Women’s Soccer Adds Eight with Recruiting Class

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's soccer program has signed eight student-athletes to bolster the 2014 roster. The talented group comes from multiple backgrounds with players from Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia.

The recruiting class includes Madison Card of McLean, Va. / Langley H.S., Christy Chou of Dublin, Ohio / Dublin Jerome H.S., Maria Collica of Solon, Ohio / Solon H.S., Maggie Hartnagel of South Bend, Ind. / Marian H.S., Kiera Lyons of Harwood, Md. / Southern H.S., Shannon McDevitt of Rochester Hill, Mich. / Rochester Adams H.S., Brenna Pawelkowski of Saginaw, Mich. / Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central H.S., and Ashely Weaver of Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills Central H.S.

"It is with great excitement that our program announces the 2014 recruiting class," Co-Head Coach Tari St. John explained. "This class is a versatile group with each player having a unique set of strengths that will blend perfectly with the existing team. In this class there is technical ability, athleticism and high soccer IQ.  The common thread amongst all of the recruits is a passion for the sport of soccer and a drive to be the best they can be in the classroom."

Madison Card – McLean, Va.
Card is a goalkeeper that attended Langley High School. This two-time all-conference performer ranks No. 2 and No. 3 in school history for saves recorded in a single-season. Card played club soccer for head coach Larry Best on the BRYC 95 Elite team.  

Why Card Chose Butler:
"I chose Butler because as a student-athlete I appreciate Butler's commitment to excellence both on and off the field." 

A Quote from Coach:
"Madi is a very courageous goalkeeper who is excellent coming off her line," St. John said. "She reads play extremely well and has no fear in taking a physical risk to eliminate a goal scoring opportunity. Madi provides great confidence to her back line through her communication. She is a physical presence and is very diligent in her technical training.

Christy Chou – Dublin, Ohio
Chou was a First Team All-Conference selection during her junior and senior seasons at Dublin Jerome High School. This team captain was also a star in the classroom, where she recorded a 4.2 GPA. She was a four-year honor roll student and an AP Scholar. Chou helped her team become a 2012 Regional Finalist and a 2011 Ohio State Finalist. Chou played club soccer for Matt Ogden as part of the Ohio Premier ECNL team. The group took the Ohio State Championship in 2008 and the Manchester Premier Cup in 2010.

Why Chou Chose Butler:
"I chose Butler because it's everything I imagined college to be, athletically and academically. The soccer program has an excellent coaching staff that I know will help me grow as a player, and it has a great business school to prepare me for the future."

A Quote from Coach:
"Christy approaches the game with great mental toughness, consistent work ethic and tenacity," St. John stated. "For a defender, this is a perfect blend of attributes. Christy is a competitor who enjoys the big games and the big moments within those games. We look forward to adding her 'bite' to our group.

Maria Collica – Solon, Ohio
Collica was a four-year starter and letter-winner while playing soccer at Solon High School. This two-time All-State honoree was a four-time All-Conference Player of the Year and a four-time Greater Cleveland First Team selection. She helped her team reach the 2012 OHSAA Division I Elite 8. This four-year scholar athlete award winner was also a four-year academic letter winner in the classroom. 

Collica played club soccer for Zdravko Popovic of the Internationals Soccer Club. The team was crowned as 2012 US Club National Champions. The five-time State Cup Champions played in the ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference. Collica was named to the ESPN H.S. National League Player to watch list and also earned a US Training Center invitation.

Why Collica Chose Butler:
"I chose Butler to get a great education while playing Division I Soccer."

A Quote from Coach:
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Maria is a strong defensive player who tackles with fantastic timing and power," St. John explained. "She is smart and can easily adapt to playing in or against different systems of play whilst offensively displaying fantastic range in her distribution. Maria also provides a genuine threat with the quality of her set-piece delivery."

Maggie Hartnagel – South Bend, Ind.
Hartnagel was a team captain at Marian High School, leading her squad to an Indiana state championship. She is a three-time All-Northern Indiana Conference award winner, and was recognized with an All-State girls' soccer award. A three-sport athlete in high school, Hartnagel received a varsity letter on the swim team and appeared in the state finals twice with the track team. Hartnagel played club soccer for DJ Charmat on the Indiana Invaders team.

Why Hartnagel Chose Butler:
"I chose Butler because the first time I walked on campus, it felt like home."

A Quote from Coach:
"Maggie adds a tremendous element of natural athleticism to this class," St. John said. "She is a fast, wide player with the ability to stretch opponents and get in behind. The tools she possesses make her a threat and we are excited to see the development of Maggie's game during her time here at Butler."

Kiera Lyons – Harwood, Md.
Lyons is a four-year letter-winner that attended Southern High School. She was unable to play soccer during her senior season due to an injury, but was a standout on the field during both her sophomore and junior seasons.

As a sophomore Lyons was an honorable mention All-County selection as she helped her team to a 2A Regional Championships and a trip to the State Finals. Her junior season was even more impressive as Lyons earned an All-County First Team selection after leading her team to the regional finals. Lyons was named honorable mention All-State and honorable mention All-Metro Washington Post. She played club soccer for Maryland United under the guidance of Win Puffer.

Lyons was a multi-sport athlete that also earned three letters in swimming, four letters in outdoor track, and one during the indoor track season. She competed in the Maryland State Championships in soccer, swimming and track.

Why Lyons Chose Butler:
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I chose Butler because of the campus, size, location, academic reputation and support for college sports. As soon as I met the coaches and players, I was immediately inspired by the team's intensity, intelligence, competitiveness, drive, and dedication."

A Quote from Coach:
"Kiera displays a level of drive, focus and discipline that you just do not encounter very often," St. John explained. "She is unbelievably self-motivated and is consistently adding to her game. Kiera is a high energy player who is tireless in her work defensively but also in flying forward to join attacks. Her technical ability with both feet allows her the versatility to attack on both the inside and outside of opponents."

Shannon McDevitt – Rochester Hills, Mich.
McDevitt was a four-year starter at Rochester Adams High School. The four-year scholar athlete was a three-time All-District selection and a two-time All-League recipient. The daughter of Kathy & Kevin McDevitt, Shannon's parents are Butler Alumni. Her father, Kevin is in the Football Hall of Fame.

McDevitt played club soccer under the guidance of Henry Steinwascher who coached the PSG Michigan Gators. While playing for the Gators, McDevitt won two Michigan State Cup Championships.

Why McDevitt Chose Butler:
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Having two Butler Alums in my family has made Butler like a second home to me. I love the small campus lifestyle and the close-knit relationships between staff and students."

A Quote from Coach:
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Shannon has a fantastic ability to control the tempo of the game when in possession," St. John said. "She is incredibly composed on the ball and displays a high level of maturity in her decision making. Shannon is technically very strong and a perfect fit within our style of play."

Brenna Pawelkowski – Saginaw, Mich.
Pawelkowski was a three-time All-State, All-Region, and All-District player at Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central and was named the Saginaw Player of the Year her junior season. A two-time Saginaw Dream Team member, she was also a three-time individual state qualifier in cross country. She excelled off the field as well, by being named Academic All-State in cross country her junior year and by serving as a member of National Honors Society. Pawelkowski graduated early and joined Butler at the beginning of the spring 2014 semester.

She played club soccer for coach Demir Muftari as a member of the Vardar ECNL team. She helped lead Vardar to a 2009 Michigan State Cup Championship and was a Michigan State Cup Finalist in 2010.

Why Pawelkowski Chose Butler:
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I chose Butler after attending a summer camp, attending admission tours and meeting the staff and team because it met all of my college requirements. It has a great urban campus, high academic standards, competitive soccer, and a coaching staff that takes an interest in their players both on and off the field."

A Quote from Coach:
"Brenna is a box-to-box midfielder that has fantastic movement off the ball." St. John stated. "She is comfortable in possession and passes well with both feet. Brenna see's the game at a very high level and can organize those around her effectively."

Ashley Weaver – Ada, Mich.
Weaver was a four-year varsity soccer player at Forest Hills Central, earning All-District, All-Region, and All-State recognition her senior season. A two time all-conference award winner, she helped lead her team to three conference championships and a trip to the state semifinals in 2011. This 2013 AP Scholar award winner was also named Academic All-State her senior year and was a MHSA Scholar Athlete Nominee.

Weaver played club soccer for coach Demir Muftari with Vardar ECNL. She was a member of the Michigan ODP State Team from 2008-2012, and was a four-time State Cup runner-up with Grand Rapids Crew Juniors.

Why Weaver Chose Butler:
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I chose Butler because of the highly ranked pharmacy program and the terrific coaching staff. The soccer program, academics, and a great campus environment truly makes Butler feel like a second home."

A Quote from Coach:
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Ashley has great size and athleticism," St. John said. "Her ball striking ability allows her to switch play very effectively and also provide great service when higher in the field. Ashley has great potential and has shown a rapid and continued improvement in the time we have known her. She is versatile and will be a huge asset to our program."