Feb. 5, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama head soccer coach Todd Bramble announced the addition of eight newcomers who signed national letters of intent to play soccer for the Crimson Tide.
The 2014 signees are comprised of a total of eight players, including two early enrollees and six freshmen, that will join the Crimson Tide in the Fall.
This year's class includes: Maddy Anzelc (Medina, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit HS), Lacey Clarida (Home Glen, Ill./Lockport Town HS), Tayler Hartrampf (Kennesaw, Ga./Kennesaw Mountain HS), Molly Moroney (Senoia, Ga./Stars Mill HS), Alexis Mouton (Palm Harbor, Fla./Palm Harbor University HS), Ally Ocon (Encinitas, Calif./Cathedral Catholic), Moira Petrie (Philadelphia, Pa./Lower Merion) and Alex Price (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage HS).
"This is certainly an exciting day for us to introduce this talented group of young ladies that will have a tremendous impact on our program," Bramble said. "It is a versatile group that will enhance our overall skill level and athleticism. These players have a tremendous opportunity in front of them and I am fully confident it is a group that is set up for success on the field and in the classroom."
Anzelc attended high school at Walsh Jesuit, under her coach Dino McIntyre and was a high school teammate of current Alabama player Kaylee Semelsberger. Anzelc helped her squad to three Ohio High School State Championships (2010, 2012 & 2013). In fact, during her four seasons, she helped lead Walsh Jesuit to a record of 79-2-10, including 41-straight games without a loss. As a senior in 2013, Anzelc led her team in scoring and was the team captain, on her way to earning All-America honors, Akron Player of the Year accolades and the team's MVP award. She also did strong work in the classroom where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She intends to major in biology at Alabama and will wear the number 45.
"Maddy was the perfect student-athlete here at Walsh Jesuit," said McIntyre. "She made a constant positive impact on our soccer program, from the first day her freshman year to the last game her senior year. She helped us win three State Championships in her four years. She did this by giving 100-percent of herself physically and emotionally, along with being a superb leader of her peers and teammates. I am certain she will do the same at the University of Alabama."
Anzelc played her club soccer as a member of the Cleveland Futbol Club under coach Benny Dargle. While there, she helped her team to semifinal appearances at the 2013 OYSAN Region 2 championships and the 2012 Disney Showcase, as well as a an appearance in the championship of the 2012 State Cup.
"Maddy is a high school All-American who was a key contributor to Walsh Jesuit's 3rd consecutive state championship," said Bramble. "She will compete for time at forward or in the midfield and her size and athleticism will be an asset in our squad."
Clarida is a 5-7 forward who is an early enrollee and will be eligible to compete for the Tide during the spring season. Originally from Homer Glen, Ill., Clarida played her club ball under head coach Sena Halilovic with Chicago International. During her time there, she led her team to the 2012 MRL Championships, as well as an appearance at the 2013 Illinois State Semifinals.
"Lacey is one of the greatest kids that I have ever trained in my coaching career," said Halilovic. "Lacey's commitment to soccer and love to the game of soccer makes me as a coach to enjoy training or coaching her at every practice or the game. She is type of the player that's always consistent, and brings you 100-percent to every practice and game. I strongly believe that University of Alabama soccer coaching staff and the team are going to enjoy next four years having Lacey Clarida as a part of the program."
Clarida attended Lockport Town High School where she helped lead her team to the 2013 conference championship. She was selected as team captain and led her team in scoring in each of her four seasons. As a result, she was selected as a member of the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team, as well as being named as an NSCAA All-Midwest Region performer. Off the pitch, she is equally as talented, graduating in the top 6-percent of her class and helping her team to the NSCAA Team Academic Award. Clarida plans to major in Exercise Science and will wear number 88.
"Lacey is a product of the Chicago Inter Soccer Club under the Direction of Sena Halilovic," Bramble said. "She has a goal scorer mentality that we are eager to tap into. She has the athleticism and power that is built for SEC soccer and we are most excited we get this spring semester to get her ready for the fall."
Hartrampf, a 5-3 midfielder, played for the North Atlanta Soccer Association (NASA), under coach Mo Gonda. With NASA, Hartrampf lead the team to the State Championship and Disney Championship in 2009, as well as state finalist appearances in 2008, 2012 and 2013. Her team was also a regional semifinalist in 2009.
"Tayler has an incredible work rate in the middle of the field," said Gonda. "She is a great leader by example as she can help set the tone of a game by either scoring a crucial goal, dictate the pace of possession for her team or come up with a vital tackle to help her team keep control of a game."
While at Kennesaw Mountain, Hartrampf came back from an injury as a sophomore to earn the team MVP award, as well as earning a spot on the all-county team as a junior year. As a senior, she was selected as team captain and recorded a school-record six goals in one game. Hartrampf intends to major in communications and will wear number 90 for the Tide.
"We are happy to have found Tayler a little later on in the process as she emerged as an impressive player at one of our prospect ID camps," said Bramble. "Knowing she has been developed at the NASA soccer club out of Atlanta is reassuring as well. Tayler will be best suited to play in the center of midfield as she is a quick player with a good first touch and distribution skills."
Moroney is a defender who comes to Alabama ranked as the No. 23 defender in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com. She played her club soccer for the Concorde Fire under head coach Brian Moore, where she was the U-16, U-17 and u-18 team captain. Moroney helped lead her team to the 2014 ECNL Southeast Conference Championship and helped lead her team to three consecutive Region Championships (2009-11).
"Molly had a great year for our Concorde Fire ECNL team," Moore said. "She was almost like a playmaker from her right back position. I look forward to seeing her work her way into the Alabama's lineup and hopefully impacting the Tide's attack from right back. She's in great hands with coach Bramble and his staff and Alabama is lucky to have her as well."
Under head coach John Bowen at Stars Mill High School, Moroney was selected as a two-team NSCAA All-Region honoree (2012 and 2013) and helped lead her team with a pair of state 5A semifinal appearances (2011 and 2013). A versatile player who saw time as an attacking midfielder early in her high school career, Moroney was selected as the team's offensive MVP in 2011 and 2012, while earned the overall team MVP award as a senior in 2013. She also excelled in the classroom where she was selected to the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. Moroney will major in business will wear number 2 for the Tide.
"Molly is a back line player that has a tremendous upside to her game," Bramble said. "She is already good, but we are particularly excited to see what she will become once she acclimatizes to college soccer. Molly comes to us from Brian Moore's Concorde Fire team out of Atlanta and he has a history of producing well rounded players."
Mouton is a 5-7 forward from Palm Harbor, Fla., who played her club soccer under coaches Jim Cote and Adrian Bush at Tampa Bay United. While there, she helped lead her team to the 2013 Regional Finals and a third-place finish in the Region 3 Premier League.
"Alexis is a player that when things aren't going well, you want (on) your team," Cote said. "She has a special ability to raise her level and instill confidence in those around her to believe that we can win. Her passion to compete is what sets her apart from most."
She helped Palm Harbor University High School to four consecutive district titles under head coach John Planamenta. She also excelled in track and field, where she was the 2012 track sprinter MVP. In the classroom, Mouton was a member of the National Honor Society and Young Educated Athletes Club, among others. She will major in Chemistry and wear number 21 for the Tide.
"Alexis comes to us from an area of Florida that has a good combination of club and high school soccer," Bramble said. "The Tampa Bay United Soccer Club and Palm Harbor University High School have been good preparation in getting Alexis ready for college. She possesses great speed that will be a threat to opposing defenses."
Ocon, a 5-9 midfielder, comes to Alabama ranked as the No. 77 overall player in the country, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. She played her club soccer most recently for the Surf Soccer Club under head coach Ada Greenwood and also played for Heat FC in Las Vegas under head coach Tom Amick. While with Surf, Ocon helped lead the team to the 2013 Southern California Conference title and led the Heat to the 2012 ECNL B Bracket Championship game.
"It was such a tremendous honor and pleasure to coach Ally," Amick said. "She has the calmest and coolest disposition, which really shows through her play on the field. She really has an infectious personality, which makes her a great teammate. With that being said, once she gets on the field she is a ferocious competitor; extremely determined. Ally was such an integral part of our team here at Heat FC. Everything we did ran through Ally. Her decision-making and timing on delivering balls was second to none."
She earned numerous accolades during her high school career, which began at Bishop Gorman under head coach Doug Borgel, and concluded at Cathedral Catholic under head coach Dawn Lee. Even though she had to change high schools her work in the classroom and on the soccer field remained consistent. She was a scholar athlete from 2011-13 and earned all-region honors in 2012. He helped lead Bishop Gorman to a state championship in 2012 and Cathedral Catholic to a state title in 2013. A National Honor Society member, Ocon will major in biology and will wear number 20 for the Tide.
"Ally is a prototypical two-way center midfielder from out West," Bramble said. "She has played on two excellent club teams for the Heat FC and most recently the San Diego Surf. Tom Amick and Ada Greenwood, respectively, deserve a lot of credit for her development. I'm sure she will be ready to step right in and make an impact as soon as she arrives on campus."
Petrie is a 5-4 midfielder who is an early enrollee and will be eligible to compete for the Tide during the spring season. She played her club soccer for FC Delco under coach Peye Garcia, where she helped lead her team to Regionals in 2012.
"Moira is a dynamic attacking player with the ability to break opponents down on the dribble or with the pass," Garcia said. "Her ability to exploit teams with a range of short or long passes, bent balls, shots from distance or finesse in front of goal is just class. I look forward to seeing her translate that to the college game at Alabama."
She attended Lower Merion and played under coach Kevin Ries, where she was the team offensive MVP in each of her four seasons (2010-13). She was named as one of the top players to watch in 2010, according to ESPN Rise Magazine, while also earning the player of the year that same season. Petrie is a pre-health major and will wear number 11 for the Tide.
"Moira is our other January enrollee that is off to a great start for us," Bramble said. "She has a good club background with FC Delco out of Philadelphia, PA. She has demonstrated good playmaking abilities in the early going and she has the potential for a bright future here."
Price played her club soccer under head coach Steve Burgess at AC Delray. The 5-10 defender helped her team to the 2011 Nike Invitational title, as well as the 2011 U.S. Club Soccer Regional title.
"Alex is one of the most athletically gifted student-athletes I have ever worked with," Burgess said. "Her dedication to raising her technical and tactical levels to match her athleticism has made her one of the best players ever to graduate from American Heritage Delray. I wish her every success in the next part of her journey"
While at American Heritage High School, Price helped lead her team to back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012 and three straight district titles (2011-13). She was named First Team All-County by the Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel in both 2011 and 2012. Price will major in psychology and wear number 5 for Alabama.
"To use a cliché, Alex is a big time player we landed who was `flying under the radar,'" Bramble said. "She has the size, skill and passion that virtually ensures she will have an impactful college career. She is good in the air, a hard tackler and comfortable with the ball at her feet."