July 3, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army head women's soccer coach Marcia McDermottwas on hand Reception Day to welcome 10 Cadet athletes into her program with the arrival of the Class of 2018. The members of the incoming class include Erika Blevins, Kimberly Comstock, Gabby DeLeon, Monica Malapit, Emma McCrady, Madison McGinn, Lauren McGovern, Brianna Nicholas, Clare Shea and Sarah Woelfel.
The group features 10 players with nine states represented. Two players hail from Virginia with the rest from California, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey and Texas.
"We are excited to welcome this class to campus," said McDermott as she heads into her second year at the helm. "It is a talented group who has each played at a high level, had much success and will make a significant contribution to our program."
The group includes All-American Clare Shea, New Jersey's 2012 Gatorade Athlete of the Year and the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) 2013 High School Girls' National Player of the Year.
Shea, who starred at Northern Highlands, closed out her career with 80 goals and 23 assists to rank second in the former in school history. She earned all-state, all-league and all-county honors and was among the top 20 players in the state chosen by the New Jersey Girls Soccer Association (NJGSCA). Shea was also named the Bergen Record, Star Ledger and MSG Varsity Player of the Year.
This past year, the Allendale, N.J., native helped her team author an unbeaten 23-0-1 mark en route to setting a state record for consecutive wins as Northern Highlands (named the Team of the Year by the Bergen Record and MSG Varsity) stretched its record to 65 consecutive wins. Shea played for World Class FC and was a member of the New Jersey Olympic Development Program.
Blevins, who hails from Warrenton, Va., earned a plethora of awards at Kettle Run H.S. to include all-district, all-region and all-met honors in closing out a memorable career as the school's single-season assists leader in 2013. A two-sport athlete, she served as team captain her junior and senior years earning four letters in soccer and another in track.
A member of five Virginia State Cup championship teams, Blevins led the VSA Heat 96 Blue team to the title. She was also on the VSA Heat 94 Blue squad that captured back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013 as well the PWSI Courage 96 Red team that won in 2009 and 2011. Blevins also collected State Cup MVP honors in 2013. The VSA Heat 94 Blue team was crowned the USYS national champions in 2012 and was a finalist in 2013, along with capturing the U17 title that year as well.
A native of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., Comstock shined as a goalkeeper as a starter in 63 games at Comsewogue H.S. She posted a season-high 11 shutouts in 15 games her senior year, allowed just eight goals in 12 league games as a junior, along witth recording six shutouts as a freshman and seven as a sophomore. In addition to earning New York State honors, four all-county certificates along with the Comsewogue G.V.S. Spirit Award, Comstock excelled in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society along with being a two-time AP Scholar Award recipient.
Comstock, a two-time captain for her high school squad, also played for the ISA Sting '94, was a member on the U17 Eastern New York ODP team and on the Region 1 squad. She attended Stony Brook University last year as a red-shirted freshman.
DeLeon comes to West Point from Novi, Mich., where she starred on the pitch at Novi H.S. and helped her team win the MHSAA Division 1 state title. Novi was crowned conference, district and regional champions en route to being named to the ESPN Fab 50 list of national champions. DeLeon played for the Michigan Hawks club team that captured the state cup and Region 2 titles and twice earned the bronze at the U.S. Soccer Nationals (2009-10).
A two-time team captain, DeLeon was a three-year member of the ODP State team and attended the Region 2 ODP camp. She earned first-team all-conference honors, was a district finalist her senior year, along with earning the Kensington Lakes Athletic Association Sportsmanship Award. An honor student throughout her career, she graduated cum laude.
One of two newcomers from the state of Virginia (Triangle), Malapit arrived at West Point after completing a post-graduate year at the Peddie School in Highstown, N.J. After shining at Potomac Senior H.S. as a four-year starter, Malapit helped her squad win the Mid-Atlantic Prep School title following an undefeated season.
In addition to playing for Potomac Senior, where she earned the Coach's Award her final year, Malapit competed for Princeton William Soccer her last six years and was on the Red Girls' team that was crowned the State President's Cup champions in 2012. She was a member of Virginia's Northern District ODP team and the ODP state team.
Malapit also has international experience having played in Austria and the Czech Republic as a member of Virginia's State ODP team in 2009. An honor roll student throughout high school, Malapit was on the National Council on Youth Leadership, the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society.
McCrady comes to West Point from Lewisville, Texas, where she lettered as a goalkeeper for Ursuline Academy of Dallas and Hebron H.S. (Carrollton). At Hebron, she led her team to the University Interscholastic League 5A State Tournament quarterfinal en route to compiling a 16-4-3 record.
Over the next three years, McCrady was instrumental in helping Ursuline capture three TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) Division 1 state titles, three regional championships and a district title en route to compiling a 51-15-9 mark.
During her career at Ursuline, McCrady shut out the No. 7 and No. 8 Fab 50 teams in the semifinals and finals, respectively, her senior year at the state tournament. As team captain, McCrady denied every opponent as sixth-seeded Ursuline won the state championship on a 4-2 PK shootout. The Fab 50 ranked Ursuline 18th in the final national rankings.
McCrady earned first-team TAPPS Division 1 all-state honors and collected a pair of all-district plaudits as well. A member of the Illinois State ODP team and Region 2 ODP team, McCrady played for Dallas Texans ECNL and the Solar Premier squad. The Dallas Texans captured the U17 league crown and Solar Premier won the Region 3 Premier League title twice.
McGinn comes to West Point from Indianapolis, Ind., where she shined on the pitch and in the classroom. She earned all-conference honors and offensive MVP honors as a sophomore letterwinner at Ben Davis H.S. McGinn played for Zionsville in the MRL Premier League helping her squad reach the state finals five straight years en route to capturing a title along with placing runner-up four times.
In addition to earning an academic honors diploma, McGinn was named to the Giant Excellence top 100.
A product of Denver, Colo., McGovern played for George Washington H.S. where she led her squad to the Denver Prep League title this past year. The two-time first-team all-state selection was named Colorado's Goalkeeper of the Year in 2014.
The three-time all-city selection and her team's MVP all four years, McGovern was named Denver Prep's 2014 Female Athlete of the Year. The three-time captain posted eight shutouts and allowed only 15 goals her senior year, along with 150 saves, in closing out her prep school career with over 300 rejections.
McGovern also played for the Colorado Fusion and Colorado Rapids and helped the squad win the state title in 2011 and two years later a ranking of seventh in Colorado.
Nicholas, a native of Pleasanton, Calif., shined on the pitch and classroom at Amador Valley H.S. The four-time scholar athlete and four-year letterwinner earned North Coast Section All-League accolades serving as team captain her senior year.
At the club level, Nicholas played 13 years for the Pleasanton Rage and served as team captain from 2008-2010. She was named the 2013 Most Inspirational Player at the Pleasanton Rage College Showcase. Nicholas was also a member of the Premier Team and the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Team along with competing for the ODP Cal North Squad, earning first-team honors three times.
Woelfel, who hails from Omaha, Neb., enjoyed an outstanding four-year career at Millard North H.S. where she was a two-time all-state and All-Class A selection along with earning three all-metro certificates. Throughout her career, the four-year letterwinner ranked among the scoring leaders alternating between forward and center midfielder.
Woelfel helped her high school team earn a berth to the state tournament all four years. Millar North captured the state title her freshman year and was runner-up 2013 and 2014, along with winning districts every year.
She played for the Omaha Football Club that captured three state titles and was runner-up three times. Woelfel also competed in the Midwest Regional League for five years. An honor student as well, Woelfel lettered in academics her junior and senior years.
The Army women's soccer team opens the 2014 season Friday evening, Aug. 22, when the Black Knights host Fairfield at Clinton Field at 7 p.m.
Erika Blevins,Warrenton, Va.
Kimberly Comstock,Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.
Gabby DeLeon, Novi, Mich.
Monica Malapit, Triangle, Va.
Emma McCrady, Lewisville, Texas
Madison McGinn, Indianapolis, Ind.
Lauren McGovern,Denver, Colo.
Brianna Nicholas, Pleasanton, Calif.
Clare Shea, Allendale, N.J.
Sarah Woelfel,Omaha, Neb.