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Saint Ursula Academy Athletes Participate in Collegiate Signing Ceremony

Athletic Signing with families

Cincinnati, Ohio, February 8, 2018 – Saint Ursula Academy hosted a signing ceremony for several athletes who announced their intent to play college sports. 

Madalyn Canter of Loveland, daughter of Ken and Lisa Canter, will play soccer for Division II Walsh University.
Claudia Como of Hyde Park, daughter of Perry and Linda Como, will play soccer for Division I Ball State University.
Makenna Jordahl of Loveland, daughter of Scott and Pamela Jordahl, will play soccer for Division I Xavier University.
Lucie Roberts of Mt. Lookout, daughter of Peter and Laura Doerger-Roberts, will play soccer for Division I Sacred Heart University.
Sarah Wampler of Mt. Lookout, daughter of Jeff and Elvira Wampler, will play soccer for Division I Indiana University.

Madalyn Canter is headed for Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio in the fall. She has played soccer for Saint Ursula since her freshman year when she started on the JVA team.  Half way through her sophomore year, she moved up to the Varsity team where she continued to play through her senior year.  

During her junior year at Saint Ursula, Maddie was chosen as an Athlete of the Week.  She was named 2nd Team All-Star in the GGCL and Academic All Southwest.  

As a senior, Maddie was named 1st Team All-Star and GGCL Player of the Year! She was named Academic All-Southwest, Academic All-Ohio, First Team All-Southwest and All-State Division 1. 

As part of her club team, Kings Hammer, her team was Midwest Regional Semi-finalist and Ohio South State Cup Champions in 2017.

She is also a great student and a member of the National Honor Society. She was selected as a Bulldog Star her senior year.  She is involved in many clubs and activities including Earth Club, Food and Nutrition Club, Students for Advancement, Girls Athletic Association (GAA), and she is a Peer Advisory Leader (PAL).

Maddie’s Saint Ursula Coach Dave Ruehl said “Maddie’s ability to organize the defense and clean up mistakes in the back was very important to the success the varsity team enjoyed this past season. Maddie’s ability to play any position as well as her personality, leadership qualities, and great attitude makes her a very valuable asset to the Walsh program.”

Her Kings Hammer coach, Tiffany Roberts, said “Maddie is a driven, focused, and competitive player who faced every challenge with a smile on her face.  She has grown tremendously in the last year and I can't wait to watch how she impacts a program at the collegiate level.”

Claudia Como will play soccer next year at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana. Claudia played soccer for Saint Ursula all four years, three of them on the Varsity Team.  

In the GGCL, she was named All-Conference Team in 2016 and 2017. She also earned recognition as All Southwest Ohio in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and All Ohio Academic in 2017.

With her club team, Kings Hammer, Claudia and her team were Region II Semifinalists in 2017. In Region II, her team was State Cup Champion in 2014 and 2017, and State Cup Finalist in 2015 and 2016. They were also Disney Showcase Champions in 2014 and 2015.

Claudia is strong in the classroom as well. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has earned First Honors every semester since her freshman year! 

She is involved at Saint Ursula as a Peer Advisory Leader (PAL), she was chosen as a Saint Ursula Academy Ambassador, and serves as a member of Students for Advancement (SFA). She is also a member of the Food and Nutrition and Girls Athletic Association clubs.

Claudia’s Saint Ursula Coach Dave Ruehl said “Claudia’s willingness and ability to play where needed and do an excellent job wherever we put her was so important to our season. She gave relentless effort in the midfield and proved to be very dangerous when playing as a forward.   Claudia’s positive attitude, leadership, and intense drive to do her best are certainly attributes Ball State will recognize.”

Her Kings Hammer coach, Tiffany Roberts, said “Claudia has risen to every obstacle either myself or an opposing player has thrown at her.  She has continued to push her limits and stepped up in crucial moments for our team.  Claudia will do a great job at the next level as her discipline to improve has no bounds.”

Makenna Jordahl will play soccer next year for Xavier University.  Makenna has played soccer at Saint Ursula since her freshman year.  She was the leading scorer on the Gold JV team as a freshman.  

She moved to SUA’s Varsity Team as a sophomore where she was a starting defender, earning 6 goals and 4 assists.  Junior year, she started as a forward, earning 8 goals and 10 assists, making her the 3rd leading scorer in the GGCL.  Senior year, Makenna started as midfielder, earning 3 goals and 5 assists.

Makenna was named All Academic Southwest Ohio all four years and All Academic Ohio in her senior year. She was named 2015 GGCL Second Team in her sophomore year. She was a 2016 recipient of the All-Star Cincinnati Enquirer Division 1 Second Team.

Makenna helped her club team, Kings Hammer, become 2014 and 2017 State Cup Champions. Her team was Midwest Regional League Champion in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The team was also a US Soccer Regional Qualifier from 2014 through 2017 and US Soccer Regional Semifinalist in 2017.  She is a member of Cincinnati Development Academy U-19 Premier Team for 2017/2018.

Makenna excels in her academics too.  She earned first honors all four years and was a Bulldog Scholar Athlete all four years.  She was a Kairos Leader senior year.
She is also involved in many clubs and activities. Makenna was a member of the Student Outreach Services (SOS) Rookie Club as a freshman. She joined Students for Advancement during her junior and senior year and is a four year member of the Earth Club.

Makenna’s Saint Ursula Coach Dave Ruehl said “Makenna is a versatile player that adds depth at forward and in the midfield. Her enthusiasm and solid work ethic will be assets at the next level. Makenna’s contributions here at SUA are many. Her contributions at the next level will surely be appreciated at Xavier.”

Her Kings Hammer coach, Tiffany Roberts, said “As much as Makenna wants to be the joker of any group, she also wants to be the most competitive.  She has developed into a proficient goal scorer who always seems to be at the right place at the right time.  Makenna has a high ceiling and I can't wait to watch her meet those expectations.”

Lucie Roberts will play soccer next year at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.  

Lucie played all four years at Saint Ursula and is a three-year Varsity starter as Goal Keeper. In her 43 appearances, she let just 43 goals against the Bulldogs, made 208 saves and had 14 shutouts.

Her Saint Ursula team was the 2016 District Champion and 2017 District Finalist.  Lucie was named 2017 First Team GGCL, 2017 Cincinnati Enquirer Ohio All-Stars First Team, and was a 2017 Athlete of the Week.

With her club team, Alliance Cincinnati, Lucie lead her team to an undefeated season and a 2016 BPYSL State Championship.

In 2017 Lucie participated in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and was named to the Ohio State Team and the United States Region II Team.

Off the pitch Lucie has been a competitive downhill skier, earning three United States Ski Association Region IV titles and was a 2014 Junior Olympian in Slalom and Giant Slalom.

Lucie is very active at school too.  She is a member of the Life Club, Food and Nutrition Club, Ski Club, Competitive Crafting group, and the DawgSquad.  She also serves as a Music Minister and a Eucharistic Minister.  Outside of school, she volunteers at the Walnut Hills Soup Kitchen, is a Special Olympics Ski Ambassador, and volunteers at Saint Vincent dePaul.

Lucie’s Saint Ursula Coach Dave Ruehl said “Lucie’s play at the goalkeeper position has been solid.  What she has meant to this program cannot be measured in saves and shutouts alone. Her ability to read the game and give reliable information to her teammates is to me her greatest asset. Sacred Heart will surely benefit from Lucie’s leadership and enthusiasm.”

Her club coach, Greg Hirschauer, said “I could not be more proud of Lucie for her commitment, dedication & hard work over the past 30 months as she transitioned from primarily a soccer field player into a solid starting goalkeeper on her Club & High School teams. Lucie's development & progression as a goalkeeper has been impressive- I have no doubt she is ready to pursue her next set of challenges as a Division I college soccer commit.”  He continues with a personal message…”Lu, I know firsthand how hard you have worked to become a college-level goalkeeper, as we have spent hundreds of hours together on field, training in cold, extreme heat, rain & sun!! All my best!”

Sarah Wampler will play soccer in the fall at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  She is a 4-year Varsity Bulldog team member. Her SUA team was ranked in the US Top 20 in 2014.  She was part of the GGCL Championship Team in 2017.   

Sarah was named Second Team All-League in 2015. She has earned several awards and recognition with her club team, Kings Hammer, including:
• Top Drawer Soccer ranked her as the # 137 Player in the US in 2016 and 2017.
• Her team was a 2-time Champion of Ohio State Cup, United States Disney Tournament, and CASL Tournament. 
• The team was a two-time Ohio South State Cup Runner-up and Blue Chip Champion.
• She played up two years in the National League multiple times, played one year up in the United States National Championships in 2015, and played up two years in the United States National Championships in 2016 where her team made it to the Final 4.
• Sarah was a member of the Ohio South Olympic Development Program State Team from 2010 - 2016 and participated in the United States Region 2 Olympic Development Program Camp 2010 – 2016.
• She was also a United States Region 2 Olympic Development Program Identification Pool Holdover in 2013, joined the United States Olympic Development Program National Training Camp in 2015, and played on the United States Olympic Development Program Inter Regionals Invitation - Region 2 Team in 2016. She completed the United States Id2 National Training Camp in 2013 and was a Cincinnati Development Academy Team Member for 2017-2018

At Saint Ursula, Sarah is a member of the National Honor Society, is co-president of the National Spanish Honor Society and is bi-lingual. She is a member of the Ski Club, Food and Nutrition Club, Girls Athletic Association, and Students for Advancement Club. 

Sarah also played basketball her freshman year and competed on the Track and Field Team during her sophomore year.

Sarah has a full life outside of school and sports. She has worked at DSW Shoe Warehouse, babysits and nanny’s during the summer. She volunteers with the Batahola Cultural Center of Managua, Nicaragua, which has a special partnership with Saint Ursula. She translates hundreds of “Thank You” letters from Spanish to English for their US families who donate to the center.

She also volunteers at Matthews 25 Ministries, Special Olympics, with the Ronald McDonald, at Kids Daycare, and as a soccer camp counselor. Sarah also participated in an International SUA Immersion Trip to Australia and New Zealand in 2017.

Sarah’s Saint Ursula Coach Dave Ruehl said “Unfortunately due to her injury I have not had the pleasure of coaching or watching Sarah play. However, I have had some time to get to know her.  Sarah has the history of being a very skillful and knowledgeable soccer player. Coupling these attribute with her great attitude and personality puts her in a fine position to do great things at the next level.  I have no doubt she will be successful at Indiana.”

Her Kings Hammer coach, Tiffany Roberts, said “Sarah has been with the club since she was very little.  I remember watching her as a little kid and always being impressed by how she could manipulate the ball and get herself out of situations, with her left foot.  She has an innate ability to score goals from any distance on the field and does a great job in connecting the midfield to the forward line.  Sarah will do great as she heads to Indiana next year.”

Saint Ursula Academy is a Catholic, college-preparatory, secondary school for young women known for academic excellence and rich tradition. Saint Ursula welcomes students from more than 90 grade schools in the Greater Cincinnati area.  The Academy is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. The campus, located at 1339 E. McMillan Street in East Walnut Hills has been the home of St. Ursula Academy and Convent since 1910. The Class of 2017 earned college scholarships totaling more than $21-million.