Warren Adds 10 Players to 2012 Roster
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay women's soccer program will have several new faces on its 2012 roster, as 10 incoming freshmen are set to join the Phoenix in the fall, head coach Trevor Warren announced on Wednesday.
The newcomers prepared to play for the Phoenix next season are Nastacia Behle (St. Paul, Mo.), Sydney Born (Edina, Minn.), Annie Flanagan (Racine, Wis.), Sandra Graybill (Lakeville, Minn.), Heidi Hartmann (Plymouth, Minn.), Asia Laudal (Eau Claire, Wis.), Maria Lillge (Appleton, Wis.), Justy Linton (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Christina Mauthe (Appleton, Wis.) and Devan Schultz (Fish Creek, Wis.). The 10-member class represents the second-largest recruiting class under Warren, who added 11 players last season.
"The players in the 2012 class possess a great mixture of experience and talent to add to our young squad," Warren said. "We certainly have added some size, speed and steel to the team. The players have represented everything from Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) teams, Midwest Regional League (MRL) teams, Olympic Development Programs (ODP) and high school state championship teams, as well as the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary's Soccer Academy."
Nastacia "Stos" Behle
Position: Goalkeeper • Hometown: St. Paul, Mo. • High School: Shattuck-St. Mary's • Club Team: Shattuck-St. Mary's
The 5-foot-10 Behle was a goalkeeper for both the Missouri (2006-08) and Minnesota (2009-10) Olympic Development Programs. She was selected as the Shattuck-St. Mary's team MVP in 2010 and was also a member of the winning squad at the 2008 Futsal National Championships (indoor five-a-side soccer).
Warren on Behle: "Stos is a big, imposing keeper who commands the penalty area. She's not the kind of keeper forwards will want to go one-on-one with. She's excellent in the air, she's a great shot-stopper, plus she has a very long kicking game."
Position: Defender/Midfielder • Hometown: Edina, Minn. • High School: Edina • Club Team: Minnesota Thunder Academy ECNL Team
Born was chosen as her team's captain and MVP at Edina High School in 2011. She was a two-time all-conference selection, as well as an all-state pick as a senior. Born was also a member of the Minnesota Olympic Development Program and ODP Region II Camp in 2010 and 2011.
Warren on Born: "Sydney has a great deal of experience from playing at the elite club level in the ECNL for the Minnesota Thunder, as well as from being a starter for the Minnesota ODP team. She is a quick, aggressive defender who is excellent in one-against-one situations. She is usually designated in her club and high school games to mark the opposing teams' most dangerous striker."
Position: Midfielder/Defender • Hometown: Racine, Wis. • High School: J.I. Case • Club Team: Kenosha United FC
Flanagan was an honorable mention all-conference pick at Case High School and was chosen as her team's defensive player of the year. She helped Case to regional championships in three consecutive seasons (2009, 2010, 2011), as well as a sectional title in 2011. Flanagan also aided Kenosha United FC to a second-place finish in the State Cup in 2010.
Warren on Flanagan: "Annie is a strong, competitive central midfielder who possesses a wide range of skills and will add a physical presence to that part of the field. She is a versatile player who does as well on defense as she does on offense. That versatility will make her an invaluable member of the team. I believe she is one of those players that will thrive in the college environment."
Position: Defender • Hometown: Lakeville, Minn. • High School: Shattuck-St. Mary's • Club Team: Shattuck-St. Mary's
Graybill was a member of the Minnesota Olympic Development Program squad in 2008 and 2009, as well as a defensive standout on the Shattuck-St. Mary's U18 club team.
Warren on Graybill: "Sandra is another member of the Soccer Center of Excellence at Shattuck-St. Mary's to join the Green Bay program. She is one of those fullbacks that has the pace and tough tackling ability that will make life difficult for any opposing winger. She is also a great asset on offense, especially with the ability to get into the attack and deliver crosses into the danger areas."
Position: Forward • Hometown: Plymouth, Minn. • High School: Osseo Senior High • Club Team: Dakota Rev Fury
Hartmann, a three-time all-conference selection at Osseo Senior High School, was an honorable mention all-state pick in her senior season. She was selected as her team's captain and MVP in her final year, and was also the winner of the Best Defensive Player and Hustle awards. In addition to playing soccer, Hartmann was a letter winner in both basketball and track.
Warren on Hartmann: "Heidi is simply one of those forwards that defenders hate to mark. At 5-foot-9, she is a fast, powerful and physical forward with the ability to get behind defenders and take them on one-versus-one. Any 50-50 balls will automatically be in Heidi's favor - nothing will stop her from getting to the ball first."
Position: Forward/Midfielder • Hometown: Eau Claire, Wis. • High School: Eau Claire Memorial • Club Team: Eau Claire United
Laudal began playing varsity soccer at Eau Claire Memorial High School as a freshman and as a senior was named Most Outstanding Player, as well as team captain. Her Eau Claire United club team posted an undefeated record while placing first at the USA Cup in Blaine, Minn.
Warren on Laudal: "Asia is another incoming freshman that will bring a physical presence to wherever she is on the field. She is another competitive, versatile player, tough in the tackle and with a strong shot. She has attended the Green Bay soccer camps for the last three years and it will be fun to coach her for the next four years."
Position: Forward/Midfield • Hometown: Appleton, Wis. • High School: Appleton North • Club Team: Appleton Soccer Club
Lillge's Appleton North squad posted an undefeated record en route to a state championship 2011. Lillge also aided Appleton Soccer Club to state titles in 2008 and 2012. A varsity starter since her rookie season, she picked up all-conference awards in both her freshman and junior years. Lillge is a high school teammate of future Phoenix player Christina Mauthe.
Warren on Lillge: "Maria was a major part of Appleton North's state championship team in 2011. She can play either in an attacking midfielder role or as a striker. Yet again, Maria is another physical player who relishes that side of the game. She is a player that will be competitive and excel in the college environment."
Position: Defense/Midfield • Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba • High School: Shattuck St.-Mary's • Club Team: Shattuck St. Mary's
Another standout from Shattuck St.-Mary's, Linton received the team's Coaches Choice Award in both 2010 and 2011. She was a member of the U16 BMO Canadian All-Stars, as well as the U14 Manitoba Provincial Team. Linton was a Canadian Regional and National Training Center participant, and was named the Focus 9 Elite Most-Improved Player in 2008.
Warren on Linton: "Justy is a 5-foot-10 center back and captain of the Manitoba Provincial team who will bring an instant presence to the heart of our defense. She has the ability to run down attackers but is also very adept at bringing the ball out from defense."
Position: Forward • Hometown: Appleton, Wis. • High School: Appleton North • Club Team: New United 94
Mauthe was a member of Appleton North's undefeated state championship squad in 2011 along with future Phoenix teammate Maria Lillge. She earned all-conference honors in both 2009 and 2010, and was a member of the Wisconsin State ODP team under Green Bay head coach Trevor Warren.
Warren on Mauthe: "Mauthe is a striker who simply possesses the natural ability to put the ball in the net. She was another member of Appleton North's team that won the state title in 2011, but unfortunately missed most of the season due to injury. I fully expect her and teammate Maria Lillge to lead Appleton North to another run at the title. She is a very technically sound forward with a great sense for where the goal is."
Position: Defense/Midfield • Hometown: Fish Creek, Wis. • High School: Gibraltar • Club Team: Appleton Soccer Club-FC Green Bay
Schultz has been Gibraltar's leading scorer in each of the last three seasons, earning team MVP and First Team All-Packerland Conference honors twice. As a freshman in 2009, Schultz was involved in 27 of her team's 33 goals, finding the net 14 times while dishing out 13 assists. Her Appleton Soccer Club-FC Green Bay combined squad won the U18 Wisconsin State Cup in 2012, and she has a total of eight years in the Wisconsin ODP.
Warren on Schultz: "Devan is a local player that can play any position, but mainly plays on the left side because she is a natural left-footer. She has excellent passing ability, particularly when hitting the ball over distance. She will be one of the best players on the squad at putting spin and curve into her passes."
The 10 newcomers will help fill the void of Green Bay's two seniors lost to graduation following the 2011 campaign - midfielder Corey Arno (Winneconne, Wis.) and goalkeeper Maddie Drusch (Appleton, Wis.). The two combined to play 131 of a possible 132 games over the past four seasons, accumulating nearly 12,000 minutes of playing time.