The Iowa soccer team announced the signings of seven recruits on Thursday morning.
Brooke Backes is a forward from Carmel, Ind., and was named Indiana Miss Soccer and High School Player of the Year in 2011. She finished her high-school career with 42 goals and 26 assists.
Lana Bonekemper, a forward from Cincinnati, was a two-time all-state selection and earned first-team all-city honors as a junior and senior. She ended her senior season with 18 goals and 4 assists.
Hannah Clark is a goalkeeper from Fort Collins, Colo., and played two years at Rocky Mountain High before switching exclusively to club soccer. Clark played for the Arsenal Football Club from 2004-07 and for the Colorado Rush from 2008-12, winning three Colorado State Cups.
Meg Goodson will join Clark in goal. Goodson — a Waukee, Iowa, native — was a first-team all-state selection as junior and a three-time all-conference pick. She holds school records for career shutouts and the fewest goals allowed in a season (4).
Mackenzie Guindon is a defender from London, Ontario, and played club soccer for Galaxy 94 and North London soccer club. Guindon and her team were Ontario Cup champions in 2011; she also was on teams that earned a silver medal at nationals and won two league titles.
Sarah Mazur, a midfielder from La Grange, Ill., comes in as the only recruit that both made and started on varsity as a high-school freshman. She was a two-time all-conference selection.
The final recruit is Meredith McEniff from Naperville, Ill. The midfielder was an all-conference selection and led her team to back-to-back conference titles. She plays club soccer for Fox Valley Strikers, the same club as current Hawkeye sophomore Leah DeMoss.
“The 2012 class will help our team’s depth and give us a group of student-athletes hungry to keep the Hawkeyes competing at an even higher level in the Big Ten,” head coach Ron Rainey said in a release. “They each have individual strengths that will add to our program … We look forward with them combining with our current team to have a fantastic 2012 season.”
— by Ben Wolfson