INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler women's soccer program has added six new freshman players during the spring signing period. Ellie Gabriel, Mackenzie Hopkins, Sophia Maccagnone, Natalie Nusinow, Addison Schaar and Vanessa Staublin will take the field for the Bulldogs this coming fall.
The Bulldogs, who lost just one senior from last year's team, reloaded this year with three Michigan standouts as well as players from Indiana, Ohio and Oregon.
ELLIE GABRIEL - F (Grandville,
Three-year letterwinner at Grandville...led high school team in assists as a junior, helping the team to a district championship...played for GR Crew Juniors...also played for Super Y team which advanced to the national finals...high school coach was Lewis Robinson...honor roll student and National Honor Society member...born March 31, 1994...daughter of Scott and Cheryl Gabriel...has an older sister and a younger sister...plans to major in psychology.
HOPKINS - GK (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge)
Three-year letterwinner at Lakeridge...minded the net for a team that made at least the state quarterfinals three times...voted honorable mention all-league...led team to state semifinals during sophomore year...team advanced to state quarterfinals twice...played for Ryann Furrer and Karl Granlund in high school...played club soccer for OSSA '93 Storm and coach Alan Cox...team was ranked 36th in the nation in 2012...team was NWCL champion and a state finalist in 2011...team also played in 2011 Disney Showcase...led team to club state semifinals in 2010 and 2009...played five years with Oregon ODP and participated in 2010 National ODP ID Camp...goalkeeper coach was Angela Harrison...honor roll student...enrolled in Butler Honors Program...born April 14, 1994...daughter of Steve and Kay Hopkins...has an older sister and a younger brother.
MACCAGNONE - MF (Shelby Twp., Mich./Eisenhower)
Four-year starter at Eisenhower...named conference player of the year as a junior in 2011...named all-league, all-district and all-state three times...led team to district and league championships as a freshman and again as a junior...high school soccer coaches were Mehrdad Nekoogar and Gerry Haggerty...played state and regional ODP for two years...club team was State Cup runner-up in 2012...made honor roll all four years...born June 3, 1994...daughter of Vicki and Gary Maccagnone...has two brothers...journalism major.
NUSINOW - D (Dayton, Ohio/Centerville)
Three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Centerville...led high school team to a conference title and district championship in 2010...helped her team advance to the state semifinals in 2009 and 2011...received the Greater Western Ohio (GWOC) All-Academic Award in 2011...high school coach was Don Skelton...played club soccer for Cincinnati United Premier Crew Juniors Gold, helping the team advance to the Ohio South State Cup semis three times...played with her CUP team in the Midwest Region II Championships in 2010...also participated in ODP...born December 9, 1993...daughter of Greg and Vickie Nusinow...has an older sister...psychology major.
- F (Lansing, Mich./DeWitt)
Three-year letterwinner at DeWitt...two-time all-state performer and was named first team all-league, all-district and all-region...selected to 2011 Lansing State Journal Dream Team...owns single-season school records for goals (34) and assists (30)...led team to a 17-7-0 mark and a conference championship and state semifinal appearance as a junior...team went 18-3-1 and captured CAAC Cup in 2010 while also advancing to state semifinal...played on 2009 ODP State team...also competed as a sprinter on the track team...named regional student of the month
and academic hall of fame member...National Honor Society member...won all-academic award...named regional champion in 2012 Business Professionals of America...born Sept. 28, 1993...daughter of Mark and Mickie Schaar...has two older sisters...elementary education major.
STAUBLIN - F (Columbus, Ind./North)
Four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Columbus North...named Columbus Republic Player of the Year...voted academic all-state after junior and senior seasons...won the team's Bulldog Award...led team to three conference championships and four regional titles...helped Columbus North to a 20-3 record and a state semifinal appearance as a senior...team was Class 4A state runner-up during her junior season...high school coach was Mike Spoke...played club soccer for FC Pride, leading team to U18 state runner-up finish...was the team's second leading scorer on U17 and U18 teams...made honor roll every semester of high school...Quill & Scroll and National Honor Society member...born June 15, 1993...daughter of Julie Dunlap and Matt Staublin...has two younger brothers...communications major.