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Chippewas Soccer Announces 2014 Recruiting Class

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan University soccer head coach Peter McGahey and his staff announced the signing of eight student-athletes to national letters of intent for the fall on Thursday. 

The Chippewas received commitments from Brittany Cline (Springfield, Ohio/Floyd E. Kellam), McKay Matheson (Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf), Meghan Sweeney (Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop McNicholas), Megan Somers (Bloomington, Minn./Thomas Jefferson), Savannah Beetcher (Boulder, Colo./Fairview), Lauren Sherry (St. Paul, Minn./Lakeville North), Jamie Rademacher (Maplewood, Minn./White Bear Lake) and Jillian Aguirre (Plymouth, Mich./Plymouth). 

"We're very excited to welcome this signing class into our Championship Culture!,” said McGahey. "These 'new' Chips have a great blend of academic and soccer talents. Their accomplishments on and off the field will continue to build our foundation of successes on the field, in the classroom and in the Mount Pleasant community. Please join me in welcoming these outstanding student-athletes to the Chippewa Soccer Family. Fire Up Chips!"

Complete bios of the signees are below.


Brittany Cline • Springfield, Ohio/Floyd E. Kellam

High School: Named 2012, 2013 team captain …  posted 35 goals, 40+ assists during senior season … recorded 43 goals, 30 assists as a junior … tallied 20 goals, 10 assists as a sophomore … compiled 15 goals as a freshman along with eight assists … 2012 Kentucky Female Player of the Year award winner … honored on the KHSA All-State Academic Team all four years … named All-Region First Team (2010-2013) …  42nd All-District Tournament Team (2012-2013) … KHSGSCA First Team All-State Team (2012-2013) … played on Lexington Futbal Club in for five years.

"Brittany's strength and work ethic are top notch," said Lexington Futbol Club’s head coach Brad Turpin Jr. “She is the consummate professional in regards to fitness and game preparation. Combine these traits with her confidence on the ball and finishing abilities and her future is bright as a CMU Chippewa" 


McKay Matheson • Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf

High School: Recorded 17 goals and two assists during the 2012-2013 season … tallied 20 goals and nine assists in 2011-2012 … compiled 11 goals during the 2010-2011 season along with three assists … named the Iowa City Alliance MVP in 2013 … MRL 1st place division Blue 2013 State Cup Winner in 2011, 2012 and 2013 … 2013 Regional Tournament Winner … earned All-Academic honors every year of lettering in soccer … played for Iowa City Alliance Heatwave for five years under Paul Dayrell. 

"McKay is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached and gives her all every time she steps on the field," said Paul Dayrell. “Her technical ability and touch is first class and helps her play out of tight spaces in high pressure situations and her tactical understanding and vision helps spread the field and relieve pressure, as well as create offense. She is strong in the challenge, has great strength on the ball and is solid in the air. Off the field McKay is a sponge and is truly invested in the game, often asking poignant questions about the game. She is a determined young lady whom I've had the pleasure to see grow into both an outstanding soccer player and even better person. I've no doubt she will continue her growth in both areas at Central Michigan and I look forward to following her collegiate career.”


Meghan Sweeney • Cincinnati, Ohio/ Archbishop McNicholas

High School: Named McNicholas High School Tournament MVP … named First Team All-GCL honors and All-Southwest Ohio team in 2012 … participated in Ohio All-Star game … awarded McNicholas High School Most Improved Player in 2012 … four time Ohio Southwest district champion … won Ohio GCL championship all four years … voted team captain sophomore and senior year … four-year soccer and three-year basketball letterwinner … played for Southeast Cardinals Select club for five years. 

“Meghan has been a great asset for our club,” said Southeast Cardinals Select head coach Jim Calder. “She continues to grow as a player and a leader every year. She was a large part of all of our scoring for the past few years. She will be a great collegiate player.”


Megan Somers • Bloomington, Minn./Thomas Jefferson

High School: Second-highest scorer with 14 goals in graduating 2014 class for Jefferson High School … Tied for school record in points with 26 in graduating 2014 class … Starting 65 games from 2012-2014… All Conference Honorable Mention 2011, 2012, 2013 …named to the Academic Gold team in 2011, Academic Silver in 2010, 2012 and 2013 … played for Ajax U18 Premier for two years under Nathan Klonecki ... older sister Lauren played under McGahey's staff at Minnesota State.

"Megan Somers is not only one of the most talented players on the team but also a very coachable player and a great person,” said coach Joaquin Izquierdo. “Megan reads the game very well, technically very sound, can shoot from distance; her accuracy to play long balls to either feet or space is amazing and she is also fantastic in the air, as she wins all the balls offensively and defensively as well.” 


Savannah Beetcher • Boulder, Colo./Fairview

High School: Voted 2014 team captain … state championship finalists in 2012 … state Championship quarter finalists in 2013 … Colorado club state champion in 2013 … won 2013 Club NPL tournament …four-year high school starter … played for FC Boulder for eight years under Heather Solar. 

"Savannah is a true competitor,” said FC Boulder head coach Heather Solar. “Her work ethic is tireless. Savannah's speed and aggressiveness will make her dominate at the next level. Savannah is an athlete with great mental toughness and has the devotion to take her game to the next level. I will miss her tremendously next year, but CMU is lucky to have her" 


Lauren Sherry • St. Paul, Minn./Lakeville North

High School: Named team 2013 most valuable defensive player … 2013 all-conference selection and honorable mention in 2012 … participated in 2013 All-State tournament game … 2013 All-Metro team … invited to play in 2013 All-American game … team leader in offensive points and played on a defensive unit which allowed just six goals in 2013 … played for Dakota Rev Rampage Soccer Club for six years. 

“Lauren is an exceptional center back that has proven her capabilities against some of the top talent in the country," said Dakota Rev Rampage coach Tobias Thorsell. “Her quickness and skills in combination with her understanding of the center back position makes her a natural leader of the backline, who can create offensive through accurate passes out of the back.” 


Jamie Rademacher • Maplewood, Minn./White Bear Lake

High School: Voted team MVP in 2013 … named to the All-Conference team in 2013 … honored to the All-Tournament team in 2012 … State high school championship runner up 2012 … Voted team captain senior year … received four letters for soccer and two for basketball … played for White Bear Club Soccer for five years and Dakota Rev for three years under Tobbe Thorsel. 

"Jamie was voted our team's MVP because she has the remarkable ability and mindset to do so many things on the field extraordinarily well,” said Dave Ashley of White Bear Lake High school. “A complete player and tremendous athlete, Jamie uses her explosive speed and dynamic touches to trigger the attack in possession, and she works relentlessly to win the ball back. Jamie excels in 1 v 1 duels. Having led our team all the way to the state championship match, she handles the pressure of big games with great composure, toughness, and resilience. A tenacious competitor with technical skill who can play just about anywhere on the field, Jamie's versatility will be an asset, and she'll be prepared to make a positive impact at the collegiate level for CMU."


Jillian Aguirre • Plymouth, Mich./Plymouth

High School: Named first team All District in 2013 … all-conference honorable mention in 2013 … KLAA 2013 conference and league champion … two time south division champion (2012, 2013) … won district championship senior year … honored as a  scholar-athlete in  2012 and 2013 … State Cup champion in 2011 and runner-up in 2011 … awarded as a Disney Showcase champion in 2014 … played seven years under Paul Tinnion for the Novi Michigan Jags club team. 

"Jillian has been a four year varsity player at Plymouth High School, playing outside back," said Plymouth High School head coach Jeff Neschich. “She has outstanding speed along with excellent technical skills.  Tactically, she has a great understanding for the game and position play. She makes great decisions while under pressure and is a very creative player often getting involved in the attack or starting it from the back. She has been a strong leader on and off the soccer field."