Women's Soccer Signs Nine to National Letters Of Intent
Head women's soccer coach Al Alvine has announced the incoming freshman class

June 6, 2012

PITTSBURGH - First-year women's soccer head coach Al Alvine has announced the signings of Rachel Baker, Danya Fenech, Allie Holland, Caroline Lacy, Shelby Moulton, Loda Opot, Ashley Stratton, Amy Vinopal and Abby Weber to National Letters of Intent.

"We are truly excited to welcome these nine young ladies to the Duquesne women's soccer family," said Alvine. "These student-athletes have enjoyed tremendous success on the field and in the classroom and we are confident that all of them will have a significant impact on our program this year and beyond. I am excited to see how this group complements a very solid group of veteran players."

Rachel Baker
As a senior, Baker earned several honors such as being named 2011 Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Girl's Division I Second-Team All-State, Cincinnati Enquirer Division I First-Team, Associated Press Southwest All-District Special Mention, First-Team All-Southwest, First-Team All-Fort Ancient Valley Conference and FAVC All-Academic. In addition to earning three varsity letters in soccer, Baker earned three varsity letters in basketball. She was also voted Loveland Herald's Sportswoman of the Year.

Baker led Loveland to a 10-6-2 record and a berth in the semifinals of the district playoffs. At the club level, Baker - along with Duquesne signee Abby Weber - was on the Ohio Elite Team that was the Ohio South Youth Soccer Association State Cup Finalists in 2010 and State Cup Champions in 2011. Baker is undecided on a major.

Danya Fenech
A three-time captain and MVP at St. Thomas Aquinas, Fenech led the Flames to the Georgian Bay Secondary School Association to the 2009 and 2010 regional championship and 2011 regional finals. A multi-sport athlete who also played basketball, hockey and ran track & field, Fenech was named Athlete of the Year as a junior and senior.

At the club level, Fenech played for Vaughan Azzurri of the Ontario Youth Soccer League and led them to the Ontario Cup semifinals. Fenech plans on majoring in business.

Allie Holland
Holland, who played her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons at Methacton, was a two-time PIAA District 1 All-League and All- District selection. Additionally, she was a four-year starter for the Vincent United Blizzards. She led Vincent United to the EPA State Cup finals two times, Indoor Cup Finals and Jeff Cup Finals. She was also a member of the EPA ODP team. Currently, Holland plays for Vincent United Vendetta.

A Distinguished Honor Student at Methacton High School, Holland also competed in basketball and equestrian show jumping. Holland plans on majoring in pharmacy.

Caroline Lacy
A four-year starter and letter winner at St. Anthony's High School, Lacy led the Friars to back-to-back Catholic High School Athletic Association league championships in 2010 and 2011 and a New York State Championship in 2011. St. Anthony's finished 16-1-4 and was ranked #30 in the ESPNHS PowerAde Fab 50 and #19 in the High School NCAA rankings.

Playing for Albertson Fury 93, Lacy's team was ranked #1 by the Got Soccer. She led Albertson Fury to the 2011 New York State title and was a Region 1 Premier League Finalist and 2011 Region 1 Regional Semi-Finalist. Albertson Fury finished with an ECNL Nation ranking of #5 in 2011 and was the NEWSS Tournament Champions as well as the 2010 Disney Showcase Champions.

Lacy plans on majoring in business.

Shelby Moulton
A 16-5A All-District Honorable Mention selection, Moulton led Round Rock to 15-5-3 record and an appearance in the bi-district round of the University Interscholastic League playoffs her senior season. Mouton also was a 2009 and 2010 South Texas Olympic Development Program Team member, Moulton plays for the Lonestar Soccer Club. Moulton plans on majoring in international relations.

Loda Opot
A two-year varsity letter winner, Opot led Holy Cross to a berth in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals. While playing club with the MSC Mustangs, Opot played in the quarterfinals of the 2011 WAGS Tournament and the finals of the 2011 Premier Flight of the Olney Boys & Girls Club Tournament. In 2010, MSC finished first in the Bracket of Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament and were the champions of the Premier Flight of the Olney Boys & Girls Club Tournament. A member of the National Honor Society, Opot received First and Second honors and was part of the Madeleva Scholars Program, Opot plans on majoring in pharmacy.

Ashley Stratton
Named MVP of Dublin Coffman her senior year, Stratton led the Rocks to a 15-4-2 record and berth in the regional finals for the second straight season. Stratton was on the Coffman squad that was state finalist in 2009. She was a two-time All-League and All-District selection. At the club level, she played of Ohio Premier in the Elite Clubs National League.

A four-year letter winner, Stratton was a 2011 Ohio Capital Conference First-Team member, an OCC Special Mention in 2009 and OCC Honorable Mention in 2010. She was also a Second-Team All-District in 2011. Stratton, who was a member of the National Honor Society, plans on majoring in physical therapy.

Amy Vinopal
A four-year varsity starter and three-year MVP and team captain, Vinopal led Cardinal Mooney to a 14-3-1 record her senior season. The Cardinals were district champions in 2010 and regional finalists in 2008.

An Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-State member for three years, Vinopal accumulated 57 goals and 32 assists in her last three years at Cardinal Mooney. She was named The Vindicator MVP in 2011. At the club level, she played for Beadling Soccer Club.

Vinopal, who was a member of the National Honor Society and an Academia Athletic Award recipient, is undecided on a major.

Abby Weber
A three-year varsity player, Weber led Saint Ursula to back-to-back district championships in 2009 and 2010 and was district runner-up in 2011. In her three years with Arrows, Weber led the teams to a 56-10-8 record. A two-time Girl's Greater Cincinnati League Second-Team selection, Weber was a two-time member of the Southwest All-Academic Team.

Weber plans on majoring in international business.

The Dukes will begin the 2012 season in August.




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