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Women's Recruiting Dec 30, 2020

Western Michigan women’s soccer inks 10 recruits to National Letters of Intent

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan women’s soccer program and head coach Sammy Boateng have announced the signing of 10 student-athletes for the Fall 2021 season.

See below for a look at the Broncos’ incoming class:

  • Brooke Bailey (Carmel, Ind./Carmel High School/Indy Premier SC)
  • Lauren Boafo (Hanover Park, Ill./Eclipse Select SC)
  • Taryn DeShane (Richland, Mich./Gull Lake High School/Midwest United GA)
  • Kindall Duke (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville High School/Ohio Premier)
  • Mary Dziuba (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern High School/Midwest United GA)
  • Katie Goss (Mason, Mich./Mason High School/Cap City)
  • Tori Haggit (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North High School/Ohio Premier)
  • Emily Pagett (New Hudson, Mich./South Lyon East High School/Jaguars GA)
  • Mira Pierre-Webster (Whitby, Ontario/All Saints Catholic Secondary School/Canada REX)
  • Madison Salzenstein (Beverly Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day High School/Vardar)

“We are couldn’t be more happy about this class and the depth they bring,” said Boateng. “Every young lady coming in is versatile and can play multiple positions. This will enhance our competitive culture within our program on and off the field as we compete for championships. We cannot wait until they get on campus and be part of the Bronco family.”

Brooke Bailey | Midfielder | Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS/Indy Premier

Bailey earned four varsity letters on the soccer team at Carmel High School. The midfielder helped lead her team to an Indiana State Championship in 2018 and finish runner up in 2019. Bailey was a Second Team All-State selection in 2019, a two-time MIC All-Conference Team selection in 2019 and 2020 and a two-time All-District selection. For the 2020 season she was named to the Indy Star’s Top High School Girls’ Player Watch List. The three-time MIC Academic All-Conference selection also played her club soccer for Indy Premier SC.

Boateng on Bailey – “Brooke is an intelligent and savvy midfielder. Her awareness to get into dangerous pockets and vision to distribute penetrating passes is special. Her presence brings the best out of her teammates.”

Lauren Boafo | Goalkeeper | Hanover Park, Ill./Eclipse Select SC

Boafo is a two-time Futsal National Champion, winning with her team in both 2016 and 2017. With Eclipse Select she was also a two-time Elite Clubs National League Midwest Conference Champion in 2018-19 and 2019-20. Boafo also on a National Championship in 2016.

Boateng on Boafo – “Lauren is a natural shot-stopper with great feet to start the team’s attack in the buildup of play. Her confidence and bravery is coming off her line to make big saves is massive. Lauren’s commitment to get better in all aspects on and off the field embodies everything our program stands for.”

Taryn DeShane | Defender | Richland, Mich./Gull Lake HS/Midwest United GA

DeShane helped her club team, Midwest United, to a Developmental Academy Division Final during the 2019-20 season and a Division Championship during the 2018-19 campaign. She was also selected to Nike ID2 training camps. Earlier in her career, DeShane won a U14 Super Y National Championship.

Boateng on DeShane – “Taryn is a steady, hard-nosed defender. She has the pace to get forward in attack, but also track down the other team’s attackers. She sees the field well and makes the right decision at the right time.”

Kindall Duke | Defender/Midfielder | Marysville, Ohio/Marysville HS/Ohio Premier

Duke was a two-year captain at Marysville and a four-year letter winner on the team. She helped lead Marysville to a District Championship in 2019. She was a three-time All-OCC selection and a three-time All-District selection. She helped her club team, Ohio Premier, to a ECNL National Qualifier in 2018.

Boateng on Duke – Kindall is a diverse player that can play in multiple positions. She is calm on the ball in tight areas. Her technical ability and decision making to find the most dangerous teammates make her a threat playing out of the back and in the midfield.”

Mary Dziuba | Forward/Midfield | Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern HS/Midwest United GA

Dziuba earned varsity letters in soccer and cross country. She earned All-Conference honors in her one year with the varsity soccer program. With her club team, Midwest United, she was one of the leading point producers in goals and assists. She helped the Midwest United ’03 team move up a tier to the National League and reach the semifinals of the Michigan State Cup. As a member of the ABK Futsal Club team she won the US Youth Futsal National Championship in 2017.

Boateng on Dziuba – “Mary was our first commit in this class. She is a smooth, silky left-footed player. She can play either as a winger or an attaching center midfielder. Her composure in front of goal and pure ball-striking ability makes her a great fit in our attacking style of play.”

Katie Goss | Goalkeeper | Mason, Mich./Mason HS/Cap City

Goss was a Lansing State Journal Dream Team selection and a finalist for Player of the Year in 2019. She helped lead her team to a district final in 2018 and her team to CAAC Red League Championships in 2018 and 2019. She was a two-time All-Conference and All-District selection in 2018 and 2019 and was an All-Region selection in 2019. She played on the Michigan Olympic Development Program team in 2016, 2019 and 2020 and was in the regional pool for those three years. With Cap City she was a Michigan State Cup finalist in 2020 and the Elite Eight finals in 2019.

Boateng on Goss – “Katie is athletic and has great range. She commands her box and has the ability to make big saves. Her work ethic and drive makes everyone around her better.”

Tori Haggit | Forward | Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North HS/Ohio Premier

Haggit was a four-year letter winner at Pickerington. She was twice named the team’s offensive MVP and was a Second Team All-State selection in 2020. The 2020 season also saw hear earn First Team All-Conference and First Team All-District. She earned Second Team All-Conference honors in 2019 and played her club soccer for Ohio Premier.

Boateng on Haggit – “Tori is a smart and shifty forward. She can influence the game with her hold up play or her pressing defensively. She is calm and composed in front of the goal.”

Emily Pagett | Midfielder | New Hudson, Mich./South Lyon East HS/Jaguars GA

Pagett helped lead her club team, Jaguars GA, to back-to-back Michigan State Cup Championships in 2017 and 2018. With her help the team also reached the Midwest Regional Finals in 2019.

Boateng on Pagett – “Emily is a dynamic and crafty midfielder. Her soccer IQ is very high and she understands when and where to do things. She has the ability to control and influence the game in a positive manner.”

Mira Pierre-Webster | Defender | Whitby, Ontario/All Saints Catholic/Canada REX

Pierre-Wester was the MVP of her team at All Saints Catholic Secondary School for the 2017-18 season, claiming a LOSSA Championship in 2017. With her club team, Canada REX, she won a Provincial Championship in 2019. In September of 2018 she participated in the Women’s Xcel U-17 Camp through the Canadian Youth National Team. She also won a Ontario Player Developmental League championship in 2017.

Boateng on Pierre-Webster – “Mira is a composed defender. Her technical ability on the ball and strength to win tackles makes her a versatile outside back and center back. She has the confidence to drive forward with the ball and stretch the other team with her ball striking skill.”

Madison Salzenstein | Midfielder/Forward | Beverly Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day/Vardar

Salzenstein was a four-year starter at Detroit Country Day, earning Division II All-State Honorable Mention her sophomore seasons, while making the All-Region and All-District teams. As a freshman she helped her team to the District Three Finals. She was recently awarded the DCDS Senior Scholar-Athlete Award. With her club team, Varder, she has been a starter since joining the team for the 2018-19 season. She was selected to participate in the 2019 ECNHL Conference Selection Program regional event in Cincinnati, Ohio. Salzenstein and her team were set to qualify for the North American Cup last year before the season and playoffs were canceled due the pandemic.

Boateng on Salzenstein – “Madi is a versatile player that can play up front, in the midfield and out wide as an outside back. She is technical and very composed on the ball. She works extremely hard and fits into our high-pressure system.”