Head Coach Brian Shrum Announces Talented Group Of Signees

Head Coach Brian Shrum
Head Coach Brian Shrum

Head Coach Brian Shrum announced 10 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Youngstown State women's soccer program for the 2019 season.

Joining the Penguins are Jordan Diaz, Kylan Harper, Regan LaVigna, Mikayla Mustard, Olivia Polnow, Adelina Roman, Abriana Rondin, Mackenzie Simon, Marcella Sizer, and Michaela Watkins.

Diaz is a three-year letter winner at Clovis West High School in Fresno, California. She has scored 15 goals in each of the last two seasons as she gets ready to begin her senior season in late November. 

"Diaz is a true wide player who is very fast and explosive," said Shrum. "She has good services into the box and will do work from the outside back or wide forward positions. Diaz is coming from an area in California where soccer is played at a high level, so we are interested to see what she can do." 

Harper, a midfielder from Zanesville, Ohio, was a two-time captain at Bishop Rosecrans High School where she scored 146 goals and had 71 assists. Harper holds the school record with 50 goals in a season, most goals in a game with 7, most assists in a career, and was a three-time First Team All-State selection. She also broke the all-time county scoring record and currently ranks fourth all-time in Ohio for career goals.

"Harper is a very versatile player who will play up top or in the midfield. She is someone who will help us find ways to score more goals but also create scoring opportunities for others," Shrum said. "Harper is a great worker with a high fitness level which can be used to get up and down the field to help defend and attack."

LaVigna, a forward from McMurray, Pa., was a two-time captain at Peters Township High School where she scored 20 goals and had 11 assists during her senior season. She was a four-time all-section selection, a three-time All-League selection, and was an All-State selection during her senior season.

"Regan is the quintessential, blue-collar player," Shrum said. "LaVigna is exceptional through the air and is great on set pieces. She is someone that will be able to get on the end of crosses or corners and score goals. LaVigna can play any position up top and in the midfield because of her speed and high work rate."

Mustard, a defender from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was a three-year letter winner at Central Dauphin High School. Mustard scored four goals and had six assists during her senior season and finished her career with 24 total points.

"Mustard is a true center back with great size and speed," Shrum said. "She will bolster up our center back position. She is a good 1v1 defender. Mustard is an aggressive tackler and will be someone who can help us play out the back because she is very competent with the ball at her feet." 

Polnow, a midfielder from Mason, Ohio, was a four-year letter winner at William Mason High School. Polnow played in 74 career games, scored nine goals, had four assists and was a First Team All-Conference selection during her senior season. 

"Polnow is another versatile player that will be challenging for a position in the midfield," Shrum said. "She is very good distributing the ball but can also break pressure by outplaying the situation with her dribbling abilities."

Roman is a forward from Canonsburg, Pa. where she was a three-year letter-winner at Canon-McMillan High School. During her career, Roman scored 43 goals, had 35 assists, was a two-time selection to the Big 56 Conference First Team and was a two-time First Team All-Section selection. Roman also helped her team win the PIAA Class AAAA championship in 2016 when she scored the game-winning goal in overtime. 

"Addie is an out and out striker. She has a special quality to get herself in the right place at the right time to score goals," Shrum said. She also possesses the ability to play in wide areas and beat defenders with her speed and creativity. She is also a weapon on set pieces in the box. We are proud to have her as a Penguin."

Rondin, a forward from Rocky River, Ohio, was a captain and four-year letter winner at Lutheran West High School. Rondin scored 134 goals and had 35 assists during her career. She is the Cuyahoga County all-time career goals leader, is tied for seventh all-time in Ohio for career goals and was a Second Team All-State selection. 

"Rondin is a versatile player with good size and speed," said Shrum. "One of her specialties is the ability to play a variety of positions on the field. Rondin is creative and not afraid to take players on the dribble. She will be a goal scorer for us with the ability to also assist others."

Simon was a two-time captain and four-year letter-winner at Olmsted Falls High School in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. As a goalkeeper, Simon made 96 saves and had a .75 goals against average during her senior season. As a senior, she was also named the conference goalkeeper of the year and was a 1st team all-conference selection. Simon was a First Team All-Greater Cleveland Academic selection and a Second Team All-Ohio selection. 

"Simon has good size in the goal and will be a good shot stopper for us," Shrum said. "She will help us sure up the ability to keep the ball out of the back of the net and will come in and challenge the others for the starting role."

Sizer was a captain and four-year letter-winner at Waynesville High School in Waynesville, Ohio. As a forward, Sizer scored 114 goals and recorded 48 assists and was named the league co-player of the year two times during her career. Sizer was a Second Team All-State selection in her junior season than as a senior; she was selected as a First Team All-State selection.

"Sizer is an out and out goal scorer," Shrum said. "She is very fast and going to be hard to deal with for 90 minutes, and we expect her to bolster our attack by scoring goals." "A player with her size and strength is something this program has been missing."

Watkins was a captain and four-year letter-winner at New Brighton Area High School in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. As a forward, Watkins scored 27 goals and had 26 assists during her senior season. For her career, Watkins recorded 98 goals, 59 assists and holds the single-season goal record with 41 goals during her junior season. Watkins was also a three-time All-State and All-League selection. 

"Micheala has tremendous speed that we will try and utilize in wide areas of the field," Shrum said. "Micheala has the ability to go at players 1v1 and create goal scoring opportunities or score goals on her own."