Pendleton Heights’ standout midfielder Meghan Wiles has decided to continue her soccer career at Grace College, starting in the fall of 2013.
Wiles is a three-time team MVP at Pendleton Heights who also earned three All-Conference honors from the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
She was named the Herald Bulletin Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year as a junior as well as the Indiana Coaches Association Top Team Player in 2010.
Wiles received First Team All-District honors during her final two seasons at Pendleton Heights.
She will be coming to Grace after transferring from Indiana University, where she signed to play out of high school.
“I’m very excited to welcome Meghan to Grace. She loves Jesus and lives out her faith on and off the soccer field,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “She is an accomplished, technical player who consistently outworks her opponents.”
Wiles played club soccer for Carmel United, winning four club state championships. Carmel United won the ECNL Division B National Championship in 2011 and the Midwest Region League First Division in 2007.
Carmel United was also a Region II regional semifinalist in 2009.
“Meghan brings a passion to train and play,” Voss continued. “She will make an immediate impact on our squad.”
Wiles is the daughter of Tom and Mandy Wiles. Her sister Kaitlan just completed her sophomore season as a midfielder for Grace’s women’s soccer team.
Grace’s women’s soccer team and head coach Michael Voss have landed their first recruit for the class of 2014 in Carlie Salinas of NorthWood High School.
Salinas, a 5-foot-7 central defender, was the school’s Defensive MVP. She earned First Team All-District and All-Northern Lakes Conference honors as a junior.
Her defense helped lead NorthWood to a 10-5-3 record in 2012 as the squad posted eight shutouts during the season.
“After spending time with the coaches and girls, I know this is where God wants me to be to build my platform,” Salinas said. “I always have so much fun with the awesome group of girls Coach Voss has brought to play soccer for Christ. I really feel that Grace will be my second home.”
At the club soccer level, Salinas has been a three-year captain for the Indiana Invaders. Her Invaders’ team won the 2011 Indiana Presidents Cup and the Grove United Memorial Day Shootout in 2012 and 2011.
Salinas has been highly involved in her church’s youth group, including international mission trips.
"I am pleased to welcome Carlie to the Grace College Women's Soccer family. She loves the Lord passionately and desires to see Christ glorified through soccer here in Indiana and throughout the world,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “Carlie is a super tough defender who will make our program and defense better immediately through her character, work ethic and communication. Carlie will fit right in with these women who love the Lord and desire to ball it up.”
Salinas, who is the daughter of Carl and Janelle Salinas, intends to major in elementary education during her time at Grace.
Grace’s women’s soccer team has landed one of Lititz Christian School’s finest players in Rachel Elsner for the 2012 season.
Elsner has been a three-time All-Conference performer in her first three seasons at Lititz Christian. She already holds the school record for career goals with 92, and she also set the single-season mark for goals scored when she tallied 39.
“I felt God was calling me to be at Grace,” Elsner said. “I love the campus and the community of the school, and the idea of playing possession soccer for Christ while being an example for Him sounds awesome.”
Elsner has served as both soccer and volleyball team co-captain for the past two seasons. Her volleyball career includes three championships in the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference and three All-Conference awards. She is a two-time Class A All-State outside hitter, as selected by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.
She also ran for Lititz Christian’s track and field team as a senior, competing in the 400-meter run, the 800 and the 4x400 relay.
“Rachel is one of those rare players who possess the ability to change a game but also works hard for the team,” said Penn Legacy Soccer Club coach Seamus Donnelly. “Her soccer sense, movement off the ball, speed and overall athletic ability will be a big plus at the collegiate level – I have no doubt about that.”
Outside of athletics, Elsner boasts a 3.68 GPA and has been a member of the National Honor Society for the past two years and the school’s honor roll all four years. As a junior, she was chosen to be a part of the LEaD (Learning, Equipping and Doing) Leadership Program that culminated in a 10-day mission trip to Ireland.
“The family of Grace is pleased to welcome Rachel. She loves the Lord and is ready to ball it up for Christ!” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “Her speed and size will strengthen our forward and winger positions. She brings an excellent work ethic and will come in and be a determined player for us. I am excited for her future with us at Grace.”
Elsner, who is the daughter of James and Susan Elsner, plans to study business during her time at Grace.
Maile Grout, a standout midfielder for Seymour High School, has decided to continue her soccer career at Grace College for the 2013 campaign.
Grout is an All-Conference 5-foot-7 midfielder who has racked up 29 goals and 11 assists so far in her three-year career. She notched 13 goals and five assists during her junior campaign, according to VarVee.com.
“I chose Grace because I love the atmosphere, and it is a great place to grow in my walk with God,” Grout said. “I am looking forward to improving my skills and contributing to the team’s success.”
Outside of Seymour’s soccer team, Grout has had a successful club soccer career. As a co-captain of the Columbus Express Soccer Club, she has led her team to several championships, including the Mid-American Soccer Classic and the State Challenge Cup, as well as a runner-up in the Nike Challenge Cup.
“I am excited to welcome Maile to the family of Grace! Maile loves the Lord, and I can’t wait to see how the Lord grows that faith here at Grace to attack the world for Christ,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “Maile is a baller on the field and in the classroom who brings pace and composure to our midfield and pizzazz to our flank play. She is dedicated and her work rate and diligence within possession attacking futbol will accentuate her game to a new level.”
Grout, who is the daughter of David and Joy Grout, has been extremely involved outside of athletics as well. She is a leader in her local youth group and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a three-year member of the honor roll and a two-year member of the National Honor Society.
While at Grace, Grout plans to study exercise science and pre-med.
Her former coaches had this to say about her:
“I look forward to seeing Maile continue her career as a member of Grace College. Maile is a very talented soccer player as well as a wonderful role model to her peers. I feel she will be a great addition to the team on and off the field.” (Jessica Floyd, Seymour High School head coach)
“Maile is a terrific leader on and off the field. Her hard work and preparedness will ensure her success at the next level. She will bring great vision and touch to the squad. This is a tremendous opportunity that both Maile and Grace College can be excited about.” (Matt Dennis, Columbus Express head coach)
Grace's women's soccer team has added Jordan Hairgrove from Shawnee Mission West High School (Kan.).
The Lenexa, Kan., native is a forward for Shawnee Mission West. Her team made a deep run in the Kansas State Tournament in 2011, finishing as the Class 6A state runners-up.
Hairgrove's Shawnee Mission West squad was also the Sunflower League champions in 2011.
"Grace has a God-centered atmosphere that will help me grow in my faith and walk with God," Hairgrove said. "I am excited to glorify God with soccer at Grace."
Hairgrove was a member of the A/B honor roll during high school. In addition to being involved with her church's youth group, Hairgrove was also the co-president of Shawnee Mission West's Business Professionals of America.
"The Grace family is excited to welcome Jordan! She is a competitor who will grow tremendously in possession attacking futbol," said Grace head coach Michael Voss. "She brings finishing, speed and work ethic to the front line. I'm excited to see what the next steps are for Jordan in the Lord's path."
Hairgrove hopes to obtain a degree in graphic design while at Grace. She is the daughter of Randy Hairgrove and Della Kuzma.
The Grace women's soccer team has signed Pendleton Heights standout Erica Manchess for the 2012-13 campaign.
Manchess was a 2011 All-Conference performer for Pendleton Heights after scoring five goals and six assists as a senior in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
She also tallied three goals and five assists during her junior season for the Arabians, according to VarVee.com.
"The people at Grace genuinely care about your future. It's a great Christian campus with a strong sense of community," Manchess said. "I want to be an active member of Grace's women's soccer team and positively represent the Lady Lancers."
Manchess was also a team captain and All-Conference member of Pendleton Heights's track team where she was a mid-distance runner.
Outside of the athletic arena, Manchess was equally successful as a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She also received an academic letterman's jacket from Pendleton Heights and was named an Athlete of Character by the school.
"I am super excited to welcome Erica to the family of Grace!" said Grace head coach Michael Voss. "Erica is a quality young woman of faith with a baller attitude. She will bring tenacity and top shelf speed to our forward lineup. She is a well-organized and thoughtful tactical attacker. Erica's work ethic and finishing will be a welcome addition to possession attacking futbol."
Manchess plans to study biology (pre-physical therapy) while at Grace. She is the daughter of Scott and Paula Manchess.
The Grace College women’s soccer team has added one of the top players from the Indianapolis area with the signing of Covenant Christian’s Faith Voehringer.
Voehringer was named to the All-City Team as both junior and a senior. During her senior campaign, she helped lead the Lady Warriors to their first-ever Semi-State appearance. For the last 10 games of her senior year, she moved up to offense and tallied seven goals and seven assists in that span, including the regional final game winner against Tri-West.
“I loved the Christian atmosphere and the mission the Grace soccer program is all about,” Voehringer said. “Coach [Michael] Voss and the girls were so welcoming and fun to be with. I wish to improve myself as a player and show Christ’s love in my play and my attitude on and off the field.”
Voehringer’s athletic awards include being named to the 2011 City All-Tournament Team, National Christian School Athletic Association All-American First Team, two-time team Defensive Player of the Year, and the team’s Player of the Year Award as a senior.
“The Grace family is excited to welcome Faith. She is a quality young lady and a dynamic soccer player that can contribute in the back and up front,” said Grace coach Michael Voss. “Faith’s work ethic and determination to succeed will mesh with the squad we are developing. I am excited about the future and working with Faith.”
Faith is the daughter of Scott and Luan Voehringer. While at Grace she plans to study biology or exercise science.
One of the most prolific girls' soccer players in the history of Warsaw Community High School has decided to continue her playing career at Grace College.
Meredith Hollar has signed her letter of intent to join the Lady Lancers, becoming the first in Grace’s class of 2013.
During her sophomore season at Warsaw in 2010, Meredith set multiple school records including: most goals scored in a game (5), most goals scored in a season (28) and most points scored in a season (61).
She was named All-Conference and team MVP as a result.
Meredith also notched 14 goals as a freshman.
“After spending a weekend at Grace, I knew this is where God wanted me to be. I fell in love with the girls on the team and all the coaches,” Meredith said. “Grace is the perfect fit for me because I can grow both spiritually and intellectually while playing the sport I love. I am so excited to be a part of a team full of character that competes at a high level while glorifying God.”
Meredith also competed for the Fort Wayne Fever club team where she has been involved with the Olympic Development Program (ODP). She was a member of the Indiana ODP team from 2007-09 and was selected for the 2011 Super Y League (SYL) ODP National Camp.
“I am truly stoked to have Meredith join the Grace women’s soccer family! She is a great fit with her outstanding Christian character and baller attitude,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “She brings a passion for seeing Christ glorified with her whole life and will be an absolute barrel of monkeys to try to contain. Meredith is passionate about possession attacking futbol, and I am excited to see her future unfold here at Grace.”
Outside of the field of athletics, Meredith is an active member of the Tiger Student Athletic Board, the Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is also involved in peer tutoring and her church’s youth group.
Meredith, who is the daughter of Steve and Jennifer Hollar, plans to study to become a physical therapist during her time at Grace.
Grace's women's soccer team has added Illinois standout Carianne Sobey, a midfielder from Woodstock North High School, for next fall.
Carianne has made her mark in the club soccer ranks, establishing herself with the extremely successful Chicago Magic Soccer Club. The 5-foot-10 midfielder was a member of the Super Y League (SYL) where she was also selected as an Olympic Development Program (ODP) player.
"I wanted to attend a small Christian college where I could grow in all areas of my life and make a difference," Carianne said. "After being on campus and meeting with the players and coaches, I felt like I fit in right away with a group of people who want to please God with their lives."
Carianne scored 11 goals in eight games in 2010 with Woodstock North and tallied eight goals in 13 games in the SYL during the same year. She was named All-Conference and captained her team during her career so far.
She also excelled at track for Woodstock, where she qualified for the state meet in the mile race.
"I am super excited that Carianne is coming to Grace! She is a fantastic possession player that will bring composure and poise on the ball," said head coach Michael Voss. "She is also very skillful and creative on the ball which creates opportunities for her and those around her. Carianne brings a passion and knowledge of the game that will fit right in with the Grace crew. I am stoked that her faith has led her here and that she will continue walk the Lord's trail for her here at Grace."
Outside of athletics, Carianne was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish NHS and was a regular on the high honor roll.
Carianne is the daughter of Stephen and Marianne Sobey.
The Grace College women’s soccer team has signed another recruit for the 2012-13 season in Bremen Senior High School’s Heather Martin.
Heather, a defender and native of Bremen, Ind., was the team’s MVP in 2010 and the team’s Offensive MVP in 2009.
“I fell in love with Grace the first time I went there. I love the people and the campus,” Heather said. “I am looking forward to glorifying God and balling it up on the soccer field while at the same time growing in wisdom to prepare myself for life.”
During the 2010-11 season, Heather racked up 11 goals and 16 assists while playing as a defender. Her 16 assists ranked 11th in the state, according to VarVee.com. The previous season, she tallied six assists.
“I am pumped about Heather joining the Grace family. She is a quality young lady and a fantastic soccer player,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “Heather will bring speed, composure and pizazz to our squad. She is an excellent 1v1 defender, and I’m excited to see her attack the width of the field with skill and flare.”
Heather played club soccer for the Indiana Invaders and was also a member of Bremen’s honor roll. She is the daughter of Larry and Pam Martin.
Grace's soccer team has found its next piece for the 2012-13 season in Ontario Christian (Calif.) High School's Jessie Stienstra.
Jessie, a native of Ontario, Calif., has been a standout defender for Ontario Christian during the last three seasons. She enters her senior campaign as the team's captain.
She has amassed career totals of nine goals and 21 assists while playing primarily as a defender. She was named to the All-League team twice and to the California Interscholastic Federation Division VI Third Team as a sophomore after tallying two goals and 14 assists.
"I chose Grace College because I wanted to attend a small Christian college where my faith can grow," Jessie said. "The environment was what I was looking for, and I felt like I could fit in there. I liked that the soccer team wasn't all about just being good, but they put God first and through that find their success."
Ontario Christian has won the league title all three years Jessie has played, and the team has advanced to the CIF semifinals twice. During her career the squad has set school records for shutouts and total goals allowed in a season.
"Jessie's hard work and commitment to our team have been vital to the success of our program and particularly the record-setting defensive efforts over the past three seasons," said Ontario Christian head coach David Belden. "Her leadership on and off the field will lend itself to continued success as she embarks on her collegiate career."
Jessie has played club soccer for seven years, mostly with the Claremont Stars, and will play in the Coast Soccer League Premier this fall.
"I am excited that Jessie is joining the family of Grace. Her character and personality are a great fit with the women's soccer program," said Grace head coach Michael Voss. "Jessie brings passion, determination and great work ethic to the pitch. She has been a tenacious 1v1 defender, but I am equally excited about her natural instinct to attack and play a wide position. She will fit in immediately with her playing attitude and pace."
Jessie has been a consistent presence on the school's honor roll and has been recognized as a scholar-athlete. She has also been involved as a class officer. While at Grace, she plans to study pre-physical therapy or counseling.
Jessie is the daughter of David and Lisa Stienstra.
Auburn Hills Oakland Christian School standout Darcy Johnston has signed her letter of intent to play soccer at Grace College.
“I chose Grace because it gives me an opportunity to get a great education and play for a great soccer program all at a Christ-centered college,” Darcy said. “I want to do everything I can to build upon what Coach Voss has started. I hope to be able to help the team be a national power and be a good teammate.”
Darcy, a 5-foot-11-inch center midfielder who will graduate from Oakland Christian in 2012, has become one of Michigan’s premier players in her three high school seasons. She earned All-Conference honors all three years and is a three-time All-State Honorable Mention, All-District, All-Region and All-Area player. She led her team in scoring all three seasons and was named team captain for her senior campaign.
Darcy also competes as a member of the Michigan Hawks club soccer team.
“I am very excited Darcy has joined the Grace family,” said Grace women’s soccer head coach Michael Voss. “Darcy's passion and work ethic the past two years have set her apart. Darcy is technically sound, plays at speed, hits the back of the net and finds creative ways for her teammates to score.”
“She makes a fantastic addition to our possession attacking football style here at Grace. Her desire to put Christ first will drive her to succeed. I am pleased to welcome Darcy and the Johnston family to Grace soccer.”
Darcy also thrived on the volleyball court, leading her team in blocks, kills and kill percentage her junior year. She is a two-time All-Conference player and was also named Second Team All-State. On the hardwood, Darcy earned First Team All-District and second team All-Conference honors in two hears of high school basketball.
Academically, she received the President’s National Letter of Excellence Award and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans on majoring in engineering at Grace.
Darcy is the daughter of Kevan and Carolyn Johnston.
Grace College's women's soccer program landed its first member of the 2012 recruiting class in Wawasee High School’s Mallory Rondeau.
Mallory has already rewritten the record books at Wawasee in three years, where she holds the record for career goals, career assists, and goals in a season. She has been named to the Northern Lakes All-Conference First Team all three years and has also been a Scholar-Athlete since her freshman year.
As a junior, she recorded 30 goals and 12 assists and was named the Offensive Player of the Year for Wawasee. She scored 22 goals as a sophomore and 13 goals as a freshman. Overall, she has tallied 65 goals and 32 assists with one season remaining.
The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association named Mallory to the All-District First Team as a junior, and she was also a member of the ICGSA All-State Third Team. She is also a member of the Fort Wayne Fever.
“I chose Grace because that is where God was calling me. I love the family atmosphere here,” Mallory said. “I wanted a place where I can not only play soccer, but more importantly, can be challenged daily to grow stronger in my relationship with God and use my life for His glory.”
The Syracuse, Ind., native has also participated in basketball and track but has been highly involved outside of sports. She is on the leadership team for Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Impact and is also a member of the National Honor Society, and her GPA ranks first in her class. She has been involved in her local youth group and has gone on missions trips, as well.
“The family of Grace soccer is excited to welcome Mallory. She is an outstanding student and lives a passionate life for Christ,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “She is a fantastic soccer player with genuine creativity and a gift for scoring goals. Mallory will flourish in the Grace culture of possession-attacking futbol.”
She is the daughter of Bill and Linda Rondeau.