April 17, 2013

Women’s Soccer Announces 2013 Recruiting Class

Meet the 2013 Class (.pdf)

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth University women's soccer program will welcome seven new faces this fall as the Rams announced their 2013 recruiting class.

Harper Coyer, Carson Cyphers, Emma Halvorsen, Dallas Nicole Smith, Ana Clara Vale Lopes, Rebecca Von Bereghy and Alexandra Wong have all signed National Letters of Intent and will join VCU on the field next fall.  

"We are very excited to introduce a class of players that will continue to move our program in the right direction," said Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak.  "We are adding some world class players and we couldn't be happier. Our priority was to be able to address some immediate needs caused by the departure of a talented senior class, however I think we're really getting a whole lot more than just that with these seven players.

"It has been a long recruiting process and we've really gotten to know all of these girls. I know that each one of them is an extraordinary person who is goal driven, shares our values, and loves VCU. It's going to be exciting to see this incoming group make their mark, and they will have every opportunity to do so once camp begins in August."

Harper Coyer | Midfielder | 5-4 | Reston, Va. | Herndon High School
Club: ECNL Hotspur, Super Y League (2009-11)

High School Accomplishments:

  • Four-year letter winner
  • All district honorable mention

Club Accomplishments:

  • ECNL FCV Hotspur ranked No. 17 in the nation according to Top Drawer Soccer
"The reason I chose VCU is because I fell in love with Richmond. VCU made me feel at home and I knew it was the right fit for me. Once I met coach Tiffany and Tim, saw the love and passion they had towards their team, I knew then that I wanted to be a part of it. Their dedication makes me want to work harder towards being the best I can be. I look forward to being a Ram!"
-Harper Coyer

"Harper brings a great dynamic to our team: she layers skill, athleticism and an intensity for player development with maturity and tactical savvy. Her ability to learn and take that understanding to the game maker her an ideal collegiate player."
-Coaches Paul Ellis and Carolyn Rice, ECNL Hotspur club coaches


Carson Cyphers | Midfielder | 5-4 | Ashburn, Va. | Stone Bridge High School
Club: McLean Power, Virginia ODP (2007-'11), ODP International Team – Czech Republic (2009), ODP International Team – Spain (2010)

High School Accomplishments:

  • Four-year letter winner
  • State Champion at Stone Bridge

Club Accomplishments:

  • ECNL B Flight National Champions
  • Disney Showcase Champions 2011
  • Jefferson Cup Champions 2011

"I chose VCU because it was important to me to be a part of a team that feels like a family and also plays at a competitive level. I also felt like the style of play fit well with how I am used to playing. The coaches and players made me feel welcome and made it a very easy decision for me to choose VCU."
-Carson Cyphers

"Carson is what being a teammate is all about. She will work for the team, sacrifice for it, and always honor it."
-Clyde Watson, ECNL McLean Power club coach


Emma Halvorsen | Goalkeeper | 5-10 | Virginia Beach, Va. | Bayside High School
Club: Beach FC, ODP State and Region 1 (2009)

High School Accomplishments:

  • Four-year letter winner

Club Accomplishments:

  • State Cup Champions
  • WAGS Champions – Ranked No. 7 in the state 

"I chose VCU because I wanted to be a part of not only an amazing team with great coaches and players, but a family. The players and coaches at VCU were extremely welcoming and have made me feel a part of the team already. Tim, Tiffany, and Jamie have helped me throughout this whole process and made me realize how lucky I am to go to such an amazing school. VCU had an astounding soccer program and I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to join their family next year."
-Emma Halvorsen

"Halvorsen is a very motivated athlete who will bring a very competitive and positive attitude to the VCU women's soccer program. Her ability to stop shots and make impact saves can provide a great lift and competitive edge to the VCU Rams program. In addition, Emma has proven herself to be an elite goalkeeper in penalty kick situations which can provide huge confidence to boost to a team; Equally as important, is that Emma will bring a friendly and caring teammate to the VCU women's soccer program."
-Karl Greaves, Beach FC club coach


Dallas Nicole Smith | Midfielder | 5-6 | Prince George, Va. | Prince George High School
Club: Richmond Kickers

High School Accomplishments:

  • Four-year letter winner

Club Accomplishments:

  • VCCL League champions 2006-09, '11, '12
  • Virginia State Cup champions 2009
  • Arlington Invitational champions 2010
  • South Atlantic Super Y League champions 2011
  • Disney College Showcase champions 2011
  • Jefferson Cup college Showcase champions 2011-'12
  • WAGS College Showcase champions 2011-'12
  • Bethesda Thanksgiving College Showcase champions
  • Virginia State Cup semi-finalist 2013

"I chose VCU because I was looking for a team that was like a family and coaches that really cared about what they were doing and developing me as a player. Tim and Tiffany were extremely inviting and I could tell they wanted me to be a part of the team. Also, the team was really nice to me and closer than any team I met. I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of VCU's family."
-Dallas Nicole Smith

"Dallas Smith is a special young woman who brings an exceptional work ethic and team first attitude to the VCU women's soccer program next year. Her ability to win the ball and help keep possession will make her a great fit for the up and coming Rams program. I am sure she will surprise many with her ability to strike the ball on target from long range, usually leading to some breathtaking goals. Most importantly, Dallas is a player who puts her team first and will be a tremendous addition to the VCU family.
-Rob Ukrop, Richmond Kickers club coach


Ana Clara Vale Lopes | Defender | 5-7 | Tijuca, Brazil | Colegio Da Compania De Santa Teresa De Jesus
Club: Brazilian youth national teams, Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama (three years)

Accomplishments:

  • Campeonato Carioca Femining, 2nd
  • Copa Almirante champions
  • Taca da Cidade de Nova Iguacu champions
  • Campeonato Carioca Feminino champions
  • Taca das Favelas Feminina champions 2011
  • Mundialito de Futebo champions
  • Taca da Cidade de Nova Iguacu, 2nd 2012
  • FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 

"There are many factors that justify me choosing to study and play soccer at VCU. First of all, quality of education. Then, it is a big university that provides the best for the students, everything is top (the fields and courts, the library, classrooms, café, etc.). I can see how professional and great the girls are and the work that everybody does there. People who know the university tell me it is a good choice and I will not regret it."
-Ana Clara Vale Lopes


Rebecca von Bereghy | Forward | 5-7 | Alpharetta, Ga. | Milton High School
Club: Atlanta Fire United ECNL (12 years), Super Y participant 2006-'09

High School Accomplishments:

  • State Champions 2010
  • Three time regional champions

Club Accomplishments:

  • State Cup finalist/semifinalist 2007-'11
  • Atlanta Cup champions 2009-'10
  • US Club Regional Champions 2010

"I picked VCU because I was looking for an athletic and academic challenge and VCU offers both. After my visit, I got to know the players and it felt like family. The team chemistry was fantastic, and confirmed my decision. VCU also has an outstanding coaching staff that really cares about their players, making the family feeling even greater. I'm more than happy to be apart of this family and ready for another successful year."
-Rebecca von Bereghy

"Becca is a talented, crafty front runner who has the ability to impact games with a single decision. Her work ethic and attitude will help continue her success in the college ranks while her willingness to learn from coaches and teammates alike keeps her coachable. She has expressed her excitement about the quality of players and the coaching staff and will fit in nicely at VCU."
-Mark MacKain, Atlanta Fire United ECNL club coach


Alexandra Wong | Defender/Forward | 5-3 | Rockville, Md. | Richard Montgomery High School
Club: ECNL McLean Power

High School Accomplishments:

  • Four-year letter winner

Club Accomplishments:

  • ECNL National champions 2011 

"I recognize real passion and love for soccer when I see it, and the minute I saw VCU play, I knew for sure this was the team I had always dreamed of; a team that not only defined dedication and heart, but exhibited fantastic skill. That is the kind of team I've always wanted to be on, and it's an honor to be able to grow as a player and as a person as a part of this family."
-Alexandra Wong

"Alex is a shinning example of what hard work, commitment, and perseverance can bring. She has risen to become one of the top female players the McLean club has ever produced. Wong's biggest asset is the ability to play within her limits."
-Clyde Watson, ECNL McLean Power club coach

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