Fifteen to join Gator Soccer in 2015

February 26, 2015

Head Coach Becky Burleigh announced the 15 joining the Gator soccer team for the fall of 2015.
 
All but one will join the Gators this summer for the start of the 2015 season. Sarah Troccoli of Troy, Michigan, graduated early from high school to enroll at Florida this spring.
 
The 2014 Gators advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals and ranked No. 7 on the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. The nine-member senior class turned in a four-year record of 71-22-4 (75.3 percent), which ranked No. 7 among the 2014 senior classes.
 
“We knew we were losing a fantastic senior class and we feel that this class will go a long way in filling some of those shoes,” Burleigh said. “It is a large class with much quality running among them.”
 
Brittney Bennett
TopDrawerSoccer.com four star recruit…Eleven-year member of Gol Soccer Association (GSA)…GSA finished in the nation’s top 15 in the past three seasons of Elite Clubs Soccer League (ECNL) action – 2012 (6th), 2013 (top 15) and 2014 (7th)…GSA won 2011 Region III Premier League…Participated in Georgia Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 2008-13 and Region III ODP three seasons (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13)…ODP team traveled to Costa Rica in 2012, Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2013…coached by Campbell Chapman at GSA…Four-year member of Grayson High School’s team…Grayson H.S. was runner-up in 2014 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA title match…Won 2014 region title…First-team All-Region 8 AAAAAA midfielder as a freshman, sophomore and junior…2013 and 2014 All-Gwinnett County first-team selection…Among Super Six top players in Gwinnett County named by Gwinnet Daily Post…Grayson H.S. captain during junior and senior season and named Most Valuable Player in 2013…Coached by Terry Klinect at Grayson H.S….Honor Roll student throughout high school…BETA Club member from 2011-15…Will graduate from Grayson H.S. in the spring of 2015.
 
Sabrina Chung
Member of Palm Beach Magic Jack 96/97 club team, winners of 2014 Under 18 Gator Soccer Showcase, 2012 and 2011 Disney Soccer Showcase and 2012 and 2011 Florida State Cup titles…2013 Disney Showcase and 2014 Florida State Cup runner-up…coached by father, Jayson Chung, at Magic Jack…Member of Magicjack Hot Shots which won 2008 Gothia World Cup in Sweden (the largest youth soccer event in the world)…Four-year member of American Heritage School of Boca/Delray teams which won 2012 and 2014 Florida High School Athletic Association Class 2A title…Advanced to 2013 FHSAA 2A Regional final and 2015 state championship…Coached by Steve Burgess for first three years at AH H.S. and Paul Gregory as a senior….Missed much of 2014-15 and 2013-14 high school seasons with a broken toe in right foot, returning to play in state tournament action...sat out 2013 high school season with knee injury…Scored 16 goals as a freshman in 2011-12 season, including a goal in 2012 FHSAA 2A title match…Will graduate from American Heritage High School in spring of 2015.
 
Samantha Chung
Ten-year member of Boca United club team…Boca United 96/97 won Disney Showcase Under-18 on Jan. 3, 2015…Also won 2014 and 2013 Florida Premier League…2014 and 2013 FYSA Florida State Cup finalist...Boca United finalist at 2013 National Premier League (NPL) National Championships…Coached at Boca United by father – former U.S. National Team member and MLS player Mark Chung…Attended U.S. Soccer Federation Training Center 2011-13, participated in 2014 U.S. Club Player Development Program (PDP) and part of Florida Olympic Development Program (ODP) in 2010…Also played four seasons for Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches under Alex Teixeira, earning team’s Most Valuable Player honors as a freshman…Oxbridge Academy advanced to 2014 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 1A regional final…Daughter of former U.S. Soccer National Team member Mark Chung…Will graduate from Oxbridge Academy in spring of 2015.
 
Giovana Giraldo
Six-year member of Palm Beach Magic Jack 96/97 club team, winners of 2014 Under 18 Gator Soccer Showcase, 2012 and 2011 Disney Soccer Showcase and 2012 and 2011 Florida State Cup titles…2013 Disney Showcase and 2014 Florida State Cup runner-up…coached by Jayson Chung at Magic Jack…Member of Magicjack Hot Shots which won 2008 Gothia World Cup in Sweden (the largest youth soccer event in the world)…Played for The Benjamin School as a sophomore, junior and senior, reaching Florida High School Athletic Association Class 2A semifinal in 2013, regional semifinals in 2014 and regional quarterfinal in 2015…Turned in seven goals and 17 assists as a sophomore and 12 goals and five assists as a junior…2013 Florida Athletic Coaches Association 2A All-State selection…2013 Palm All-County girls soccer Class 3A-2A-1A selection…Member of American Heritage High School’s 2012 Class 2A FHSAA state champion team...Also played volleyball and basketball, earning team Most Valuable Player honors in volleyball…Honor Roll student…Will graduate from The Benjamin School in spring of 2015.
 
Alyssa Howell  
Five-year member of Ohio Elite Soccer Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio, where coached by Scott Sievering and Doug Bracken…Ohio Elite won 2014 Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Mid-Atlantic Conference title…Advanced to 2014 ECNL Champions League playoff…Reached final of 2013 Disney Soccer Showcase…Four-year member of Ohio Olympic Development Program (ODP) state team…Played for Valley View H.S. team four years, setting season goals (24) and assists (14) records…also owns career assists (30) record and second in career goals (50)…2014  First team All Miami Valley Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division II All-Area selection...2012 and 2013 MVSSCA Division II All-Area second team…Valley View’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2014...Valley View's most valuable player of the year in 2013 and 2014…Also played volleyball, basketball and competed in track…took sixth in long jump at 2011 state championships…Will graduate with an honors diploma from Valley View H.S. this spring…Four-year Principal’s Scholar-Athlete.
 
Morgan Mannweiler
Member of Magic Jack 96/97 club team which won 2014 Under 18 Gator Soccer Showcase, 2013 Disney Showcase and 2012 Florida State Cup titles…Coached by Jayson Chung and Dan Borislow at Magic Jack…Four-year member of Boca Raton High School’s varsity team…2013 Florida High School Athletic Association 5A District Champions, 2013 Conference Champions...Boca Raton H.S. reach 2015 FHSAA Class 5A Regional semifinal…Boca Raton’s Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2013, high school captain as a junior and senior…Recipient of 2013-14 Kelly Strogis Award (honor based on pride, leadership, scholarship and determination)…Part of Palm Beach Post’s 10 Players to Watch list for the 2014-15 season…coached by Rachael Grimes at Boca Raton H.S…Also member of Boca Raton H.S.’s track & field team and holds school 400- and 800-meter records…Member of 2012 4x400m district champion relay team…Will graduate in top one percent of Boca Raton H.S.’s class of 2015.
 
Kaylan Marckese
Five-year member of Tampa Bay United Premier 97 club team, which won The Disney U17 Showcase Black on Jan. 5, 2015…Win advances Tampa Bay United to 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championships…Runner-up in 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championship…Won 2012 US Club Soccer National title…Coached by Adrian Bush at TBU…Four-year Olympic Development Program (ODP) selection, including three years on Region III ODP team…Traveled to Costa Rica (2013) and England (2014) for play with Region III team...Will travel with Region III team to play in Italy and Switzerland this April…Three-year member of St. Petersburg High School team, which reached 2015 Class 5A-District 8 final…2014 Pinellas County Athletic Conference champions…SP H.S. Green Devils coached Rui Farias…Tampa Bay Times 2013 Times’ All-Pinellas County first team…Chosen to play in 2015 Pinellas Country Senior All-Star match…Also played volleyball, earning 2013 Pinellas County Athletic Conference All-South second team honors…National Honor Society member…Will graduate a year early to enroll at Florida for the fall 2015 season.
 
Melanie Monteagudo
Four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com…Two-year member of Sunrise Sting club team and coached by Jan Wiechmann…team claimed 2013 96/97 Florida State Cup championship…2013 and 2014 Region III Premiere League East champions…Named 2014 Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Soccer, given annually to the state's top high school player…in 2013-14 season, set Broward County record for most goals scored with 63 goals and 30 assists…Scored at least one goal in every match but one of the 2013-14 high school season…Scored 33 goals and turned in 13 assists as a sophomore and 22 goals and 13 assists as a freshman…American Heritage won 2015, 2014 and 2013 Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A titles and runner-up after penalty kick decision in 2012…Provided the final assist on overtime winner to give American Heritage H.S. its third consecutive title in 2015…2014 Sun Sentinel 3A-2A-1A high school player of the year…All-county first team as a freshman, sophomore and junior for both Dade and Broward County…Coached by Cindy Marcial at AH High School…Deans Honor Roll student…Will graduate from American Heritage High School in spring of 2015.
 
Mayra Pelayo
TopDrawerSoccer.com four star recruit…Five-year member of Palm Beach Magic Jack 96/97 club team, winners of 2014 Under 18 Gator Soccer Showcase, 2012 and 2011 Disney Soccer Showcase and 2012 and 2011 Florida State Cup titles…2013 Disney Showcase and 2014 Florida State Cup runner-up…coached by Jayson Chung at Magic Jack…Member of U.S. Under 15 Girls National Team in 2012…Part of U.S. Youth U17 National Team roster…Attended 96/97 national identification camps in 2011…Played for American Heritage-Delray High School as an eighth-grader, freshman and sophomore, scoring 16 goals and 34 assists as a sophomore…American Heritage H.S. won 2011 and 2012 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 2A title and reached 2013 regional final…Member of The Benjamin School as a junior and senior – reaching Florida High School Athletic Association Class 2A regional semifinals in 2014 and regional quarterfinal in 2015…Part of Sun Sentinel’s Class 3A-2A-1A first team after scoring 13 goals and turning in 21 assists…first-team all-county as a sophomore and junior…Will graduate from The Benjamin School in spring of 2015.
 
Gabriela Rivera
TopDrawerSoccer.com four star recruit…Seven-year member of Concorde Fire Soccer Club, which won three consecutive Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Southeast Conference titles (2012, 2013, 2014)…Club reach ECNL Under-16 playoffs (2014) and U15 finals (2013)…Five year participant in Georgia and Region III Olympic Development Program…Attended 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) national training camp in Phoenix, Arizona…Named to a pair of ECNL All-Event teams in 2013 – Dallas and Sanford…Attended U14 U.S. National Team camp in 2011 and attended age-group USNT training sessions from U14 to U17…Coached by Brian Moore at Concorde Fire…Played one year on Atlanta International School’s soccer team and coached by Ken Dawson…Part of National Society of High School Scholars…Will graduate from Atlanta International School this spring.
 
Rachelle Smith
Four-year member of Palm Beach Magic Jack 96/97 club team, winners of 2014 Under 18 Gator Soccer Showcase, 2012 and 2011 Disney Soccer Showcase and 2012 and 2011 Florida State Cup titles…2013 Disney Showcase and 2014 Florida State Cup runner-up…coached by Jayson Chung at Magic Jack…2010 Player Development Academy Most Valuable Player…Coached by Jason Chung at Magic Jack…Four-year member of Pembroke Pines Charter School team, where coached by Carlos Velasquez…PPCHS won 2014 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 4A regional titles to make first state semifinal appearance…Also advanced to 2015 FHSAA 4A championship match…Named Pembroke Pines H.S.’s 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year…Pembroke Pines H.S. 2013-14 Defensive and Most Valuable Player…Also played flag football and softball…Will graduate from Pembroke Pines H.S. this spring.
 
Briana Solis
TopDrawerSoccer.com four-star recruit…Five-year member of Florida Kraze/Krush club team of Orlando and coached by Hue Menzies…Club team won 2014 Disney Qualifier, 2014 State Cup and 2014 U.S. Youth Soccer Region III Championship…Named to Elite Clubs National League all-tournament teams at two sites in 2012-13 – Sanford and Frisco…2014 Florida Krush Senior Select Player of the Year…Member of 2012 Olympic Development Program (ODP) state team and also among the 2012 ODP Region pool players…Named a 2014 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) National All-Star at midfield…Also 2014 WPSL All-Star for the Sunshine Region…Four-year member of University High School team where coached by Janna Stevens…All-State selection as a senior…2014-15 All-Metro East Player of the Year…All-Metro first-team as a freshman, junior and senior…ECNL schedule limited sophomore high school season…University H.S. goals leader as a junior and senior - assist leader as a freshman and senior…Most Valuable Player for 2014-15 University H.S.…A/B Honor Roll student at University High School in Orlando…Will graduate from University H.S. in spring of 2015.
 
Sarah Troccoli
Member of Michigan Gators 96 Orange club team for 13 years…Club won 2012 Disney Showcase…Also won the U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) Michigan State Cup in 2012 and 2013…Team played in USYSA Midwest Regional League and in 2013, also competed in USYSA National League…Coached by Henry Steinwascher at Michigan Gators…Michigan Olympic Development Program (ODP) team member (2008-12) and was part of 2012 ODP Region II Championship team…2014 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Regional High School All-American…Two-time Michigan High School Dream Team selection (2014, 2013)…2014 and 2013 Michigan Division I All-State first team…Only sophomore on 2013 Michigan Dream Team, Division I first team and Metro Detroit All-Area Girls Soccer Dream team…Registered assist on Troy High School’s first goal in 2-1 win to claim 2013 Division I state championship, earning a spot on the Division I Championship team…2014, 2013 and 2012 all-conference, all-district and all-region team selection…Earned High School Scholar-Athlete awards the same seasons…Older sister, Victoria, was a goalkeeper at Stetson…National Honor Society member…Graduated a semester early from Troy High School to enroll at the University of Florida for the spring 2015 semester.
 
Bryce Watts
TopDrawerSoccer.com four star recruit…member of PDA-New Jersey club team since 2012…Team took eighth in the 2014 Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) nationals and placed fourth in 2013…Also played with Penn Fusion-Philadelphia from 2009-12…Club won three state titles, one regional championship and advanced to the 2012 ECNL national championships…Played on 2011-12 state and regional Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams, which includes playing in Spain on ODP Region I trip in 2012…Coached by Bill Bustamante at PDA…Four-year member of Red Land High School team, where coached by Jamie Miller…Red Land H.S. advanced to 2012 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class AAA  state semifinals and qualified for 2014 district play…Missed 2013-14 season with knee injury…2012 and 2014 Pennsylvania All-State selection…2012 PennLive/Patriot-News First Team All-Star…Also part of Red Land H.S. 4x400-meter relay team which qualified for 2014 districts…National Honor Society member…Will graduate from Red Land High School in spring of 2015.
 
Sara Wilson
TopDrawerSoccer.com three-star recruit…Four-year member of McLean Youth Soccer team, where coached by Nadir Moumen and Clyde Watson…McLean won 2013 Disney Soccer Showcase…McLean’s Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) team won the 2014 and 2013 Mid-Atlantic Conference and advanced to nationals the last three years…Traveled to Italy with ODP Virginia team in 2013…McLean Youth Soccer team played Henan Province Club of China in May of 2013….Participated in state Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 2009-12…Attended Super Y ODP National ID Camp in 2013…Four-year member of Bishop O’Connell High School, where coached by Alberto Starace…Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) finalist for three consecutive years…All-WCAC second-team in 2014 and 2013; honorable mention in 2012…Also played basketball and lacrosse…received Second honors throughout high school academic career…will graduate in spring of 2015 from O’Connell High School.

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