The Wright State women's soccer program has announced eight additions for the 2017 season. Joining the Raiders will be Erin Graefen, Caitlyn Grooms, Destiny Johnson, Hannah Poe, Rian Reid, Emily Rotterman, Kayla Schrubb and Miranda Thomas.
Graefen (Plainfield, IL/Central), a forward/midfielder, was an All-Southwest Prairie Conference selection as a sophomore and junior (Illinois plays its girls' soccer season in the spring). A three-time team MVP, she also received all-area recognition by The Herald News three times and was All-Section Ten twice. Graefen's club team, the Chicago Fire Juniors West, was a state cup finalist.
"I chose Wright State for a multitude of reasons, but the first one that comes to mind is how I felt when I stepped on campus," said Graefen. "I saw a new opportunity that was going to challenge me academically and athletically. I know the professors and coaches at WSU are going to help push me to be the best I can be."
Grooms (New Richmond, OH/McNicholas), a forward/midfielder, scored five goals and added seven assists for the Rockets as a senior despite being injured half the season. She tallied six goals as a junior, earning Second Team All-Greater Catholic League Central Division honors, and had eight goals as a sophomore. McNicholas advanced to the regional finals in 2015 after winning the Division II state title in 2014.
Grooms' club team, Kings Hammer Academy, was in the final eight nationally in 2015.
"I chose Wright State a long time ago. It has always been my first choice," said Grooms. "I chose Wright State academically because they have an excellent reputation in academics. I also like this choice because they have so many majors to choose from. This is especially important for someone who is not completely sure what she wants to study or focus on specifically. I chose Wright State for soccer because I really like the coaching staff and the league they play in. I felt at home every time I have gone to visit. The coaching staff expects good practice players to make really good game players with hard work and dedication. That was important to me. The players who I have met or know seem to have the same desire that I do."
Johnson (Zanesville, OH/Zanesville), a midfielder, scored 68 career goals with 27 assists, including 21 goals and 10 assists as a senior. She played on three East Central Ohio League championship teams and one sectional championship team. Johnson was an All-Ohio selection, the 2015 ECOL Player of the Year, and the 2016 East District Player of the Year.
"I chose Wright State because the minute I stepped on campus, I knew it felt like home," said Johnson. "Everyone made me feel welcomed. Wright State has an amazing education program which is my major. There are so many activities and things to be a part of which definitely caught my eye. The soccer team made me feel a part of the family the minute I got there!"
Poe (Union, KY/Ryle), a forward/midfielder, scored four goals and had six assists as a senior. A three-time all-region selection, she was an East Second Team All-State honoree as a sophomore as well as district MVP.
"I chose Wright State University because the minute I stood on campus, it felt like another home to me. I met the all types of people, with vibrant smiles," said Poe. "There are a variety of programs and degrees that I can go into that this school offers. The campus itself is just the "wright" size, and the class sizes aren't very large! It's a bonus that I'm close to home, so I can visit my family when needed!"
Reid (Columbus, OH/Thomas Worthington), a forward, tallied six goals and seven assists as a senior as she was named Second Team All-Ohio Capital Conference for the second straight year. The Cardinals finished 13-4-1 and advanced to the district finals.
"I chose Wright State because when I went on my visit because I really liked the atmosphere of the school and campus and could see myself attending here for the next four years," said Reid. "Wright State is only an hour away from home and has a great Sports Science program that I'm excited to be a part of. I also really liked all the coaches and players I've met and believe they will make it easy to transition and be successful within the team right away."
Rotterman (Burlington, ONT/Nelson), a midfielder, was a team captain and MVP as a sophomore and junior and finished her high school career with 18 goals despite not playing as a senior to focus on club season. She was a five-year team captain for her club team, the Burlington Bayhawks, and led them to the Elite Division title.
"I chose Wright State because of the amazing soccer program, awesome people, and great academics!" said Rotterman. "Right when I stepped on campus and met all the girls on the team I knew without a doubt this was the school I wanted to spend my next four years at!"
Schrubb (Piqua, OH/Piqua), a forward, comes to Wright State after playing the past two seasons at Indiana State. In 2016, she appeared in 16 matches with 10 starts, scoring the game-winning goal against Drake. Schrubb played in 16 matches with 14 starts as a freshman as she saw action as a defender.
A Second Team All-Ohio honoree for the Indians as a senior, Schrubb was the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division Athlete of the Year as she scored 14 goals and added seven assists. She was also selected First Team All-GWOC North in 2012 and 2013 and Second Team in 2011. Schrubb's club team, the Ohio Galaxies, won the 2014 state championship.
Thomas (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville), a goalkeeper, posted 16 shutouts and allowed just four goals her senior season, leading the Mustangs to an 18-1-1 record and an appearance in the regional semifinals. Her club team, the Cleveland Futbol Club, was a six-time Ohio North state champion, won a regional title in 2014 and placed third in the 2014 USYS Nationals.
"I chose Wright State University because it offered me great opportunities and areas of study," said Thomas. "The campus felt like home. I knew I could get a quality education and the opportunity to play for a competitive soccer team. The coaches and players were very welcoming and their program offered the level of quality and commitment I was looking for in a collegiate soccer program."