Signing Day Central

NEWARK, Del. --  New University of Delaware women's soccer head coach Mike Barroqueiro already has his tenure off to a fast start as Tuesday he announced the addition of eight talented high school standouts who make up his first recruiting class.

Barroqueiro welcomes the following eight standouts to the Blue Hen family. The group includes forward/midfielder Dominique Davis, defender Helen Dyer, defender Maria Gentile, defender/midfielder Sydney Gilmore, midfielder Gabby Johnson, forward Sabrina Kunimoto, defender/midfielder Olivia Schuck, and forward/midfielder Lizzie Weimer.

All eight will attend the University of Delaware this coming fall and begin competing for the Blue Hens on the pitch.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome this class of players to the University of Delaware,” said Barroqueiro, who earned high marks as a talented recruiter during the last four seasons as an assistant at North Carolina State following stints as head coach at Iona and as an assistant at College of Charleston, Rutgers, and UMBC. “They are a strong collection of players from some of the top clubs on the East Coast. With our usual strong, local representation we know we are getting players with the right level of experience to compete immediately in the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association). With a few incomers joining us from outside the region, we will add a different style of play to our group that will help complement what we already have here. It’s certainly a great step in the right direction toward becoming a top team in the CAA.”

The list of recruits includes a group that hails from five different states, including two from Virginia and one each from Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The versatile group includes six student-athletes who have played midfield during their careers, three who played forward, and four who played defense.

Below are biographies of the recruits:

DOMINIQUE DAVIS • 5-4 • F/M • Leesburg, Va. (Tuscarora HS)
High School:  Standout at Tuscarora High School for head coach Nicole Bower • three-year starter at forward and midfield • led team to the conference, district, and regional titles before advancing to the state title game as a senior in 2016 • earned second team all-conference honors as a senior • one of team’s top scorers • honor roll student.
Personal:  Dominique Nicole Davis • born May 25, 1999 • daughter of Miles and Carole Davis • plans to major in exercise science and physical therapy with a minor in business • aspires to open her own physical therapy practice after graduation • avid photographer •  favorite soccer team are Manchester United F.C. and the Washington Spirit • has an older brother, Miles, who plays soccer a NCAA I St. Louis University • parents both have advanced degrees with father earning his PhD at George Washington University and mother earning a graduate degree at the University of Texas.

HELEN DYER • 5-7 • D • Marietta, Ga. (George Walton HS/NTH 98 Gold Club)
High School: Attended George Walton High School and played for head coach Sharon Loughran  • three-year starter at center-defender • led teams to three-year mark of 39-14-4, one regional title, two regional runner-up finishes, and three state quarterfinal berths • captain as a senior • scored six goals in 2016 • earned team’s Coaches Award in 2015 and was voted teams top defender in 2016 • member of the National Society of High School Scholars and Mathematics National Honor Society •  played club soccer for NTH 98 Gold • team was a finalist for the Georgia State Cup.
Personal: Helen Kathleen Dyer • born July 20, 1999 • daughter of William and Kim Dyer • plans to major on actuarial science at Delaware • father attended the University of Florida • mother is a physician who attended Emory University • has three siblings • enjoys watching the U.S. Women’s National team in her spare time • avid reader.

MARIA GENTILE • 5-6 • D • Fallston, Md. (Fallston HS/ECNL Maryland United Club)
High School: Four-year starter at center midfield under head coach Mark Hannahs at Fallston High School • led team to 2015 state title, 2014 state runner-up finish, and to four regional championships during career • named to All-American Watch List Top 80 in 2016 • second team All-State and second team All-Metro in 2016 • two-time All-Metro pick, three-time All-Harford County selection, and three-time All-Upper Chesapeake Conference selection • scored 54 career goals, including 25 as a junior and 20 as a senior • had 34 career assists • 2016 team captain • National Honor Society • Rho Kappa member • played for ECNL Maryland United Club team and led team to league title in 2014 • two-time team captain.
Personal: Maria Elizabeth Gentile • born Dec. 3, 1998 • daughter of Phillip and Jeanna Gentile • has a younger sister, Anna • father is a captain in the Baltimore City Fire Department and mother is an assistant principal in the Harford County School System • mother is a graduate of UD rival Towson •  uncle, John Marzullo, attended Delaware • enjoys following all the Baltimore pro sports teams • has not declared a major.

SYDNEY GILMORE • 5-5 • D/M • Camillus, N.Y.  (G. Ray Bodley HS/WNY Flash Club)
High School: Attended G. Ray Bodley High School • three-sport athlete • four-year starter at center midfield for head coach George Beckwith in soccer • team captain • two-time member of All-CNY team and a four-time all-conference player • had 21 goals and 21 assists in career • two-year starting point guard in basketball for head coach Derek Lyons •  two-time all-league selection • team captain •  member of track & field team and ran sprints for head coach Gary Lagrou • state qualifier in 100m and 200m sprint events •  suffered injury during senior year of women’s soccer season that forced her to miss part of the year and all of basketball season • National Honor Society member  • H.O.P.E Club member • played for WNY Flash and NYW ODP Club teams • both teams won regional titles and ODP team was ranked No. 3 nationally • named to ODP All-Region team • WNY Flash won five state cups • 2015 Disney Showcase TopDrawer Soccer Day Top 11 selection.
Personal: Sydney Janine “Syd” Gilmore • born March 15, 1999 in Bay City, Texas • daughter of Dan and Natalie Gilmore • father attended Kent State University and earned master’s degree at SUNY Cortland • mother is a graduate of SUNY Oswego • has two younger sisters • enjoys watching soccer and the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) • plans to major in biology and minor in Spanish at Delaware • enjoys basketball and track in her spare time.  

GABBY JOHNSON •  5-3 • M • Midlothian, Va. (Veritas HS/WPSL, Fredericksburg Futbal, and ECNL Clubs)
High School: Standout in soccer and track & field at Veritas High School • played soccer for head coach Julia Rhodes and was a two-year starting midfielder and captain • led team to consecutive conference titles • two-time all-conference selection and team Most Valuable Player in 2014 • earned Max Preps National Player of the Week honors and Max Prep season honors in 2014 • scored 39 goals and 11 assists in 2014 and a school-record 49 goals and 20 assists in 2015 • standout sprinter in track & field for head coach John Alley • placed third in state in outdoor 100m and 200m events in 2015 • school-record holder in indoor 55m and 300m sprints • National Honor Society student • National Latin Exam Award Winner • Veritas HS Performing Arts Award • played for WPSL, Fredericksburg Futbal, and ECNL Club Teams.
Personal: Gabrielle Kristine “Gabby” Johnson • born Jan. 16, 1999 • daughter of Nicholas and Kelly Johnson • has two younger siblings • father was a two-time soccer national champion at West Virginia Wesleyan and mother was swimmer at WVCW • has five relatives who attended the University of Delaware including her mother, who earned her master’s degree from UD in 1996 • grandmother, Ann Kline, worked at UD for 20 years • plans to major in exercise science • would like to be a physical therapist • enjoys reading, singing, and exercising in her spare time • follows the U.S. Women’s National Team • attended a mission trip to Jamaica in 2013 where she played soccer and worked with local children in impoverished areas.

SABRINA KUNIMOTO • 5-7 • F/M • Royalton, Ohio (Hathaway Brown HS/Ambassadors FC Club)
High School: Four-year starter as a midfielder and forward at Hathaway Brown High School for coaches Carmen Ptacek and Jared Rose • served as team captain as a senior in 2016 • led team to the state semifinals as a freshman, a district runner-up finish as a sophomore, the regional semifinals as a junior, and a regional finals berth as a senior • earned first team All-State honors as a senior and second team honor as a junior • four-time All-Greater Cleveland Area selection, including three first team citations • member of Ambassadors FC Club Team • team won two Ohio North State Cup championships and won Disney Showcase championships in 2014 and 2016 • team was ranked No. 1 in Ohio North and No. 7 in the region.
Personal: Sabrina Helen Kunimoto (“koon-e-moto”) • born Oct. 4, 1998 in White Plains, N.Y. • daughter of father, Kim, and mother, Pauline, Kunimoto • father is a general manager at Angstrom Graphics and mother is a sales rep for Pitney Bowes and a phlebotomists • has an older sister, Emma • two cousins played college baseball • plans to major in athletic training or pre-med at Delaware • would like become a radiologist or athletic trainer after graduation • avid traveler • fan of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers • traveled to Tanzania, Africa last summer and provided community service teaching children and building a school.

OLIVIA SCHUCK • 5-9 • M/D • Medford Lakes, N.J. (Shawnee HS/PDA Impact; Northeast Regional NPL Clubs)
High School: Four-year starter at midfield in soccer at Shawnee High School for head coach Drew Wagner • led team to record of 37-6-1 over her final two seasons • led 2015 team to section title and South Jersey Group IV title • second team All-State, All-South Jersey and first team all-county as a senior and a three-time all-conference selection • team captain as a senior •  led the team in 2016 with 9 goals and 6 assists • two-year starter in basketball for head coach Chrissy McGovern • senior captain • played lacrosse as a freshman • played club for PDA impact • led 2014 team to Northeast Regional NPL title and national semifinals and to second place regional finishes in 2001 • named to Principal’s List all four years • ranked in the Top 10% of her senior class • recording secretary for senior class executive council.
Personal: Olivia Rose “Liv” Schuck (“shuck”) • born March 4, 1999 • daughter of Bob and Nancy Schuck • has two older siblings • father is a senior project manager and graduate of Temple University • mother is a sales information analyst and attended Holy Family College • enjoys watching Philadelphia pro sports teams, playing the guitar, and baking • plans to major in occupational therapy at Delaware • has worked as a camp counselor during the summers • competed in three youth triathlons and won two of them.  

LIZZIE WIEMER • 5-8 • F/M • Duxbury, Mass. (Duxbury HS/FC Boston Scorpions Club)
High School: Attended Duxbury High School and played soccer for head coaches Emerson Coleman and Joseph Ferguson • four-year starter at forward • led teams two MIAA South semifinal appearances and two quarterfinal appearances •  2016 team captain • two-time Patriot League All-star and a 2016 Eastern Massachusetts All-Star • led team with 9 goals and 15 assists in 2016 • had 14 goals and 3 assists 2015 • 35 career goals • National Honor Society member • Spanish National Society and Spanish National Honor Society member • played club ball for FC Boston Scorpions ECNL.
Personal: Elizabeth (Lizzie) Mary Weimer (“why-mer”) • born Aug. 20, 1999 • daughter of Chip and Mary Weimer • father is a graduate of Wittenberg (Ohio) College and works in commercial insurance • mother is a graduate of St. Benedict’s College • has two older siblings • sister, Emily, plays soccer at the University of Massachusetts • hobbies include cooking and music • favorite teams are the NFL New England Patriots and the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams • plans to major in biology with minors in Spanish and psychology at Delaware • hopes to work in the science field after graduation.

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