Updated Tue, Feb 12, 2013 3:21 pm
Ohio soccer coach Aaron Rodgers completed his first recruiting class for the 2013-14 class with eight recruits, adding two defenders, three midfielders and three forwards to the roster.
The Bobcats rounded up five recruits from within the Ohio state boundaries and one each from Indiana, Maryland and Michigan.
A notable recruit for Ohio is Allison Cisio from Old Mill High School in Crownsville, Md. The forward scored 61 career goals in high school and was named to an All-State team all four years of high school, including First Team three times.
The Bobcats also received commitments from Alexis Milesky and Erica Ytterbo, who scored 42 and 57 career goals, respectively. Milesky was also named to First Team All-State in 2012.
The three forward recruits will look to boost the Ohio scoring, which ranked ninth in the Mid-American Conference last year with only 17 goals scored. They’ll join a young nucleus up front, which includes freshman Holly Harris who is the highest returning scorer with four goals last season.
Ohio also boosted their midfield that lost leading scorer Cat Rogers (7 goals) to graduation. Their three recruits Natalie Estes, Kinsey Swartztrauber, and Molly Whitacre combined for over 50 goals in their high school careers.
Estes comes from Zionsville, In. where she was a NSCAA Scholar All-American in 2012. Whitacre’s Perrysburg team was Division-I State Champions, while she was recognized with a First Team All-State.
The Bobcats featured one of the top defenses in the conference (fifth with 23 goals allowed), but is also losing Paige Howard to graduation. They added two defenders in their 2013 recruiting class in Allison Kall and Erin Wrubel. Wrubel also has the ability to play midfield, depending on the formation Rodgers intends to run.
The class of 2013 features three players that were recognized by their respective states with First Team honors. The Aaron Rodgers era has officially begun, as the Bobcats try to improve from last season’s 8-10-1 record.