Women's Soccer Announces 2017 Recruiting Class

Women's Soccer Announces 2017 Recruiting Class

CHICAGO, Ill. - The Illinois Tech women's soccer progam is excited to announce its 2017 recruiting class. This year's talent features eight incoming student-athletes, all of whom Head Coach Roshane Ellison is thrilled to add to the Scarlet Hawks roster.

"I am very excited about the 2017-18 recruiting class," said Ellison, who is entering his third season as Head Coach and fourth overall on the women's soccer staff. "We are ecstatic with the group that is coming in this Fall and confident that each player will provide an immediate impact on our program. This recruiting class consists of experienced club soccer players with leadership, passion, speed, and great technical ability. I believe we will make great strides as a program with the new players coming in this Fall along with the outstanding core of student-athletes we already have on campus."

The class includes two players from Pennsylvania, one player from Massachusetts, one player from Ohio, one player from California, one player from Washington, one player from Wisconsin, and one player from Maryland.

Below is a profile on each incoming Student-Athlete.

Brianne Dane

Position: Forward

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Quincy, Mass.

High School: Quincy

Club Team: America FC United

Intended Major: Architecture

Accolades: Club and HS Captain, Team MVP, Top Goal Scorer, and Patriot Leage All-Star Senior Year

Alysia DeSimone

Position: Defense

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Downingtown, Penn.

High School: Downingtown STEM Academy

Club Team: Continental FC ECNL Composite

Intended Major: Chemical Engineering

Accolades: Captain of Brandywine United Soccer Club and JV Team

Erin James

Position: Midfield/Forward

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Houston, Penn.

High School: Chartiers Houston

Club Team: Stars United

Intended Major: Architecture

Accolades: Four-time All-Section, Captain Junior and Senior year

Brianna Kelly

Position: Defense

Year: Junior

Hometown: Mason, Ohio

Previous School: Chicago State University

Club Team: Warren County

Intended Major: Biochemistry

Accolades: All-WAC Academic Honors 2015 and 2016, Chicago State Honors College


Gillian Larsen

Position: Defense

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Des Moines, Wash.

High School: Mount Rainier

Club Team: RVS Slammers G98 Orange

Intended Major: Biology/Pre-Medicine

Accolades: Varsity Captain

Julia Taliana

Position: Defense

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Carlsbad, Calf.

High School: Carlsbad

Club Team: LA Galaxy San Diego Elite G98

Intended Major: Biomedical Engineering

Accolades: Four-time Union Tribune Scholar Athlete, Best Set Pieces Award Senior Year, JV Captain

Kaitlin Weishaar

Position: Defense

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Westfield, Wis.

High School: Westfield Area

Club Team: PCYS FC Central Select

Intended Major: Architecture/Structural Engineering

Accolades: Club Captain, All-Conference Second Team in Track


Amina Buric

Positon: Midfield

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

High School: Parkville

Intended Major: Computer Engineering

Accolades: Parkville High School contributor