Feb. 6, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. -
Villanova women's soccer head coach Fran Kulas is set to welcome the addition of six student-athletes for the 2014-15 academic year.
The Class of 2018 features two all-state honorees, four all-league performers and includes a mix of two forwards, three defenders and one goalkeeper. All six additions are also exceptional in the classroom and have received academic honors both at their high schools and on the national level.
Joining the Wildcats this fall are Emily Harris (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy), Erin Hughes (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's), Emily Kuefler (Brighton, Mass./Nashoba Regional), Julianne Minutillo (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), Siobhan O'Toole (Riding, Va./Freedom) and Amanda Vocelka (Atlanta, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic).
Head coach Fran Kulas states, "I am excited to welcome this group of student-athletes to our family here at Villanova. Each of these young ladies will compliment and challenge the strong base of returning players we have returning next year as we look to achieve our goal of becoming BIG EAST Champions. Throughout the recruiting process, we search for student-athletes who have experienced success in the classroom and on the soccer field at a high level because we feel that translates to our culture here. The individuals in this class fit that bill and we are all very excited to officially welcome them to our family and for them to join us in the fall."
Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy
Club Team and ODP Experience: Four-year member of the New Hampshire ODP system... Also was an ODP Region I team member for one year... Played club soccer for FC Starts of Massachusetts ECNL where she led the team to two Massachusetts State Championships.
Pinkerton Academy: Earned three varsity letters under head coaches Ken Najem and Steve Gundrum... Named a two-time New Hampshire First Team All-State selection in 2012 and 2013... Was a 2012 and 2013 Lawrence Eagle Tribune All-Star and Union Leader All-Star... Led the league in goals against record allowing just five goals during the 2011 season and nine in 2012... Member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society and Honor Roll.
Personal: Born February 23rd, 1996 in Derry, N. H.... Parents are Tony and Denise Harris... One sister, Katherine... Father, Tony, was a member of the rowing team at Connecticut College while sister, Katherine, is currently a point guard on the women's basketball team at Bucknell... Will enroll in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's
Club Team and ODP Experience: Member of the New York ODP system in 2012... Played club soccer for the Massapequa Stars from 2012-13, where she helped the team finish as finalists in the 2013 New York State Cup ... Also helped the squad to a 2012 Disney and CASL semifinal finish... 2012 NEWWS finalists... Also played club soccer for the East Islip Red Dragons in 2009 where the team finished as 2009 New York State Cup champions and was a Region I finalist.
St. Anthony's: Earned three varsity letters under Head Coach Dave Prutting and served as a team captain... Helped guide St. Anthony's to back-to-back 2011 and 2012 New York State AA Catholic League Championships... Also lettered in basketball and lacrosse... Member of the National Honor Society and Foreign Language National Honor Society... Earned the St. Bonaventure Award for High Honors 2010-13.
Personal: Born January 25th, 1996 in New York, N.Y... Parents are Brian and Kathleen Hughes... Siblings are Brian and Elizabeth... Was the high school teammate of current Villanova women's soccer player Reanna Marino... Will enroll in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Brighton, Mass./Nashoba Regional
Club Team and ODP Experience: Played club soccer for FC Stars of Massachusetts ECNL for eight years where she helped the team to five state cup championships... Chosen for the 2014 Girls IMG Academy 150 player pool... Member of the 2013 Northeast ENCL PD...Ranked as the No. 19 player in the Northeast region... Samantha Prescott Player's Award recipient.
Nashoba Regional: Earned three varsity letters under head coach Pam Vaughan... Led the team to a 2013 league championship, a 2012 state finalist appearance and 2011 state semifinalist appearance... Named a 2012 and 2013 all-state and Central Mass All-Star... Named to the 2013 NCSAA Girls High School All Region I team... 2013 All-New England selection... Named a 2012 Mid-Wach B All-Star and Sentinel All-Star... Earned the 2012 Nashoba Top Corner award... Was homeschooled during her high school career while playing on the Nashoba Regional High School soccer team.
Personal: Born September 18th, 1995 in Brighton, Mass... Parents are Joe and Joan Kuefler... Siblings are David, Benjamin, Matthew, Margaret, Thomas and Sophia... Will enroll in the College of Nursing.
Club Team and ODP Experience: Played club soccer for the PDA Slammers ECNL, where she helped the team to an ECNL National Championship in 2013... Also led the team to two Region I Championships and three New Jersey State Championships... Provided an assist in the win of the USYS National Championship in 2011.
Hillsborough: Earned four varsity letters under head coach LeeAnn Best, where she was named team MVP and a first team all-conference selection during her senior year in 2013... Also earned the 2013 Golden Whistle award... Four-year member of the Honor Roll.
Personal: Born September 1st, 1995 in Livingston, N.J... Parents are Vincent and Angela Minutillo... Siblings are Nicolette, Gianna and Victoria... Father, Vincent, was a member of the soccer team at Marist College while sister, Gianna, is a current member of the women's lacrosse team at St. Joseph's University... Will enroll in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Club Team and ODP Experience: Member of the PWSI Courage 95 Gold team where she helped earn a Region I Premier League Championship... Also led the team to a USYS National League third place finish and was a two-time Super Y National Champion.
Freedom: Earned one varsity letter during her freshman season while choosing to focus on club soccer... Also lettered in cross country and track and field... Earned cross country all-region honors and was named team MVP... Member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society and is an AP Scholar... Recognized as a Loudoun County Excellence in Education award recipient.
Personal: Born September 6th, 1995 in Falls Church, Va... Parents are Sean and Colleen O'Toole... Siblings are Seamus, Shannon and Eamonn... Will enroll in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Atlanta, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic
Club Team and ODP Experience: Four-year member of the Georgia ODP team... Also a seven-year member of the GSA 97 ECNL team... 2012 and 2013 ECNL Southeast Conference winners... Earned third place in the 2013 ECNL Nationals... 2012 Regional Player iD camp attendee... Helped her club team to U14 USYS Region III semifinalist finish, U14 Georgia State Cup Championship, 2011 Region III Premier League East Championship, 2011 U14 Disney Finalist, 2010 U15 CASL Championship, 2010 U14 Atlanta Cup Championship, 2010 U13 Georgia State Cup Championship, 2010 U14 Atlanta Cup Championship and 2010 U13 Georgia State Cup Championship.
St. Pius X Catholic: Earned four varsity letters under head coach Sara Geiger, where she led the team to a Georgia AAA State Championship in 2011 and 2013... Notched 62 goals through three seasons... Chosen for the 2013 Georgia High School All-Star team... Named the 2012 and 2013 Most Valuable Offensive Player... Member of the Honor Roll and is an AP Scholar with Distinction... Also is a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student and earned the Silver Medal on the National Latin Exam.
Personal: Born September 15th, 1996 in Atlanta, Ga... Parents are Guy and Wendy Vocelka... Siblings are Drew, Noelle and Katherine... Will enroll in the Villanova School of Business.