PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 25, 2013) – As part of the Rutgers women’s soccer newcomer series, the program announced the additions of Jessica Puchalski (South Brunswick, N.J.), Jenna Seddon (Galloway, N.J.), Ali Ryan (Bowie, Md.) and Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.) to its veteran corps of forwards. The class bolsters an already strong unit, which returns 84 percent of its scoring from a year ago.
“First and foremost, I love the mentality of our group of incoming forwards,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “Madison, Jess, Ali and Jen all know how to get to goal. They put a lot of pressure on the back line. Their biggest challenge, as is the challenge of our entire forward group, will be their consistency in finishing. We have a lot of depth in that position and they are a group that can wear down a back line.”
Three of the four incoming forwards hail from the Garden State, as Tiernan and Puchalski were both NJGSCA Top 20 All-State Players multiple times.
The Scarlet Knights will compete in two scrimmages – at West Virginia on Aug. 13 and home vs. Richmond on Aug. 17 – before playing their season-opener at Yurcak Field on Friday, Aug. 23 against Drexel.
Stay tuned to scarletknights.com/soccer-women, as the incoming midfield and defensive groups will be introduced.
Jessica Puchalski #24
Freshman • Forward
South Brunswick • South Brunswick, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: A four-year starter at South Brunswick High School ... named Team MVP in 2010, 2011, and 2012 ... recognized as a NJGSCA Top 20 All-State player in 2011 and 2012 ... All-State selection in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... All-Region team in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... All-County team in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... played club soccer for the PDA Slammers ... part of the U15 USYS team that won State, Regional and National Championships ... lettered in track her freshman year.
Personal: Born on Aug. 23, 1995 … Daughter of Mark and Joan... Sister of Mathew.
Jenna Seddon #2
Freshman • Forward
Absegami. • Galloway, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year letterwinner at Absegami High School ... named captain in senior season ... named a CAL Coaches All-Conference midfielder in 2009 ... CAL Coaches defender in 2010 ... participated in the 2010 South Jersey Coaches Cup Final ... part of a high school team that was named South Jersey’s Girls Soccer Team of the Year in 2010 ... Named a South Group 4 finalist in 2010 ... CAL Coaches All-Conference as a forward in 2011 and 2012 ... named All-State and All-State Group 4 as a forward in 2012 ... also played on the varsity basketball team her sophomore, junior and senior year.
Personal: Born on Nov. 28, 1994 … daughter of Jon.
Ali Ryan #6
Freshman • Forward
Bowie. • Bowie, Md.
Prior to Rutgers: Played on the Freestate Elite 94 U18 ECNL club team ... named the team captain in 2010 and 2011 ... former clubs include the Region 1 Premier 2011, U15 Maryland State Cup Champs 2010 and ECNL Elite Clubs National League ... Three-year starter at Bowie High School ... named the PG. Co. OWL Invitational MVP ... 2009-2010 Region 4A Champs ... 2009-2010 PG Co. 4A Champs ... ranked first in assists and third in goals in Maryland during 2010 season ... All-State Honorable Mention in 2009 and 2010 ... named All-County first team and was an All-Metro honorable mention in 2010 ... 2009 All-County second team selection.
Personal: Born on May 21, 1995 … daughter of Patrick Ryan II and Kim Ryan.
Madison Tiernan #73
Freshman • Forward/ Midfield
Eastern • Voorhees, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: Ranked No.1 Girls Soccer Player in New Jersey and Region 1 ... U15 National Team Member ... two-time ODP National Champion ... named Team Offensive MVP all four years of high school ... team MVP in her junior and senior seasons … two-time All-American (2011, 2012) ... named to the All-Olympic Conference First Team from 2009-2012 ... All-State selection in 2009-2012 ... four-time Top 20 All-State selection ... named a three-time Regional All-American (2010, 2011, 2012 ) ... named the SJSCA Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 ... named the NSCAA NJ Girl’s Soccer Player of the Year ... also started all four years on the varsity softball team.
Personal: Born on July 3, 1995 … daughter of Joe and Robin.
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