Published: February 8, 2016
BOSTON – Northeastern women's soccer interim head coach Ashley Phillips announced Monday that Emily Evangelista, Olivia Ware and Kerri Zerfoss will join the Northeastern family in the 2016 incoming class.
"We couldn't be more pleased with the group we are bringing in," Phillips explained. "These are three extraordinary young women and we're looking forward to watching them grow as Huskies. All three will greatly impact our program and we are thrilled to have them join us here at Northeastern.”
Emily Evangelista • Midfield • Tampa, Fla. • Plant High School • Tampa Bay United
Background: Emily Evangelista comes to Northeastern from Plant High School and the Tampa Bay United club team. A playmaker in the midfield, Evangelista scored the game-winning goal to help her club team win the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer national championship. To date, Evangelista has tallied 49 points in 48 high school games, scoring 14 goals and adding 21 assists.
Phillips on Evangelista: "Emily is an exceptional person and a pure competitor. She is a leader and will thrive at the collegiate level. Her grittiness, tenacity and skill allow her to dominate in the midfield. She knows what it takes to win and is willing to put in the necessary work.”
Olivia Ware • Forward • Foothill Ranch, Calif. • Mater Dei High School • West Coast FC
Background: Olivia Ware joins the NU family from Mater Dei High School and the West Coast Futbol Club. The all-time leading scorer in Mater Dei history, Ware was named to the 2015 High School All-America team and was named the 2015 NSCAA California High School Player of the Year.
Phillips on Ware: "Olivia is a great player who is dynamic on the flanks. Her speed and athleticism allow her to play in multiple positions. She has shown her ability on the attack, but is also a very capable defender. We are excited to see what Olivia will add to our program.”
Kerri Zerfoss • Midfield • Peabody, Mass. • Pingree School • FC Boston Scorpions
Background: Kerri Zerfoss comes to Northeastern from the Pingree School and the FC Boston Scorpions. A standout high school performer, Zerfoss tallied 78 goals and 55 assists in her career and was selected to participate in the 2015 High School Soccer All-American Game in Raleigh, N.C. as a member of the East team.
Phillips on Zerfoss: "Kerri is an extremely composed player. Her ability on the ball and vision allow her to control the midfield. Her competitiveness and drive will make her a big part of our program's continued success.”