RICHMOND, Va. – VCU women’s soccer has signed nine athletes to national letters of intent, head coach Lindsey Martin announced on Monday. The recruiting class consists of attacking talent, experienced defenders, and an accomplished goalkeeper. The signees hail from four different states, including four Virginians, and one international signee.
VCU completed a successful 2017 season with an 11-6-3 record, highlighted by a stingy defense that allowed just 0.71 goals per game. The Rams advanced to the final of the Atlantic 10 tournament at Sports Backers Stadium, falling in double overtime to La Salle. VCU opens a seven-game spring slate on March 1 against Richmond at home.
F | Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook High School
Charen played on Glenbrook’s varsity team all four years of her high school career, serving as a captain for two of them. As a junior, she recorded seven goals and 10 assists and earned IHSSCA All-Section honors. Charen was also a 2017 State Cup semifinalist, a President’s Day Showcase finalist, and a 2016 CASL Showcase champion with her FC United club.
Area of Study at VCU: Undecided
“I knew when I was beginning to look at colleges that I wanted to move out east so I began my search there, focusing on schools in an urban area. When I learned more about VCU and visited, I immediately fell in love with Richmond and everything the school had to offer. The coaches were also a huge part in my decision because I really love their coaching styles and I enjoy VCU’s fast style of play. I knew it was a perfect fit for me because I loved every aspect of the soccer, school, and town.”
D/MF | Bristow, Va./Patriot High School
While at Patriot High School, DiOrio received First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference honors three times. A captain since her sophomore year, she was also named Second Team All-Met twice. DiOrio earned an MVP and Coaches award during her time with the Patriots. She played club with McLean ECNL.
Area of Study at VCU: Forensic Science
“When I walked on to campus I knew I could see myself growing as a better person and teammate. It was a ‘home away from home’ type of feeling and it was absolutely amazing.”
GK | Kathleen, Ga./Stratford Academy
Between her sophomore and junior years, Dromsky collected 21 shutouts for a 0.96 goals-against average. In addition to holding a 29-3 record, the Stratford Academy product was named an All-Area and All-Middle Georgia selection. She also featured on Georgia’s High School All-Star Team. She played club soccer for Southern Alliance Futbol.
Area of Study at VCU: Undecided
“I was introduced to VCU through its soccer program. The program seemed like a great place to grow as a player. After visiting as a recruit, I was impressed with VCU’s support of student-athletes, as well as how many student-athletes were doing well with balancing their sports and academics. I was impressed by the college's excellence, reflected in its honor program as well as its high achieving students. There are many ways to be active within the school and the community, and many options to pursue academically. The city of Richmond seems like a great city with so much to explore and discover. The academics, the environment, and the soccer all seemed to align well in VCU.”
D/MF | Rockville, Maryland
Ferguson is an All-WCAC, All-Mat, and All-State selection in Maryland at The Academy of the Holy Cross. A four-year MVP, she was team captain her junior and senior seasons. Ferguson played her club ball for the Bethesda Soccer Club.
Area of Study at VCU: Communications
“I fell in love with Richmond from the moment I first walked around campus and knew it was the place for me. Not only was the location right in the city what I was looking for, but the size of the school as well as the coaches and the players felt just right. Everyone on the team is also so welcoming and fun!”
D | Recica ob Paki, Slovenia / Gimnazija Siska
Golob is the one international signee of the class, coming from Slovenia. She has international youth experience playing and starting for the Slovenian Women’s U19 and U17 National Teams. Golob played her club soccer for ZKN Rudar Skale and ZKN Radomlje.
Area of Study at VCU: Exercise Science and Psychology
“VCU offers excellent education and has great training facilities and great staff for further athletic improvements.”
Aileen “Beanie” Guthrie
F/MF | Fort Valley, Va./Strasburg High School
Guthrie won a National Championship as a member of the ODP Virginia International team. She also spent time with the Virginia Development Academy.
Area of Study at VCU: Exercise Science/ Pre Physical Therapy
“Having grown up in a rural environment I wanted to experience living in the city. Academically, VCU offers me great opportunities, especially in physical therapy. VCU has an outstanding soccer program as well as great coaches that will help me reach my full potential.”
D | San Antonio, Texas/Robert E. Lee High School,
Kloza scored 36 goals in her first three seasons at Robert E. Lee High School and received First Team All-District honors as a junior. She is a three-time team captain and won MVP as a sophomore. Kloza is also a two-time USYS South Texas State Champion and served as a captain for the 2015-16 US Club Soccer National Premiere League Championship team. She played club with Classics Elite ECNL 99.
Area of Study at VCU: Biology
“After visiting the campus two years ago I fell in love with every aspect that VCU had to offer. The coaching staff, the team, the facilities, the academic opportunities, and the amazing soccer program. Coming from Texas I knew VCU was the perfect ‘home away from home,’ and the right fit for me to get a great education and fulfill my dreams of playing college soccer.”
MF/F | Arlington, Va./Yorktown High School
Talotta was the assist leader on the 2017 Yorktown High School team that won the 6A Virginia State Championship. She also received Second Team All-Conference in 2017 while earning a Liberty Conference honorable mention in 2016. In 2015, Talotta was a Washington Spirit Super Y National Champion. She spent a majority of her time with Arlington Travel Soccer for seven years, joining the Washington Spirit Development Academy this past year. She also spent time with Virginia State ODP from 2014 to 2017.
Area of Study at VCU: Nursing
“I chose VCU because I loved the urban campus and the diversity of the students. I wanted to play soccer at a high level while also getting a good education, and VCU seemed to fit that perfectly.”
F, Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial High School
In her first three seasons at First Colonial High School, Vazquez scored 62 goals and dished out 31 assists. She earned First Team All-State as a junior and is a two-time All-Region and All-Conference selection. She was named United Soccer Coaches High School All-American for her play in 2016-2017. Additionally, Vasquez was named State Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year, and Coastal Conference Player of the Year. Vazquez also spent time playing for the Puerto Rican U20 National Team. She played club soccer with Beach FC.
Area of Study at VCU: Kinesiology, Health Sciences
“As soon as I walked around the campus with Scott for my unofficial, there was this feeling inside of me that made me realize VCU was for me. VCU is such a diverse school and the energy that the school has is contagious when you’re walking around. After the tour, I went to go have a small meeting with Lindsey and she knew exactly the right words to get me hooked to the school. She proved to me that she actually wanted me on her team by telling me that she has been watching me play for about two years, and she had remembered a few plays from previous games. Before that unofficial, I had talked to many coaches, but none of them were able to tell me different plays that had happened in any of my games. So once Lindsey told me that, I was kind of shocked. Later on that day, there was a soccer game that I went to watch and I was able to talk to Tyler, Scott, and Lindsey all together. In those few minutes we talked, I felt like we would get along great because they are all young, cool, and they understand all the same style of play I have learned throughout the years I have seen playing.”