The Division I women’s college season recent hit its midway point, allowing a horde of the nation’s top recruits to make an impact during their initial months on campus. For the first time this season, the TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Freshman Top 100 takes stock of just how impressive the 2014 haul has already been.
Stanford’s Andi Sullivan wrapped her high school career as the nation’s top recruit, and she wasn’t pushed off the No. 1 pedestal through her first 14 college contests. The midfielder was an integral part of Stanford’s season-opening streak of nine consecutive games without allowing a goal, and she’s chipped in with a goal and three assists of her own in more than 1,100 minutes.
Penn State was undoubtedly the big winner in the 2014 recruiting sweepstakes, and the season’s only reflected that back. Emily Ogle (No. 2), Frannie Crouse (No. 4) and Maddie Elliston (No. 6) are all off to fast starts to the season for the Nittany Lions. Despite their relative lack of experience, Crouse leads Penn State with seven goals, Ogle’s already clocked more than 1,000 minutes and Elliston’s become indispensable for one of the nation’s best defenses. Based on this class alone, Penn State should be competitive at the top for years to come.
Elsewhere in the top 10, West Virginia snapped up the Big 12’s only top 30 player in No. 5 Michaela Abam, who already has four goals for the nine-win Mountaineers. California‘s No. 3 Annia Mejia, Georgetown’s No. 7 Rachel Corboz, Texas A&M’s No. 8 McKayla Paulson, Tennessee’s No. 9 Carlyn Baldwin and Arizona State’s No. 10 Aly Moon are also off to fine freshman starts.