Bulldog Soccer Adds 7 Standout Freshmen

INDIANAPOLIS - The 2010 Horizon League champion Butler women's soccer team has finalized the addition of seven incoming recruits. Lucy Chauvin, Stephanie Kaylor, Elise Kotsakis, Caroline Kowal, Laura Luther, Kelly Mahoney and Ann Zerfas will all suit up for the Bulldogs for the 2011 season.

The rookies will join a team that finished 6-2-0 in the Horizon League and won the regular season title, earning the No. 1 seed in last year's Horizon League Women's Soccer Championship. Last year's squad saw eight freshmen and three sophomores play significant minutes.

Chauvin, a native of Louisville, Ky., is a 5-10 forward who was a three-time all-state selection at Sacred Heart Academy. She was named to the all-region team in all four of her high school seasons and was named all-district three times, helping Sacred Heart to three consecutive state championships. She was voted as Sacred Heart's Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to the 2010 ESPN RISE Fall State All-Star Team. An honor roll student and National Honor Society member, Chauvin was a first team Academic All-State honoree four times in high school. She played club soccer for Mockingbird Valley, helping the club to five state championships and a regional semifinal appearance in 2010.

Chauvin joins fellow Sacred Heart alums Jackie and Nikki Hafele on Butler's squad. The Hafele sisters started as freshmen and earned Horizon League All-Newcomer Team honors.

"Lucy is an attacking player with a nose for the goal," Butler head coach Tari St. John said. "She has a threatening presence both on and off the ball. Lucy will be reunited with two of her former teammates in Jackie and Nikki.  They know each other very well on the field which will bring a unique and effective dynamic on the attacking end."

Kaylor (pictured left) is a midfielder/forward from nearby Noblesville, Ind. A three-time letterwinner, she was third team all-state as a senior after being the leading scorer on a 14-2-2 Noblesville team. She was also selected first team All-Hamilton County, all-conference and all-district as a high school senior. Kaylor, who was also team captain, is a National Honor Society member and was an Academic All-State pick. As a junior, she captured honorable mention honors for all-district and all-conference. Kaylor led her team to three conference titles and a trip to the state semifinal in 2008. She played club soccer for FC Pride 93 Elite and led the team in scoring. The team won the 2009 Indiana State Cup and advanced to the Midwest Soccer Regional. Kaylor also participated on the track team.

"Steph is a technically-gifted and clever player. She is a good link player who can get you out of tight spaces while also possessing the vision and ability to provide service over distance," St. John said. "She can play in any number of positions."

Kotsakis (pictured right), a forward from Palatine, Ill., was an all-conference selection last year as a junior for Fremd High School. She was also named to the all-sectional team and the 2010 Daily Herald All-Area Team. Her team's leading scorer, she was also selected second team all-area by the 2010 Chicago Tribune. As a sophomore in 2009, Kotsakis led Fremd to a state runner-up finish and a 20-5-1 mark. Kotsakis played club soccer for FCX Black in Barrington, Ill. She is a high honor roll student and Illinois State Scholar. Girl's soccer is a spring sport in Illinois, meaning Kotsakis is now finishing her high school soccer career.

"Elise possesses a determination to score goals. She is strong and fast and combined with her above average soccer intelligence, it allows her to create goal scoring opportunities in many different ways," St. John said. "With her attributes, Elise should be able to contribute right away."

Kowal (pictured lower left), a native of Beavercreek, Ohio, was a three-time all-conference selection at Carroll High School. She was named all-area by the Miami Valley Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association during her junior and senior seasons and led her team to a conference title in 2009. Kowal received several prestigious awards at Carroll, claiming the Nicholas Karmele Award for a senior playing soccer with outstanding academic and athletic achievements as well as the Carroll High School Patriot Leadership Award. A guard on the basketball team and an all-conference sprinter on the track team, Kowal helped her basketball team to a conference championship as a junior in 2010. She played club soccer for Metro FC in Kettering, Ohio, and participated in the Nike All-Star High School Invitational and the adidas National Soccer Showcase.

"Caroline is an attacking player who plays very well with her back to pressure and combines well," the Butler coach said. "She is also willing to put in the work on the defensive end."

Luther (pictured lower right), a four-year letterwinner at Edgewood High School in Ellettsville, Ind., is a three-time first team all-area midfielder. She was twice named all-conference and was selected for the 2010 East-West Indiana All-Star Game. She was a team captain for two years and Team MVP for three years, and also won the team's leadership award. Luther also helped the team to a conference championship as a freshman in 2007. A National Honor Society member and honor roll student, Luther played club soccer for the Bloomington Cutters as a youth and more recently for Center Grove X-Factor.

"Laura is a versatile athlete who has only recently decided to dedicate herself to soccer. This presents a huge upside as we believe she can develop into a very good soccer player," St. John said. "She comes equipped with a blue-collar work rate and a relentless competitiveness, both of which will serve her well as she develops."

Mahoney, a Buffalo Grove, Ill., native, is an all-conference performer and four-year starter at Buffalo Grove High School. She also played two seasons of basketball at Buffalo Grove, helping the team to the state semifinal as a freshman. She played club soccer and led her team to a state cup semifinal appearance and league championship in 2010. The team also won a Metro United Fall Classic Showcase championship. As a sophomore in 2009, the team went 21-0-3 with a state semifinal appearance and won the Metro United event as well as two other tournaments. Mahoney is a National Honor Society student and Illinois State Scholar as well as a Spanish Honor Society member.

"A defensive-minded player, Kelly is very calm and composed and takes great pride in keeping possession out of the back," the Butler coach said. "She is good in the air and can strike a ball over distance with both feet. Kelly will fit in well with our style of play."

Zerfas, a native of Bloomington, Ind., was a four-time all-conference standout at Bloomington North High School. She was a second team all-state and first team all-district honoree as a senior in 2010 while also being tabbed as Team MVP. She was also picked for the North/South and East/West All-Star games. Zerfas, who as second team all-district as a junior in 2009, holds single-season school records for goals and assists as she led her team to semistate in 2008 and 2010. She played club soccer for Carmel United, where she earned a spot in the ECNL Winter Showcase. Academically, Zerfas is a Principal Scholar and National Honor Society member, maitaining better than a 4.0 GPA. She also ran cross country at Bloomington North for one year and track for two years.

"Ann has a tremendous attacking mentality," St. John said. "She is an effective 1-v-1 player who, using her creativity on the ball, finds space to shoot and provide service. Ann’s skill set will lend itself to several attacking roles."