Second-year Ohio University head soccer coach Aaron Rodgers announced the program's 2014 signing class on Wednesday.
Feb. 12, 2014
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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University soccer program unveiled its eight-member 2014 signing class, as announced by second-year head coach Aaron Rodgers on Wednesday (Feb. 12).
The Bobcats welcome forward/midfielder Allison Curry (Fairfield, Ohio), defender Celeste Fushimi-Karns (Dublin, Ohio), defender Lauren Heger (Liberty Township, Ohio), forward Hannah Jaggers (Taylorsville, Ky.), goalkeeper Brooke Mauro (Cincinnati, Ohio), defender/midfielder Kaitlyn McCurley (Lake Zurich, Ill.), defender/midfielder Megan Niebuhr (Cincinnati, Ohio) and forward/midfielder Kelley Zebrowski (Powell, Ohio).
"I am very excited about this incoming class," said Rodgers. "I have spent a full year getting to know each of these ladies individually and sharing with them the vision, expectations and culture of Ohio soccer. I know that this class will make Ohio soccer better, and each individual has strengths that will help us grow as a family. I expect contributions immediately from this class on and off the field. The future of Ohio soccer is now."
Curry competed for Fairfield High School under head coach Patrick O'Leary and Ohio Elite ECNL under head coach Tim Lesiak. She earned All-Southwest Ohio and First Team All-GMC honors each of the last three years. Curry is the daughter of Leon and Gina Curry and has one sister, Andrea.
Fushimi-Karns competed for Worthington Kilbourne High School under Courtney Irwin and Meghann Moore, capping her career off by scoring six goals and tallying 12 assists while leading her squad to a second straight district runner-up finish. She garnered First Team All-OCC honors each of the last three years in addition to First Team All-District and Second Team All-State accolades the past two seasons. Fushimi-Karns also competed for Ohio Premier for seven years under head coach Alan Yost. She is the daughter Tom Karns and Cindy Fushimi. She has a brother, T.J. Karns, and two sisters, Selena Fushimi-Karns and Abbey Karns.
Heger competed for Lakota West High School under head coach Mark and Tara Schafer-Kalkhoff and Jan Bennett, tallying 23 goals and 15 assists during her career. She garnered First Team All-GMC honors in 2011 and '13 and Second Team honors in 2012. Heger also earned First Team All-District accolades in 2013. She also competed for the Ohio Elite ECNL under Tim Lesiak and Doug Bracken, guiding her squad to Ohio South State Cup titles in 2010 and '11 and a ECNL sixth-place finish in 2012. She is the daughter of Cam and Kathy Heger and has a brother, Alex, and a sister, Lindsay Lenert.
Jaggers competed for Spencer County High School under Troy Stevens and Jonathan Jaggers, where she earned First Team All-State and First Team All-Region honors en route to guiding her squad to its first ever district title as a senior. She also garnered Academic All-State honors four times. Jaggers also competed for Kentucky Fire Juniors under head coach Jonathan Velotta. She is the daughter of Jonathan and Laurie Jaggers and has two brothers, Austin and Jackson.
Mauro competed for Lakota East High School under head coach Amy Kreider, earning First Team All-Southwest honors as a senior and First Team All-Greater Miami Conference accolades each of the last two years. She also competed for Ohio Elite ECNL under Tim Lesiak and Doug Bracken, helping her squad qualify for the national playoffs in 2013 and earn a sixth-place finish nationally in 2011-12. Mauro also garnered Greater Miami Conference All Academic recognition each of the last two years. She is the daughter of Melinda Keto, Brian Keto, John Mauro and Debbie Mauro. Mauro has three sisters, Tatiana, Nicole and Keiran.
McCurley competes for Lake Zurich High School under head coach Mike Castronova and begins her senior season in the spring. She helped lead her team to a conference title last season. She played Top Talent for Sockers FC Chicago as a freshman and a sophomore, helping her squad rank 25th nationally under Matty Hamnett, Peter Glon and David Richardson. She is the daughter of Sue and Dan McCurley and has two brothers, Brad and Kyle.
Niebuhr competed for Saint Ursula Academy under Becky Evans, tallying 14 goals and eight assists and helping her squad earn a district championship and regional runner-up finish in 2013. She earned 2011 and `13 First Team GGCL Conference honors and 2011 and `13 All Southwest Ohio accolades. Niebuhr participated in the Inaugural Girls High School All American Game 2013. She also competed for Ohio Elite ECNL under Tim Lesiak and Doug Bracken. She is the daughter of Jeff and Jeannie Niebuhr. She has a brother, Andrew, and two sisters, Sara and Erin.
Zebrowski competed for Worthington Kilbourne High School under Courtney Irwin, earning First Team All-OCC and Second Team All-District honors in 2013 after tallying 20 goals in 16 games. She also played for the Worthington Crew Juniors for two years and the Classics Eagles for three years at the club level. She is the daughter of Colleen and Joe Zebrowski and has a brother, Justin.
Ohio finished the 2013 campaign with a record of 7-8-5 and qualified for the Mid-American Conference Tournament for a fifth straight season. The Bobcats finished the 2013 regular season with their first non-losing record since 2009 (7-7-5). Ohio posted five road victories in 2013 - the most wins away from home for the Bobcats since 2004.