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Women's Recruiting Mar 16, 2021

ECNL and Girls Academy players sign with University of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania‘s Douglas N. Brush Head Coach of Women’s Soccer, Casey Brown, has announced her program’s Class of 2025 recruiting class.

Six young women — Karoline Conte (FC Stars), Andrea Escobio (Weston FC), Isobel Glass (FC Stars), Alli Lester (Tophat), Katerina Peroulas (Charlotte SA) and Janae Stewart (FC Delco) — will join the program next fall as freshmen.

“It is with great excitement we welcome these six terrific student-athletes to the Penn Women’s Soccer family,” said Brown, who was hired at Penn in March 2020 and is expected to coach her first season in 2021. “In getting to know these young women over the past year, it was immediately apparent how exceptional they are both on and off the field. It is clear they are motivated to integrate themselves and positively impact the future success of our program, and with their elite club and international experiences we look forward to helping them do just that. We proudly welcome Karoline, Andrea, Isobel, Alli, Katerina, and Janae to the Penn women’s soccer program and cannot wait for our upcoming fall together.”

KAROLINE CONTE
5-4 | Defender
Andover, Mass. | Phillips Andover
CLUB: FC Stars of Massachusetts

High School: Varsity starter all four years at Andover, captain her senior year … Helped her team to the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Class A Tournament as a sophomore and junior (no tournament her senior year) … Two-time Eagle Tribune All-Star … With FC Stars of Massachusetts, finalist in the national championship game her sophomore year in San Diego ECNL Finals … Two years of community service volunteering at Andover’s local preschool … President of the Phillips Academy Pool Club … Andover Business Club member.

Personal: Daughter of Kelley and Samuel Conte … Father was an Academic All-New England baseball player at Northeastern University … Older sister, Kaitlyn, rowed at the College of the Holy Cross … Older brother, Samuel III, plays baseball at Trinity University (Texas) … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Why Penn? “I chose Penn for the rigorous academic curriculum as well as the top-level athletics. I have always wanted to continue my soccer career at the Division 1 level, and I know that Penn will be the best place to grow both on and off the field. I am looking forward to exploring Philly and meeting the Penn community.”

ANDREA ESCOBIO
5-8 | Defender
Pinecrest, Fla. | Westminster Christian School
CLUB: Weston FC

High School: Four-year letter winner in soccer … Led Westminster Christian to its first district and regional titles … With Weston FC, reached Elite 8 in the DA during 2020 season and was ranked a top 150 player by TopDrawerSoccer … Three-time state selection and two-time Region 3 pool selection for Olympic Development Program (ODP) … Also lettered three times in track & field and ran the first leg for Westminster Christian’s school-record 4×100 relay team at the State Championships … National Honor Society, Science NHS and English NHS member … Mu Alpha Theta member … AP Capstone Diploma.

Personal: Daughter of Carolina and Manuel Escobio … Will enroll in the Wharton School of Business.

Why Penn? “Penn is a perfect fit, both on and off the field. Penn allows me to pursue my academic and athletic aspirations with an unmatched, world-class education and extremely competitive soccer program.”

ISOBEL GLASS
5-6 | Forward
Beverly Farms, Mass. | Phillips Andover
CLUB: FC Stars of Massachusetts

High School: Earned a cap for Northern Ireland in an under-17 friendly vs. Bulgaria, voted Woman of the Match … Northern Ireland under-19 UEFA Finals selection in 2020 … 2017 ID2 National Training Camp callup … 2018 Gothia Cup (Sweden), Northeast Select Team … 2017 Player Development callup … Four-year varsity letter winner in soccer at Andover, captain as a senior … New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Junior All-Star and all-league (2019) … With her club team, FC Stars of Massachusetts, ECNL National Finals in San Diego in 2019 … 2018 New England Soccer Journal Player to Watch … Also lettered in track & field … Andover won 2017 NEPSTA Division I title, and she ran on Andover’s record-breaking team 4×100 championship relay … Set an Phillips Academy/Phillips Exeter indoor track meet record in the 4×400 relay in 2018 … 2018 Phillips Academy Indoor Track school record 4×200 … 2018 Phillips Academy Indoor Track 55-meter Freshman record holder … Webster Prize for Outstanding Work in History and Social Sciences in Lower Two Years … Student Government … Dormitory Proctor … Senior Board member, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Club … Andover Admissions Senior Board member … Climate Curriculum Ambassador.

Personal: Daughter of Susannah and Simon Glass … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Why Penn? “I chose Penn for the opportunity to pursue both rigorous academics and high-level athletics, all while being surrounded by inspired, passionate and motivated individuals, teammates and coaches. Upon first setting foot on campus, Penn felt like home. I couldn’t be more excited for the next four years!”

ALLI LESTER
6-0 | Goalkeeper
Lawrencevilla, Ga. | Collins Hill
CLUB: NASA Tophat

High School: Varsity letter winner and captain for the Collins Hills girls’ soccer team … County Super Six in 2020 … First-team all-region in 2019, second-team all-region in 2018 … Backstopped her club team to national first-place finish in Development Academy rankings … Selected to four consecutive Georgia Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams … Selected for four National Training Center cycles … Academic Letter recipient.

Personal: Daughter of Rebecca and Brian Lester … Will enroll in the Wharton School of Business.

Why Penn? “Penn suits my endeavors both on the field and in classroom. The culture at Penn allows my competitive nature to strive under the guidance of fellow teammates, peers, coaches, and professors.”

KATERINA PEROULAS
5-8 | Forward
Charlotte, N.C. | Providence Day School
CLUB: Charlotte Soccer Academy

High School: Four-year letter winner and two-time captain … Helped Providence Day School win North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) and Charlotte Independent School Athletic Association (CISAA) titles in 2019 … NCISAA and North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association (NCSCA) All-State in 2019 … Two-time first-team All-CISAA and all-region 1st Team … Recorded 50 goals and 41 assists across 43 career matches (2020 season was shortened due to COVID-19) … With her club team, Charlotte Soccer Academy, ranked #1 in North Carolina and #6 in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) East Division for goals scored and goals per game in 2019 … 2019 U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) regional finalist and 2018 North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) state champion with 00 Charlotte Soccer Academy Composite … Club team captain … National Honor Society and French NHS member … AP Scholar with Distinction … Four-year Honor Roll student … Providence Day School Students of Service member … Greek Orthodox Youth of America member … Armonia Greek Folk Dance Troupe member … Ellinomatheia Certificate in Greek Language.

Personal: Daughter of Stacie and Dean Peroulas … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Why Penn? “Besides the combination of incredible academics and competitive athletics, I was really drawn to the team culture as well as the sense of pride and tradition on campus. I am also looking forward to the experience of living in Philadelphia!”

JANAE STEWART
5-7 | Forward
North Wales, Pa. | Penn Charter
CLUB: FC Delco

High School: Lettered four times in soccer at Penn Charter, captain as a senior year … Helped the Quakers win the 2019 Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) championship and the 2018 Inter-Ac title … All-American High School Girls Soccer Watchlist as a senior … Two-time Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association All-State … Inter-Ac MVP as a sophomore and senior, runner-up as Inter-Ac MVP as a junior … PC/GA Day MVP (2019) … Three-time All-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection … Three-time first-team All-Inter-Ac … Finished career with 62 goals and 29 assists … Also lettered three times each in basketball and track & field … First-team All-Inter-Ac in track in 2018 … 2018 and 2019 Inter-Ac highest scorer … Hold the Penn Charter school record in the long jump as well as the third-fastest times in school history for the 100 and 200 … Joined FC Delco (ECNL) for 2020 and 2021 after playing with FCUSA Philadelphia from 2017-19 … Region I ODP from 2018-20 … USYS National Training Camp invitee in 2020 (ODP) … Selected for the USYS National team 2020 (ODP) … USYS National Team International player selection (ODP) … Two-time Region I ODP champion (2018, 2019) … High Honors all 4 years at Penn Charter … Richard S. Cross Jefferson Scholar Award recipient … Volunteer coach, Enon Youth Soccer.

Personal: Daughter of Joy and Wynton Stewart … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Why Penn? “I chose Penn because it felt like a place where I can learn and grow into being my best self. Penn is a world-class institution that has the perfect mix of greater education and character development.”

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