Meredith Announces Class of 2014

Rudy Meredith. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Five Players Joining Yale Roster

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith will welcome five freshmen to campus this fall.

Here is a closer look at the Class of 2014:

Juliann Jeffrey    M     5-4    Richardson, Texas     Ursuline Academy

Before Yale: U.S. Under -18 national team member… Named league most valuable player as a senior at Ursuline Academy… Selected league Offensive MVP in her junior year… Earned first team all-state recognition as a senior… Four-time TAPPS all-tournament team selection… Helped lead Ursuline to four state championships… Four-year starter and captain of the Dallas Texans Red soccer team, which attended nationals four times and won the national title in 2008… Five-year starter and captain for the North Texas Olympic Development team… Region III three-year starter and captain.

Personal: Volunteers at Methodist Hospital in Dallas… Interned at the hospital in the summer of 2009 for three weeks… Brother Jared plays professional soccer in Germany… Father ran track at TCU… Teammates with Natasha Anasi and Mollie Pathman, who both will play at Duke.

“I chose Yale because it offers a competitive soccer program as well as one of the best academic programs in the world. I am so excited to become part of the Yale community and the Yale women's soccer team.”

Anna McCahon    D       5-4    Malvern, Pa.    Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

Before Yale: Named an ESPN Rise High School Player to Watch as a senior at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur… Four-time Main-Line first team selection… Earned All Delco first team honors three times… Served as team captain as a senior… Played club soccer for FC Delco, which won the 2009 national championship, was the Red Bull National League champions in 2009 and the Region 1 Premier League finalists in 2010.

Yale's strong athletic and academic tradition allows me to excel at both my academic and athletic abilities. I felt at home from the moment I stepped on campus.”

Shannon McSweeney      D         5-7    Stow, Mass.      The Rivers School

Before Yale: All-state selection as a senior at The Rivers School… Three-time ISL all-league selection… Team captain as a senior… Received The Rivers School Golden Boot Award and Pioneer Player Award in her senior year… Helped lead The Rivers School to two ISL championships and two NEPSAC Tournament titles… Player four years of varsity basketball as well… Played soccer for the Stars of Massachusetts from U-11 to U-18. Inducted into the Stars of Massachusetts Hall of Fame… Two-time Player of the Year selection…. Helped team to four State Cup championships.

Personal: Volunteered at Franciscan Hospital for Children… In the summer of 2009, served as a legislative intern in Massachusetts State Senator Steven Tolman's office.

“From the moment that I stepped on to the campus, I fell in love with the sense of community and the importance of the individuality of each student. The combination of playing soccer at a high level, competing for an Ivy League championship and receiving a second-to-none academic and extracurricular experience made Yale a perfect fit for me.”

Jessica Schloth     F/M      5-4   Fairfield, Conn.   St. Joseph High School

Before Yale: Earned NSCAA All-America recognition as both a junior and senior at St. Joseph High School… Coca Cola, adidas, Gatorade and CJSA Coaches Connecticut Player of the Year… Three-time All-New England, all-state and first team all-league selection… Named the most valuable player of the FCIAC Tournament in 2008 and the Class M state championship in 2007… Helped lead St. Joseph to two state championships and one league title…Member of the CFC United Premier team that has won four State Cups… Named to the all-star team at the 2008 ESP National Soccer Camp in California… Participated in the Region I Olympic Developmental program… Has travelled to Costa Rica, Italy and Portugal to play soccer.

Personal: Tutored and mentored elementary school students with the Wakeman Boys and Girls Volunteer Club… Participated in the Special Olympics Penguin Plunge… St. Joseph nominee for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.

“Ever since I set foot on the Yale campus, into the soccer locker room and onto Reese Stadium's field, I felt at home. I enjoyed the intelligence and challenges at the University and found an incredible bond with the team and the coaches.”

Katie Underwood      M/D        5-3     Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.    Briarcliff HS

Before Yale: NSCAA East Region All-America selection as a senior at Briarcliff High School… Named 2008 and 2009 New York State Class B Player of the Year… Two-time first team all-state selection… Earned second team all-state recognition as a sophomore… Four-time all-section, all-league selection… Named the Class B state championship game most outstanding player as junior… Two-time team captain… Named a Con Edison Scholar Athlete in 2009… Helped lead Briarcliff to three Class B state championships… Played for the Syosset Sting, who won the 2009 ENY State Cup and Region I championship… Won three State Cups with the Briarcliff Killer Bees… Played for the ENY Olympic Developmental Team.

 “Yale offers incredible opportunities in education as well as a dramatic and beautiful campus. For me the chance to continue playing soccer at such a high level was the final touch. When I visited Yale, I knew I had finally found the college I wanted to be a part of.”

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity