Aberdeen, S.D. (NSUWolves.com) – Northern State University head coach Ryszard Gorski announced today the addition of seven student-athletes for the 2019-20 season, as members of his first signing class. Ona Aldea Blasco (Barcelona, Spain), Morgan Bury (Laramie, Wyo.), Demeree McLean (Meridian, Idaho), Georgia-May Murphy (Liverpool, England), Alexis Roessler (Appleton, Wis.), Lonneke van Eijk (Limburg, Belgium), and Haley Wammock (Yakima, Wash.) signed national letters of intent and will join the Wolves next fall.
“It has been a challenging task to bring in a 2019 class in the short span of six weeks; however, I feel that our seven commitments are as strong of a class that I could have wished for had I had months of recruiting on my side,” explained Gorski. “Both on the field and in the classroom, this is a solid group. You can see how diverse the group is with four out-of-state student-athletes and three coming in from Europe. Everyone has a different background, and everyone has a story to tell on how they got to this point in their careers. These stories will bring our ladies together, and I cannot wait to begin working with this group. Academically this team will grow to new heights, as we always will ensure that academics come first!”
Ona Aldea Blasco • Barcelona, Spain • Ins Thalassa
Ona Aldea Blasco is a 5-foot-5, midfielder from Barcelona, Spain. She is a starter for Ins Thalassa, where she scored 15 goals last season. Aldea Blasco is a member of CE Europa, which plays in the Primera Juvenil Catalana; the fifth tier of Spanish soccer. She is the daughter of Nuria Blasco Martizez and Carlos Aldea Tudela.
Gorski on Aldea Blasco: “Ona is an impact player! She is technically brilliant. Wolves’ fans should be excited, as she will be a joy to watch. I am excited to work with her and her experience playing at the top level in Catalunya will be invaluable to this program. Her natural ability will allow this program to grow where we will have players looking up to her and replicating what she can do on the ball. A natural leader.”
Morgan Bury • Laramie, Wyo. • Laramie HS • Sheridan College
Morgan Bury is a 5-foot-8, goalkeeper out of Laramie High School and Sheridan College. She was a 4-year starter and 3-year team captain for the Lady Plainsmen under the direction of head coach Kin Whisenant, as a prep. Bury was a 2-time all-conference selection and a member of the 2016 all-state team, as LHS won the 2016 State Championship. In her two seasons at Sheridan, Bury was twice named to the all-region second team. She also earned Academic All-America honors. She is the daughter of Shauna and Jeff Bury.
Gorski on Bury: “Morgan is a great coup for this program. I think she could be one of the best goalkeepers in the NSIC. It is a position that I highly value and when she came across my radar, I knew I had to bring her to NSU. Her distribution is second-to-none, her hands are made of glue, and just her presence in the box will bring a great deal of confidence to our team. I am super excited to work with her.”
Demeree McLean • Meridian, Idaho • Mountain View HS • Walla Walla CC
Demeree McLean is a 5-foot-9, defender out Mountain View High School and Walla Walla Community College. As a prep, McLean was a 3-year starter for the Bulls, being named the 2017 MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. She was a 2-year starter at Walla Walla, playing over 97 percent of the team’s total minutes played from the centerback position. McLean was a NWAC All-Star in 2018, as WWCC won the East Region Championship. They went 18-1-1 overall and 14-0 in the league with 13 shutout victories.
Gorski on McLean: “Dem has had two solid years playing as a defender in the junior college ranks. She will bring experience to our back line. She is physically strong and will bring a calmness to those around her. Her ability to win the ball in the air and put a solid tackle in is something that I am looking forward to seeing day-in, day-out.”
Georgia-May Murphy • Liverpool, England • Broughton Hall HS
Georgia-May Murphy is a 5-foot-7, midfielder from Liverpool, England. She was a 3-year starter and team captain for Broughton Hall High School, competing in the Merseyside County Schools Football Association. Broughton Hall won the MCSFA in back-to-back seasons. She is a member of the successful Liverpool Feds Women’s FC, who competes in the FA Women’s National League Division One North. Murphy has grown throughout the Liverpool program playing for the primary schoolgirls, schoolgirls, and Feds WFC over the last 11 years. In that time, she has won numerous player of the year awards. She is the daughter of Ali and Tommy Murphy.
Gorski on Murphy: “Georgia-May is physically very strong on the ball. She has great technique, and possesses the vision to bring other players into the game. She has a good turn of pace which helps her get away from opposing defenders and she possesses an excellent shot in either foot. Her club coaches all agree that she is a dream to work with, that she is a player who never gives anything less than 100 percent in both training and full match play. What more could I ask for in a player? Being from England, I know she will play with her heart on her sleeve.”
|Alexis Roessler • Appleton, Wis. • Kimberly HSAlexis Roessler is a 5-foot-7, midfielder out of Kimberly High School. She is a 2-year starter for the Papermakers under the direction of head coach Andrew Sutton. The Papermakers are consistently ranked in the top-10 of Wisconsin largest division. Roessler has scored 31 career goals with one season still to play this spring. She is a co-captain of the Oshkosh United Elite, who posted a 9-0-2 record a season ago and won the National Midwest League. In addition, they were the 2017 State Cup Champions under the direction of head coach Chris Guido. Roessler was named to the Midwest ODP pool for 2001 girls. She is the daughter of Brian and Carey Roessler.
Gorski on Roessler: “Alexis has been unlucky due to the fact she was injured in her junior year, during one of the most important years of her soccer career. However, she has bounced back like a true champion and is back to playing her best soccer. Her speed and tenacity will be of great value to this program. I feel she will only go from strength to strength, and I look forward to seeing her grow as a player.”
Lonneke van Eijk • Limburg, Belgium • Don Bosco College Hechtel
Lonneke van Eijk is a 5-foot-3, midfielder from Limburg, Belgium. As a member of the Don Bosco program, van Eijk played on the 2017 Belgium Championship team and the 2016 European Championship team. She is also a member of the prestigious KRC Genk Ladies, who won the International Indoor Soccer Cup in 2018, and finished second at the National Belgium Cup in 2017 and the International Tournament in Eindhoven in 2018. KRC Genk plays in one of the highest levels of soccer in Belgium and Europe, and van Eijk was a team captain for the U16 squad. She is the daughter of Elvira van Bogget and Toine van Eijk.
Gorski on van Eijk: “Lonneke is a tactically strong midfielder with a good overview of the game. She makes the right passes; stays calm in possession, and can whip in a great delivery. She is always very positive and does a great job by leading by example. She has natural leader tendencies. Her experience in playing in a top European league will reap benefits to the team. I’m excited!”