June 5, 2013
Minnesota's soccer roster is growing. Head Coach Stefanie Golan announced today the addition of four transfers to the Golden Gopher for the upcoming season. The Maroon and Gold will welcome Allison Giddings, Jennifer Larrick, Olivia Schultz, and Taylor Stainbrook to Minneapolis this fall.
"We are excited to add four players for the fall who bring collegiate experience with them to the U," said Golan. "All four of these players make us a better, deeper team and we are excited to add them to the Gopher Soccer Family."
A native of Ramsey, Minn., Giddings transfers from the University of South Dakota where she played 18 games as a defender, playing the fourth-highest minutes on the team. Giddings played prep ball at Anoka High School where she helped her team to two appearances in the state tournament and was named All-Conference Honorable Mention during her senior season. She also played for the Twin Cities Fire Soccer Club.
"Allie Giddings was with us this Spring, and she has such a great attitude and work rate and adds to our depth in back."
Larrick, a native of Westford, Mass., will join the Gophers by way of the University of Florida. She attended Westford Academy and turned in 25 goals and 30 assists during her high school career. During her prep career she was a four-time selection to the Dual-County All-Star team, a two-time selection to the Eastern Massachusetts and Lowell Sun All-Star teams, and the 2010 Lowell Sun Player of the Year. The midfielder was an active participant in the Massachusetts Olympic Development Program and a member of the FC Blazers Soccer Club since 2009.
"Jen Larrick spent two years at the University of Florida, and we have watched film from Spring games and spoken with the coaches down there. She has a fantastic work rate and mentality, a deep fitness base, and she is a very technical, possession-oriented player who fits into the way we want to play as a team."
Schultz returns to Minneapolis after a prep career at the Academy of Holy Angels. As a freshman and sophomore, she took home two All-Missota Conference honors and helped her team to a league championship. She was also a member of the Eden Prairie United club team and the Minnesota ODP State team and earned recognition on the NSCAA All-American Team in 2008 and 2009. This past year was spent at the University of San Diego where she played nine matches as a midfielder and helped lead the team to the program's first WCC Championships and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
"Olivia Schultz is another technical, possession oriented midfielder who consistently keeps the ball for her team, attacks well with the ball at her feet, and has a knack for playing little slotted balls to get forwards in behind."
Stainbrook wraps up the newcomers as the final player returning to her home state. The Burnsville, Minn. native, made 21 starts in as many games last season as part of the North Dakota State defense that posted 11 shutouts during the year. Stainbrook was voted to the Summit League All-Freshman Team for her efforts. Stainbrook was a four-year letterwinner and all-conference selection at Apple Valley High School and also a member of the Minnesota Thunder Academy since 2005.
"Taylor Stainbrook can either play in the back or as a holding midfielder. She is athletic and as tough as they come."
The four transfers join an incoming class of eight freshmen; Rashida Beal (Germantown, Wis.), Erin Booth (Bemidji, Minn.), Mara Dougherty (Medina, Minn.), Tarah Hobbs (Hugo, Minn.), Vanessa Johnston (Minneapolis, Minn.), Simone Kolander (Lakeville, Minn.), Ashley Pafko (Blaine, Minn.), and Josee Stiever (Cedarburg, Wis.).
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