Feb. 12, 2014
Three student-athletes, including two of the top 100 players in the country, have signed National Letters of Intent to play soccer at Vanderbilt and will enroll this fall, head coach Derek Greene announced on Wednesday.
The 2014 class consists of forward Colby Ciarrocca, defender Cristina De Zeeuw and goalkeeper Christiana Ogunsami.
“We feel very blessed to have gotten three of the players we identified very early in the process, going as far as back as two years ago when they were sophomores in high school,” Greene said. “Three of the players we targeted chose to come to Vanderbilt. When you talk about recruiting at this level you identify a lot of players then you try to narrow that list down. These three were at the top of our list from day one.”
All three players have enjoyed highly decorated high school careers and were four-star prospects, according to Top Drawer Soccer.
De Zeeuw (Overland Park, Kan.; St. Teresa’s Academy; Sporting Blue Valley ECNL) was rated as the No. 2-best player in the Heartland region and ranked No. 32 in the IMG Academy 150.
Ciarrocca (Montgomery, N.J., Montgomery High) was ranked No. 82 in the country and No. 5 in the New Jersey region. She scored 23 goals and had 14 assists last year.
Ogunsami (Cherry Hill, N.J.; Cherry Hill West; Continental FC Delco) was named first team all-conference the past three years and made 137 saves last year.
“All three of these young women have an opportunity to come in – and they knew this in recruiting – and make an impact right away,” Greene said. “We are a young team but I feel like if we can inject these three into our lineup next year, it is only go to make our program better and every player that is already here in our program better. These three are top-flight recruits. We beat out a lot of great schools for these kids and we feel very blessed to say they chose Vanderbilt.”
Check vucommodores.com in the upcoming weeks for individual spotlights on the 2014 class.
Photos courtesy of Colby Ciarrocca and Christiana Ogunsami.