Wake Forest Announces 2018 Signing Class
Feb. 8, 2018

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest head women's soccer coach Tony da Luz announced the addition of nine student-athletes to the program on Thursday.

"I’m excited to get started working with this 2018 class," said da Luz. "This group is technical, athletic, tough and passionate about Wake Forest soccer. Our roster is incredibly deep with the addition of this class! I welcome them to our Demon Deacon Family."


Oryann Addison | 5-4 | Midfielder/Defender | San Jose, Calif. | Valley Christian HS | Santa Clara Sporting


• Four-time Cal North State Champion
• Versatile midfielder/defender
• Will wear jersey #15

Background:
Member of Santa Clara Sporting club team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation on four separate point cycles…2015 and 2016 Olympic Development Championship starter…ODP state pool player from 2014- 16…2014-15 ODP Western Region camp attendee… Four-time Cal North State Cup Champion…Two-time NorCal State Cup Champion…Four-time Far West Regional Quarterfinalist…Four-year starter and three-year captain at Valley Christian High School…Three-time All-West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) First Team member…Named WCAL Midfielder of the Year her junior season…Second team All-Central Coast Selection…Led the team in goals scored and assists recorded her junior and senior season.

Personal:
Daughter of Andrea Nieto and Tito Addison…Born April 8, 2000…Father played men’s basketball at San Jose State University, reaching the NCAA Tournament once and holds the record in steals a three- pointers.

Da Luz's take:
"Oryann is a midfielder/defender that can cover a ton of ground. She is an accurate and creative passer, tough tackler and extremely athletic. Oryann has a good chance to play early because of her versatility."

What they're saying:
“Oryann is strong willed and determined, always putting the team before herself. She is extremely hard working, tenacious and technical. Oryann is a great teammate, and a pleasure to coach.” - Demitri Cacoyannis, Santa Clara Sporting


Mia Albery | 5-9 | Defender | Denver, Colo. | Regis Jesuit | Real Colorado


• Real Colorado U-19 Development Academy
• Valedictorian candidate at Regis Jesuit
• Will wear jersey #26

Background:
Member of Real Colorado U-19 Development Academy… Reached ECNL Playoffs in 2015 and 2016…State Cup Winner in 2013 and finalist in 2012…Member of 2016 Olympic Development state team that represented Region IV at the National Championships...Earned three varsity letters at Regis Jesuit High School…Started every game while serving as team captain junior year…Two-time Continental First League Team.

Personal:
Daughter of Harriet and Robert Albery…Full name is Maria Eileen Albery…Born Oct. 20, 2000...Valedictorian candidate at Regis Jesuit High School…Considering a major in engineering.

Da Luz's take:
"Mia is a solid left-footed defender. She is capable of accurate long-range passes and is comfortable at centerback or left back. "

What they're saying:
"Mia is a dedicated left-foot defender who is not afraid to grind out a result at all cost." -Lorne Donaldson, President of Real Colorado


Giovanna DeMarco | 5-7 | Midfielder | Gwynedd Valley, Pa. | Penn Charter | Match Fit Academy FC


• U.S. U-19 National Team camp
• No. 117 Ranked Prospect -- TopDrawerSoccer.com
• Will wear jersey #3

Background:
Attending the U-19 WNT Camp in February 2018… Rated by TopDrawerSoccer as the No. 117 prospect in the nation, including No. 5 in the New Jersey region and No. 46 Midfielder… 2017 ECNL National Champion…Member of ECNL Player Development Program from 2015-17…Attended the 2013 US Youth Olympic Development National Training Camp and was a member of the Pennsylvania ODP from 2010-13…Earned five letters at William Penn Charter School where she recorded 80 goals and 49 assists from 8th grade through senior year…All-time point leader at Penn Charter with 209…2017 USA Today Pre-Season All-American…Participated in 2017 TopDrawerSoccer All-American game… Three-time Inter-Academic (AC) League Champion…Two-time PAISAA State Champion…Named to the All-AC team four times, including three first-team honors…Two-time team MVP and team captain…2016 Inter-AC League MVP...Named to the 2016 All-Southeastern Pennsylvania Team as well as the All-State Team.

Personal:
Full name is Giovanna Christina DeMarco…Goes by Gi...Daughter of Drew and Christine DeMarco…Born July 9, 1999….Sister Dom is a sophomore defender at Colgate.

Da Luz's take:
“Gi is an attacking midfielder with an incredible engine and blue collar work ethic. Highly technical, Gi can attack on the dribble, run behind defenses, has a dangerous heading game, is a tough competitor and earned a recent invite to U-19 National Team camp. Gi is ready to make an impact”

What they're saying:
“Gi is a firecracker on the field. Her energy, commitment and desire are hard to match in training and in games. She has wonderful ability in possession, can use both feet and drifts beyond defenders without the ball. She scores goals, creates goals and is a handful throughout the game. Off the field, Gi is humble, fun to be around and a fantastic teammate.” – Jordan Raper, ECNL Director, Match Fit Academy FC


Linden Fisher | 5-7 | Forward | Winston-Salem, N.C. | R.J. Reynolds | Twin City


• Earned four varsity letters at R.J. Reynolds High School
• Leading scorer all four years
• Will wear jersey #30

Background:
Earned four varsity letters at R.J. Reynolds…Leading scorer all four years in high school…Named to all-conference and all-region teams her sophomore and junior year…Also earned four varsity letters in track and field.

Personal:
Daughter of John and Christia Fisher…Born July 19, 1999…Considering a major in communications.

Da Luz's take:
"Linden is versatile and physical. She can shoot from a distance. She will give us depth in midfield."

What they're saying:
"It has been a pleasure to coach Linden the last two years for Twin City. Linden has a great deal of pace, and the confidence to take players on in the final third. She made a huge impact on the team the past two years, leading the team in scoring, and setting up teammates in front of goal. We wish her the best of luck as she moves on to Wake Forest." -Chad Lorentz, Twin City Soccer


Ashley Frank | 5-2 | Forward | Niceville, Fla. | Niceville HS | Florida Kraze Krush


• Recorded 119 goals and 57 assists at Niceville HS
• Earned all-region and all-area honors
• Will wear jersey #5

Background:
Rated as the TopDrawerSoccer No. 15 player in the Florida region…Played club soccer for Florida Kraze Krush…Selected for regional player development program as well as the Olympic development state and region teams…Earned four varsity letters in soccer at Niceville High School, where she scored 119 goals and recorded 57 assists…Earned player of the year and all-region honors junior year…Named to first team all-area freshman and sophomore year…Also earned varsity letters in track and flag football.

Personal:
Daughter of Warren and Carmen Frank…Born Nov. 11, 1999…Sister Alex is a senior defender at VMI…Has lived in Germany, Alaska and Italy as her father Warren R. Frank is a CW3 in the military…Played on the same club team as freshman Shayla Smart…Considering a major in Health and Exercise Science

Da Luz's take:
"Ashley is a fast winger. She can fly in 1v1 attacking situations, is a good crosser and small but tough. She will stretch our opponents."

What they're saying:
“Ashley was the type of player you didn’t have to motivate or inspire. She was always ready to train and play. However, her best quality was how she inspired others around her to believe in their abilities, so we can compete with anyone.” -Jorge "Yoyo” Zavala, Girls' Development Academy Director, West Florida Flames


Aanchal Jain | 5-7 | Midfielder | Smithtown, N.Y. | Smithtown HS West | FC Fury NY


• Three-year starter at Smithtown HS West
• Played for NC Courage head coach Paul Riley
• Will wear jersey #32

Background:
Three-year starter at Smithtown High School West…Earned All-League, All-Conference and All-County awards her junior year after leading her team to 11 shutouts as a defensive midfielder… Member of FC Fury NY, a U.S. Soccer Development Academy team, during the 2017-18 season…Went to the ECNL playoffs with Albertson Fury in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Personal:
Daughter of Nilima and Sandeep Jain…Born Jan. 31, 2001…Considering a major in Psychology and Neuroscience.

Da Luz's take:
"Aanchal is a tough defensive midfielder. A simple, accurate passer, she grinds in midfield and is a strong ball winner."

What they're saying:
“Aanchal has developed into a very good player. She is athletic, physical, an excellent reader of game and has a great engine. She is a late bloomer with a ton of tools.” -Paul Riley, Albertson Fury


Mia Raben | 5-9 | Goalkeeper | Greenwood Village, Colo. | Cherry Creek | Colorado Rush


• Member of Colorado Rush U-18/19 Team
• Earned three varsity letters at Cherry Creek HS
• Will wear jersey #16

Background:
Rated No. 22 in the Rocky Mountains and Southwest region by TopDrawerSoccer…Member of 2017-18 Colorado Rush U-18/19 team, a U.S. Soccer Development Academy team…2017 North American Cup champion… Earned three varsity letters and was a two-year captain at Cherry Creek High School.

Personal:
Daughter of Carrie and David Raben…Born February 29, 2000…Her brother Sam plays on the Wake Forest men’s soccer team…Her sister Lizzy played at Duke from 2013-17 and now plays for AC Sparta in Prague.

Da Luz's take:
"Mia is a keeper with lots of upside. She is tall, athletic, solid and is improving her kicking game and is capable of great saves. Mia will put competitive pressure on Nonie Frishette and Emily Hull for playing time. She has a hunger to improve and a bright future."

What they're saying:
“Mia is a constant professional. She is a true leader on and off the field. She has a great work ethic and is always striving to be better. Not only is Mia a great goalkeeper, but she is also a great person and it has been a joy working with her.” -Garrison Goodner, Colorado Rush


Shayla Smart | 5-2 | Forward | Apopka, Fla. | Montverde Academy | Florida Kraze Krush


• Jamaica U-20 and U-17 National Team
• 2016 and 2017 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier
• Will wear jersey #20

Background:
Jamaica U-17 and U-20 National Team…2016 and 2018 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier…Rated by TopDrawerSoccer as No. 13 in the Florida region…Earned four varsity letters at Montverde Academy where she finished with 68 goals and 52 assists…2017 Florida State Cup Championship…2017 Brighthouse Lake County Player of the Year and 2017 Montverde Academy MVP…2016 Region III Champions…2016 FYSA Nationals Best XI.

Personal:
Daughter of Christopher Smart and Maryisabel Garcia…Born May 30, 2000…Considering a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology…Played on the same club team as Ashley Frank…Attended same high school as Wake Forest student-athletes Doral Moore (men’s basketball), Bruno Lapa (men’s soccer) and Mai Dechathipat (women’s golf).

Da Luz's take:
"Shay is an attacking player with great speed and acceleration. She can dribble at speed and opponents will have a hard time containing her."

What they're saying:
“Shayla brings a tremendous amount of upside to a Deacon program that processes a tremendous amount of attacking talent. She has the speed, craftiness, confidence and international playing experience that will provide depth to a talented recruiting class for Coach da Luz. Shayla attains all the tools to excel under the Wake Forest staff tutelage going forward in her college career. We are looking forward in seeing her compete at the next level." -Hue Menzies, Florida Kraze Krush


Lauren Tangney | 5-2 | Midfield | Fairfield, Conn. | Fairfield Warde HS | CFC United ECNL


• United Soccer Coaches All-American
• No. 67 Ranked 2018 Prospect - TopDrawerSoccer.com
• Will wear jersey #23

Background:
Rated by TopDrawerSoccer as the No. 67 prospect in the nation, including No. 6 in the Northeast Region and No. 24 Midfielder…ECNL Northeast Player Development Program selection…Member of the 2013 and 2014 Olympic Development Program Region I Team as well as Connecticut ODP team from 2011-14…Attended ODP National Training Camp in 2014…2017 United Soccer Coaches All-American…Senior captain and recipient of four varsity letters at Fairfield Warde High School in Connecticut…Recorded 26 career goals and 31 assists…Three-time All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference First Team…Three-time All-New England and LL All-State Selection…2017 CJSA Female Player of the Year.

Personal:
Daughter of Patti and Terrence Tangney…Born Nov. 24, 1999…Considering a major in Finance.

Da Luz's take:
"Lauren is a playmaking midfielder with extraordinary soccer instincts and vision. She can split defenses with her sophisticated passing and solve pressure because she is so composed. With strength work and maturity, Lauren has a big upside."

What they're saying:
“Lauren is one of the most technical soccer players I have ever coached. She is a true soccer junkie that loves the game and has continued to improve as a player year by year. Lauren has also mentored younger players in our club that aspire to play at the highest level.” -Todd Plourde, CFC United Head Coach



 

 

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