Feb. 9, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State women’s soccer team has added five student-athletes to its 2016 recruiting class, head coach Lori Walker announced Tuesday.
“Our 2016 class helps fill in some gaps on our roster by adding players with both technical savvy and physical bite,” Walker said. “This group will add depth to each line and help our team return to a program known for our physical presence. This class is tough at the core in the air and in the tackle and the Big Ten will feel the presence of these players over time. I am excited to regain this physical element that we have been lacking recently.”
Three of the players hail from California (Courtney Gazmarian, Kaylee Karsh and Haley Walker-Robinson) while one comes to Columbus from Pennsylvania (Bryce Watts) and another from Virginia (Meghan Kammerdeiner).
A look at the student-athletes joining the Buckeyes in 2016:
Courtney Gazmarian — Forward — La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.
Real SoCal; Harvard Westlake High School
Gazmarian has three years of club experience under the direction of Alberto Bru … lettered all four years at Harvard Westlake High School … named All-Mission League as a senior … a starter on 2013 and 2014 Surf Cup champion teams with Real SoCal … enjoys going to the beach, running and hiking … daughter of Robert and Gayla Gazmarian … has three siblings: Brianna, Bobby and Lexy … Brianna is entering her second season with the Buckeyes’ women’s soccer team.
Coach Lori Walker: “Courtney is a crafty forward who usually attacks from wide positions. She negotiates the end line and is excellent at serving balls into the box. Courtney has good pace and can be a dangerous goal-scorer for us.”
Meghan Kammerdeiner — Forward — South Riding, Va.
McLean Youth Soccer; Freedom High School
Kammerdeiner has played five years for Clyde Watson and Brent Lieba at McLean Youth Soccer … has two years of high school experience at Freedom High School … started the last three seasons for McLean, leading the team in goals each of the last two years … led Freedom in goals in 2013 and 2014 on her way to two all-district honors and an all-region selection … team captain in 2014 … also ran track in 2015 and 2016, finishing 16th in the state in the 100 meters in 2015 … enjoys cooking in her free time … member of Hope Club, Latin Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Freedom Eagle Counseling Team, PEER Counseling and National Honors Society … daughter of Roger and Kim Kammerdeiner … father ran track at George Mason while mother played soccer at George Mason … Kim, a goalkeeper, helped George Mason to a national championship in 1985 and was on the U.S. national team that won the World Cup in 1991 … has two sisters, Kaitlyn and Molly, and a brother, Brendan.
Coach Lori Walker: “Meghan is a power forward who is very strong and explosive with her speed. She’s an accurate goal-scorer who is capable of playing any of the three front positions but I see her as a center forward who will compete from the moment she gets on campus. Meghan is very competitive and will bring a tremendous work rate to our team.”
Kaylee Karsh — Midfielder — Mission Viejo, Calif.
West Coast FC; Capistrano Valley High School
Karsh has eight years of club experience, the last five with West Coast FC under the direction of Doug Swanson … played two years for Capistrano Valley High School … was a four-year captain of West Coast FC, helping the team to a regional championship in 2012 and a national championship in 2015 … named second team All-South Coast League as a freshman and first team all-league as a sophomore … enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music and cheering on the Denver Broncos, Ohio State and Barcelona … member of Namibia Education Fund and National Honors Society … daughter of Allen and Andrea Karsh … has a younger brother, Brennan.
Coach Lori Walker: “Kaylee is a very dominant player in the air and we anticipate using her in a defensive midfield role. She’s very skillful and has great vision and feel for proper passes. She is a fierce competitor. We anticipate she’ll compete for a starting role immediately and add to our flexibility in rotating players in midfield.”
Haley Walker-Robinson — Defender — Vista, Calif.
Carlsbad United; Rancho Buena Vista High School
Walker-Robinson has seven years of club experience, the last four under coach Michael Duggan with Carlsbad United … played four seasons at Rancho Buena Vista High School … part of the 2015 U-18 national champion team and named Best 11 in the U-18 national tournament … member of National Premier League finalist team in 2013 … team captain as a senior at Rancho Buena Vista … named first team All-CIF as team won CIF Division 1 championship … also lettered three years in track … enjoys going to concerts, spending free time at the beach and reading … three-year member of Environmental Club at Rancho Buena Vista … daughter of Sarah Walker.
Coach Lori Walker: “Haley has a physical presence about her game which will leave a mark. She will play primarily in the back line, whether that’s wide initially until she grasps our system or centrally. Long-term, I see her as a powerful center back that is dominant in the air, explosive on the sprint and powerful in the tackle. Haley has an attitude of fury and bite to her that will make her a great addition to our team.”
Bryce Watts — Forward — Etters, Pa.
PDA New Jersey; Red Land High School, University of Florida
Watts comes to Ohio State after spending her freshman season at the University of Florida … spent three years with PDA New Jersey under the direction of Bill Bustamante … helped PDA to eighth place at ECNL nationals in 2014 … also played four years for Penn Fusion, helping the team to three state titles, a regional championship and the 2012 ECNL national championships … lettered four years at Red Land High School where she was a two-time all-state selection … also lettered one year in track and field … daughter of Randy and Kathy Watts … has two older siblings, Brooks and Brinley.
Coach Lori Walker: “Bryce joined us mid-year and we couldn’t be happier with her transition. She is a back-to-goal, powerful forward who is willing to work hard for her teammates. She is deadly when faced up striking balls with various services and will add a true target to our already mobile, athletic front line.”