IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa soccer team will add Mercer transfer Emma Tokuyama to the program for the 2017 season, head coach Dave DiIanni announced Friday. She will have three seasons of eligibility for the Hawkeyes.
Tokuyama, a 5-foot-3 forward from Saline, Michigan, started seven games for Mercer, scoring three goals and logging 348 minutes as a true freshman. Tokuyama missed the Bears’ final 13 games after suffering a season-ending injury last fall.
“We are excited to add another great addition to the Hawkeye soccer program,” said DiIanni. “Emma will be another piece of the puzzle to help continue the growth and maturation of our program to be successful in the Big Ten Conference.
“Emma is a competitive individual who thrives technically and builds a lot of her success around the opposition’s goal with timely goals and opportunities. She comes to us with a strong club background with the Michigan Hawks Soccer Club.
“I know Emma is very excited to challenge herself at this level and both athletically and academically, while studying biomedical engineering.”
Before attending Mercer, Tokuyama played four years for the Michigan Hawks alongside current Hawkeyes Natalie Winters, Leah Moss, and Hannah Drkulec. She helped the team qualify for the ECNL national playoffs four consecutive years. The team was a 2016 U18 ECNL National finalist.
During her final season with the Michigan Hawks, Tokuyama scored seven goals and had two assists.
At Saline High School, Tokuyama was a four-year honor roll student. She did not compete for the high school soccer team, but she ran varsity track for one season.