WAGS salutes another bumper crop of college soccer commitments
Washington Area Girls Soccer Leagues continues rich tradition of player development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2014
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WAGS salutes another bumper crop of college soccer commitments
Washington Area Girls Soccer League continues rich tradition of player development

REISTERSTOWN, Md. – The Washington Area Girls Soccer League is proud to congratulate the many players from member clubs who have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their soccer careers at the collegiate level (see a partial list below).

Starting with National Signing Day on Feb. 5, this month marks the final stage of the transition from youth to college competition for 2014 high school graduates. Dozens of WAGS players make this step each year, continuing a tradition that stretches back some four decades and includes innumerable standout players like U.S. Soccer icon Mia Hamm and current U.S. Women's National Team standout Ali Krieger.

“We are immensely proud of the girls who have made college commitments, and look forward to watching them shine at the next level,” said WAGS president Kathie Diapoulis. “From the Under-9 age group onward, WAGS works to create a positive environment for player development and this is underlined by the many WAGS products who become NCAA and NAIA student-athletes.

“We hope their WAGS experience has played a role in helping them achieve their soccer dreams.”

Most of this year's committed group has spent most of their youth career in WAGS, with many having even logged eight years in the league or more.

WAGS and its member clubs prepare future college players by fostering lively match competition and positive training environments, with a particular focus on technical skills development through the POD program and the Technical Performance Academy for younger age groups.

A “club pass” system enables players to “play up,” or move to more advanced teams within their club in order to provide new challenges and fresh experiences. Further on in the development process, high-school age teams gain exposure to the nation's top college soccer coaches via the WAGS Rael Vodicka Memorial Tournament every October,  a showcase event which draws coaches, scouts and top teams from across North America.

“WAGS is delighted to congratulate this year's college-bound players, and we look forward to continuing that tradition for many seasons to come,” said WAGS executive director David Noyes. “We are committed to providing players and their families with the best possible youth soccer experience from start to finish.”

WAGS also celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014. A range of commemorative events are planned throughout the year and further details will be released in the coming weeks. The Spring 2014 season kicks off on March 29 and will feature upwards of 600 teams from across the Mid-Atlantic region from the U-9 to U-18 levels. 


About WAGS

Founded in 1974 by Mavis Derflinger and Rael Vodicka, the Washington Area Girls Soccer League is one of the premier girls’ soccer associations in the United States. Today’s membership includes some 600 teams from across D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, competing in a variety of divisions ranging from Under-9 to Under-19 age levels.






Ashley Major

North Carolina Wesleyan

NVSC Jr. Majestics 95 Blue

Nikki Garns

Houghton College

SAC U18 Blue

Kristin Schnurr

Penn State University

VSA Heat Blue 96

Michele Micciche

High Point University

VSA Heat G96

Jenna Tomayko

Longwood University

SYA Heat 95

Caroline Liebel

Roanoke College


Elizabeth Reid

McDaniel College

CYA HotShots

Tiffany Dayton Hegedus

Coker College

MD Rush 96G

Lydia Frierson

Charleston Southern University

GU18 MD Rush

Sheridan Knussman

Youngstown State University

GU18 MD Rush

Samantha Leonard

Youngstown State University

GU18 MD Rush

Carolyn Kittelberger

Salisbury University

GU18 MD Rush

Bahar Ulusan

Emory University

GU18 MD Rush




Marisa Kalkstein


GU18 MD Rush

Morgan Lynn

Stevens Institute of Technology

GU18 MD Rush

Samantha Espejo

Virginia Wesleyan College

GU18 MD Rush

Christy Ims

St. Mary's College of Maryland

GU18 MD Rush

Dana Waskiewicz

McDaniel College

GU18 MD Rush

Zoe Cyphers

Catholic University

GU18 MD Rush

Sydney Schultz

College of Southern Maryland

GU18 MD Rush


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