Indiana women’s soccer brings ten athletes to the 2022 signing class

Indiana women’s soccer Thursday announced its full-signing class of 2022, which consists of ten incoming freshmen. The signers are Sarah Sirdah, Izzy Smith, Marisa Grzesiak, Olivia Albert, Jaelyn Pallas, Olivia Rush, Olivia Smith, Abbey Iler, Natasha Kim and Arianna Rose.

“This class will bring balance and diversity to our squad, with players who fit our style of play and have personalities that fit the standards of our program,” said head coach Erwin van Bennekom. “We think we’re bringing in some very talented student-athletes who can immediately compete for spots, which is important with all the players we’ve graduated from our program over the past year.”

Sirdah is from Duluth, Georgia and plays for the Mexico national under-20 team. She also plays for Tophat Soccer Club alongside future teammate Izzy Smith, who is from Birmingham, Alabama. Smith earned First Team All-State and First Team All-Metro honors in high school.

Grzesiak made an early graduation from high school and joined the Indiana women’s soccer team during the spring 2022 season. She has All-Conference First Team and Honorable Mention Awards under her belt for her abbreviated high school career.

Many of Albert’s accomplishments stem from her playing career with Midwest United FC, having served as the team’s captain for four years and participating in the United Women’s Soccer League. Albert also spent the summer of 2018 playing for Generation Adidas in France.

Pallas led her high school team to a state runner-up in 2022 and a Final Four campaign in 2021. She was named All Premier Region Offensive Player of the Year and took home two All Premier Region First Team Awards.

Rush played high school football for a year before committing to the Michigan Hawks club full-time for the remaining three years. She was an ECNL First Team Midwest Conference selection for the 2020-2021 season and led her team to the Michigan State Cup Championship and ECNL Midwest Conference Champions each year from 2017-22.

Olivia Smith is from Indiana and plays for Hoosier FC-Indy Fire. Smith was named a First Team All-State in her senior year and Second Team in her junior year. She was also an Academic All-State Honoree for her last two seasons.

Iler, who is from Zionsville, Indiana, received 2022 Indiana All USA Postseason Super Team Honors and Academic All-State Honors for her senior year. She is one of the top five goal scorers at Zionsville Community High School with 38 goals and has been named First Team All-State twice in her career.

Kim’s club team, Players Development Academy, won the 2021 ECNL North Atlantic Conference and placed second at the 2019 National Championships. Kim earned the 2021 ECNL North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and 2021 ECNL All-American Honors while in high school.

Rose is from Brampton, Ontario and plays for the National Development Center-Ontario. She made her debut for Team Canada when she was 15.

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