Bulldogs Welcome 10 In Class of 2018

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

Newcomers Come From Seven Different States

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith will welcome 10 freshmen to New Haven this fall.

Here is a look at the Class of 2018: 

Mara Blumenstein
Piedmont, Calif.
Piedmont High School

Before Yale: Two-time league most valuable player at Piedmont High School… First team all-league selection as a sophomore… Team captain as a senior… Helped lead Piedmont to the playoff finals as a junior… Has played club soccer for Bay Oaks Botafogo since age 9… Bay Oaks finished third at the US Youth Soccer nationals in 2013… Club team captain.

Personal: Spent last three spring breaks building houses in Mexico… Mother is a Yale graduate.

Why Yale? "Because of how I felt when I stepped on campus for the first time. Going on a tour and talking to a few students, I instantly got a sense of how deeply students at Yale care – about each other, about their schoolwork, about their extracurriculars. I knew I wanted to spend my next four years at Yale, surrounded by people like this while getting to explore my own interests and discover what I love."

Meg Byfield
Lake Mary, Fla.
Lake Mary High School

Before Yale: Four-year starter at Lake Mary High School… First team all-conference selection… Team captain as a senior… Played club soccer for Florida Krush Black, who participated in the ECNL.

Personal: Volunteered for Paws for a Cause, TOPS as a leader for a special needs soccer program and at Idyllwilde High School… Youngest of four children, all of whom played soccer… Mother was a cheerleader at Virginia Tech.

Why Yale? "I have always dreamed of going to an Ivy League school. Going to Yale allows me to step into a new experience at one of the most renowned academic atmospheres in the country as well as playing Division I soccer."

Hannah Coy
Boca Raton, Fla.
American Heritage School

Before Yale: South Florida All-Star most valuable player at the American Heritage School… Four-year all-county first team selection… Four-year starter… Named the Palm Beach Post Athlete of the Year… Helped lead American Heritage to three state championships and four district titles… Played club soccer for FC Florida U18 and was a team captain.

Personal:  Worked at Delray Soccer Tots, teaching soccer to children who were financially unable to play in leagues… Father played lacrosse at the University of Maryland… Sister plays soccer at Colgate.

Why Yale? "I felt that Yale could provide me with the perfect balance of competitive athletic programs and rigorous academic curriculum. When I visited the campus and met with the coaching staff and team members, I immediately fell in love with the school atmosphere and the women's soccer program."

Maggie Furlong
Baltimore, Md.
St. Paul's Schools For Girls

Before Yale: Two-time all-state selection at the St. Paul's School For Girls… Three-time IAAM all-star… Selected as St. Paul's Most Outstanding Player as a junior and senior… Played club soccer for Maryland United ECNL, which finished third in the nation in 2013 and is a national finalist in 2014.

Personal: Tutored inner-city children… Club team teammate Midge Purce plays at Harvard.

Why Yale? "After visiting the campus and athletic facilities, meeting the team and talking to coaches, Yale seemed like the perfect place for me. It's the best combination of athletics and academics, which was exactly what I was looking for out of my college experience, and I couldn't see myself anywhere else."

Taylor Hobbs
Oakland, Calif.
Bishop O'Dowd High School

Before Yale: First team all-league selection and team captain as a senior at Bishop O'Dowd High School… Earned second team all-league honors as a junior… Four-year letterwinner… Helped lead Bishop O'Dowd to a pair of CIF North Coast Section titles… Four-time CIF North Coast Section Scholar Athlete… Played club soccer for the EBU Bay Oaks Bombers '95 and was a team captain… Participated in the Region IV Olympic Development Program.

Personal: Volunteered at Bushrod Recreational Center, working with inner-city youth… Coached at a youth soccer camp for three summers.

Why Yale? "I was looking for a school that embodied competitive sports along with challenging academics. I was also intrigued by Yale's culturally rich and diverse student body. Overall, Yale just seemed like a great place for me to grow as a person in many different realms."

Carlin Hudson
Berkeley, Calif.
Berkeley High School

Before Yale: League player of the year as a senior at Berkeley High School… Three-time first team all-league selection… Named first team All-East Bay as a junior and senior… Helped lead Berkeley to three league championships… Played club soccer for the Bay Oaks Botafogo and was a team captain… Helped lead Bay Oaks to a third-place finish at the USYS Nationals and two Northern California championships.

Personal: Intern at Coaching Corps, a non-profit organization that sets up sporting teams for underprivileged youth… Junior coach at numerous summer soccer camps.

Why Yale? "To me, Yale is a place where I can meet a variety of people who all have different interests. Everyone is ecstatic to be at Yale with one another, and I can't wait to be a part of such a tight-knit group of people."

Kristina Kim
Huntington Bay, N.Y.
Friends Academy

Before Yale: Set the school record for goals and points in a season as a senior at the Friends Academy… Led team in assists in each of her four years… Four-year starter… Three-time all-class selection… Named to the New York State Sportswriters Association all-state team following 10th grade… Selected as a scholar athlete as a senior… Five year starter at point guard for the Friends Academy basketball team… Also ran track and played lacrosse… Helped lead the Friends Academy soccer team to three Long Island and conference championship and four county titles… Played club soccer for the Albertson Fury '95 and ISA Sting '95… Helped lead the Sting to the Region 1 Premier League championship in 2013, scoring two goals in the championship game… Member of the Eastern New York State and Region 1 Olympic Development programs.

Personal: Founder/Leader of People Understanding and Responding Everywhere to AIDS… Worked with Grassroot Soccer,  an international non-profit organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire and mobilze communities to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Why Yale? "Besides the outstanding academics and the opportunity to play collegiate soccer, I chose Yale because of its diverse and unique student body. After visiting Yale, I realized I wanted to be a part of this wonderful special community, and I couldn't imagine myself being anywhere else."

Sarah McCauley
Bridgeport, Conn.
Chase Collegiate
Before Yale: Two-time Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year at the Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, Conn… Played in the 2013 Girls High School All-American game in Raleigh, N.C… Four-time all-state and three-time All-New England selection… Two-time Boston Globe Most Valuable Player… Holds the Collegiate single season and career scoring records… Helped lead Collegiate to the 2013 New England Prep School Athletic Council Class D championship… Plays club soccer for the Connecticut Football Club… Participated in the Massachusetts Olympic Development program and was a two-time captain.

Why Yale? "After visiting college campuses and meeting with coaches across the country, I was 100 percent confident that Yale was the place. I want to win the Ivy League championship, and I believe under Rudy and Todd's leadership this is going to happen. Yale's academics, student life and women's soccer program with its style of play and overall sense of team, truly makes it the perfect place for me. I cannot wait to begin."

Sarah Oyadomari
Honolulu, Hawaii
Iolani High School

Before Yale: Selected as an HYSA all-star as a senior at Iolani High School… Helped lead Iolani to the 2013 state championship and the state finals in 2012… Team also won a pair of ILH championships… Played club soccer with the Honolulu Bulls, who won state championship in 2013 and 2014… Selected to the Olympic Development Region IV team pool.

Personal: Volunteer at Queen's Hospital… HUGS volunteer… Student tutor.

Why Yale? "Yale combines competitive soccer with top level academics. I appreciate the well-rounded education it provides in the sciences, and I can't wait to spend the next four years here."

Aria Pearlman Morales
Houston, Texas
Kinkaid High School

Before Yale: Two-time first team all-conference selection at Kinkaid High School… Team captain as a senior… Selected honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore and freshman… Helped lead Kinkaid to a pair of South Zone district championships… Played club soccer for Challenge SC 96, which qualified for the 2013 ECNL national championship tournament… Also played for AHFC 96 Blue…. Played in the South Texas Olympic Development program and attended the Region III camp three times.

Personal: UNICEF Youth Ambassador and organized a Kids Play for Kids Around the World sports camp fundraiser… Volunteer with reforestation project of Memorial Park… Cousin Courtney plays softball for the Colorado School of Mines… Cousin Maddie was a gymnast at the Air Force Academy.

Why Yale? "I applied to Yale because of the academic and the soccer, but I chose Yale because of the coaches, the students and the sense of community I felt around me when I visited."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity