The Capital University women's soccer team will welcome 15 student-athletes who have deposited and committed to the program to campus this fall, third-year head coach Chris Kouns announced.
Thirteen incoming freshmen and a pair of transfers are set to join the Crusaders in August. Capital tied for third in the Ohio Athletic Conference a season ago, finishing 10-8-2 overall and 5-3-1 in conference play. The Crusaders reached the OAC Tournament quarterfinals.
In 2011, Kouns guided Capital to the OAC Tournament championship and the program's first-ever appearance in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Crusaders will add three forwards, four midfielders, four defenders and four goalkeepers to a roster set to return seven starters from a year ago.
"I am very pleased with all the young women who are joining our family in the 2013 campaign," Kouns said. "Each one adds something unique to the team and to the overall experience our student-athletes will enjoy in their time as a Crusader.
"Each year it is our goal to bring in student-athletes who want to compete, who want to be part of an evolving culture of excellence and who want to be a winner. This year is no exception with Olympic Development Program (ODP) state team members, Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) club participants and members of high school state finalists."
See below for information on each member of the 2013 Capital University women's soccer recruiting class.
Hometown/High School: Orlando, Fla./East River
Club: Orlando City SC
Brand will compete with two other freshmen and one transfer for playing time at goalkeeper.
Dayton, Ohio/West Carrollton
Dayton Dutch Lions
Brunner earned second team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference accolades during the final year of her four-year soccer career at West Carrollton High School. A four-year Scholar Athlete, she also participated in swimming and track during her career.
Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley
Arsenal FC ECNL
Cartmill was a two-time All-Southwestern League selection as was named Southwestern League Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2013 at Temecula Valley High School.
Cincinnati United Premier
Connor helped lead Mason High School to the OHSAA Division I state championship game in 2013. She earned All-Greater Miami Conference Academic recognition and collected three team awards during her three-year career.
North Canton, Ohio/North Canton
Cotsmire was a three-time All-Federal League, three-time all-county and all-district honoree at Hoover High School. A four-year athletic scholar, she tied or broke three school records and served as a team captain her senior year.
Hanayik helped guide Sidney High School to a pair of Greater Western Ohio Conference titles and was selected All-GWOC and All-Miami Valley two times apiece. She ranked third in the conference in scoring during her senior campaign.
Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard Darby
Harricharran is one of four incoming goalkeepers who will compete for a rotation spot in 2013.
Fairfield Optimist SC
Kelly was a three-year letter winner in soccer at Fairfield High School and helped lead Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club to the Buckeye Premier League championship. She was selected to the Greater Miami Conference All-Academic team following her senior year.
Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River
Leitch transferred to Capital after playing club soccer for one season while she attended Virginia Tech. In high school, she was named first team All-Greater Cleveland and the West Shore Conference Goalkeeper of the Year while recording 31 career shutouts.
Coto de Caza, Calif./JSerra Catholic
Mission Viejo/Beach FC
Quinn earned first team All-Trinity League CIF Southern Section accolades and was a two-year captain at JSerra Catholic High School. She helped lead her two club teams to a pair of showcase championships and four semifinal appearances in all.
Columbus, Ohio/Westerville North
Roach is one of four incoming freshmen defenders and will compete for playing time on the back line.
Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial
Spurbeck was a two-time All-Ohio Capital Conference honoree during her four-year career at Watkins Memorial High School. A two-year captain, she also earned a pair of team accolades during her tenure.
Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield
Cleveland Cobras SC
Tritt was a four-time All-Northeast Ohio Conference and three-time All-Cleveland honoree. She helped guide Mayfield High School to the conference championship in 2013 and earned several player of the week and team accolades during her four-year career.
Canal Winchester, Ohio/Canal Winchester
Freedom Soccer Club
During her four-year career, Zuberi helped lead Canal Winchester to a pair of Mid-State League championships. She was named all-conference four times, including a first team selection following her senior year.