First-year Head Coach Brian Shrum announced five student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Youngstown State women's soccer program for the 2018 season.
Joining the Penguins are Raquel Costa-Correia, Lauren Dolak, Luca Fahmer, Kylie Hughes, Laurel Prokopchak and Lauren Snow.
Costa-Correia, a midfielder from Ontario, scored 15 goals with nine assists last season and helped her U21 OWSL team to a provincial runners-up finish.
"An attacking central midfielder with the instincts of a center forward, Raquel brings an element of long-range scoring prowess that will expand our ability to score from long range." Shrum said.
Dolak, who will also be competing in track and field for the Penguins, was a four-year letterwinner at Austintown Fitch High School. During her senior season at Fitch, Dolak scored seven goals with four assists
"Lauren is a track star," Shrum said. "She has an uncanny ability to run past players and put herself in goal scoring positions. She will provide an element of speed for us in wide areas of the field."
Fahmer, a midfielder from Spencerport, N.Y., was a two-time captain at Spencerport High School and posted 15 goals and 23 assists during her prep career. Fahmer, a three-time all-county selection, also scored five goals with 10 assists as a senior and was named all-state during her season campaign.
"A box-to-box midfielder with the ability to score goals, Luca provides an element of attacking and defending qualities that will improve our ability to win the ball in midfield and generate attacking moments with speed" Shrum said.
Hughes, a three-year letterwinner at Hartland High School in Howell, Mich., has scored eight goals with 12 assists heading into her senior season, which begins in March. She was also an honorable mention all-county pick as a junior.
"Kylie has all the pieces in place to be a top midfielder at this level," Shrum said. "She is a dynamic midfielder with tremendous athleticism. I am really looking forward to working with her and watching her excel in our system."
Prokopchak, a midfielder from Erie, Pa., was a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain at Harbor Creek High School. A four-time first-team all-region selection and two-time all-district pick, Prokopchak scored 60 goals with 37 assists during her high school career. Last season as a senior, she was credited with 13 goals and 10 assists.
"Laurel is a talented player who can play any number of roles," Shrum said. "She is a tremendous athlete with unmatched strength and ball winning capabilities. She will also provide a strong defensive presence and challenge for minutes right away.
"We are excited to have Lauren (Snow) joining us for this fall and she has the ability to be an exciting attacking player," Shrum said. "She provides an element in set pieces that this program has been missing along with her ability to create chances from long range."