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NCAA Apr 09, 2024

Penn women’s soccer program welcoming 8 recruits in 2024

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania Douglas N. Brush Head Coach of Women’s Soccer, Dr. Krissy Turner, has announced her program’s 2028 recruiting class.

Eight women – Hailey Adamsky, Ariel Katz, Mila Maltby, Leigha Matter, Eden Veenema, Lily White, Charlotte Wilfert, and Isabella Zulli – will join the program as freshmen.

“Overall, the incoming class of 2024 provides an injection of athleticism, technical ability, and tactical awareness on the field,” said Coach Turner. “Off the field, this group of student-athletes will excel in the classroom. With the class being eight in total, each player will add a unique skillset to the program as a player and enhance our culture.  I am grateful to my staff, Coach King, Coach Pizzuto, and Coach Steigelman for their hard work in securing a class that will assist us in competing for a top four finish in the league.”

Meet the Penn women’s soccer incoming class …

Lawrenceville, N.J. | The Pennington School


High School: Was a four-year letterwinner and team captain … Won three state titles … Mercer County champion … Earned All-State, All-Prep and All-Area awards, including Area Player of the Year … During senior season scored 20 goals and had 21 assists … Set the Pennington School record for assists … Was a member of the varsity lacrosse and swim teams … Landed on the Dean’s List and high honor roll … Was a member of the community service cub.
Personal: Daughter of Susanne and Gregory Adamsky … Will enroll in the Wharton School of Business

Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of the opportunities it offers for me in the future. Not only did I love the community of the school as I walked around campus but believe that the environment will help me grow as a person. The team and coach also influenced my decision greatly.”

Coach Tuner on Hailey:“Hailey Adamsky is quick, good in 1 v 1 situations and will create havoc for opposing defenses due to her tenacity and will to win.”

Penn Valley, Pa. | Harriton

CLUB: Lower Merion Soccer Club (2013-22) and FC Delco (2022-present)

High School: Four-year letterwinner and captain senior year … Was a two-time best offensive player (2021 & 2022) … 2023 Most valuable player … Was a two-time Central League second-team honoree (2021 & 2022) … Central League first-team honoree (2023) … Central League MVP runner up (2023) Scored 14 goals and had 14 assists her during senior year … Main line one-time honorable mention (2020) … Two-time second team honoree (2021 & 2022) one-time first-team honoree (2023) … Earned ECNL North Atlantic second-team honors (2023) and a LMSC PA State Championship USYS (2021) with FC Delco … Was a member of the track and field team (2021-23) … National merit scholar … Peer Mentor … Volunteer math tutor …

Personal: Daughter of Franziska Ringpfeil and Baruch Katz … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of the combination of high-level athletics and academics allows me to challenge myself both on and off the field. The backdrop of Philadelphia allows room for opportunity and exploration of anything and everything I could take interest in.”

Coach Turner on Ariel: “Ariel Katz is a box-to-box midfielder with an engine to run and cover ground. Ariel will distribute well out of midfield to generate our attack.”

Washington, D.C. | Sidwell Friends School

CLUB: VA Union (2018-2024)

High School: Four-year letterwinner and captain senior year … Two-time All-State (2022 & 2023) … All-ISL (Independent School League) AA honors (2022) … Selected to the ISL All-star game (2022 & 2023) … Washington Post All-Met Honors (2022) …  According to named a c/o 2024 Midfielder that impressed … Won a DC State Championship (2021) … ISL AA Championship (2021) … Was a ISL tournament finalist (2022) … Club team VA Union played in ECNL Champions League (2022 & 2023) … Selected for VA Union Super Cup Team (2023) … Member of the track team and earned All-ISL AA honors (2023) … National Merit commended student … Volunteer coach & camp counselor.

Personal: Daughter of Gia Lee and Jeremey Maltby … Sister, Gemma, current member of Harvard women’s soccer team … Will enroll in the Wharton School of Business.

Why Penn?  “I chose Penn because of its incredible combination of athletic and academic opportunities. When I first met Dr. Turner and learned of her approach and vision for the program, I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of it and contribute to its success. I was also thrilled to study at Wharton and make connections with the larger Penn community. I am so grateful and can’t wait begin my journey at Penn!”

Coach Turner on Mila: “Mila Maltby is super quick and a speedy wide player who will be versatile with her ability to play up front and wide in the midfield or backline depending on our shape.”

Chatham, N.J. | Chatham

CLUB: STA GA (2021-2024)

High School: Four-year letterwinner and captain during senior year … All-State (2022 & 2023) … All County (2022 & 2023) … All-Conference (2022 & 2023) … All-Group 3 honoree (2023) … 2020 NJSIAA North-West C State Champion … 2021-23 Morris County Champion … 2022 & 2023 North 2 Group 3 Sectional Champion … 2023 Group 3 State Champion … Two-year letterwinner in lacrosse and earned a 2023 North 2 Group 3 State Championship … Landed on the distinguished honor roll (2020-24) … Member of the National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society … A Beat the Streets Philadelphia Youth Ambassador … Founded her own charity – Brightening Birthdays.

Personal: Daughter of Shannon and Brett Matter … Father, wrestled at Penn and won a NCAA title in 2000 … Uncle, Clinton, wrestled at Penn … Cousin, Grace, current member of Penn women’s lacrosse … Aunt, Kourtney, swam at Penn … Grandfather, Andew wrestled at Penn State and won a NCAA title in (1971 & 1972) … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Why Penn? “I chose Penn for its combination of academic and athletic excellence. I am excited to join the program and positive team dynamic. I also love the city of Philadelphia and all it has to offer.”

Coach Turner on Mila: “Leigha Matter has great technical ability and is a scrappy, hard-nosed player with tremendous determination and fight.”

Lincoln University, Pa. | Avon Grove

CLUB: Penn Fusion ECRL (2019-2022) and Penn Fusion ECNL (2022-2024)

High School: Four-year letterwinner and captain … Earned All-State honors (2023) … First-Team All-Area (2022 & 2023) … Chesmont MVP (2023) … First-team All-Chesmont (2022 & 2023) … Team leading scorer in 2021 (9 goals) and 2023 (16 goals) …  Four-year letterwinner and captain in track and field … Had a sixth-place finish in the state 4×400 … Holds the school record in the 4×400 and 4×200 … All-Area track and field Honorable Mention 2023 … Earned distinguished honors all semesters throughout high school … Finished top 10% of class … President of ENACT … Member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Daughter of Susan and Jeremy Veenema … Mother, played field hockey at Houghton College … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of the high academic standards and the competitive nature of the Ivy league.”

Coach Turner on Eden: “Eden Veenema is strong, athletic and brings a physical presence to our team that we will need to compete in one of the best conferences in the country.”

Boynton Beach, Fla. | The Benjamin School

CLUB: FC Prime (Five years)

High School: Four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain … Earned MVP honors … Scored 105 career goals and finished with 40+ assists … Four-time District champions … Two-time Regional champions … Lettered in track, cross country, beach volleyball and football … Made history as the first female in school history to letter in football and served as the kicker … Earned the Coaches award in cross country … Track Newcomer of the Year … Won a district and regional championship in cross country … Won a district, regional and state championship in track … 2024 Palm Beach County High School Female Athlete of the Year … Earned high honor roll all four years … Was a member of the finance club and Future Business Leaders of America.

Personal: Daughter of Helene Olsson and Jack White … Will enroll in the Wharton School of Business.

Why Penn? “I chose Penn because I wanted to receive the best education while playing high-level soccer. I am so grateful for this opportunity.”

Coach Turner on Lily: “Lily White is a left sided player who has the potential to score goals and create scoring chances for us. Also, Lily is a competitor as evidenced by her kicking successful field goals for her high school football team.”

Thousand Oaks, Calif. | La Reina

CLUB: LAFC So Cal (2018-24)

High School: Three-year letterwinner and three-time captain … Three-time goalkeeper of the year honors (2022-24) … Frontier League Champion (2024) … Participated in mock trial … Coached youth goalkeepers.

Personal: Daughter of Roslynn and Jarrod Wilfert … Cousins, Matthew and Daniel played soccer at Yale … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Why Penn? “I chose Penn because the university is unique. At Penn, there is a combination of exceptional individuals who with all their talent prioritize hard work and focus to accomplish their goals. I want to be a part of and learn from a team that shares these values.”

Coach Turner on Charlotte: “Charlotte Wilfert is athletic, courageous, and has great size as a goalkeeper. We are excited to continue our California pipeline with Charlotte and enhance our goalkeeping unit.”

Harrisburg, Pa. | Central Dauphin

CLUB: CASA (Capital Area Soccer Association) & PA Classics (2020-Present)

High School: Four-year letterwinner and captain senior year … Three-time First-Team honoree … All-State (2023-24) … All-Region (2023-24) … PennLive Player of the Year (2023-24) … MidPenn Player of the Year (2023-24) … Two-time District Champions … 2023 District 3 AAAA State Champions … Played in the National Final Four in the Champions Cup … Competed in the 2023 WPSL playoffs with Club team PA Classics … Member of the National Honor Society and Tree Planting club.

Personal: Daughter of Trisa Chinapoo and Frederick Zulli … Uncle, Tremaine, played soccer at American University … Grandfather, Richard, played soccer at Long Island University and professional indoor soccer on the Trinidad and Tobago National Team … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Why Penn?  “I chose Penn for the amazing academics and career network while able to continue playing the game I love.”

Coach Turner on Isabella: “Isabella Zulli is another left sided player in this class who is composed on the ball and distributes well. Additionally, Isabella’s skill set allows her to play in multiple positions all over the field.”