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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: ECLIPSE SELECT CLASS OF 2018

02/08/2018, 6:00pm CST
By Patrick Kaindl

Eighteen players officially make college commitments to continue next phase of careers

 

CHICAGO (Feb. 7, 2018) – Eclipse Select Soccer Club is proud to introduce its Class of 2018, which currently includes 18 players who are headed to their respective NCAA and NAIA women’s soccer programs this fall. National Signing Day took place Wednesday and the club hosted its annual Eclipse Select Signing Night event at Maggiano’s Little Italy in the Oak Brook area.

“On behalf of the entire Eclipse Select family, the club wants to congratulate our players for officially taking the next step in their academic and athletic careers.” Eclipse Select President Rory Dames stated. “I am extremely proud of this class as they continue to carry the rich playing tradition and the success of Eclipse Select Soccer Club to top-tier programs around the country. Every year there is great pride throughout the club in assisting players to reach this goal. The start of the spring schedule is rapidly approaching, but it is always great to take a step back before then and congratulate these players on what they have accomplished.”  

Four players from this Eclipse Select class are headed to programs that competed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Defender Caitlin Haislip (Munster, Ind.) is bound for defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Penn. State. The Nittany Lions made it the furthest in the NCAA Tournament amongst all the schools where Eclipse players have signed by reaching the quarterfinals last November.

Elsewhere among programs in the 2017 NCAA Tournament field, midfielder Brynn Miller (Saint Charles, Ill.) is bound for defending regular season Big Ten Champion Ohio State. Midfielder Jamie Goralski (Naperville, Ill.) has joined the Tennessee Volunteers who earned an at-large bid from the Southeastern Conference.

Two pairs of from this year’s class will continue to play together as teammates at the collegiate level. Big East Conference side Marquette continues to serve as a close connection to Eclipse Select as midfielder Alyssa Bombacino (Plainfield, Ill.) and defender Katie Koker (Racine, Wis.) join the Golden Eagles. Midfielder Hailey Blanchard (Frankfort, Ill.) and forward Schylar Kinsley (Naperville, Ill.) are headed to the Southeastern Conference together to play for the Mizzou Tigers.

Below is a breakdown of the Eclipse Select Class of 2018 on National Signing Day:

Alphabetical order:

  • Anastasia Barron (Portage, Ind.), forward – Bethany College (NAIA)
  • Megan Benmore (Naperville, Ill.), defender – University of Northern Iowa
  • Hailey Blanchard (Frankfort, Ill.), defender – Missouri
  • Alyssa Bombacino (Plainfield, Ill.), defender – Marquette
  • Gabriella Cesarone (Saint Charles, Ill.), defender– Michigan
  • Amanda DiNardo (Joliet, Ill.), forward – Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
  • Sonia Finch (Lombard, Ill.), forward – Augustana College (NCAA Division III)
  • Jamie Goralski (Naperville, Ill.), midfielder – Tennessee
  • Schylar Kingsley (Naperville, Ill.), forward – Missouri
  • Caitlin Haislip (Munster, Ind.), defender – Penn. State
  • Autumn Hollowell (Bourbonnais, Ill.), forward – Minnesota State-Moorhead (NCAA Division II)
  • Katie Koker (Racine, Wis.), defender – Marquette
  • Haley Leanna (Grayslake, Ill.), goalkeeper – Illinois-Chicago
  • Madeline Levins (Elmhurst, Ill.), midfielder – Lewis (NCAA Division II)
  • Mia Milazzo (Orland Park, Ill.), defender – Missouri-Saint Louis (NCAA Division II)
  • Brynn Miller (Saint Charles, Ill.), midfielder – Ohio State
  • Allyson Mussallem (Palos Heights, Ill.), forward – Purdue
  • Lauren Stibich (Western Springs, Ill.), forward – Illinois

 

College breakdown:
NCAA Division I:

  • Illinois (1): Lauren Stibich (Western Springs, Ill.), forward
  • Illinois-Chicago (1): Haley Leanna (Grayslake, Ill.), goalkeeper
  • Marquette (2): Alyssa Bombacino (Plainfield, Ill.), midfielder; Katie Koker (Racine, Wis.), defender
  • Missouri (2): Hailey Blanchard (Frankfort, Ill.) midfielder; Schylar Kingsley (Naperville, Ill.), forward
  • Northern Iowa (1): Megan Benmore (Naperville, Ill.), forward
  • Ohio State (1): Brynn Miller (Saint Charles, Ill.), midfielder
  • Penn State (1): Caitlin Haislip (Munster, Ind.), defender
  • Purdue (1): Allyson Mussallem (Palos Heights, Ill.), midfielder
  • Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (1): Amanda DiNardo (Joliet, Ill.), forward
  • Tennessee (1): Jamie Goralski (Naperville, Ill.), midfielder

NCAA Division II:

  • Lewis (1): Madeline Levins (Elmhurst, Ill.), midfielder
  • Minnesota State-Moorhead (1): Autumn Hollowell (Bourbonnais, Ill.), forward
  • Missouri-Saint Louis (1): Mia Milazzo (Orland Park, Ill.), defender

NCAA Division III:

  • Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.) (1): Sonia Finch (Lombard, Ill.), forward
  • Washington-Saint Louis (1): Gabriella Cesarone (Saint Charles, Ill.), defender

 NAIA

  • Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kan.) (1): Anastasia Barron (Portage, Ind.), forward

 

Two Eclipse alumnae have already transitioned to their university beginning college a semester early. Adrianna Naumoski (Crown Point, Ind.) is currently attending Iowa and will play for the Hawkeyes while Amanda Rapaduski (Algonquin, Ill.) is studying at Butler and will compete for the Bulldogs next fall.

Please note: Eclipse Select is hosting its annual Signing Night event Wednesday. To inquire about imagery and additional information, please reach out to Patrick Kaindl at socialmedia@eclipseselect.org.

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