DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's soccer program announced the eight-member incoming class Friday morning. Madeline Christ (Issaquah, Wash.), Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kansas), Melissa Gloekler (Bow, N.H.), Alexandra LaPorta (Denver, Colo.), Kellie McGoldrick (Ambler, Pa.), Kennedy Nickerson (Niantic, Conn.), Cassandra Prario (Somerset, Mass.) and Gabrielle Sloan (Stow, Mass.) make up the Wildcats' freshman class for the 2012 season.
Christ, a 5-foot-6-inch midfielder, comes to New Hampshire after a distinguished career at Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington. A four-year member of the Spartans, Christ currently holds four school records; most assists in a game, season, career and most career points. She is a two-time First Team All-State honoree and a two-time member of the First Team All-League squad as a midfielder. She was also tabbed as an ESPN Honorable Mention Player of the Week (October 2010) and was named an ESPN All-Star Midfielder in 2011. Recently, Christ helped lead her club team, Eastside FC, to a state title and a berth at the Far West Regionals in Phoenix, Ariz. this June.
Corder, a 5-foot-6-inch outside midfielder comes to Durham from Olathe East High School in Olathe, Kansas. At the outside midfield position for the Hawks, Corder played three years of varsity soccer and was named a member of the 2011 First Team All-State squad. Currently, she is the Hawks' leading scorer with 37 goals and during her first year of high school Corder played in the Red Bull National League with St. Louis Scott Gallagher. She was also named to various first team all-tournament teams during her career. She spent the last three years with the Kansas City United Metros club team, helping lead them to a pair of state-final appearances.
Gloekler, standing at 5-feet-4-inches from Bow High School, will play forward while at the University of New Hampshire. Gloekler played a pivotal role in helping the Falcons win their first-ever state title in 2011. She finished her high school career with over 60 goals, including a career-high four in one match. Gloekler captained the squad in 2011 and was named the recipient of the Player's Award in the same year. She also had a stellar five-year career with the Seacoast United Soccer Club and played for the state Olympic Development Team from 2006-08.
LaPorta comes in at 5-foot-5-inches and will play on the midfield line for the Wildcats. A four-year member of the varsity squad at Denver East High School, LaPorta was the only freshman and sophomore on the team during her first two years and was named captain her junior and senior year. In her most recent club stint with the Boulder County Force (Buffs), LaPorta helped lead her team to a berth to the Far West Regionals after finishing runner-up in the state tournament.
McGoldrick, a 5-foot-9-inch back, comes to the University of New Hampshire from Hatboro-Horsham High School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. McGoldrick completed her high school career with the Lady Hatters as a four-year starter and a two-year captain. She was the team's third leading scorer during her senior year and picked up a Suburban One League Athlete of the Week accolade in October 2011. McGoldrick was named to the First Team All-State squad her senior year and was named to the Second Team All-League team as a sophomore and junior. She played with the FC Delco club for three years and on the Eastern Pennsylvania ODP State Team for two years, helping them become regional champions in 2009.
Nickerson, standing at 5-feet-4-inches, will come to UNH to play at the back and midfield positions. Through her four years at East Lyme High School, Nickerson led her squad in goals and assists in each year, finishing as the fifth-highest scorer in school history. She was also named the ELHS Offensive Player of the Year ('08, '11), ELHS Rookie of the Year ('08) and ELHS MVP ('10, '11). Additionally, she was also named an All-Conference selection through her four years of high school, an All-State honoree in 2011, and was voted the Eastern Connecticut Conference Player of the Year in 2011 as voted by conference coaches. Nickerson also played club soccer for Oakwood SC and for the U20 New England Mutiny of the Women's Premier Soccer League. Most recently, she was selected by ESPN Rise as a 2012 Top 20 Girls Soccer Prospect in the state of Connecticut.
Prario comes in at 5-foot-6-inches and will play at the back position at UNH. A graduate of Somerset Berkley Regional High School, Prario lettered each of her four years with the team and was tabbed Freshman of the Year. She also led the team in scoring through all four years and set the school's scoring record. Prario has been named a two-time Eastern Massachusetts Division II First Team selection, a three-time EAC All-Star member and a three-time Fall River Herald News All-Star. Her most recent club experience came with the Scorpions SC of the Elite Clubs National League.
Sloan, standing at 5-foot-6-inches, will play at the midfield position for the Wildcats. Sloan played a vital role at the midfield position at Nashoba Regional High School, solidifying her spot during her four varsity years. She led the team as captain in her senior year. Sloan has also been a member of the FC Stars of Massachusetts for the past seven years. During her time with the club, she helped lead them to consecutive state titles (2007-11) as well as regional championship winners. Sloan was invited to participate in the 2010 id2 National Training Camp, a camp in which the nation's top youth players participate and are evaluated.
For more information on the upcoming 2012 season, visit www.unhwildcats.com.