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By: Chip Bromfield, ProMotion Ltd.
Danny Sanchez
Soccer Adds Eight To 2012 Roster
Release: June 26, 2012
By: Troy Andre, Assistant SID
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BOULDER First-year University of Colorado soccer head coach Danny Sanchez has announced eight additions to the Buffaloes roster for the 2012 season.

Courtney Dudley has signed a National Letter of Intent while Maddie Hanssler, Ashley Love, Nikola Machalek, Emily Paxton, Elise Romano, Amanda Simkins and Taylor Thurmond have confirmed enrollment and signed financial aid agreements to attend CU. All are freshmen with the exception of Hanssler, a junior who has transferred from the University of Nebraska.

Courtney Dudley, a midfielder from Rio Rancho, N.M., is a 2012 graduate of Cleveland High School where she was a four-year all-district and three-year all-state performer. She helped the Storm to a four-year record of 85-11, including a 20-4 mark as a senior where she scored 12 goals and had 10 assists. She was the District Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2009, guiding Cleveland to a 22-2 mark. Dudley also played with the Rio Vista Eagles 94 club program out of Albuquerque, winning five New Mexico state titles.

Maddie Hanssler, a forward from Parker, Colo., joins the Buffaloes after playing 24 games over two seasons with Nebraska. She started three of 17 games played as a sophomore in 2011, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Hanssler graduated from Ponderosa High School in 2010, where she was a three-year all-state selection. She played club soccer with Real Colorado, where she helped the U19 team win a 2011 region title and a runner-up finish at the national championships.

Ashley Love, a forward from Walnut Creek, Calif., is a 2012 graduate of Las Lomas High School, where she was a three-time first team All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League selection. She scored 13 goals and tallied eight assists, helping the Knights to a 10-5-4 record as a senior. Love was named DFAL Co-Most Valuable Offensive Player as a junior, recording five goals and six assists. She participated in club soccer with Mustang Rampage out of Danville, Calif., winning an Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) U18 Northwest Conference title in 2012 with a record of 11-2-1.

Nikola Machalek, a midfielder from Boulder, is a 2012 graduate of Fairview High School who helped the Knights reach a pair of Colorado Class 5A state title games, winning the crown in 2010 and placing second this past spring. Machalek was a second-team All-Front Range League selection as a senior and a first-team pick in 2011. Machalek played club soccer with the Force BCF in Boulder, helping the team to a state championship in 2010 and a Super League title in 2011.

Emily Paxton, a forward from Anthem, Ariz., is a 2012 graduate of Boulder Creek High School where she earned Division 5a2 Player of the Year honors. She netted 33 goals and 13 assists as a senior, guiding the Jaguars to a 16-4 record. Her 33 goals are a Division 5a2 record. Paxton was a first team all-state and all-division selection in 2011-12. She has played with several club squads, most recently with SC Del Sol out of Phoenix where her team won the state championship and will be competing in the Elite Clubs National League Tournament this summer.

Elisa Romano, a midfielder from Basking Ridge, N.J., is a 2012 graduate of Ridge High School where she was a three-year letterwinner for the Red Devils. Romano scored six goals and had five assists as a senior in 2011, leading Ridge to a 16-5-3 record. She was All-Skyland Conference and All-Sumerset County as a senior as the Red Devils claimed the Group IV North Section 2 title. Her club program, the Matchfit Wildcats won the Las Vegas College Showcase Tournament this past March.

Amanda Simkins, a defender from San Clemente, Calif., is a 2012 graduate of San Clemente High School where she assisted the Tritons to three consecutive South Coast League titles. She was a 2011-12 first team All-South Coast selection after scoring seven goals and three assists as a senior, leading the Tritons to a 29-4-2 record. Simkins played her club soccer with the West Coast FC program out of Mission Viejo, Calif.

Taylor Thurmond, a midfielder from Ladera Ranch, Calif., is a 2012 graduate of Tesoro High School where she was a two-year second team All-Sea View League selection. She received the team’s Most Assists Award as a senior, recording 15 to go along with nine goals scored. She won the Coaches Award as a junior, with four goals and seven assists while helping the Titans to a 9-1-3 mark. Thurmond scored eight goals and had 13 assists for the West Coast FC during ECNL play in 2011.

The addition of these eight, bring Sanchez’s first freshman class to 13. Sanchez signed five to NLI’s in February. They are: Jenna Glad, Madison Krauser, Carly Manso, Olivia Pappalardo and Heather Ward.

2012 Colorado Soccer Newcomers

Name

Pos

Cl

Hometown (High School/Previous School)

Dudley, Courtney

M

Fr.

Rio Rancho, N.M. (Cleveland)

Glad, Jenna

M

Fr.

Tucson, Ariz. (Catalina Foothills)

Hanssler, Maddie

F

Jr.

Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa/Nebraska)

Krauser, Madison

M

Fr.

Irvine, Calif. (Woodbridge)

Love, Ashley

F

Fr.

Walnut Creek, Calif. (Las Lomas)

Machalek, Nikola

M

Fr.

Boulder, Colo. (Fairview)

Manso, Carly

F

Fr.

Vernon Hills, Ill. (Vernon Hills)

Pappalardo, Olivia

M

Fr.

Niles, Ill. (Maine South)

Paxton, Emily

F

Fr.

Anthem, Ariz. (Boulder Creek)

Romano, Elise

M

Fr.

Basking Ridge, N.J. (Ridge)

Simkins, Amanda

D

Fr.

San Clemente, Calif. (San Clemente)

Thurmond, Taylor

M

Fr.

Ladera Ranch, Calif. (Tesoro)

Ward, Heather

D

Fr.

Littleton, Colo. (Dakota Ridge)

 

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