Signing Day Video
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Dominican's head women's soccer coach Jonathan Meade announced earlier this afternoon the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
"It's nice to see the culmination of all the hard work and effort of both the student-athletes and our coaches come together on Signing Day," said Meade. "I am especially excited about this group of young ladies coming in and am ready to get the quest for another title underway."
The 2012 high school seniors, with a combined five all-state selections and bevy of all-conference awards, will help reload a Panthers squad that went 10-6-3 in its second year at Division II this past fall and clinched the school's first ever GLIAC Championship. ODU placed three players on the All-GLIAC and NCAA All-Midwest Region teams, while Shara Perry was the first Ohio Dominican student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors at the Division II level.
Below is a list of the signees and their bios in alphabetical order.
Chillicothe, Ohio/Unioto High School
Intended Major: Business Administration
Prior to suffering a season-ending injury this past August, Bane was tabbed a 2010 Division II Second Team All-Ohio and First Team All-Southeast District member after leading the Sherman Tanks to a 17-2-2 mark and an appearance in the regional semi-finals. She was also named the district and Scioto Valley Conference Player of the Year, and First Team All-Ohio for Unioto's softball team as a junior.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "I chose ODU because it was close to home; I like the coaching staff and facilities and it offers a quality education."
Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Christian School
Intended Major: Exercise Science
Club Team: Mt. Vernon Sting
Bourcier is a four-time all-district and all-conference pick, collecting first team distinctions on two occasions. She was awarded both the school's Inspirational and Leadership Award and also played basketball for the Flames.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "I really like Coach Meade and the entire soccer program. I am also a fan of the size of the school and the role athletics plays at the university."
Ontario, Ohio/Ontario High School
Intended Major: Undecided
Club Team: Ohio Strikers United
A three-time All-Ohio First Team selection, Fowler led the Warriors to the Division II state semi-finals as a junior and the Division III regional semis as a senior. Along with earning First Team all-conference honors on three occasions, Fowler is also a two-time NCOSSCA Girls Division II District Player of the Year and was recently recognized by the NSCAA on the 2011 High School Girls All-Region IV Team. She also excelled for Ontario's track and swimming teams, earning several high finishes at the state tournaments.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "I really loved the size and location of the school, and of course the soccer program was a key factor for me."
Dayton, Ohio/Miamisburg High School
Intended Major: Undecided
Club Team: Metro FC Rapids
Gross, a four-year starter and senior captain, is a four-time All-Greater Western Ohio Conference selection, including First Team South Division honors in 2009. She is a two-time Third Team All Area South pick and was named to the Dayton South All-Star Team in 2011. Awarded the Vikings' Career Defensive Player Award, earning the team Defensive Player of the Year honors all four years. Also a four-year Honor Roll member and Progressive Award winner.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "I chose ODU because I loved the campus, the small school atmosphere, and that it is a Catholic college. I feel I will fit in both academically and athletically and I like that it is near Columbus and not too far from home."
West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West High School
Intended Major: Sport Management
Club Team: Cincinnati United Premier Gold
As the senior captain, Pratt was selected Division I Second Team All-Ohio, All-City First Team, Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-GMC. The four-year letterwinner also collected all-conference honors her first three season, including First Team recognition in 2009 and was a three-time Lakota West Athlete of the Week. Pratt was also a scholar-athlete all four years.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "I picked ODU because the campus was small and it was a great academic fit for me. I really like the coaching staff and program and felt right at home when I visited with the team."
Avon, Ohio/Avon High School
Intended Major: Accounting
Club Team: Cleveland FC
Simpson, a four- year varsity letterwinner and three-year starter for the Eagles, helped Avon to four West Shore Conference titles, including the school's first outright crown and a Division I regional semi-final appearance as a senior.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "I like the size of the campus and the opportunities the university provides for the students.
Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson High School
Intended Major: Early Childhood Education
Smith is a 2011 All-Central Catholic League and Third Team All-Central District selection. A member of the Eagles' basketball and track squads, Smith is also part of the National Honor Society and a Senior Leadership Award winner.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "I wanted a smaller school with a good education program and my sister graduated with her degree in education from ODU.
Contact: Bryan Desch