2021 Women’s Recruiting Ranks: July

2021 Women’s Recruiting Ranks: July
by Travis Clark
July 21, 2021
Players featured in this article:
MF | South Valley Chivas Academy
MF | Sockers FC

As August draws near, another season of women’s Division I soccer gets closer.

That leaves little movement left in the recruiting class rankings, as late transfer moves or international additions makes the biggest impact at this stage of the process.

Based upon signed recruits, international additions and transfers, check out the Top 45 DI recruiting rankings for the class of 2021.

Please send any corrections or omissions to editor@topdrawersoccer.com.

1. California*

Commitments: D Ayooluwapo Oke (Tophat SC – No. 25), F Arianna Manrique (Tophat SC – No. 28), D Courtney Boone (Legends FC – No. 30), F Karlie Lema (MVLA – No. 36), F Velize King (Legends FC – No. 70), M Noelle Bond-Flasza (So Cal Blues – No. 125), F Alexis Wright (Tophat SC – No. 130), F Jordyn Young (Mustang SC – No. 146), F Aaliyah Schinaman (MVLA – No. 171), D Aasha McLyn (Beach FC – No. 174), D Maya Griffin (Legends FC – No. 199), D Cailin Bloom (Davis Legacy), M Kei Kitamura (FC Bay Area), M Marleen Rohde (Turbine Potsdam)

The volume of what should be solid players helps maintain Cal’s spot at the top of the rankings. The proof will be when they reach campus, of course. Ayo Oke has the makings of a very good outside back at the DI level.

2. North Carolina

Commitments: M Ally Sentnor (South Shore Select – No. 1), M Emily Colton (LA Galaxy San Diego – No. 5), M Bella Sember (NYCFC – No. 35), M Lauren Wrigley (PDA – No. 39), F Asha Means (Charlotte Soccer Academy – No. 47), M Emerson Elgin (STA Development Academy – No. 53), M Makenna Dominguez (LA Surf – No. 188), GK Emily Allen (NC Courage – No. 195), M Ruby Grant (Arsenal FC)

Sentnor was ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the most recent update, giving UNC five players in the Top 50 and moving them into No. 2 spot. Freshman Ruby Grant enrolled this spring and has made her debut after originally being part of the 2020 class, deferring to the spring of 2021 due to the pandemic.

3. Texas*

Commitments: F Trinity Byars (Solar SC – No. 2), M Tatiana Fung (Legends FC – No. 9), D Emily Jane (EmJ) Cox (Solar SC – No. 10), M Lola Stanley (Solar SC – No. 114), M Ashlyn Miller (Solar SC – No. 145), F Alexis Missimo (Solar SC), GK Megan Hogate (Slammers FC), F Holly Ward (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Missimo has already graduated and reclassified for the purpose of this rankings, and has made her Texas debut. The rest must wait for the fall. Texas has a great class. Will it translate on the field for head coach Angela Kelly? The team has never won a Big 12 regular season or tournament title since she took over ahead of the 2012 season. Between 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes, UT may have their best group of her time in Austin.

4. USC*

Commitments: F Simone Jackson (Beach FC – No. 4), D Kayla Colbert (Legends FC – No. 12), M Aaliyah Farmer (LAFC Slammers – No. 17), M Brooklyn Harris (Internationals SC – No. 113), GK Reezyn Turk (So Cal Blues – No. 115), F Isabel Kimberly (Jacksonville Armada FC – No. 139), F Julia Gomez (LAFC Slammers – No. 179), D Kendall Killian (Oregon United SC – No. 181), D Brooklyn Courtnall (USC – No. 187), F Simi Awujo (Southern Soccer Academy)

Transfer: F Jada Talley (Arizona)

USC confirmed several high-level additions, as they will need to replace a very good senior class. The volume of quality is extremely impressive and could arguably be ahead of Texas. Talley was announced this week as an incoming transfer, an experienced Pac-12 veteran that adds immediate quality to the frontline.

5. Stanford*

Commitments: D Andrea Kitahata (FC Bay Area – No. 6), D Kellie Pagador (Placer United SC – No. 13), D Nya Harrison (San Diego Surf – No. 21), GK Haley Craig (Michigan Jaguars FC – No. 52), D Avani Brandt (SUSA FC Academy – No. 182), M Aki Yuasa (Bayern Munich)

Transfers: M Katelyn Duong (Minnesota)

The Cardinal have confirmed a six-player signing class for 2021. Retooling the attack is a priority as the Cardinal continue to adjust to life after Catarina Macario, which didn’t certainly was a big reason for spring struggles.

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