PISCATAWAY, NJ – Paris, France, native Zoe Avner has committed to play for the Rutgers women’s soccer team during the 2003 season, third-year head coach Glenn Crooks has announced.
“We’re excited to have a player of Zoe’s skill and experience,” Crooks said. “She will bring a greater knowledge of the game to our program. She is a strong candidate to play on the full women’s national team in France and has competed at some of the highest levels in some of the top competitions in the world.”
Avner, a 5-4 midfielder, has played with the French Under-21 (2002-2003) and Under-19 (2000-2002) National Teams, competing at the 1999 FIFA U-19 World Cup in Canada. A member of the French Football Federation (FFF) National Training Academy, her team also was a finalist for the 2002 UEFA European Championship in Sweden and played at the 2000 UEFA European Championship. A member of the Ile-de-France Region Team in 1999-2000, she is the starting defensive midfielder for FCF Juvisy, playing in the Women’s National First Division for the last three seasons. Most recently, Juvisy won the 2003 French First Division title. She is the daughter of Philip and Jane Avner.
Avener joins Lauren Acosta (Brick, NJ/Brick Memorial), Nicole Aquila (Piscataway, NJ/Piscataway), Tierney Brady (Brick, NJ/Brick Memorial), Rachel Cordasco (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls), Christine Culbreth (Montvale, NJ/Pascack Hills), Domenique Esposito (Rivervale, NJ/Pascack Valley), Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ/The Pennington School), Jaime Komar (Matawan, NJ/St. John Vianney), Kim Mineo (Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) and Meghan Ryan (Crofton, MD/St. Mary’s) as members of Rutgers’ 11-player recruiting class.
Rutgers finished the 2002 season with a 10-8-2 overall record and 4-1-1 mark in the BIG EAST’s Mid-Atlantic Division, advancing to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament.