July 20, 2012

MIT Women’s Soccer Announces Class of 2016

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's soccer team will welcome seven new members for the 2012 season, head coach Martin Desmarais announced. Included in the Class of 2016 are student-athletes from fives states, including three players from California.

"The incoming recruiting class is certainly, on paper, a very accomplished group of players," said Desmarias. "With all the starters back from last year's NEWMAC Championship team, the addition of this class gives the program one of the most talented and deepest squads I have had in my tenure at MIT. We are all very excited about next season and the bright future of MIT women's soccer."

Nikki Effenberger (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual)
Midfielder...captain...also earned a varsity letter for track and field...played for Escondido FC, Poway Vaqueros, and San Diego Surf Soccer Clubs...Cal South National Cup State champion with club team in 2011...National Honor Society vice president...California Scholarship Federation...AP Scholar with Distinction...Academic Eagle Award...Valedictory Circle (top 15 students)...will be majoring in mechanical engineering.

Priyanka Gaur (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis)
Midfielder...captain...district midfield MVP...first team all-district...sectional champions...also played for Austin United Capital Soccer Club, Lonestar Soccer Club, and Olympic Development Program state team...U.S. National Youth Soccer Club State Champions...salutatorian...president of the National Honor Society...National Merit Finalist...AP Scholar...Universal Interscholastic League...Texas Instruments Math Rocks Award...major is undecided.

Jenn Ibanez (West Windsor, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro North)
Forward/midfielder...all-state...all-county...Central Jersey Top 20...MVP...Rookie of the Year...four-year varsity letterwinner...2011 conference divisional champions...played for Real NJ SC Power (2011 State Cup finalist and 2010 semifinalist) and LSTS Futsal Academy (2009 NJ Futsal State Cup finalist)...Science Olympiad co-captain...National Honor Society...Mathematics Honor Society...Spanish Honor Society......National Merit Scholar...National Hispanic Scholar...High Honors...Outstanding Mathematics Award...Louis Armstrong Jazz Award...Peer Leadership Award...major is undecided.

Morgan Moroi (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany)
Forward/midfielder...second team all-conference...Columbus Dispatch Scholar Athlete...2010 conference champions...two-time varsity letterwinner...also played for Blast FC (2010 and 2012 state champions, 2010 Region II finalist, National League participant)...valedictorian...National Honor Society...National Society of High School Scholars...Wagner House Social Committee president...house leader...Eagle Ambassador...STEM Girls Club...Clarkson Leadership Award...AP Scholar...NCWIT Ohio Affiliate Award...Dimitri Award of Science...major is undecided.

Amma Okwara (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin School)
Forward...all-state...two-time all-region...two-time all-conference...third team all-Charlotte Observer...four-time 3A Private State Champions...also played at the Charlotte Soccer Academy...captain of the volleyball team...Cum Laude Society...National Spanish Honor Society...Service Society...Diversity Club...will be majoring in biomedical engineering or brain and cognitive sciences.

Zara Perumal (Poway, Calif./Homeschooled)
Played for San Diego Surf Soccer...also played volleyball...valedictorian...National Science Honor Society...Phi Theta Kappa...Chemistry Olympiad national finalist...will be majoring in chemistry and computer science.

Page Uriarte (San Diego, Calif./San Diego)
Defender...captain...first team all-league...three-time MVP...also was the captain of the tennis team...played for San Diego Soccer Club...salutatorian...National Hispanic Merit Scholar...will be majoring in mathematics.