Soccer Adds 12 for 2019

NORMAN — Oklahoma soccer head coach Matt Potter announced the signing of 12 exceptional student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. 

"The 2019 class represents a group of student-athletes that we believe have the potential to push our program forward," Potter said. "Each comes from storied environments that are built on the traditions of hard work, authenticity and winning —staples that we try to instill on a day-to-day basis in our program. We certainly believe that, coupled with the athletes already on campus, this group can continue the winning traditions of those before them and help move us closer to our ambition to compete for championships.

"With the 2019 class we have added much needed depth at a number of positions, which in turn helps fuel the competition for playing time and places. Certainly as a staff we are ready to see what the future can bring us with hard work, and a commitment to the program goals. This is an exciting time for all involved with Sooner soccer."

Caroline Berutti, Madison Dichiara, Jordan Lund, Maya McCutcheon, Megan Nielsen, Shalom Prince, Sydney Sheehan, Jenna Sheely, Carsyn Smittle, Madison Stenslie, Lauren Toma and Taylor Tufts will join the Sooners for the 2019 season. 


Caroline Berutti / MF / Southlake, Texas / Southlake Carroll HS / Solar ECNL

One of two incoming athletes from Southlake Carroll High School, Berutti is a two-year letterwinner under head coach Matt Colvin. A midfielder, Berutti plays for Solar ECNL and coach Jason Bates, the same team as fellow signee Taylor Tufts and current Sooner Abigail Bancroft.

Berutti has been on varsity the last two seasons at Carroll HS and was a 2015-16 honorable mention and academic all-district selection. In 2017, she was an all-district second team honoree and named academic all-district. She earned the best goal of the 2017 DA winter showcase. With Solar ECNL, Berutti tallied five goals during the 2017-2018 season.

A three-year member of National Honor Society, she is the daughter of Tom and Kara Berutti and has two sisters, Claire and Emily. She plans to major in business at Oklahoma.

WHY OKLAHOMA?

“I chose OU because I loved the culture and environment and I felt like the soccer program and style of play was a good match for me.”


Madison Dichiara / MF / Houston, Texas / Memorial HS / Albion Hurricanes FC

A native of Houston, Texas, Dichiara is a three-year letterwinner at Memorial High School under head coach Lindley Armarontos. A defensive mid, Dichiara plays for Albion Hurricanes FC and coach Rafael Brazo, the same club as current Sooner Paige Thompson.

Dichiara has been on varsity for three years at Memorial HS, scoring 12 goals and tallying 31 assists in her high school career. As a junior, Dichiara led Memorial to its first state championship in school history. Dichiara was a second-team all-district honoree as a sophomore and a first-team all-district honore as a junior.

The daughter of Joe and Dana Dichiara, she has three siblings: Coco, Michael and Ben. She plans to major in business at Oklahoma.

WHY OKLAHOMA?
“I chose OU because I felt welcome right when I stepped foot on campus. I knew it was the right fit for me academically and athletically. It felt like home and I knew I could spend my next 4 years here. Norman is definitely the place I want to be.”


Jordan Lund / D/MF / Cave Creek, Ariz. / Cactus Shadows HS / SC Del Sol

A native of Cave Creek, Ariz., Lund is a two-year letterwinner at Cactus Shadows High School under head coach Jeff Vittorrio. A midfielder and outside back, she will join the Sooners from SC Del Sol under head coach Les Armstrong. Current Sooners Erika Yost, Bethany Block and Emily Parker all played for SC Del Sol as well.

Lund tallied 46 goals and 22 assists in her two years of high school soccer. She had 35 goals and 18 assists as a sophomore, adding to her 11 goals and four assists as a freshman. She was the team MVP in 2016, the Rookie of the Year in 2015, an all-state honorable mention and all-region offensive player of the year in 2016. With SC Del Sol, she has tallied 14 goals and 25 assists.

Lund is the daughter of Erik Lund and Suzette Spinden and has one brother, Connor. She has been on the Principal’s List for having all A’s in high school every year. Her major is undecided.

WHY OKLAHOMA?
“I chose OU because when I first stepped on campus it felt like home. Everyone was so nice and made me feel welcome from the very start. I knew right away it was where I wanted to spend the next four years.”


Maya McCutcheon / D/MF / Murphy, Texas / Plano East Senior HS / FC Dallas DA

A native of Murphy, Texas, McCutcheon is a member of the Plano East Senior High soccer team under head coach Criste Cooley. A center back and midfielder, McCutcheon will join the Sooners from FC Dallas and club coach Matt Grubb.

McCutcheon was named a first-team all-district honoree as a sophomore at Plano East. With FC Dallas, she serves as a team captain and won the ECNL National Championship in 2017. She is a two-time Texas Conference Champion with FC Dallas (2017, 2018).

A four-year member of National Honor Society, McCutcheon is the daughter of Dadario and Melanie McCutcheon and has two siblings, Daylan and Daria. Her sister, Daria, plays basketball at Lousiana Tech and her father played football at Tuskegee University.

WHY OKLAHOMA?
“I chose the University of Oklahoma because it was the best fit for me in the classroom and on the soccer field. I love the school pride and tradition that OU has and it's something I definitely wanted to be a part of.”


Megan Nielsen  / F/MF / Oklahoma City, Okla. / Bishop McGuinness High School / FC Dallas

Joining the Sooners from just down the road in Oklahoma City, Nielsen is a member of the Bishop McGuinness soccer team under head coach Stephen Cummins. She joined FC Dallas in 2018 and plays for head coach Matt Grubb.

Nielsen was an all-district honoree at Bishop McGuinness. Nielsen has been invited to multiple national identification development camps and was Nike National Training Center in Portland in 2016.

The daughter of Steven Nielsen and Laurie Fong, she has one sibling, Nick. Her major is undecided.

WHY OKLAHOMA?

“I chose the University of Oklahoma because I was born and raised in Oklahoma and I can’t imagine playing anywhere else. I love the school’s traditions and the feeling I get when I step on campus. There is no place like home.”


Shalom Prince / F / Aurora, Colo. / Grandview High School / Colorado Rapids ECNL

A four-year letterwinner, Prince joins the Sooners from Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo where she played for head coach Tari Wood. A forward, Prince plays for Colorado Rapids ECNL and head coach Peter May.

At Grandview HS, Prince was a state champion in 2016 and 2018. She has tallied 10 goals and 10 assists in her high school career. In 2017, she was invited to the U.S. Soccer Club’s Player Development Program.

A National Honor Society member, she is the daughter of Terrence and Brigitte Prince and has one brother, Walter. Her brother is currently a member of the Cornell men’s soccer team. She plans on majoring in business at Oklahoma.

WHY OKLAHOMA?
“I chose OU because the coaching staff cares about you not only as a player and student but as a person. I feel like OU is a place where I'm going to be able to grow tremendously and I can't wait to be on campus.”


Sydney Sheehan / D / Austin, Texas / Rouse High School / Lonestar SC

A native of Austin, Texas, Sheehan is a two-year letterwinner at Rouse High School under head coach Katie Kistner. A center back, she will join the Sooners from Lonestar SC under coach Sophia Mundy.

Sheehan was the UIL District 13-6A Co-Newcomer of the Year in 2016, an all-district first-team member in 2016 and 2017, and the 2017 Rouse Defensive MVP. She was a state semifinalist with her high school and named to the all-state tournament team.

A four-year Rouse Scholar, two-time Academic All-District honoree and a member of the National Honor Society, Sheehan plans to major in pre-physical therapy at Oklahoma. The daughter of Ryan and Mandy, she has four siblings: Maddie, Tanner, Gabriel and Jameson.

WHY OKLAHOMA?

“I chose the University of Oklahoma because I love the campus and the environment the OU family provides. The great academics and competitive athletics are just what I was looking for in a university. I can’t wait to be up in Norman to continue being a student-athlete.”


Jenna Sheely / F/MF / Austin, Texas / Jack C. Hays High School / Lonestar SC

A native of Austin, Texas, Sheely is a two-year letterwinner at Jack C. Hays High School under head coach Brent Holcomb. A forward and midfielder, she currently plays club soccer for Lonestar FC under coach Sophia Munday. Sheely will join club teammate Sydney Sheehan at Oklahoma.

In her two seasons on varsity at Hays, Sheely was a two-time all-district selection and a two-time academic all-district selection. Sheeky has also competed in beach volleyball and went to the 2014 and 2015 Junior Olympics.

A member of National Honor Society and an AP Scholar, Sheely intends to be pre-med at Oklahoma. The daughter of Brian and Ann-Marie, she has one sibling, Brooke.

WHY OKLAHOMA?
“I chose OU because right when I stepped on campus, I knew this was the place I wanted to be, and it felt like home. I know the coaches and my teammates will help me excel and succeed both athletically and academically. I look forward to spending the next four years making an impact in this outstanding program and being a part of this amazing family.”



Carsyn Smittle / F/D / Edmond, Okla. / Edmond Memorial High School / OKC Energy FC

The second of two signees from the state of Oklahoma, Smittle was a two-year letterwinner at Edmond Memorial HS under head coach Miranda Thorn. A forward and defender, Smittle will join the Sooners from OKC Energy FC, the same club as current Sooners Emma Ledbetter, Hannah Molone and Ivanna Rivas.

Smittle, who played high school soccer with Molone, tallied 25 goals in her two years at Edmond Memorial. She was a district champion in 2016.

The daughter of Darrell and Jill Smittle, she has two siblings, Ashley and Perri. Smittle is planning on majoring in pre-med.

WHY OKLAHOMA?

“I chose OU because it offers you so much and there are so many different things you can be a part of to fulfill your college dreams. I also chose it because it is close to home and I wanted to stay in Oklahoma. The soccer program is a great privilege I get to be a part of, and it is such a welcoming and comforting school. All the sports teams and friends you make are like family and the coaches and staff are so awesome!”



Madison Stenslie / D / Henderson, Nev. / Faith Lutheran High School / Slammers FC

A native of Henderson, Nev., Stenslie joins the Sooners from Faith Lutheran High School where she was a two-year letterwinner under head coach Steve Morrill. Stenslie currently plays for Slammers FC under head coach Cheyne Gordon

Stenslie was the 2017 4A NW League Defensive Player of the Year, a 2017 All-Sunset Region selection, 2017 4A All-NW League selection and a Lutheran All-American Association All-American. She was a member of the 2018 Class 4A league championship team. She serves as team captain for her club team and was a 2017 ECNL all-conference selection and a 2018 ECNL national training camp selection.

The daughter of Chad and Michelle Stenslie, she has one sister, MeKennah. Stenslie plans on majoring in psychology with an emphasis in sport psychology.

WHY OKLAHOMA?

"I chose OU because of the people I met while visiting the campus. I immediately felt welcome and at home when I met the coaching staff. They have a way of making you feel like you are so much more than just a student-athlete coming to play for them. The OU campus is absolutely beautiful and I fell in love with the architecture -- I just knew it was the place for me to spend my college years."



Lauren Toma / D / The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands High School / Challenge SC

Joining the Sooners from The Woodlands, Texas, Toma is a three-year letterwinner at The Woodlands HS where she was a teammate of current Sooner Jazzy Richards. Toma currently plays for Challenge SC under head coach Chris Maravalli.

Toma has tallied 17 goals and 35 assists in her high school career. She was a first-team all-region selection, a district offensive MVP, academic all-state and a team captain.

The daughter of Bryan and Karen Toma, she has two siblings, Griffin and Beckett. She plans on majoring in pre-med at Oklahoma.

WHY OKLAHOMA?

“I chose to go to Oklahoma because I loved the atmosphere of the campus, the facilities and the academic opportunities. I felt at home when on campus and at the soccer stadium. I knew that Oklahoma was the place for me!”



Taylor Tufts / MF / Southlake, Texas / Southlake Carroll High School / Solar ECNL

The second of two athletes from Southlake Carroll High School in this year’s signing class, Tufts is a four-year letterwinner under head coach Matt Colvin. A midfielder, Tufts plays for Solar ECNL and coach Jason Bates, the same team as fellow signee Caroline Berutti and current Sooner Abigail Bancroft.

A three-time all-district selection, Tufts was the 2018 district MVP as a junior. She has tallied 41 goals and 36 assists in her career, including 25 goals and 19 assists as a junior to lead the team. With Solar, she led the team in her sophomore season with nine goals and 16 assists. Tufts played in three USYS National Championships representing region 3 and won three USYS State Championships.

The daughter of Jeff and Tami Tufts, she has one sibling, Kenzi. A two-time academic all-district selection, she plans on majoring in pre-med as a Sooner.

WHY OKLAHOMA?

“The reason I chose the University of Oklahoma is because of Coach Potter, his staff and the culture he establishes with his teams. I have visited many universities but OU was the only campus that felt like home. The academics are the best and the university offers many majors in the medical field. The opportunity to represent Oklahoma on and off the field in the Big 12 will be an exciting challenge. I want to be a part of taking this program to the next level.”

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