PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 1, 2013) – As part of the Rutgers women’s soccer newcomer series, the program announced the additions of Jennifer Andresen (Franklin Lakes, N.J.), Nikki Hudson (Baltimore, Md.), and Tori Prager ( Mount Laurel, N.J.) to its midfield group. The class joins one of the most experienced positions on the field for the Scarlet Knights, one that includes 2012 All-BIG EAST Rookie Team selection Hayley Katkowski (Westford, Mass.) and 2011 Canadian U20 Player of the Year Amy Pietrangelo (Laval, Quebec, Canada).
“We have a lot of talent and a lot of versatility from our midfield group,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “Jen can be effective attacking out of the mid or up front. Nicole is a great two way player, while Tori can play attacking mid or in the hole in front of the back four. I like the way they all express themselves as players. It will be fun to watch them compete.”
Andresen has invaluable experience that extends to the national level, as she was a three-time Olympic Development Program (ODP) participant for US Youth Soccer and a four-time NJSGSA All-State Selection.
Hudson joins RU from Baltimore, Md., possessing extensive experience on the club level with the Baltimore Bays. The Bays won six consecutive Maryland State Championships in Hudson’s time with the team.
Prager, a four-year starter at Lenape High School, rounds out the group. Named to the NJSGSA Top 20, Prager received a four star rating as a recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
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 defensive group will soon be introduced.
Jennifer Andresen #17
Freshman • Midfielder
Ramapo • Franklin Lakes, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: Played club soccer for the ECNL World Class F.C. ... N.J. ODP participant in 2009, 2010 and 2012 ... 2012 ODP National Championship Finalists ... 2011 Super Y ODP National Select Player ... four-year varsity starter at Ramapo High School ... led the Raiders to a State Sectional Championship in 2012 ... All-American nominee in 2011 and 2012 ... 2012 team captain ... named First Team All-County in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... four-time all-State selection (2009, 2010, 2011 2012) ... placed in the NJSGSA State Top 20 in 2010 and 2012.
Personal: Born April 18, 1995 … daughter of Chris and Mary ... younger sister of Chris and Rob.
Nikki Hudson #20
Freshman • Midfielder
Roland Park Country School • Baltimore, Md.
Prior to Rutgers: Played club soccer for the Baltimore Bays and head coach Charlie Myers ... won six-consecutive Maryland State Championships ... played for Maryland ODP from 2003-2010 ... four-year letterwinner at Roland Park Country School ... named team captain in her junior and senior year ... led the Reds to a championship during her freshman year ... named to the 2010 and 2011 IAAM All-Star All-Conference Team ... winner of the 2011 Soccer Excellence Award ... member of the Region 1 Team in 2001 ... invited to the 2010 U17 Region 1 training camp in California.
Personal: Born on Dec. 9, 1994 … daughter of Stanley and Erica.
Tori Prager #36
Freshman • Midfielder
Lenape • Mount Laurel, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: Played club soccer for PDA South Crush ... team captain from 2005-12 ... four-year starter at Lenape High School ... named captain in her senior year ... four-star rating on TopDrawerSoccer.com ... LHS won the Olympic Conference Title three times ... won the Coaches Tournament Championship in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... won the Group 4 NJ State Championship in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... named All-State and All-South Jersey in 2011 and 2012 ... recognized as a Top-20 New Jersey and All-South Region selection in 2012 ... won the National ODP Championship in 2012.
Personal: Born on March 7, 1995 … daughter of Mark and Cynthia ... mother was a nationally ranked Rutgers gymnast ... sister of Maxwell, Samantha and Alexandra.
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