Feb. 7, 2018
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer program welcomed nine members of the Class of 2022 as part of Wednesday’s National Signing Day.
The nine signees bring the class total to 10 student-athletes after goalkeeper Mattie Interian enrolled early with the Irish in January. The signing class, which consists of athletes from seven states, includes two goalkeepers, three defenders, three midfielders and two forwards.
“We’re extremely excited about this group,” interim head coach Dawn Siergiej said. “When each of these girls came to campus they just fell in love with Notre Dame. Now they’re all very eager and determined to get here and put their mark on this program.
“The best part is, it’s not just a group of skillful soccer players, but people of great character who will contribute immediately to the Notre Dame soccer family.”
The incoming class will join a program that competed in the NCAA Sweet 16 in November. Notre Dame eliminated No. 2-seeded Texas A&M after advancing on penalty kicks in College Station, Texas, in the NCAA Second Round.
Meet the Class of 2022
Chloe Boice, Defender, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
- Led her team to a league championship as a freshman at Santa Margarita Catholic High School and won the California State Championship as a sophomore before being sidelined due to injury for two seasons.
- Played club soccer with West Coast FC and SC Blues and won the 2015 ECNL Championship.
- Attended the same high school as former Irish sisters Kaitlin and Taylor Klawunder.
Nikki Colantuono, Forward/Midfielder, Otisville, N.Y.
- Won two Jefferson Cup Championships and two New York State Cup Championships with Quickstrike FC.
- Led Minisink Valley High School to back-to-back section finals and was named all-state on three occasions. Colantuono tallied 19 goals and two assists as a senior en route to being named second-team all-state.
- Attended the same high school as former Irish forward Meghan Doyle.
Luisa Delgado Heinz, Midfielder, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
- Competed with the Under-17 Mexico Women’s National Team from 2014-16. Delgado Heinz started every game in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Amman, Jordan.
- Was a two-time Coastal League Most Valuable Player as a member of Vistamar School’s soccer team.
- Won the ODP National Championship with CalSouth in 2017.
Jaina Eckert, Goalkeeper, Newnan, Ga.
- Played one season at the Heritage School, where she was named all-region as a freshman.
- Competed as a member of BUSA ECNL and helped her team qualify for ECNL nationals in 2017.
- Earned Highest Honors on four occasions and was named a Georgia Merit Scholar.
Jade Gosar, Defender, Fort Collins, Colo.
- Played club soccer with Arsenal Colorado and Real Colorado, which qualified for the ECNL playoffs each season. Gosar competed in two ECNL national championships and scored in one title game.
- Named to the Front Range League All-Conference team three times in as many seasons while playing at Rocky Mountain High School.
- Selected to the Academic All-State First Team as a junior and is a three-time honor athlete.
Mattie Interian, Goalkeeper, Pasadena, Calif.
- Enrolled early at Notre Dame in January and is competing with the Irish this spring.
- Was a three-year starter and two-time all-area team member at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy before transferring to Halstrom Academy, where she graduated in December of 2017. Interian capped her high school career with her third stint on a national roster, this time on the Under-17 United States Women’s National Team.
- Competed with ODP, which won the regional and national championships in back-to-back seasons (2016-17). Interian captained the club team her senior season.
Brianna Martinez, Midfielder/Defender, Albuquerque, N.M.
- Was a member of the United States Under-18 Women’s National Team and traveled to China, Australia and Europe for international competition with the team.
- Played four seasons at Volcano Vista High School, where she averaged 2.8 points per game as a senior. Martinez recorded 92 points in her high school career.
- Named to the Honor Roll and was ranked in the top 10 in her class at Volcano Vista.
Kelly Moss, Midfielder, Lumberton, N.J.
- Was named an All-Conference BCSL All-Star three times in as many seasons with Rancocas Valley High School. Moss led Rancocas in goals as a junior and was named to the NJGSCA State Top-20 list.
- Spent time with both the ECNL’s FC Bucks Fusion and the USSDA’s Cedar Stars Academy and was named the Top Drawer Standout Player in the 2015 ECNL Sanford Event.
- Named to the honor roll four times while also serving as the vice president for the Spanish Club and a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader.
Genevieve Watkins, Defender, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
- Played club soccer with Slammers FC from 2015-17, and most recently, competed with LAFC Slammers and the US Soccer Development Academy from 2017-18. Watkins helped LAFC Slammers to a conference championship and the ECNL national championship, contributing a goal in the latter.
- Named a two-time Scholar-Athlete at Mira Costa High School.
- Is a member of the National Honors Society and the National Charity League and is treasurer of the Ambassadors Club.
Olivia Wingate, Forward, Wilmington, Mass.
- Competed with the United States Under-18 Women’s National Team as well as the U.S. Under-16 Girls National Team. Wingate participated in several U.S. soccer international training camps and tournaments in England (2017), Netherlands (2016) and the Tournament of Gradisca, Italy (2016).
- Played two seasons at Wilmington High School, where she was NSCAA All-New England and NSCAA All-State after scoring 17 goals as a junior.
- Was a four-time Honor Roll selection and a member of the Medical Careers Club.
For a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish women’s soccer program, follow @NDSoccer on Twitter and @NDWSoccer on Instagram. --ND-- Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame baseball and women's soccer programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary's College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.
Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame baseball and women's soccer programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary's College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.