The latest women’s Division I recruiting class rankings are out for 2019, looking at which programs are slated to add the best new players in the fall.
Below are the latest recruiting class rankings for the class of 2019. Powered by the IMG Academy Top 150, international signings and transfers, this is the second-to-last release before the final one next month, expanding to a field of 40 programs.
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1. Penn State*
Commitments: M Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC – No. 1), M Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit Academy – No. 9), F Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Massachusetts – No. 13), GK Julia Dohle (NYCFC – No. 19), D Leah Scarpelli (Cedar Stars Academy – No. 21), M Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush – No. 27), D Shelby Craft (FC Dallas – No. 66), F Angela Aguero (NYCFC), M Devon Rae Olive (PDA)
Transfers: M Sam Coffey (Boston College)
A healthy Kate Wiesner should be competing for starting minutes right away, the tip of the iceberg for the top recruiting class. Sam Coffey is going to be huge for them, especially with the departure of the uber-talented Emily Ogle.
Commitments: F Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush – No. 5), F Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf – No. 16), M Brecken Mozingo (Celtic FC – No. 38), M Kali Trevithick (San Diego Surf – No. 39), M Jaclyn Gilday (United Soccer Alliance – No. 51), F Janae DeFazio (Davis Legacy), D Kylie Kerr (Mustang SC), M Emily Mickelsen (So Cal Blues), GK Hannah Mitchell (Cedar Stars Academy), D Brianne Riley (Strikers FC), F Rachel Lowe (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Transfers: D Lucy Parker (LSU)
An already impressive class received a nice boost with Rachel Lowe coming from Australia to Westwood. Sunshine Fontes may not play this year after tearing her ACL while playing high school soccer, though she has the tools to be successful once she bounces back. There should be a handful of players that can come in and impact the game for the Bruins right away, and the late addition of Lucy Parker solidfies the Bruins at this spot.
Commitments: M Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire SC – No. 8), F Olufolasade Adamolekun (United Soccer Alliance – No. 22), M Jaelyn Eisenhart (Slammers FC – No. 25), F Hannah White (Tophat SC – No. 46), F Lillian Babalola (Concorde Fire SC – No. 109), F Savianna Gomez (Beach FC – No. 116), D Savannah Kessler (Legends FC – No. 122), D Katharine Bishop (LA Breakers FC), D Kennedy Enus (Heat FC), F Bel Rolley (Heat FC), M/F Lily Slater (Slammers FC)
Transfers: D Natalie Ward (Notre Dame)
There’s little doubt that USC, which won the 2016 national champion, are here to stay among the nation’s elite. This promising 2019 group should continue that trend, with Bethune a particular highlight.
Commitments: D Maycee Bell (NC Courage – No. 14), D Tori Hansen (NC Courage – No. 15), M Maggie Pierce (NC Courage – No. 35), F Aleigh Gambone (McLean Youth Soccer – No. 56), GK Marzia Josephson (NC Courage – No. 63), F Isabella Brown (NC Courage – No. 68), D Julia Dorsey (Bethesda SC – No. 118), F Isabel Cox (North Carolina Fusion), F Hallie Klanke (Sporting Blue Valley SC), M Elizabeth Moore (Wilmington Hammerheads FC), M Alexis Strickland (CASL)
Transfers: D Lois Joel (West Virginia)
Some of the best talent on the East Coast – predominantly from North Carolina – is the foundation of UNC’s 2019 class. Maycee Bell played for the U.S. U20s at last year’s Nike Friendlies, while Gambone is a smart, clever attacking player coming from a very good McLean team.