University of Minnesota women’s soccer head coach Stefanie Golan has announced the signing of seven student-athletes for the 2017 season. Arianna Del Moral (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Athena Kuehn (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Alysse Lamond (Burlingame, Calif.), Makenzie Langdok (Saint Michael, Minn.), Maddie Nielsen (Shoreline, Wash.), Celina Nummerdor (Juneau, Wisc.) and Mia Powers (Seattle, Wash.) have each signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI).
“We are excited to welcome this group to the Gopher Soccer Family,” Golan said. “Each of these young women will positively enhance our team culture, take us another step forward on the field, strive for excellence in the classroom, and look to positively contribute to the surrounding community.”
Arianna Del Moral, a midfielder, has played with Totino Grace High School and Minnesota Thunder Academy. In her senior season, Del Moral was a Ms. Soccer Finalist, and named to All-Conference, All-Metro Team, All-State and All-Midwest. Her high school team was section champions in both 2014 and 2016. Del Moral’s club team were 2013 Schwann’s Cup Super Elite Champions, 2013 North American Finalists, 2015 National Champions in the North American Cup, and played in the 2016 Champions League. Del Moral was a part of the Olympic Development Program from 2010-2013, qualifying for the State Team each year. She is the daughter of Rafael and Iramaru Del Moral, and is interested in majoring in nutrition.
“Del Moral is a super technical and a player we think has a lot of long term potential as a Gopher,” Golan said. “She will benefit immediately from working with our strength & conditioning coach when she arrives on campus, to take her to another level. She already reads the game well and can distribute well. We are confident she will add immediate depth and are excited to get her here.”
Athena Kuehn is a midfielder, having competed with Pine Creek High School and the Pride Soccer Club. Kuehn has had a decorated soccer career with Pride, having been named 2016 U19 State Cup Champions, 2015 U18 Colorado Super League Champions, 2016 U17 State Cup Champions, 2015 Region IV Quarterfinalists, 2014 Surf Cup Semifinalists, 2014 U16 State Cup Champions, 2014 US National Semifinalists, 2014 U15 Region IV Champions, 2014 U15 National League Champions, and more. Kuehn was a three sport athlete in high school, having participated in track and cross country in addition to soccer. She was named All-State in cross country in both 2014 and 2015 and was the Most Valuable Runner in 5A cross country in 2014, and achieved National Gold Elite Standard in the 5000-meter run. She was a four-year honor roll student, four-year academic letterwinner and a member of the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Bernhard and Shay Kuehn, and is interested in majoring in education.
“Kuehn is an athletic midfielder who covers a ton of ground,” Golan said. “She has a great engine and is a threat running at defenders with the ball at her feet. Early on, we expect her to compete as a wide attacking player and we are excited about the depth that she gives us in that group.”
Alysse LaMond is a midfielder who has played with Burlingame High School and DeAnza Force Soccer Club. She was named to the All-League Second Team during her freshman year, and All-League First Team in both her sophomore and junior seasons. LaMond has been a part of the Player Development Program (PDP) since 2011, including the Elite Club National League PDP and State Pool PDP. She is the daughter of Stephen and Gabrielle Lamond, and plans to study journalism.
“LaMond graduated from high school a semester early and has already joined the team,” Golan said. “She is an extremely technical defensive central midfielder who can dictate the tempo of the game, and her vision is fantastic. It says a lot that she graduated early to come make the transition to our level now, and we are excited about the growth she will experience.”
Makenzie Langdok, a defender and midfielder, joins the Gophers after competing for St. Michael-Albertville High School and Minnesota Thunder Academy. At the high school level, Langdok was named All-Conference in 2012-2016, All-Metro First Team in 2016, All-State from 2014-2016 and to the All-State Tournament Team in 2016. Langdok was named Ms. Minnesota in 2016 and was a Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year candidate. She played in the ECNL Champions League in 2016 and was a member of the Olympic Development Program at the state level in 2011 and from 2013-2016, and at the regional level from 2014-2016. She is the daughter of Jon and Theresa Langdok, and is interested in majoring in biochemistry.
“Langdok is a player with a lot of versatility who we've been excited about for quite a while now,” Golan said. “She is athletically gifted and has developed into a player we see as an attacking-minded outside back early in her career. She is fast, powerful, smart, and competitive. We expect her to make an immediate impact.”
Maddie Nielsen is a goalkeeper who has played with King’s High School and Crossfire G98 ECNL. In addition to soccer, Nielsen was a three sport high school athlete, competing in basketball and track and field in addition to soccer. She set the school record for both single season shutouts (19) and goals against (4). Nielsen was named to the All-Conference Second Team in her freshman and junior seasons, and to the First Team in her sophomore and senior seasons. During her sophomore season, she was also named to the All-State Second Team, and was selected to the All-Area Second Team and All-State First Team as a senior. She is the daughter of of Cris and Kristen Nielsen, and is interested in majoring in kinesiology.
“Nielsen is a 6'1" goalkeeper who has so much potential at this level,” Golan said. “She can crush a ball with her feet and has a great deal of natural athletic ability. We expect her to come in and compete to play early in her career.”
Celina Nummerdor, a midfielder and forward, has played for North Shore United, opting to play year-round club soccer. Nummerdor and North Shore United won the State Cup four times and took third at nationals in 2015 and second in 2016. She played basketball for Mountain Top Christian Academy, where she was a four-time varsity letterwinner and named to All-Conference and All-State in 2015 and 2016. Nummerdor is a former teammate of current Minnesota freshman Nikki Albrecht. She is the daughter of Keith and Stacy Nummerdor, and is undecided on her major.
“Nummerdor is a powerful, dynamic attacking midfield player who could also play up top if needed,” Golan said. “She is excellent with the ball at her feet, distributes well, and is a threat to score from 25-yards and in. We expect her to come in and challenge to play right away.”
Mia Powers is a midfielder and forward who joins Minnesota after playing for Holy Names Academy. Powers is a four year varsity letterwinner in soccer and was named MVP as a freshman. Powers was a part of Washington’s Olympic Development Program from U13 through U17. She is the daughter of John and Sara Powers, and is interested in majoring in business marketing.
“Powers is a player who we see adding depth to our front line,” Golan said. “She is powerful, strikes the ball well, combines well with others, and is a player who will enhance our ability to build an attack. She is also a player who could also contribute in the midfield, and we like the versatility she adds to the program.”
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