Hawkeyes Add 8 Recruits

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa head women’s soccer coach Ron Rainey has announced that eight high school seniors will join the UI women’s soccer program next fall.

“The 2012 class will help our team’s depth and give us a group of student-athletes hungry to keep the Hawkeyes competing at an even higher level in the Big Ten,” Rainey said. “They each have individual strengths that will add to our program. I look forward to them working hard this spring and summer and joining our team in preseason camp. We look forward with them combining with our current team to have a fantastic 2012 season.”

Brooke Backes
Carmel, Ind. • Carmel High School

About Backes: Backes was named Indiana Miss Soccer and High School Player of the Year in 2011. She is a two-time all-state selection and was named Indiana Super Team Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Backes led her high school team to a state championship in 2011 and three-straight conference titles. She finished her high school career with 42 goals and 26 assists. Backes playes club soccer for the Carmel United Soccer Club. Her team has won five-straight state championships and the ECNL Division B national championship in 2011. She also excels in the classroom, earning scholar athlete accolades from 2008-12 and academic all-state honors in 2010 and 2011.

Coach Rainey on Backes: “Brooke can take people on 1v1 and beat people on the flanks. She works hard and has a great attitude. Her club and high school programs have had a lot of success, and we are looking forward to that transferring over to Iowa.”

Lana Bonekemper
Cincinnati, Ohio • Ursuline Academy

About Bonekemper: Bonekemper was a two-time all-state selection and also earned first team all-city honors as a junior and senior. She netted 18 goals and recorded four assists as a senior. Bonekemper spent six years with the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy, leading her team to a state championship in 2011. She was also a four-year member of the academic honor roll.

Coach Rainey on Bonekemper: “Lana does some nice things, tactically, on the field and in the attack. She makes creative runs and connects well with teammates. She is also not afraid to compete in the box and get on the finishing end of services.”

Hannah Clark
Fort Collins, Colo. • Rocky Mountain High School

About Clark: Clark played two years at Rocky Mountain High School before playing club soccer exclusively. She was named her high school’s defensive Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore. Clark played for the Arsenal Football Club from 2004-07, earning a runner-up finish in the 2005 State Cup. She then played for the Colorado Rush from 2008-12, winning a total of three Colorado State Cups, placed third at the USYSA National Championships and fourth at the ECNL National Championships. Clark also played for the Colorado Force of the United Soccer League from 2009-11 and tied for the 10 th in the nation with a 1.333 goals against average and ninth with 49 saves in seven games. She was named the USL Player of the Week in May of 2011. Clark also lettered in basketball as a senior.

Coach Rainey on Clark: “Hannah has very good experience, both with the Colorado Rush and her Fort Collins WPSL team. She is a competitor and joins what will be a nice group of goalkeepers to train and play with.”

Meg Goodson
Waukee, Iowa • Waukee High School

About Goodson: Goodson was a first team all-state selection as a junior and is a three-time all-conference pick. She set the school record for single-season shutouts as a freshman and broke her own record as a sophomore and junior. She also holds the career shutouts school record and mark for fewest goals allowed in a season (4). Goodson collected 116 saves and 13 shutouts as a junior, leading her team to runner-up finish in the Class 2A state tournament. She played for the Iowa Olympic Development team from 2006-10 and the JUSC/ WDM club team from 2006-12, winning the Iowa State Cup championship in 2008 and 2011. Goodson was also a four-year letterwinner in basketball, earning all-conference, all-district and all-region honors. She led Waukee to the state tournament as a freshman, sophomore and junior and holds school records for career 3-pointers and single-game 3-pointers made. Goodson is also an excellent student, earning academic all-conference accolades in soccer and basketball. She is in the top three percent in a class of over 300, is an honor roll student and has been admitted to the honors program at the UI.

Coach Rainey on Goodson: “Meg is quick and agile as a goalkeeper. She comes to Iowa as a

tremendous athlete, and we are looking forward to training her throughout her career.”

Mackenzie Guindon
London, Ontario • South Collegiate High School

About Guindon: Guindon played club soccer for Galaxy 94 and North London Soccer Club. She led her club teams to Ontario Indoor championships in 2007 and 2008 and a WOSYL League championship in 2009. Her club team finished fifth at nationals and was also an Ontario Cup finalist in 2010. In 2011, Guindon and her club team were Ontario Cup champions and earned a silver medal at nationals in 2011, along with two league titles.

Coach Rainey on Guindon: “Mackenzie comes from a tremendous club background in North London. Her team reached the Canadian finals last summer. She continues to improve and works constantly on all aspects of her game tactically, physically and technically. This will help her make an immediate impact in her first year at Iowa.”

Vanessa LaCosse
Okemos, Mich. • Okemos High School

About LaCosse: LoCosse earned four honors as a junior in high, being named All- Conference, All-District, All-State and a Dream Team selection. She also lettered in track in the 100 and 200 meters.

Coach Rainey on LaCosse: “Vanessa will add some nice skill to our team. She is someone who can compete for time in our midfield.”

Sarah Mazur
LaGrange, Ill. • Lyons Township High School

About Mazur: Mazur is a two-time all-conference selection and has also been named all-section and all-area. She was the only freshman to make and start on varsity. She led her high school team

to three-straight regional championships and two sectional finals. Her high school team won a conference title as a sophomore and placed second as a junior. Mazur played club soccer for the Windy City Pride and Region 2 Olympic Development Program. She played on the 2011 Illinois State team that won a Region 2 championship. Mazur is an Illinois State Scholar, a member of the honor roll, the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, French Honor Society and National Honor Society.

Coach Rainey on Mazur: “Sarah comes from the same club and high school as current Hawkeye Katie Nasenbenny. She is skillful on the ball and has a nice presence in the center of the field.”

Meredith McEniff
Naperville, Ill. • Naperville Centeral High School

About McEniff: McEniff is an all-conference and academic all-conference selection. She scored five goals as a junior and led her high school team to back-to-back conference titles and class 8A sectional semifinals. Mceniff plays club soccer for the Fox Valley Strikers, which is the same club as current Hawkeye Leah DeMoss. McEniff also lettered in basketball.

Coach Rainey on McEniff: “Meredith is a hard worker in the middle of the field. She has been constantly improving over the last few years, and we are excited about how tenacious she is out on the field.”