Seven Talented Student Athletes Set To Join Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith will welcome seven talented student-athletes to the program this fall. Saje Brar, Emily Clorite, Mahea Heimuli, Jamie Howie, Alexandra Otterstrom, Giana Pittaro and Emily Yin all bring strong credentials both on and off the field.
The seven join a team that won 11 games a year ago and finished third in the Ivy League.
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2022:
Club: Has played for Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX Program since January 2015… Member of the Canadian Rex Soccer Supercenter in Vancouver, which brings together the top players from across Canada… Plays for WPSL-TSS Rovers, alongside Canadian National players.
National Team: Selected to the Canadian national U20 ID camp at the age of 16… Played for Team British Columbia in 2017 Canada Summer Games... Youngest player on British Columbia Provincial team in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Personal: Plan to pursue a law degree… Interested in politics and has a goal of becoming the prime minister of Canada.
Why Yale? "After meeting with the coaches and learning about Yale's inclusive community and culture, I knew Yale was the place for me. The opportunity to obtain a top tier education while also participating in the athletics program was everything I had dreamt of."
Choate Rosemary Hall
High School: Selected for the High School All-America game as a senior at Choate… Three-time all-state selection… Named to All-New England team as a senior… Four-year starter… Selected to Team Snap All-America Watch list… Team captain as a senior… Helped Choate reach Class S semifinals in each of her four years.
Club: ECNL five-year starter at Connecticut Football Club… Participated in ECNL PDP program… Four-year CFC Academy team member.
ODP: Region 1 team member… Played in ODP interregionals in Boca… Invited to play in Germany as part of ODP.
Notes: TopDrawerSoccer top 50 player… TopDrawerSoccer No. 1 ranked player in Connecticut.
Personal: Also will play lacrosse at Yale… Four-year starter for Choate lacrosse team… Played with Yale's Kristi Wharton at Choate… Awarded the "Choate Scarf" as the top female athlete at Choate.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale for the combination of world class academics and Division I athletics. I loved the feel of the campus from the first moment I visited. I'm looking forward to playing for Rudy and Todd and to all the rich traditions that Yale has to offer."
Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Jserra Catholic High School
So Cal Blues
High School: Three-year starter at Jserra Catholic High School… Three-time recipient of Trinity League Scholar Athlete Award… Recipient of 2016 Jserra Catholic Lion Award… Helped lead Jserra to league, CIF SS and CIF state championships in 2017.
Club: Played for So Cal Blues ECNL from U13 to U18… Helped lead U15 Blues to 2015 national championship.
Personal: Has taken mission trips to Mexico and Peru… Cousin Houston Heimuli plays football at Stanford… Cousin Ricky Heimuli played football at Oregon and for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons.
Why Yale? "I was looking for the college campus experience, and when I first walked on campus, I could envision myself going to school at Yale. The school is over 300 years old and has so much tradition from the residential colleges to the athletic facilities. I loved the diversity of the school where many different students from various backgrounds come to school together."
High School: Named a Founder's League All Star as a senior at the Taft School… Finished with 18 points in her senior season… Four-year varsity player… Helped lead Taft to the 2015 New England semi finals and the quarterfinals in 2016 and 2017… Also a four-year lacrosse player.
Club: Played for the Connecticut Football Club composite ECNL.
ODP: Played for Connecticut regional ODP club team.
Personal: Regularly volunteers for Sibu Sanctuary in Costa Rica as well as the Lift Up Food pantry in Aspen… Father played hockey at Cornell and later was the head coach of women's hockey team at Cornell for three years.
Why Yale? "Yale is everything I have ever looked for in a school. The academics and athletics are simply unparalleled, so my choice to attend was easy."
Enskilda High School
Boo FF Club
High School: Most valuable player for the SIPSI Tournament in her final year at Enskilda High School… Leading goal scorer in the SIPSI Tournament in her second season… Helped lead Enskilda to three SIPSI Tournament titles and a pair of undefeated seasons.
Club: Played for the Boo FF G19 Elite team which won the Stockholm division title three years in a row… Started playing for the Boo FF Division 1 team the age of 15.
County Team: Selected to Stockholm's county team, which featured a handful of players on the U19 Swedish National Team… Team reached the semifinals of the national championship for states.
Personal: Between ages of 8 and 15 worked for the WWF organization (wildlife charity) to help improve the situation for endangered animals… Father Patrick played college soccer at Wake Forest… In 2015 played against Yale alum Meredith Speck, who then was a member of the Vasteras BK squad.
Why Yale? "I have always dreamt of playing soccer and studying at a university in America. Soccer is something I cannot live without, and a higher education is something I see as essential. Yale offered me the best of both worlds – an environment conducive to great soccer and world class academics."
Hamilton, New Jersey
Steinert High School
Match Fit Academy
High School: Colonial Valley Conference Player of the Year as a senior at Steinert High School… Named to United Soccer Coaches High School All-East Region team… Scored 46 goals and added 30 assists in her career… First team All-Group 3, first team All-Area and first team All-CVC as a senior… Helped lead Steinert to the 2017 Mercer County Tournament championship, the first title for the school in nine years.
Club: Played for Match Fit Academy ECNL 99/00 club.
Personal: Volunteer with Joey's Little Angels, a non-profit, local organization whose mission is to provide financial and emotional support for families with a child undergoing medical treatment… Mother Lisa Gmitter-Pittaro played for the U.S. National Soccer Team and at George Mason where she won an NCAA championship… Father Chris Pittaro played Major League baseball for the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins.
Why Yale? "In addition to receiving a world-renowned education, I chose Yale because of the expansive and diverse opportunities the university has to offer. The welcoming atmosphere of the campus, team and coaches made my choice easy. I can't wait to pursue my education and passion for soccer at Yale."
High School: FAA and WWNEPSSA all-league selection at the Hopkins School… Hopkins' leading scorer twice during his career… Connecticut all-state selection… Team captain… Named to New Haven Register All-Area team and a Boston Globe All Star… Hopkins was the FAA runner up in each of the last two seasons.
Club: Played for CFC United… 2016 PDP attendee… National id2 Camp attendee in 2016… Ranked in top 150 IMG girls for 2018.
Personal: Member of the National Charity League for two years… Volunteered as assistant coach at the St. Thomas School in New Haven.
Why Yale? "Yale's intense academic rigor coupled with the competitive athletic program is exactly what I am looking for and will allow me to grow as a person and an athlete."
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity