UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University women's soccer head coach, Scott Stan, has announced his signing class for the 2016 season, adding nine student-athletes to a program that has won at least eight matches for six-straight seasons without suffering a losing record in that span.
Sarah Bade, Taylor Bray, Lauren Cammarano, Emily Church, Hannah Davis, Elizabeth Guffey, Danielle Toren, Hannah Waltz and Bailey Zehr make up the large incoming class for TU, as the Trojans add depth to a roster set to return 16-of-20 student-athletes from the 2015 squad that posted an overall mark of 8-8-3.
"Our new class includes eight freshmen and one sophomore transfer," stated Stan. "It is deep in numbers and rich in talent. We have an incoming group that is ready to contribute and earn playing time at each position and will clearly make us more competitive."
Stan also spoke highly of the off-field credentials of the incoming class by saying, "These ladies will add a lot in the classroom and to the Taylor community. That makes each of them an excellent fit for the school as well as our program."
Sarah Bade / D / 5-0 / Yorktown, Indiana / Yorktown High School
"Sarah is energetic and determined to succeed," said Stan. "She is feisty and her opponents will find her to be a handful of trouble to contain."
Bade earned four varsity letters on the pitch at Yorktown High and also played for the Delaware County Futbol Club. Bade served as the team captain and earned all-district and team Most Valuable Player honors.
Bade is the daughter of Chris and Michelle Bade and intends on majoring in psychology with a minor in Spanish during her time at TU. While at Yorktown, Bade received academic all-district, class courtesy and leadership awards, while also serving as a member of the National Honor Society.
"I chose Taylor because I wanted to grow as a soccer play, while growing in my faith as well," said Bade. "I am blessed for this opportunity and so excited to see what God has in store for me in these next four years."
Taylor Bray / M / 5-9 / Fishers, Indiana / Hamilton Southeastern High School
"Taylor was a club teammate of Emily Church's on Hoosier FC," said Stan. "She is a tall center mid who plays well in tight spaces, keeping possession of the ball and delivering the ball to her team."
Bray lettered twice at Hamilton Southeastern and also played for Hoosier FC and TFA on the club level.
Bray is the daughter of Steven and Susan Bray and was a member of the National Honor Society during her time at HSH. Bray excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Indiana and Scholar-Athlete honors.
"The community at TU stood out to me right away and I instantly knew it was something I wanted to be a part of," stated Bray. "The team is so genuine and inviting as a group that I can see myself playing at my best with them. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be coming to Taylor."
Lauren Cammarano / GK / 5-8 / Northborough, Massachusetts / Algonquin Regional High School
"In Lauren we have recruited a very athletic goalie who has solid technique and a passion to work and improve," stated Stan. "She sets high standards for herself and for her teammates."
Cammarano started in goal for Algonquin Regional's run to the Massachusetts State Championship game as a senior, lettering twice for the Tomahawks and also gaining experience for the FC Stars of Massachusetts Club.
Cammarano is the daughter of Richard and Tracey Cammarano and plans on working toward a degree in sports marketing at Taylor.
"I chose Taylor because it has a great community and I am still able to feel that I am going to be able to push myself," said Cammarano.
Emily Church / M / 5-7 / Pendleton, Indiana / Pendleton Heights High School
"Emily might have set the record for the number of TU Soccer Camps attended," joked Stan. "She is a midfielder with an amazing first touch and a good work ethic."
Church played club ball for Hoosier FC with Taylor Bray and was also a four-time letterwinner at Pendleton Heights High. During her time with the Arabians, Bray served as a team captain and earned all-conference and all-district honors.
Church is the daughter of Rob and Barbara Church and will follow in her father's footsteps as a Trojan student-athlete, after he ran for Taylor track in the mid 1980's. Church will pursue a degree in elementary education at TU.
"The first time I arrived on campus, I immediately felt welcomed by Coach Stan and the team," reflected Church. "It was unlike many of the other colleges I had visited and I knew TU was special right away. After several more visits and much prayer, I was convinced that Taylor would challenge me spiritually, academically and athletically, which was exactly what I was looking for."
Hannah Davis / F / 5-5 / Big Rapids, Michigan / Big Rapids High School
"Hannah is a goal scorer who was named all-state in Michigan after scoring 46 goals during her junior season," stated Stan. "She is a great athlete who also runs cross country."
Davis played club for Northland United and earned a trio of varsity letters at Big Rapids High, while setting the career scoring record for the Cardinals. During her record-setting prep career, Davis earned All-Michigan honors, as well as all-region, all-district and all-conference awards.
Davis is the daughter of Jim and Mary Davis and was a member of the National Honor Society.
"Taylor is a place that will encourage me to grow in my faith," expressed Davis. "The girls I met from the soccer team were real and genuine and I knew I wanted to be a part of TU."
Elizabeth Guffey / F / 5-5 / Black Mountain, North Carolina / Home School
"Elizabeth is a good midfielder who gets better every time I see her," said Stan. "Since she is also an excellent wide player, she will also contribute as an outside back who can get forward to deliver crosses."
Guffey participated for four years of club soccer with the Highland Futbol Club and was the recipient of the team's Excellence Award.
Guffey is the daughter of Jay and Laurie Guffey and plans on majoring in business during her time in Upland.
"I am thankful for the excellent academics and strong soccer program at Taylor," said Guffey. "Most importantly, I am thankful for the strong discipleship community that feels like family. I know that Taylor is the right place for me as I learn and grow in my relationship with Christ."
Danielle Toren / D / 5-7 / Grand Rapids, Michigan / Grand Rapids Christian High School
"Danielle is an excellent center back who plays calmly with good foot skills and very accurate passing," reflected Stan. "She is ready to make an impact."
Toren spent all four seasons on the varsity squad at Grand Rapids Christian High, serving as a two-time team captain and earning a pair of all-conference selections and one all-district nod. Toren also competed on the Midwest United Club Team.
Toren is the daughter of Kevin and Shelley Toren and was a member of the Academic Honor Roll and National Honor Society.
"I chose Taylor because I loved the atmosphere and the Christian focus of the campus," stated Toren. "It had everything I was looking for in a college and a soccer team. Everything was so authentic and all felt so natural."
Hannah Waltz / D / 5-4 / Milford, Ohio / Milford High School
"Hannah plays high school and club soccer and still has the time to play high school basketball," remarked Stan. "She is a versatile, athletic and quick outside back."
Waltz lettered twice at Milford High, while also playing club ball for United Elite. During her prep career, Waltz was the Eagle Award recipient.
Waltz is the daughter of Brian and Mary Ann Waltz and was named Academic All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference during her time at Milford. Waltz plans on majoring in graphic design and minoring in photography at Taylor.
"I chose Taylor because I wanted to attend a college where faith is a priority and other students share the same values as I do," said Waltz. "I have known since I was a sophomore that I wanted to study graphic design and after searching many different colleges, I fell in love with the graphic design program at Taylor. I am excited for the opportunity to play soccer for Coach Stan and to compete with other women of faith."
Bailey Zehr / M / 5-2 / Windsor, Colorado / Windsor High School / Colorado Mesa University
"Bailey was a state cup winner in Colorado and an all-state player in high school," said Stan. "She already gained valuable collegiate playing time her freshman year and should make an immediate impact at Taylor."
Zehr saw time in 15 matches and started six times for NCAA Division II Colorado Mesa in 2015, after wrapping up an outstanding prep career with 70 career goals and 34 assists at Windsor High. Zehr led the Wizards to a third-place finish in the Colorado State Tournament, earned All-Colorado recognition and was selected as the Tri-Valley Conference Player of the Year as a senior. In addition to the prep success, Zehr helped her Arsenal Gold Club team to the Colorado State Cup Championship.
Zehr is the daughter of David and Becky Ruane, and Brian Zehr and plans to continue work on a degree in elementary education after transferring to TU in the fall.
"I chose Taylor because of its positive environment that recognizes the priorities of faith, while still being competitive and seeking to win" stated Zehr.