Feb. 4, 2010
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati head women's soccer coach Michelle Salmon announced the addition of eight high school standouts to the Bearcats soccer program for the 2010 season.
"Today we announce the signing of our 2010 class," said Salmon. "First, I want to thank my assistants, Chris (Kouns) and Amanda (Martin) for their dedication and hard work in helping us secure such a wonderful class. Many people say that Championships are won on signing day; today I am proud to announce that this 2010 class is a vital step in making that a reality here at the University of Cincinnati. This class truly embodies the ground that we have covered to find the perfect players to be a part of our Bearcat family."
Coming to Cincinnati will be forward Katie Buczek (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota East HS), midfielder Natalie Domanic (Santa Ana, Calif./Foothill HS), forward Katie Greer (Massapequa, N.Y./Saint Anthony's HS), forward Alex Hoar (Louisville, Ky./Eastern HS), forward Jazmine Rhodes (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic HS), midfielder Kate Schmidt (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview HS), forward Alexis Scott (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge HS), and defender Sanam Zahedi (Mariemont, Ohio/Mariemont HS).
Katie Buczek Forward Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota East HS
Earned four letters in soccer while at Lakota East ... team captain for the Thunderhawks as a junior and senior ... was named first-team Greater Miami Conference (GMC) as a sophomore, junior and senior ... as a sophomore and junior, named first team all-Southwest Ohio and all-City ... a member of three-time Ohio South State Cup championship team ... Region III Invitational Showcase Championship in 2008 ... Buckeye Premier and Las Vegas College Showcase champions in 2007 ... selected to the Ohio South Olympic Development Program (ODP) state team and regional pool in 2005 and 2008 ... a member of the National Honor Society ... earned all-Academic GMC honors in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
The daughter of Jim and Sue Buczek, she has three siblings, Michaela, Lauren, and John ... she intends to major in communication disorders.
Coach Salmon says: "Katie Buczek possesses the tenacity and desire that it takes to be a Bearcat. Her mentality to be great, her desire to be the best is what separates her from others; that is why Katie is a great fit for our midfield. Katie is a local player who plays club for Cincinnati United Premier (CUP), one of the top clubs in the Midwest. Katie understands what it means to represents the city of Cincinnati."
Natalie Domanic Midfielder Santa Ana, Calif./Foothill HS
A four-year letterwinner at Foothill High School ... earned all-Seaview League second team honors in 2007 and 2008 ... named first team all-City in 2008 ... named first team all-City and all-Seaview League in 2009 ... played on the club team, Slammers FC from 2005-2010, winning the Premier League State Championship in 2007 ... a member of the Principal's Honor Roll and Key Club.
The daughter of Eric and Jacqueline Domanic, she has three siblings, Evan, Elliot and Gabrielle ... sister, Gabrielle, played water polo at UCLA and was a member of the US National Team and the 2004 Olympic Team ... brother, Evan, played baseball at UC San Diego ... brother, Elliott, is a current member of the Towson University lacrosse team ... intends to major in anthropology.
Coach Salmon says: "Natalie has played on one of the premier clubs in Southern California; Slammers FC. Her commitment to her game and her dedication to continually grow as a player is evident in how much she has developed over the past year. Natalie will be a welcome addition to our midfield."
Katie Greer Forward Massapequa, N.Y./Saint Anthony's HS
A four-year starter and letterwinner at Saint Anthony's High School ... voted best offensive player as a freshman ... led Saint Anthony's to a junior varsity soccer championship as a sophomore ... part of the 2007 Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) league championship ... guided squad to a CHSAA division title in 2008 and 2009 ... a member of the club team Albertson's Fury 91s Premier from 2004 to present ... helped lead the Fury to a New York state cup championship and the region finals in 2009 ... Region I semifinalists and state cup champions in 2008 with the Fury ... a current member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region I pool ... selected to the Regional team inter-regional event in Dec. 2009 in Miss. ... selected to the Region I Kuban Spring 2010 International Tournament that is held in Sochi, Russia in March ... a member of the Region I ODP pool in 2005-06 ... played on the Eastern NY ODP team from 2004-09, winning the New York state cup ... a member of the National Honor Society, she was awarded the Duns Scotus Academic Award as a freshman and junior ... selected to participate in the Chapel Apprentice Program and the Student Center Muriel Program ... also played lacrosse in high school.
The daughter of Beth and John Greer, she has one sister, Caroline ... intends to major in health sciences/pre med.
Coach Salmon says: "I am very excited to announce Katie Greer as a Bearcat. Katie is a dynamic forward who has the ability to score goals at every level. Katie is a Region 1 team player, who is getting ready to represent the Region in Russia."
Alex Hoar Forward Louisville, Ky./Eastern HS
Four-time letterwinner at Eastern High School ... two-time team captain ... finished career with the Eagles as the school's all-time leading scorer with 87 goals ... won a district championship and was a regional runner-up as a sophomore and junior ... finished senior season as district runner-ups and regional semifinalists ... was named all-district and all-region each season of high school ... earned second team all-state as a sophomore ... named first team all-state as a junior and senior ... four-time all-region team USA ... a member of the club soccer team Mockingbird 92 ... Mockingbird won the Kentucky State Cup and advanced to the regionals four years in a row ... a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) state and regional team for four years ... lead the Mockingbird 92 squad with 80 goals and was second on the team with 92 assists ... earned the Offensive MVP award.
The daughter of Kenneth and Kathy Hoar: she has one brother, Niklaus ... she intends to major in criminal psychology.
Coach Salmon says: "Alex Hoar is a strong, tall forward who has the ability to play back to goal and/or turn and run at defenders. She is a proven goal scorer with the ability to take over games. We are excited to welcome Alex to our Bearcat family."
Jazmine Rhodes Forward Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic HS
Lettered in soccer and track and field ... named soccer team captain in 2008 and 2009 ... participated in the 400m, 800m, 4x400m, and 4x800m in 2007 as part of the No. 1 track and field high school team in California ... helped the Jackrabbits to a second place finish in the Moore league in 2008 ... guided squad to its first Moore League championship in seven years as a senior ... won the Nike Cup Championship held Nike headquarters in 2007 ... club team won the Gothia Cup World Youth Soccer Championship held in Stockholm, Sweden in 2007 ... part of a club team that was four-time league champions and three-time regional champions ... finished second at the National Championship in Fresco, Texas in 2007 ... named NCSAA first team all-American as a senior ... earned the Outstanding Achievement Honors in Science award as a sophomore ... honor roll student as a senior.
The daughter of Michelle Tafoya and David Maples ... intends to major in journalism, criminology, or special education.
Coach Salmon says: "I am extremely excited to announce Jazmine Rhodes as a Bearcat today. Jazmine possesses tremendous speed and unbelievable amounts of athleticism in an already potent attack. Jazmine will provide us another dimension."
Kate Schmidt Midfielder Sylvania, Ohio/ Northview HS
A four year starter and letterwinner at Northview High School ... part of the Wildcats team that wone the Northern Lakes League (NLL) and was district finalists as a freshman, earning second team all-District honors ... won the league and district championship, finishing as regional runner-ups as a sophomore and junior ... named honorable mention all-NLL as a sophomore ... earned second team all-NLL honors and second team all-District honors as a junior ... named team captain as a senior, leading team to a district championship ... named to the high school all-state second team as a senior ... earned first-team all-NLL and all-District honors in 2009 ... a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region II pool in 2008 and 2009 ... club team, Cleveland Internationals, was the Super-Y national champions in 2007 and 2009 ... Internationals won the state cup in 2008 and 2009 ... club team finished as regional semifinalist in 2008 and was regional runner-up and national qualifiers in 2009 ... made the Honor Roll every quarter and was awarded the senior athlete academic award ... also earned a letter in basketball.
The daughter of Bob and Debbie Schmidt, she has three siblings, Bobby, John and Angela ... intends to major in business.
Coach Salmon says: "Kate Schmidt is one of the best linking midfielders I have seen in a long time. Her composure and simplicity that she plays with is a perfect fit for our system. A Regional team center midfield, Kate plays with the Cleveland Internationals, one of the Midwest's most dominant clubs. There is no limit to Kate's game; she continues to get better every time she steps on the field."
Alexis Scott Forward Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge HS
A two-year starter and letterwinner at Dacula High School ... earned the Dacula Falcons award (team MVP) and the coaches award as a sophomore ... was named second team all-Region after leading the team in points in 2008 and advancing to the first round of the Georgia state tournament ... a two-year starter and letterwinner at Peachtree Ridge High School ... earned the Gwinnett Daily all-County award in 2009 ... club team was a Disney Showcase semifinalist, CASAL champion, GYS Athena A champions, Atlanta Cup semifinalist, and state cup semifinalist in 2009 ... a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Georgia state team (2004-2008) and attended the ODP regional camp as an alternate in 2008.
The daughter of the late Phil Scott and Shelley Shiflett, she has one sister, Leanna Taylor ... is undecided on academic major.
Coach Salmon says: "We are excited to have Alexis Scott join us here at Cincinnati. She is a strong and powerful forward who in the last year has taken her game to another level. Alexis is a proven goal scorer and I have no doubt that she will make an immediate impact in the BIG EAST."
Sanam Zahedi Defender Mariemont, Ohio/Mariemont HS
A four-year starting defender at Mariemont High School ... led the Warriors to a 27-5-7 overall record in her final two seasons ... won the district championship as a junior and won the region championship as a senior ... was named the rookie of the year as a freshman ... earned second team Cincinnati Hills League honors as a junior ... named first-team CHL as a senior ... also named first team all-Southwest as a senior ... selected to compete in the Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky All Star game ... part of the CHFC club team that won the 2006 MRL championship ... competed at the USSF Region II Championship in 2008 with Classics Hammer FC ... a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) state team and regional camp in 2008 ... attended ODP Super-Y National Camp in 2006 ... a member of National Honors Society, AFS Club, Environmental Club, and orchestra.
The daughter of Kamyar Zahedi and Afsaneh Ardehali ... she intends to major in Pre Med or Biology.
Coach Salmon says: "Sanam is an extremely smart and composed player. She is an ideal fit for our system in the back; she plays within herself and will continue to grow as a player. She is playing for Classic Hammer, a club that has a strong tradition of producing great soccer players. I am excited to that Sanam will continue her playing here in her hometown of Cincinnati."
"As we begin to prepare for our 2010 season we welcome these eight players to our Bearcat family," said Salmon. "With 16 returning players who understand the dedication, commitment and mentality it takes to be a Bearcat, we are extremely excited to take the field next fall."