February 19, 2010

BU Women's Soccer Adds New Recruits - Part I

COACH ST. JOHN INTERVIEW

The Butler women's soccer program has announced that seven high school standouts have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play soccer at Butler. Mary Allen, Molly Allen, Ali Backscheider, Olivia Colosimo, Colleen Gorkis, Savannah Shipman and Anna Ventimiglia will take the pitch for the Bulldogs in the Fall of 2010.

"All throughout the recruiting process we kept finding players who we thought could help us," Butler head coach Tari St. John said. "All of our new signees are quality kids and quality players who bring something to our program. I couldn't be happier with the size of the class as well as the personalities and talent that we have."

Three of St. John's signees are from the same high school, St. Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati. Two of those three are identical twins, Mary and Molly Allen.

Mary Allen, a midfielder, was a three-year letterwinner in high school, helping her team to a 40-6-5 record and a division championship in 2007. She earned All-GGCL honors twice and was a two-time academic all-star, as well as Academic All-Southwest. Her club team, Cincinnati United Premier, won three State Cup championships in a row and competed in the Region II championships four straight years. Mary also appeared in the Nike All-Star High School Invitational showcase.

Molly Allen, a defender, was a three-year letterwinner and team captain at St. Ursuline for coach Colleen Dehring. She participated in the Nike All-Star High School Invitational showcase and was Academic All-Southwest. Her club team, Cincinnati United Premier, won three State Cup championships in a row and competed in the Region II championships four straight years.

The third St. Ursuline player is defender Ali Backscheider, a three-year varsity player and a first team All-GGCL and honorable mention all-city standout in 2009. She was second team all-conference as a junior and was named MVP of Cincinnati's all-city all-star game. Backscheider played for Bob Muro on the Cincinnati United Premier Crew Juniors Gold U-18 team. Also a distance runner on the track team, Backscheider was student council board vice present at St. Ursuline.

Olivia Colosimo, a midfielder from Thunder Bay, Canada, also joins the Bulldogs. Colosimo was a five-sport athlete at Sir Bishop Macdonnell for coach Randy Budner. She led her team to two city championships and a berth in the provincial high school tournament. One of the top players in all of Ontario, Colosimo played on the Ontario provincial team from 2005-08, leading the team to a pair of national titles. She also played for Ontario in the 2009 Canada Games, earning a bronze medal. She is also a participant at the National Training Centre. Colosimo, an honor roll student, also played volleyball and basketball as well as cross country and track. She was team MVP twice in cross country and once in volleyball.

Midfielder/defender Colleen Gorkis is an Aurora, Ill., native who played just one season of high school soccer, leading Waubonsie Valley to a state championship her sophomore year in 2007. She was named academic all-conference that season. Gorkis, an honor roll student and Indiana Prairie Scholar, has placed most of her focus on club soccer, playing for the Chicago Magic from 2006-09. She led the Magic to a pair of state cup semifinal appearances as well as a 2008 Super Y League North American title. Gorkis also played basketball at Waubonsie Valley.

The lone goalkeeper of the group, Savannah Shipman is a 5-foot-10 keeper from Brentwood, Tenn. She was a two-time all-state, all-district and all-region performer under high school coach Michael Purcell and was named the top goalkeeper in Tennessee on ESPN RISE. Shipman had 26 shutouts during her final two years of high school soccer, including a school-record 15 when she led her team to a state runner-up finish as a junior in 2008. The Tennessee native helped Brentwood to two district titles and two berths in the state quarterfinals. Shipman is an honor roll student and National Honor Society member.

Anna Ventimiglia, a Fishers, Ind., native, is a second team all-state forward/midfielder from Cathedral High School. A four-year varsity starter, Ventimiglia was twice named all-city Indiana all-academic and all-district. She led Cathedral to state titles in 2007 and 2009 and a four-year record of 63-19-9. The team also won four sectional championships and three regionals. Her club team, Carmel United Academy 92, won three state championships from 2005-07 and was runner-up in 2008 before making the semifinals in 2009. Ventimiglia is a high honor roll student, Presidential Scholar and National Honor Society member.

BU returns 13 letterwinners from last year's team, including six players who started at least 12 matches last season.

2010 Women's Soccer Signees - Part I

Mary Allen   |   M   |    5-7   |   Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy
Molly Allen   |   D   |    5-8   |   Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy
Ali Backscheider   |   D   |    5-6   |   Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy
Olivia Colosimo   |   M   |    5-4   |   Thunder Bay, Ontario/Sir Bishop Macdonnell
Colleen Gorkis   |   M/D   |    5-7   |   Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley
Savannah Shipman   |   GK   |   5-10   | Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood
Anna Ventimiglia   |   M/F   |    5-3   |   Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral