Five Join Alabama Soccer in 2012
Feb. 1, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama head soccer coach Todd Bramble announced the 2012 recruiting class on Wednesday. The class is comprised of a transfer, two early enrollees and two more that will join the Crimson Tide for the fall season. With this class the Tide further strengthened its NCAA tournament squad by adding impact players at every position.
The transfer is Sophie Campise (Dallas, Texas) and the two early enrollees are Emily Rusk (Charlotte, N.C.) and Katie Bourgeois (Katy, Texas). Joining the duo will be Kaylee Semelsberger (Akron, Ohio) and Abby Lutzenkirchen (Marietta, Ga.).
“We are super excited and blessed to have an excellent staff of assistant coaches who deserve a lot of credit for putting together another great recruiting class for us,” Bramble said. “We get rewarded too, not just by going out and getting great soccer players and talented athletes but great people from wonderful families too.”
Campise comes to Tuscaloosa after playing two seasons at the University of Texas. During her time in Austin, Campise started 35 matches, finding time in the midfield and on defense and accumulated four points on one goal and two assists. She helped the Longhorns to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2010.
“Sophie is a player we’re really excited about that transferred in midyear,” Bramble said. “She’s originally from Dallas, but I’ve known Sophie for a long time through the Region III ODP program, so she is coming to us as a known commodity. She is extremely talented and can play a variety of positions. Whether that’s along the back line or in the midfield, she is a tenacious defender who is extremely composed on the ball. She has an extremely mature personality. That maturity that she brings carries over onto the field and she’s got natural leadership qualities. She’s already been a part of big-time college athletics for the last two years, and we’re happy to be able to get her midstream here to contribute to our program for the next two years.”
As a sophomore in 2010, the Dallas, Texas native started all 20 matches and handed out two assists. As a freshman, Campise was named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer team and was an all-tournament selection at the Big 12 Soccer Championship. She was a member of the Region III ODP team and was a four-year starter at Ursuline Academy.
Rusk enrolled early at the Capstone, coming to Alabama from Charlotte, N.C., where she prepped at North Mecklenburg and Hough High School. She played her club soccer for Adam Denton and Philip Poole on the Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL 93’. She was also a Region III player and helped her squad to the 2010 State Cup finals and was named to multiple All ECNL Event teams.
“Emily was an integral part of our CSA 2012 class,” Adam Denton, Director of Coaching at the Charlotte Soccer Academy said. “She is a goalkeeper that reads the game well, organizers the back four and is a tremendous shot stopper. Alabama is the perfect school for Emily and she is very much looking forward to attending Alabama.”
During her prep career she helped guide her school to two conference championships, a state title and a region championship. Individually Rusk was named the State Championship MVP, and was a two-time All-Conference team selection, I-Meck Conference Player of the Year and Lake Norman Area Player of the Year.
“Emily has been amazing to coach,” Philip Poole, Executive Director of the Lake Norman Soccer Club said. “She is a workhorse. I spent three years with Emily and she improved every day. She is a wonderful person, from a wonderful family, who is loved by her teammates and coaches. I know Emily will be an asset for the University of Alabama both on the field and in the classroom.”
Bourgeois arrived in Tuscaloosa from Katy, Texas where she attended Seven Lakes High School. Bourgeois plays club for Steve Firth and Russell Gee on the Albion ‘94 Girls. The 5-5 forward has helped lead her club to four straight top three finishes in the state, including two runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2011.
“I have had the good fortune of knowing and coaching Katie these past six months,” Russell Gee, Albion Coaching Director said. “During that time Katie has demonstrated that she has the ability to perform at the next level. She is a very hard working young lady, dedicated to the sport of soccer and always comes prepared to play both in training and games. Katie is a willing learner open to new ideas and concepts and is well liked by her teammates. The University of Alabama is extremely fortunate to have not only a good soccer player but a good person representing their institution.”
Bourgeois helped Seven Lakes High School to a 2009 regional quarterfinal appearance. She was named to the academic all-district team and the all-district second team in her only season playing prep soccer. Bourgeois carried a 4.3 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. She plans to major in chemical engineering.
Semelsberger will head to Alabama from Akron, Ohio, where she attends Walsh Jesuit High School and plays for Dino McIntyre. She currently plays her club soccer for Zdravko Popovic and Keri Sarver on the Cleveland Internationals. Semelsberger has helped lead the Cleveland Internationals to three straight State Cup championships and Walsh Jesuit to an Ohio Division I state championship and national championship in 2010.
“It has been a great pleasure to coach Kaylee at the Internationals Soccer Club,” Keri Sarver, Director of Coaching at the Internationals Soccer Club said. “Kaylee is very comfortable with the ball and is a true competitor. She brings versatility, consistency and has a good training mentality – giving 100% day-in and day-out. Kaylee is ready for the transition to Division I college soccer and I believe she will make an immediate impact for Alabama.”
At Walsh Jesuit High School, Semelsberger has been a captain and four-year letterwinner. She has been named the Most Valuable First-Year Player, Most Versatile Player, Most Valuable Defensive Player, Akron Touchdown Club Girls Soccer All-Star, ESPN Rise Fall State All-Star and also named an ESPN Rise Ohio Starting 11 and GASSCA Senior All-Star.
'Kaylee is the perfect example of a student-athlete,” Walsh Jesuit High School coach Dino McIntyre said. “She is loyal, unselfish, committed, and a winner. She started every varsity game at Walsh Jesuit from freshman year to senior year, playing 86 consecutive games. Kaylee is very versatile; she is a great 1-v-1 player and an effective defender.”
Lutzenkirchen will head to Alabama from Marietta, Ga., where she prepped at Lassiter High School and plays for Robbie Galvin. Lutzenkirchen plays her club soccer for Dave Smith at the North Atlanta Soccer Association Girls12 Elite II. The 5-8 center-mid is currently in the U.S. U18 and U20 Women’s National Team pools and has been a member of the U.S. National Team at the U15-U20 levels. She is ranked the No. 25 recruit overall and No. 2 prospect in the South Atlantic Region by TopDrawerSoccer.com and the No. 37 recruit on the ESPN HS 150 list. For the NASA 12 Elite II, Lutzenkirchen was named team captain, led the team to a third place finish at Nationals, a National League Championship, a Region III championship, an R3 winner and a State Cup title.
“Players like Abby Lutzenkirchen don't come along too often,” Dave Smith, Director of Coaching at the North Atlanta Soccer Association said. “She is a tremendous talent combined with commitment, hard work, a great attitude and outstanding character. She has been a joy to work with over the years.”
At Lassiter, she has tallied 21 goals and 38 assists. Lutzenkirchen has been named the Team Impact Player (Freshman), Team MVP (Sophomore), Offensive Player of the Year (Junior), Team Captain (Senior Year), first team All-County (all three years) and a Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year nominee.
“Abby is a very special player,” Robbie Galvin, head coach at Lassiter High School said. “She is a competitor and a game-changer. Abby is also a leader and a great person. I cannot say enough good things about Abby Lutzenkirchen and how lucky Alabama is to have a player and person like her joining their program.”