This week, the young ladies get the spotlight in our recruiting edition of 5v5. Three incoming freshman from Maryland, one from Stanford and another from Virginia debate which program has the best recruiting class and share the players they’re most looking forward to battling.
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Why should (your incoming class) be considered the best in the country?
Kate Bettinger, Stanford freshman: Because although it’s a small recruiting class, we have the top players in each position. The group of players is well-rounded in all aspects of the game. Every player is competitive, hardworking, technical, athletic, and strong. Also, every player is from California, so we all come from very intense club programs with lots of youth national team experience.
Erika Joab, Maryland freshman: We have a lot of national team experience. We’ve all played with competitive clubs and possess the drive and skills to play and win. We have all the components of a strong team.
Kristen McNabb, Virginia freshman: It’s very diverse in that we have players that all play different positions (forwards, mids, defenders, and even a goalie). Everyone is used to playing at such a high level and we’re all part of successful club teams so the transition into college soccer should be a smooth one.
Gabby Galanti, Maryland freshman: We have a variety of different girls, from different states that can immediately contribute to better the team. The group as a whole is extremely talented and hardworking.
Maisie McCune, Maryland freshman: When we found out the sad news that Coach Brian Pensky will no longer be the head coach of Maryland Women’s soccer, immediately it bonded us. We all decided to make a Facebook group. The connection that we already have will benefit us when the season rolls around because we are already comfortable and know each other pretty well.
Which of your freshman teammates are you most looking forward to playing with?
Bettinger: I am looking forward to playing with everyone, but most of all Laura Liedle. Laura and I have been playing with one another since we were young on national teams and regional teams. She is a very skilled player and I look forward to learning from her. She is also very athletic and will have a huge impact on the Stanford team. She is one of my closest friends and we also share a passion for surfing.
Joab: My top three would be Gabby Galanti, Ashley Spivey and Kayla Shea. Galanti and I are both Jersey girls and we’ve never had the chance to be on the field together. Spivey has been a top competitor on the national level and it will be great to work with her. Shea and I are from rival clubs and have always been opponents, so I’m looking forward to finally playing with her.
McNabb: I can’t really pick just one teammate because they are all such good players and I’ve played with most of them! I’m excited to play with every single incoming freshman and to get to know how each person plays.
Galanti: I’m looking forward to playing with Ashley Spivey because we’ve played with each other numerous times between Region I and the national team, And it’s going to be fun to reconnect and get back to how we played together in the past while creating a future.
McCune: I am really looking forward to playing with Gabby Galanti. Over the years I have played against Gabby enough times to know that she is a strong and fierce player that will bring lots to the table at Maryland. Her shot is incredible and she is able to cruise past the defense with her speed. I can’t wait to be able to feed her the ball up top and overall just work together with her on the field!