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NCAA Dec 21, 2021

North Carolina women’s soccer unveils 9-player recruiting class for 2022

CHAPEL HILLUniversity of North Carolina women’s soccer head coach Anson Dorrance unveiled his program’s 2021 recruiting class, featuring nine standouts from across the United States.

The signing group includes: Sydney Cheesman (Lafayette, Colo.), Madeline Dahlien (Edina, Minn.), Tori Dellaperuta (Cumming, Ga.), Tessa Dellarose (Grindstone, Pa.), Kate Faasse (Phoenix, Ariz.), Madelyn Galbus (Wilmington, Del.), Kayleigh Herr (Cary, N.C.), Nona Reason (Noblesville, Ind.) and Maci Teater (Wentzville, Mo.).

“We are very excited about the 2022 class of Tar Heels,” Dorrance said. “Like the class before them they will challenge to play early and contribute to all four lines: goalkeeping, defending, midfield and up top. The future is bright.”

The newest group of Tar Heels garnered a No. 3 national ranking from TopDrawerSoccer.com, the highest in the ACC and highest among all programs on the east coast.

UNC’s incoming nine-player class includes four forwards, three defenders, one midfielder and one goalkeeper. Three of the signees: Dahlien, Dellaperuta and Herr were each named to the ENCL All-America team this past season.

Below are brief bios on all nine of the incoming Tar Heels, featuring highlights of their amateur soccer careers.

Sydney Cheesman | D | Lafayette, Colo. | Centaurus HS | Colorado Rush

  • Named to the U-20 U.S. Women’s Youth National Team Training Camp roster
  • Participated in the U-18 U.S. Women’s National Team Virtual Camp
  • Member of the U-16 U.S. National Team which competed in the 2020 UEFA Development Tournament in England

Madeline Dahlien | F | Edina, Minn. | Edina HS | Minnesota Thunder Academy

  • Earned 2020-21 ENCL Girls’ U-17 All-America Team accolades
  • Voted 2020-21 ENCL Girls’ U-17 Midwest Conference Co-Player of the Year
  • Named 2021 Ms. Soccer for the state of Minnesota
  • Selected the 2021 Minneapolis Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year
  • Led Edina to the semifinals of the 2021 3A MHS girls’ soccer playoffs
  • Finished first in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dash during the 2021 state girl’s track and field championship after placing second in each of those events in 2019

Tori Dellaperuta | F | Cumming, Ga. | West Forsyth HS | United Futbol Academy (Ga.)

  • Named the 2020-21 USA TODAY High School Sports Award Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year
  • Earned 2020-21 United Coaches High School All-America honors
  • Voted the 2021 Forsyth County Player of the Year as well as ENCL Southeast first team all-conference
  • Led West Forsyth to its first Georgia High School Athletic Association Class 6A Girls Soccer state championship in May 2021, scoring the game-winning goal in the title match
  • As a junior she scored 54 goals in 20 games, establishing a new school single-season record
  • Younger sister of UNC sophomore Talia Dellaperuta, also a member of the women’s soccer team

Tessa Dellarose | D | Grindstone, Pa. | Brownsville HS | Pittsburgh Riverhounds

  • Participated in training camp for the U-20 United States Women’s National Team in October 2021
  • Named to the 2020 Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state team
  • Voted 2019 TDS Fall All-Mid-Atlantic Region and All-Pennsylvania
  • Was a member of the U.S. U-16 National Team
  • Named to the 2018-19 ENCL U-16 All-Ohio Valley Conference team

Kate Faasse | F | Phoenix, Ariz. | Pinnacle HS | SC del Sol

  • Named to the 2019-20 TDS Winter High School All-Arizona and All-West Region teams
  • Participated in the U-18 U.S. National Team virtual camp during the pandemic
  • Earned honorable mention academic all-state honors as a junior

Madelyn Galbus | F | Wilmington, Del. | Padua Academy | Penn Fusion

  • Competed at the National Soccer Team Training Center (2016-19)
  • Top 10 scorer in the Northeast Conference in 2017
  • Attended Generation Adidas event in France (2018) as a member of the Lyons girls’ team
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Earned multiple academic accolades each year of high school

Kayleigh Herr | D | Cary, N.C. | Crossroads Flex HS | N.C. Courage

  • Attended the U-20 United States Women’s National Team training camp in October 2021
  • Named to the 2020-21 ENCL U-17 Girls’ All-America Team
  • Earned honorable mention academic all-state honors as a junior
  • Selected 2020-21 TDS First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Participated in the U-18 U.S. National Team virtual camp during the spring of 2021
  • Member of the U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Team training camp roster

Nona Reason | GK | Noblesville, Ind. | Noblesville HS | Indiana Fire

  • Named to the 2021 United States U-20 Girls’ National Team training camp roster
  • Member of the U.S. team that won the 2018 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship
  • Earned ENCL U-17 All-Ohio Valley Conference honors for 2020-21
  • Played on the U-16 U.S. Girls’ National Team in 2020
  • Received the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper during the 2019 U-15 U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs while playing for the San Diego Surf

Maci Teater | MF | Wentzville, Mo. | Holt HS | St. Louis Scott Gallagher

  • Member of the West squad for the 2021 U-18/19 ENCL National Selection Game
  • Named to the 2018-19 ENCL All-Midwest Conference Team
  • Olympic Development Program (ODP) all-region and all-state selection
  • Participated in the 2019 ENCL National Training Camp
  • 2015 Rush Select National Team Player

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