July 3, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo.- Air Force women's soccer head coach Larry Friend announced today the 12 members that will make up the Falcons' class of 2017. The 12 cadets arrived for Basic Cadet Training on Thursday, June 27, marking the beginning of the four-year journey to become officers in the United States Air Force. The new cadets will start academic classes on Thursday, Aug. 8.
The incoming Falcon class brings great talent, leadership, knowledge and reputation. The recruits have a large array of experiences from ODP, competing in the top level ECNL league, holding captain positions and earning all-state and all-region recognition.
The Air Force rookie class features players representing eight states, including two from California, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Texas. The class features in-state products Ashley Greco from Colorado Springs (USAFA Prep School/Pine Creek High School) and Gabriella Gray from Littleton (Chatfield High School).
Air Force Academy Women's Soccer Class of 2017:
|Kat Ascher||5-9||GK||Portland, OR||Jesuit|
|Kaitlyn Ennis||5-3||M/D||Cincinnati, OH||Harrison|
|Marisa Grattan||5-5||M||Loomis, CA||Del Oro|
|Gabriella Gray||5-10||D||Littleton, CO||Chatfield|
|Ashley Greco *||5-6||M/F||Colorado Springs, CO||Pine Creek|
|Noelle Heiser||5-5||M||Frisco, TX||Lonestar|
|Maddie Lundberg||5-2||M/F||Frisco, TX||Wakeland|
|Kristina O'Sullivan||5-8||D||King of Prussia, PA||Upper Merion|
|Meredith Reisinger||5-4||D/M||Virginia Beach, VA||Bayside|
|Kaylee Shalongo *||5-6||M||Litchfield Park, AZ||Millennium|
|Megan Shenk||5-7||M/F||Perkasie, PA||Pennridge|
|Alison Skidmore||5-3||M||Novato, CA||Novato|
* Attended the USAFA Prep School in 2012-13
Hometown: Portland, OR
High School: Jesuit
Club: BSC Joga Bonito
Club/High School: Played club soccer most recently for BSC Joga Bonito, coached by M.J. Tate...was team captain of her club team...played club for Tualatin Hills United SC from 2009-12, winning state titles all four years and making Region IV quarterfinals in 2011...part of Oregon ODP for three years...lettered four years in soccer; three with the women's team and one year with the men's soccer team...first woman in school history to letter in men's soccer...won Metro League all four years...OSAA 6A State Champion and ESPN Rise National Champion team in 2009...OSAA 6A State Champion in 2010 and 2012...all-league academic...National Honor Society member...Dean's list all four years...high school soccer coach was Chris Thurley.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
High School: Harrison
Club: Ohio Elite Soccer Academy
Club/High School: Four-star Top Drawer Player...played club soccer for Ohio Elite Soccer Academy, coached by Doug Bracken...team captain for U16, U17 and U18 teams...team captain for the OESA U18 fall team...Ohio State South State ODP team and regional camp in 2008 and 2011...selected for ECNL Nike PDP Camp during U17 season...lettered two years in soccer, earning all-conference honors both years...team offensive MVP...led team in scoring both years...FAVC All-Conference Academic...chosen for the Anthony Munoz Foundation Leadership Conference...National and Spanish Honor Society member...Two-year DECA qualifier, placing first and third in district.
Hometown: Loomis, CA
High School: Del Oro
Club: Placer United
Club/High School: Played club soccer for Placer United...club team captain...San Diego Summer Surf Cup semifinalist...played for the California State ODP team in 2010...played club soccer in 2010-11 for San Juan ECNL, making National Champions Group...lettered four years in soccer and one year in cross country in high school...first-team all-league...led Del Oro to Sub-Section Championships in 2011 and 2012...club and high school coach was Ron Benjamin.
Hometown: Littleton, CO
High School: Chatfield
Club: Colorado Storm Royal ECNL
Club/High School: Played club soccer for the Colorado Storm Royal ECNL, coached by Mike Haas...lettered in soccer three years in high school, missing sophomore year due to injury...also lettered one year in basketball...team captain as a junior and senior...also captain of basketball team as a junior...National Honors Society member and president...Key Club member...Distinguished Scholar...sister, Adeline Gray, was the 2012 Gold World Medalist in Women's Freestyle Wrestling.
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
High School: Pine Creek
Club: Pride Soccer Colorado Springs
2012-13: Attended the USAFA Prep School and played on the soccer team.
Club/High School: Played club soccer for Pride Soccer Colorado Springs, coached by Shannon Brooks...leading scorer on club team in 2008 and 2009...2010-11 Disney Classic Consolation Champion...2010 Score at the Shor Semifinalist...2010 Colorado Showcase Champion...2008 ODP `94 State Pool...lettered three years in soccer in high school...5A State semifinalist as a junior and quarterfinalist as a freshman and sophomore...all-conference as a junior...high school soccer coach was John Frederick...Principal's Honor Roll every semester...Academic Letter Student Council committee leader.
Hometown: Frisco, TX
High School: Lonestar
Club: `95 D'Feeters ECNL
Club/High School: Three-star Top Drawer Player...played club soccer D'Feeters Select Soccer Club from 2010-13...went to the USAFA U20 Women's National Rugby Team Camp in 2012-13 and the USA Women's National Rugby Team Camp in 2011-12...captained Texas Spirit `95 Select SC in 2009-10...competed in track in high school in the long jump 200 relay and pole vault.
Hometown: Frisco, TX
High School: Wakeland
Club: Dallas Sting ECNL
Club/High School: Three-star Top Drawer Player...played club soccer for Dallas Sting 95G U18 team in 2012-13...2012 ECNL PDA U17 All-Event Team...2011 National Champion US Youth Soccer ESPN Rise Club Soccer Player of day three...led team in scoring in 2010 with 17 goals...played club soccer for Solar 95G from 2008-10...played internationally for Skiljebo SK 94G (Sweden) as a guest player in 2007-08...2008 Aros Cup international tournament MVP and led team to Championship while playing one-year up...ODP Region III player pool in 2010 and 2011...Region III camps in Montevallo, AL from 2009-11 and North Texas camps, Oklahoma in 2007-08...in high school, was a two-time 4A first-team all-state selection...4A Texas State Champion, all-tournament and first-team all-region in 2011 and 2012...Three-time Region II District 18-4A Champions...team captain as a junior and senior...also ran cross country for two years.
Hometown: King of Prussia, PA
High School: Upper Merion
Club: FC Delco 94/95 ECNL
Club/High School: Played club soccer for FC Delco 94/95 ECNL, coached by Peye Garcia...played for EPYSA State Cup Champion team in 2011 and US Club National and Regional Champion teams in 2010...EPA OPD `94 State Team in 2008 and 2009...Id2 Nike Invitational Regional Camp, Zarapath, N.J. in 2008...all-state and Times Herald Player of the Year as a sophomore...three-time Suburban One All-League in high school, including two first-team honors...second all-time in scoring at Upper Merion...lettered four years in basketball, scoring 1,027 points to go with school-record 452 assists for career...set school basketball records for most points in a game (30)...team captain in both soccer and basketball...National Honor Society member...high school soccer coach was Ryan Larkin.
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
High School: Bayside
Club: Virginia Rush
Club/High School: Four-star Top Drawer Player...played club soccer for Virginia Rush, coached by Matt Middlestat...selected for ECNL PDP Nike iD camp 2013 in Richmond, Va., and 2012 in Philadelphia...selected to 2012 All-Rush team...four-time All-Beach District in high school...led Bayside to Beach District semifinal, which is the first time in school history...team captain as a senior...was also All-Beach District in Field Hockey...lettered four years in soccer and three years in basketball and field hockey...National and Medical Honor Society member...was in the Health & Sciences Academy at Bayside...on the Principal's list and earned the William & Mary Leadership Award.
Hometown: Litchfield Park, AZ
High School: Millennium
Club: SC Del Sol, Cisco
2012-13: Attended the USAFA Prep school and played on the soccer team.
Club/High School: Played club soccer for SC Del Sol, Cisco, coached by Les Armstrong and Steve Petty...second-team all-State AIA and first-team all-section as a senior in high school...First-team All-State East Valley Tribune, honorable mention all-state AIA and first-team all-region as a junior...first-team all-region as a freshman...two-time regional champion in cross country...track state placer three times...high school soccer coach was her father, John Shalongo...National Honor Society Member...Mu Alpha Theta and graduated in the top five percent of her class.
Hometown: Perkasie, PA
High School: Pennridge
Club: Upper Salford FC
Club/High School: Played club soccer in 2012-13 for Upper Salford FC, coached by Tom Haney...Easter PA ODP in 2011-12...Participated in Nike iD camps in Pa., Md., and N.Y. ...also played club soccer for FC Delco from 2008-12...high school team captain as a senior...led Pennridge to state runner-up finish in 2012...two-time all-conference...lettered four years in soccer and lacrosse and one year in cross country...high school soccer coach was Jorge Rodriguez...National Honor Society Member...on distinguished honor roll all four years.
Hometown: Novato, CA
High School: Novato
Club: Santa Rosa United Avalanche `95
Club/High School: Three-star Top Drawer Player...played club soccer for Santa Rosa United Avalanche `95, coached by Justin Sealander and Luke Oberkirch...PDP ECNL in 2012...PDP MTC in 2011, trained with Mike Dickey, US National Coach and US Trainer Hugo Perez...CA-N State Pool in 2009...ODP Regional Pool in 2008...lettered three years in soccer in high school...team captain for two seasons...two-time Marin County All-League...two-time team MVP...two-time Marin Independent Journal Prep of the Week honoree...CIF and NCS scholar athlete...senior class Vice President...ASB Athletic Commissioner...on the honor roll all four years...also lettered on year in volleyball and cross country.