
“I’m excited to bring such an experienced class into Morgantown,” Izzo-Brown said. “We have players coming in from not only all over the country, but all over the globe. They’ll bring a wealth of knowledge to WVU so we can continue the tradition of success built by previous Mountaineers. This class is coming here to win championships and to continue to achieve at the highest level.
“We enter the 2017 season with a large target on our back given our National Runner-Up finish in 2016. We’ll be depending on this group to push us to new success.”
Marissa DeZorzi, 5-3, Midfield, Arona, Pennsylvania
Multiple-year member of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy … reached semifinals of the 2015 U.S. Club Soccer National XIV Tournament with the U-16 Riverhounds Team … member of the id2 Olympic Development Program … invited to train at the U.S. National Training Center … also played basketball and ran track for Yough Senior High … daughter of Dannielle DeZorzi … birthday is September 1.
Stefany Ferrer-Van Ginkel, 5-0, Forward/Midfielder, Argencola, Barcelona
Member of RCD Espanyol … two-year member of Fundació Esportiva Vilafranca … also two-year member of CF Igualada … previously played for C.F.S. Sant Boi and tallied 40 goals in 20 games in 2012-13 season … attended IES Pere Vives in Ingualada, Barcelona … daughter of Francesc Ferrer-Alegre and Astrid … has two sisters … birthday is October 17.
Danielle Gordon, 5-2, Defender/Forward, Jacksonville, Florida
Four-year member of Tampa Bay United … won five championships with the 2015 Tampa Bay United U-17 squad: U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship, Region 3 Championship, Florida State Cup Championship, Southern Region Premier League Championship and Disney Showcase Championship … 2014 Florida State Cup finalist and Florida U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship finalist with Tampa Bay United U-16 team … attended 2013 Olympique Lyonnaise Youth Academy in Lyon, France … four-year member of Florida ODP Team and Regional Camp G98 … three-year member of Region 3 ODP G98 … 2017 team captain at Atlantic Coast High … three-time All-Gateway Conference and All-First Coast honoree … three-time Atlantic Coast High MVP … two-time top player to watch … member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Society … daughter of Dana and Rolanda Gordon … has one sister … birthday is December 4.
Lois Joel, 5-5, Defender, North Finchley, London
Extensive international experience with the England National Team … three-year member of the U-17 England Team (2015-17) … helped England advance to the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016, where the squad lost to eventual-winner Japan … finished third at the 2016 U-17 European Championships … participated with the U-17 England Team at the 2016 U.S. Tournament against the United States, Korea and Japan … member of 2015 U-17 England Team who competed at the Three Nations Tournament and advanced to the European Championships qualifying rounds … competed at the 2015 UEFA Elite Tournament with the England U-16 National Team … earned playing time with the U-16 team against Germany and with the U-15 team against Holland and the Republic of Ireland … currently a member of Chelsea FC and previously played with Watford FC and Arsenal FC … earned the Jack Petchey Award for raising money for charity (cancer research) while attending St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School … also received the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award … represented Barnet for cricket at the London Youth Games … daughter of Stephen and Louisa Joel … has one sister … birthday is June 2.
Lexi Mitchell, 5-9, Defender/Midfielder, Auburn, New York
Six-year member of Syracuse Development Academy … won three New York State West State Cup Championships and two Region 1 Champions League titles … three-time Region 1 Championships participant … won 2016 Region 1 Championships and competed at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships … also competed in the 2015 National Premier League Finals and the 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer National League … two-time player pool member for ODP New York West and member of 2014 ODP (1999) Tournament Team … five-year varsity team member at Auburn High … 2016 team captain and MVP … tallied 14 goals and two assists in final season … OHSL Freedom First Team All-League … scored five goals and chipped in six assists in 2013 en route to CNYCL Class AA First Team All-League honors … named Rookie of the Year in 2012 as an eighth grader … tallied 28 points (12 G, 4 A) in 2012 and earned CNYCL Class AA Second Team All-League accolades … member of National Honor Society … class vice president (2014-17) … daughter of Daniel and Laurie Mitchell … has one sister and one brother … birthday is September 28.
Lauren Segalla, 5-10, Forward, Salisbury, Connecticut
Three-year member of CFC United ECNL (2014-17) and CFC Extreme ECNL (2012-14) … leading goal scorer each season with CFC ECNL … with U-14 CFC Extreme Team, competed in 2012 Italy Tour … ECNL Northeast Region PDP selection … leading scorer, 2015 ECNL regular season … U15-U18 CFC Academy selection … four-time NSCAA All-State Team and four-time first team all-conference while playing for the Housatonic Valley Regional High Mountaineers … played in 63 career matches and finished with 266 points (120 G, 26 A) … 120 career goals are a school record … set career single-season scoring record with 52 goals in 2014 … 2016 team captain … selected to Senior All-Star Game in 2016 … led Housatonic Valley Regional to the 2014 CIAC State Tournament Final … 2014 MaxPrep Player of the Year and a four-time MaxPrep Player of the Week honoree … also a member of varsity basketball team as a freshman in 2013-14 … daughter of Chad and Kimberly Segalla … has two sisters and one brother … birthday is October 20.
Kayla Thompson, 5-7, Goalkeeper, Austin, Texas
Two-year captain of Lonestar ’99 ECNL Team … team advanced to the 2015 National League finals … pulled into the ECNL PDP Texas pool in 2016 … 2016 Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School team captain and four-year varsity athlete … 2015-16 SPC Girls Soccer All-State First Team … also a two-year varsity track and field athlete at Saint Stephen’s … captain of Saint Stephen’s Spartan Army (2016-17) … daughter of Richard and Debra Thompson … has one brother … birthday is November 5.
Ashley Triplett, 5-4, Goalkeeper, Memphis, Tennessee
Two-year member of Atlanta Fire United U-18 ECNL (2015-17) … attended 2016 Arsenal Futbol Development Academy … 2017 team captain while playing for Pinecrest Academy … advanced to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) third round … 2016 GHSA All-County and All-Area … 2016 IMG Academy Student-Athlete of the Week … 2015 Bermuda International Showcase finalist … played for the U-17 Florida NPL Champions at IMG Academy (2014-15), winning the 2014 Disney Showcase and the 2015 Disney Qualifier … 2014-15 Goalkeeper of the Year at IMG Academy … three-year member of Tennessee ODP (2010-13) … guest player for Team Columbia at the 2012 Tournament De Agropoli International Invitational … held several committee positions at Pinecrest Academy, including 2016 National Art Honor Society Vice President and 2015 National Honor Society Vice President … also member of Pinecrest Academy volleyball and swimming teams … daughter of Scott and Penny Triplett … has two sisters … birthday is June 6.
Chloe Zamiela, 5-8, Defender/Midfielder, Stuart, Florida
Four-year member of Sunrise Soccer Club, competing in the Region 3 Premier League and National League … 2016 National Region 3 finalist … five-time Florida State Cup Final Four participant … 2012 Florida State Cup champion … two-year team captain and four-year varsity player at South Fork High … scored 114 points (53 G, 38 A) in 66 career games … 2016 4A undefeated district champion and regional finalist … 2016 MaxPrep Player of the Year honoree … 2016 All-Area First Team … won 2016 Most Valuable Player honor … daughter of Keith and Jill Zamiela … has one brother and one sister … birthday is September 7.