DiBernardo, Mutz, Samp & Vancil on board for Red Stars' Women's Premier Soccer League debutCHICAGO, IL (05/10/11) -
The Chicago Red Stars of the Midwest Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL)
announced four additions to its 2011 roster. Joining the Red Stars roster are University of Illinois forward & Naperville, IL native Vanessa DiBernardo
(above); University of Illinois forward & Homer Glen, IL native Shayla Mutz;
Indiana University forward & Barrington, IL native Carly Samp
; and University of Louisville goalkeeper & South Elgin, IL native Taylor Vancil
DiBernardo made a big splash during her 2010 freshman campaign with the Illini. The Waubonsie Valley High School graduate led the Big Ten Conference in goals (11) and points (27), started in all 19 matches and garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. She also set a program record with four goals during Illinois' 4-1 victory over Purdue on Oct. 1, 2010, in Champaign, IL. DiBernardo recently joined the U.S. U-23 WNT camp from April 24 to May 1 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
Mutz, a Lockport Township High School graduate, started in all 19 matches for Illinois, ranked third on the team with four goals and tied for third with 10 points. Mutz's highlight of the Big Ten Conference season with an overtime game-winning goal against Iowa for a 2-1 victory on Oct. 16, 2010.
Samp completed her junior season with Indiana, leading the club in goals (8) and points (19) in 2010. She contributed three assists and played in all 19 matches for the Hoosiers. Samp currently ranks seventh on the career points list at Indiana with 39.
Vancil wrapped up her sophomore season with Louisville. The St. Charles North High School graduate played in all 19 matches for the Cardinals in 2010, posting a 10-9 record, five shutouts, 125 saves and a .796 save percentage. She allowed 32 goals for a 1.68 goals allowed average. Vancil played in every game for the U.S U-17 squad en route to a runner-up finish in the 2008 U-17 Women's World Cup. Vancil is part of the U.S. U-20 WNT player pool.
Chicago hosts two home matches open to the public on July 2 and 10 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex, 5700 College Road, in west suburban Lisle, IL. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating. For more information, visit http://www.ChicagoRedStars.com.
The Red Stars have announced 11 players thus far for their debut in the WPSL this season. For the entire list of signings, see below:Chicago Red Stars 2011 WPSL RosterPlayer, Position, Hometown (Previous Team; College)Vanessa DiBernardo
, F, Naperville, IL (University of Illinois)Amanda Cinalli
, F, Cleveland, OH (Atlanta Beat; University of Notre Dame)Julie Ewing
, D, Batavia, IL (University of Illinois)Kara Kabellis
, M, Lockport, IL (Chicago Red Eleven; University of Wisconsin)Shalya Mutz
, F, Homer Glen, IL (University of Illinois)Bri Rodriguez
, M, Aurora, IL (University of West Virginia)Carly Samp
, F, Barrington, IL (Indiana University)Jackie Santacaterina
, M, Geneva, IL (Chicago Red Stars; University of Illinois)Taylor Vancil
, G, South Elgin, IL (University of Louisville)Elise Weber
, D, Elk Grove, IL (Chicago Red Stars; University of Notre Dame)Michele Weissenhofer
, F, Naperville, IL (Chicago Red Stars & SG Essen-Schonebeck; University of Notre Dame)About the Chicago Red Stars:
The Chicago Red Stars are playing in their first season in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) after spending the 2009 & 2010 seasons in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). The Red Stars play their public home games at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex in west suburban Lisle, Ill. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating. For tickets and more information about the Red Stars, visit http://www.ChicagoRedStars.com.About the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL):
The WPSL is a 60-plus team national league for the Summer 2011 season competing in five conferences and is the largest women's soccer league in the world. The league is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA)
as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF)
. The WPSL's mission is to provide the highest level of soccer in our effort to: bring affordable & quality family entertainment to the community; display positive role models for our youth; while, being a stepping stone for aspiring professional & international-level players.
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