D.C. United Adds Six College Stars
DC United Women News Release - www.dcunitedwomen.com
Thursday, May 10, 2012
BOYDS, Md.- Six highly-talented former local youth players from five of college soccer's premier programs have signed on to play with the Black-and-Red this summer, pending USSF and USL approval. Danielle DeLisle and Molly Menchel (Virginia), Katie Yenson (Virginia Tech), Holly King (Florida), Diana Weigel (William & Mary), and Katy Colas (Duke) will give fans a look at these former local youth standouts turned college stars - beginning this Saturday when Boston Breakers visit the SoccerPlex for a preseason exhibition.
"It's exciting to be bringing in top-flight players from some of the elite soccer schools in the country," said Head Coach Mike Jorden. "Florida, Duke, UVA, William & Mary and Virginia Tech all have great tradition and it will be interesting to see their styles mesh on the same field for us this summer."
Of the six signings, the only one not returning to NCAA action next season is midfielder/defender Diana Weigel, who concluded her brilliant career at William & Mary with a Colonial Athletic Association title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. In her four years with the Tribe, she scored eight goals and dished 18 assists for a total of 34 points. She was also a one-time CAA Defender of the Year and a three-time CAA first-team honoree.
Teammates at Virginia, DeLisle and Menchel will continue to play alongside one another this summer as members of D.C. United Women. Menchel is coming off a breakout sophomore season with the Cavaliers, in which she racked up 14 points on eight assists and three goals. She started all 23 of the team's matches and has the ability to play on both sides of the field. DeLisle, a goalkeeper out of Baltimore, spent her first two seasons at UVA as a backup, but has her eyes on the starting role this fall.
Two more players representing the ACC will join forces at the Maryland SoccerPlex this summer, with Yenson coming from Virginia Tech and Colas from Duke. Yenson, a former standout at McLean High School, started 14 games for the Hokies as a freshman last season and appeared in nine more. Colas spent her freshman season in 2011 playing for the No. 2 ranked Blue Devils appearing in 14 matches. The up-and-coming midfielder/forward has also played in the U.S. Youth National Team program.
Perhaps the most promising of the group is Holly King, a three-year starter at Florida. King led the Gators in minutes on the pitch last season as a junior and recorded three goals and three assists. She is a former two-time Virginia State Player of the Year from her time at Broad Run High School, where she was also a part of two state championship teams. King played for the Washington Freedom program from 2008-2009, and this summer makes her return to the D.C. soccer scene.
Weigel, DeLisle, Menchel, Colas, Yenson and King will make their debuts with D.C. United Women on Saturday when they meet the Boston Breakers at the Maryland SoccerPlex at 6:00 p.m. ET for an exhibition match, a final tune-up before the W-League season opener on May 19. Fans are encouraged to order tickets in advance to avoid lines at the box office.
Famous Dave's BBQ will be on site as the primary food vendor serving up delicious fare when the gates open at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Local youth league Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS) is the official sponsor of Saturday's game. They're offering discount tickets to member teams as part of their "WAGS Night" promotion. Member teams can purchase tickets in any quantity at the full group rate from the league website - http://tickets.dcunitedwomen.com
D.C. United Women officially begin their second USL W-League season on Saturday, May 19 with a 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff against the Virginia Beach Piranhas at the Maryland SoccerPlex Stadium. Tickets may be purchased at http://tickets.dcunitedwomen.com.