Women’s Soccer Announces Nine Member Class of 2022

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Adding one of the top-ranked recruiting classes in the country to a talented program, Harvard women's soccer has announced its nine member class of 2022: Jordan Di Verniero, Sophie Hirst, Taylor Nielsen, Courtney Rabb, Elizabeth Saoud, Lara Schenk, Samantha Schmitz, Trinity Thomas and Jillian Wachira.

"We are very excited to welcome the class of 2022 to our women's soccer program," said Chris Hamblin, the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer. "The class is comprised of wonderful young women, who through their work in the classroom and experience on the field, personify what it means to be a student-athlete at Harvard.

The group spans seven states as well as Germany, and was ranked as the 14th best class in the country by Top Drawer Soccer. They join a squad that has won six of the last 10 Ivy League titles, including three of the past five.

"The incoming class will impact us in every position on the field," continued Hamblin. "We are looking forward to blending the ability and character of our freshman with our returning players and continuing to build upon the strong soccer culture at Harvard."

The full class of 2022 can be found below, while the full roster can be found here.

­Jordan Di Verniero | Forward | Ormond Beach, Fla. | Spruce Creek
Member of the Florida Kraze ECNL….Three-year letterwinner for Spruce Creek High School… Class 5A Florida Player of the Year in 2017-17… Team captain in 2017-18 … Broke school records for goals scored in a season and in a career Three-time team MVP … Helped team to two state championships in 2014 and 2017, runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2016 … Three-time first team all-area … Also a decorated sprinter, hurdler and jumper for the track & field team … National Honor Society and Honor Roll

Sophie Hirst | Midfield/Forward | Seattle, Wash. | Seattle Preparatory School
US Youth National Team U15-U18….Top Drawer Soccer #24 ranked recruit in the 2018 class… Member of the #1 ranked Crossfire Academy….Helped Crossfire Academy to back-to-back top-three finishes in ECNL National Finals…. Three-year letterwinner for Seattle Prep … 2016 Star Times Best XI, Team Snap second team Fall All-American … Three-time all-metro selection, two-time WIAA Player of the Week … MVP of 2015 state tournament, state champion with Seattle Prep …2014 St. Ignatius of Loyola Service and Academic Award … Youth tutoring program and Second Sunday meals volunteer.

Taylor Nielsen | Midfield | Kirkland, Wash. | Seattle Preparatory School
Top Drawer Soccer #85 ranked recruit in the 2018 class… Member of the #1 ranked Crossfire Academy….Crossfire team captain 2012-2018…. Helped Crossfire Academy to back-to-back top-three finishes in ECNL National Finals ….Three-year letterwinner for Seattle Prep… First team all-metro three times … Top 11 for Florida Showcase in 2017 … Honorable mention in metro league as a junior … State champion in 2015 with Seattle Prep… Traveled to Cambodia in 2012 with SALT academy, and to Brazil in 2014 with Copa Coca Cola to the Dom Bosco center … 2015 Grad Award recipient from Seattle Prep.

Courtney Rabb | Defense | Brentwood, Tenn. | University School of Nashville
Member of the Tennessee Soccer Club ECNL….Four-year letterwinner for University School of Nashville… 2017 all-state, all-region and all-district selection, named MVP in 2016 and 2017 … Golden Boot recipient in 2016, Region MVP in 2016 and 2017 … Honorable mention all-region in 2014 … State runner-up in 2014, scoring the game-winning goal in the semifinals.… Also played on the University School basketball team, named defensive MVP … National Merit Commended Scholar … Cum Laude Society Sister Cities of Nashville Ambassador & Youth Advisory Board in 2017-18 … Recipient of Lois McMullan Scholarship for Leadership and Scholarship as a junior … Nashville Predators Jack Diller Scholarship for Academics.

Elizabeth Saoud | Defense/Midfield | La Plata, Md. | Maurice J. McDonough
Member of Capital FC Boys Team….Three-year letterwinner for Maurice J. McDonough High School….Team Captain….Maryland ODP Team … Three-time All-SMAC first team, two-time team MVP … 35 career goals, 37 career assists ... Varsity Team Leadership award recipient … Led team to back-to-back regional championships and state championship appearances … National Merit Scholar … Student Government President and National Honor Society President in 2017-18 … Valedictorian.

Lara Schenk | Midfield | Seelze, Germany | International School Hanover Region
German Youth National Team U15-U19….Won the U17 European Championships with Germany in 2017… Captained Germany U-16 squad in international match vs. Scotland, previously served as captain for U-14 team … UEFA WU16 Developmental Tournament and WU16 runner-up in Open Nordic Tournament … Most recently played for TSV Pattensen under-17 boys (2017-18), JFV Calenberger Land under-17 boys (2016-17) and VfL Wolfsburg under-17 women (2014-2016)….Named best player and highest goal scorer at TSV Eintracht Bückeberge Hallenspektakel tournament and best player at Fair-Play Cup … ISHR Director's List from 2012-18 … Volunteer math/organization tutor … Member of high school Global Issues, Uganda and Psychology clubs.

Samantha Schmitz | Goalkeeper | Barrington, Ill. | Barrington
Member of FC United….Four-year letterwinner for Barrington High School….2018 team captain … All-Conference Mid-Suburban League, All-Sectional honorable mention, Daily Herald Northwest All-Area in 2017 … Chicagoland Soccer All-State team … Led team to Illinois 3A state title in 2017, and to third place finish at state championships in 2015. 2017 team was ranked No. 1 in the nation … MVP of 2017 state championship match … Tallied 22 shutouts during 2017 spring season … AP Scholar with Distinction … National Merit Commended Student … National Honor Society

Trinity Thomas | Forward | Dallas, Texas | Hockaday School
Member of FC Dallas Development Academy…..Played for the Dallas Texans 00 Girls ECNL from 2013-17….Four year letter winner for the Hockaday School… FC Dallas U-23 Women's Premier Soccer League team member ….Selected for Olympic Development Program (ODP) Inter-regional showcase and ODP international Trip to Brazil …Top Drawer Soccer No. 44 national recruit, No. 10 forward in 2015/2016 … First team All-SPC in 2014-15 and 2016-17….Best of National Elite Prep Showcase in 2017… US Club Soccer PDP camp …Named to Top Drawer Soccer Best XI from ECNL Texas … First team North Texas ODP member … Children's Health Medical Center volunteer … Volunteered at One World Health in Nicaragua … Hockaday School ambassador to Taipei First Girls High School … Elementary school tutor

Jillian Wachira | Defense | Plainsboro, N.J. | West Windsor Plainsboro North
­US Youth National Team U14-U16….Top Drawer Soccer #121 ranked recruit in the 2018 class…Played for US Girls Development Academy Sky Blue from 2017-18, Players Development Academy from 2010-17…. Won 2016 ECNL National Championship…..Invited to the 2016 ECNL National Camp … Lettered for West Windsor Plainsboro North … Broke high school scoring record as a freshman …Rookie of the Year… Selected to Mercer 33, All-CVC team … Won CVC conference in 2014-15 … National Spanish Honor Society … Animal shelter volunteer … National Merit Commended Scholar.