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NCAA May 16, 2024

Rutgers women’s soccer welcomes 9 recruits, including 5 New Jersey natives

Rutgers women’s soccer head coach Mike O’Neill has signed nine first-year players to join the Scarlet Knights program for the 2024 season, including five hailing from New Jersey.

The class includes Shaela Bradley, Gianna Delgado, Charlotte Garcia, Claire Hammill, Mikayla Mandleur, Gabby Miller, Charlotte Mills, Riley Morris, and Madelyn O’Neill.

Another strong recruiting group includes State Players of the Year, All-Americans, multiple national and state champions at the high school and club levels, school record holders, and numerous All-State honorees.

We are ecstatic to officially welcome the incoming 2024 class to Rutgers University. Described as a top recruiting class in the country, this talented group of young women will contribute to our high-performance culture both on and off the field. With their combined experience on the national stage at the club level, their hunger and drive on the pitch excites us as a coaching staff as we add their boisterous talents to our championship driven program.

We anticipate their collective impact early to add to the storied legacy of our program,” said Head Coach Mike O’Neill. “I speak on behalf of the coaching staff when I say that we are beyond thrilled to welcome these nine prestigious student-athletes ‘On the Banks’ this summer.”


La Center, Wash.
Portland Thorns Academy
La Center High School

About Bradley: Shaela Bradley is an All-American two-sport athlete and Player of the Year out of Washington and the Portland Thorns Academy. On the soccer pitch, Bradley totaled 137 goals and 49 assists during her high school career while earning a nod to the All-American Game in 2023 and the title of All-Region Player of the Year.

She was a member of the United States Youth National Team pool from U14-U19 and attended the USYNT camp in 2023. With the Portland Thorns, Bradley was an All-American and Conference Player of the Year while leading the club to the conference championship in 2023. She was a National Selection Game participant in 2022 and 2023.

A two-sport standout, Bradley was a 400-meter state champion in 2022 and was named the All-Region Track Athlete of the Year that season while setting the school record in the 100 and 400-meter runs.

She is the daughter of Miriam and Blayne and sister to Callum. She is a four-year honor roll member and coaches youth soccer and referees in her spare time.

Why Rutgers: “Rutgers is on the opposite coast from where I grew up, so the strong family environment at Rutgers was crucial in my decision. The facilities and the support they provide for their athletes is exceptional and will help me succeed on the field, as well as off. I am extremely excited to be a Scarlet Knight!”


Clifton, N.J.
Clifton High School

About Delgado: Gianna Delgado is a three-sport athlete out of Clifton, New Jersey and PDA. She scored 24 goals with 14 assists as a freshman and sophomore, earning First Team All-League both years before missing the next two years due to injury.

Delgado also excelled in basketball and track and field at Clifton.

Delgado was a Distinguished Honor Roll member from 2020-24 and was inducted into the National Honor Society.

Ashley is the daughter of Danielle and Victor.

Why Rutgers: “I chose Rutgers because of the amazing opportunities it has to offer. It has an excellent academic reputation and I am honored to be able to represent my home state while competing at the highest level. I love the family culture of the team, the amazing coaching staff, and the top tier facilities.”


East Windsor, N.J.
Hightstown High School

About Garcia: Charlotte Garcia is the third-highest scorer in Hightstown history with 46 goals, leading to All-State recognition in 2021 and 2022 and a First Team All-Region selection in 2022. She was named a Top 100 Player in New Jersey Girls Soccer.

A two-sport standout, Garcia was a county and conference champion in the 110-meter hurdles, breaking the school record in that event as well as the 4×100 meter relay.

In the classroom, Garcia is a member of Honor Roll and the National Honors Society.

She is the daughter of Rutgers graduates Caroline and Al, and has three siblings, Christian, Alexander, and Carina.

Why Rutgers: “I chose Rutgers because I always admired the soccer program. My parents went to Rutgers and so does my sister, who is my best friend. I also chose Rutgers because of their welcoming staff and coaches. I was constantly reminded that I would be part of a family on the soccer team at Rutgers.”


Plymouth, Mich.
Michigan Hawks 06 ECNL
Salem High School

About Hammill: Claire Hammill is a three-time ECNL Midwest All-Conference Team performer out of Michigan. In 2022, Hammill earned an invitation to the United States Youth National Team regional identification camp.

Hammill also excelled at swimming with six All-State honors in the pool, in addition to excellent academics on the Honor Roll from 2021-24.

She is the daughter of Maryann and John, and has two siblings, Meghan and Sarah.

Why Rutgers: “I chose Rutgers based on the family atmosphere and the opportunity to be challenged by outstanding players and coaches everyday. The great academics and wide variety of majors also helped me know that coming to Rutgers was the perfect fit for me.”


East Brunswick, N.J.
East Brunswick High School

About Mandleur: Mikayla Mandleur is an All-American out of East Brunswick and the PDA program. At EBHS, she led her team to two conference championships while earning All-State, All-Conference, and All-Division honors before an invitation to the All-American Game in 2024. She totaled 29 goals and 45 assists in high school.

Mandleur was also named ECNL All-Conference First Team playing with PDA Blue.

The daughter of Karen and David, she has two siblings, Madison and Kyle. Her father played basketball at St. Michael’s College, while her sister played soccer at Quinnipiac and brother played hockey at Wilkes.

Why Rutgers: “I choose Rutgers because of the combination of high-level athletics and excellent academics. Growing up attending Rutgers women’s soccer games, I always loved the atmosphere, fan involvement, the successful program and inviting coaching staff.”


Shamong, N.J.
Seneca High School

About Miller: Gabby Miller is a two-time South Jersey Midfield Player of the Year and three-time All-State performer out of Seneca and PDA. Miller led Seneca to the 2022 and 2023 South Group 2 championship after becoming the first player at the school to receive South Jersey Midfielder of the Year honors. She totaled 55 goals and 36 assists, which is good for the all-time assists record and second-most points and goals at Seneca. With PDA South 2006 ECNL, she was a two-time All-Conference First Team selection.

In the classroom, Miller was a four-year Honor Roll student, a member of the National Honors Society, and a representative on student government.

The daughter of Nicole and Eric, and has two brothers, Zach and Matt.

Why Rutgers: “I chose Rutgers because of the family atmosphere and made me feel like I belong. I lived in New Jersey my whole life and I want to support my state.”


Novi, Mich.
Michigan Hawks
Northville High School

About Mills: Charlotte Mills is a two-sport standout out of Northville High School and the Michigan Hawks. Mills was named the team’s most valuable offensive player for two seasons, while also excelling in the classroom with four consecutive spots on the school’s Honor Roll.

Mills played basketball for two seasons at Northville.

She is the daughter of Jennifer and Ted, and has two siblings, Alyssa and Brooke.

Why Rutgers: “I chose Rutgers because of the coaching staff, facility, academics and the love I felt when visiting campus.”


Doylestown, Pa.
Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School

About Morris: Riley Morris is an All-Regional player out of Pennsylvania and the PDA program. The runner up to the league MVP race in 2023, she was named All-Southeast Pennsylvania and All-League First Team as a senior while making the All-America Watch List. She totaled 24 goals and 25 assists at GMAHS.

Extracurricularly, Morris is a member of Ambassadors, the National Honor Society, and the Student Council. In her spare time, she enjoys training youth soccer players.

She is the daughter of Kim and Scott, and has two siblings, Emme and Hailey, a member of the Temple women’s soccer team.

Why Rutgers: “I chose Rutgers because of the family atmosphere and welcoming environment. I know Rutgers will push me to be the best version of myself athletically and academically.”


Jackson, N.J.
Jackson Memorial High School

About O’Neill: Madelyn O’Neill is a four-year member of the varsity soccer program at Jackson Memorial and a player out of the PDA program. She was a part of an ECNL National Championship team with PDA and won three North Atlantic Conference championships. With Jackson Memorial, she was part of the Coaches Cup victory.

In the classroom, O’Neill made High Honor Roll in seven of her eight semesters in high school.

She is the daughter of Rutgers head coach Mike O’Neill and Rachel, and has two siblings, Michael and Kylie.

Why Rutgers: “Aside from Rutgers well-rounded education, I chose Rutgers because of the family-like atmosphere that the coaches and players on the women’s soccer team have. I am truly excited to be apart of that beginning this year. Additionally, I grew up watching soccer games at Rutgers, so it just feels like home.”

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