Coming off one of its most successful seasons ever, the Butler women's soccer program has reloaded with a talented six-player recruiting class. Hannah Farley, Tessa Faulkens, Jayne Heinrich, McKenzie Muchow, Kaylee Pullins and Annie Weber will compete for the Bulldogs in the fall of 2013.
Farley is an Indianapolis native and all-conference performer at nearby Lawrence North High School. She was a four-year letterwinner and also competed in basketball and track in high school. Farley was captain and Offensive MVP for her high school team, earning all-academic honors twice. She was named to the Indiana All-Star Team after scoring 13 goals with 20 assists as a senior. As a freshman, Farley led her high school team to a county championship. In club soccer, Farley was captain for five years of FC Pride, leading her team to the Challenge Cup in the summer of 2011. Her high school coach was Kelly Howard and her club coaches were Joe DeVito and Morgan Coan.
Farley is the daughter of Steve Farley, Butler's baseball coach. Her mother, Dr. Lisa Farley, is a physical education professor at BU. She has a younger sister, Sarah.
Faulkens, another Indianapolis native, was a four-year letterwinner at North Central High School. She was named first team all-state by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association as a senior. She was also selected all-conference and all-county. Faulkens led her high school team to a sectional championship in 2010 and a county title in 2012. She played club soccer for Zionsvile Youth '95 Select, leading the team to the Indiana State Cup in 2012. Off the field, Faulkens was an academic standout and won North Central's leadership award. She was also elected to the IHSAA Student Advisory Commmittee and was a leadership ambassador in Service In Action, People to People. Her high school coaches were Tim Blom and Habib Diatta and her club coach was McKinley Jones III.
Faulkens is the daughter of Robert Faulkens and Phyllis Armstrong. She has a younger brother, Nigel.
Heinrich is the group's only player from outside of Indiana, hailing from Iowa City, Iowa, where girl's soccer is a spring sport. She was a four-year letterwinner at West High School, where the team made a series of deep runs in the state tournament. Heinrich led the team to a pair of conference championships and a state runner-up finish in 2011. She has twice been named all-conference and in 2011 was second team all-state. In both seasons, she was the conference leader in goals per game and save percentage. She played club soccer for Cedar River Soccer Association and was on the Iowa State team in ODP play from 2006-12. Her club team won state championships in 2011 and 2012, and was state runner-up twice. Her high school coach is Dave Rosenthal.
Heinrich is the daughter of Mike and Jill Heinrich. She has an older brother, Tommy.
Muchow, from Avon, Ind., is a nationally- and regionally-ranked recruit. She was in the Top Drawer Top 150 and was tabbed a top 25 recruit in the Great Lakes Region by Top Drawer. Muchow comes to Butler after being a four-time all-conference player at Avon High School. She finished her prep career second on Avon's career scoring list and was named first team ISCA All-District and All-State her senior year. She was also named to the Indianapolis Star Super Team as a junior and senior. With Muchow on the squad, Avon had a 45-15-11 record and won a sectional title and went undefeated in the regular season in 2011. She was twice named team captain and won the team's leadership award as a senior. Her high school coach was Eric Nance.
Muchow, an academic all-state selection and National Honor Society member, played in the Elite Club National League Player Development Program (ENCL). The team was Challenge B National Champions and MRL Premier Division Spring champs in 2011. She led her club team to Indiana State Cup titles in 2008 and 2009.
Muchow is the daughter of Mark and Hila Muchow. She has an older brother, Zach.
Kathleen "Kaylee" Pullins joins the Butler program after four seasons at Valparaiso High School in Northwest Indiana. As a senior in 2012, she was picked second team all-state. She was a three-time all-conference selection and was all-district twice. With Pullins in the lineup, Valpo won three conference and three sectional championships. Her high school team advanced to the round of 16 in the IHSAA soccer tournament in 2011 and 2012. Pullins, an honor roll student, played on the ODP State Team and ODP Regional Camp from 2008-11. She was captain of NWI FC United '95 from 2004-12 and played for Fort Wayne Fever Super Y in 2011. Her high school coach was Robert Cespedes and her club coaches were Jeff Oleck and Luis Prato.
Pullins is the daughter of Andrew Pullins and Tami Jarrett-Pullins. She has an older brother, Kris.
Weber, a native of nearby Zionsville, Ind., played four seasons for the nationally-ranked girl's program at Zionsville High School. She was an all-state honoree and team captain for a high school team that appeared in the national rankings for three seasons. With Weber in the lineup, Zionsville was 46-16-17 over four years. An honor roll student, Weber was recipient of her school's character and sportsmanship awards and is a member of the National French Honor Society. Weber was captain of her club team, which won a state championship and MRL championship in 2012.
Weber is the daughter of Kathy and Scott Weber. She has two younger brothers, Sam and Ben.
The six players - as well as newcomer Serina Kashimoto - will join a very successful Butler squad in 2013. The Bulldogs were 12-5-4 last season, including a 7-1-3 mark at home. The Butler women's soccer program is also among the nation's top 10 percent in team GPA, according to the NSCAA.
2013 Women's Soccer Recruiting Class
|Hannah Farley||F||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Tessa Faulkens||D/MF||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Jayne Heinrich||GK||Iowa City, Iowa|
|McKenzie Muchow||MF||Avon, Ind.|
|Kaylee Pullins||MF||Valparaiso, Ind.|
|Annie Weber||D/MF||Zionsville, Ind.|