A pair of incoming freshmen on the Toledo women's soccer team were recently crowned national champions on the club level. Brooke Maletic and Hannah O'Shaughnessy were members of the Ohio Premier Eagles, which claimed a 1-0 triumph over Colorado Crush in the U-18 ECNL National Championship Game on Monday in Aurora, CO.
Maletic, who was credited with the match-winning assist in Monday's shutout victory, has played for the Eagles the last five years. She was also a four-year letterwinner at Springfield Catholic Central High School. Maletic totaled 84 goals and 36 assists (204 points) in her profilic high school career, including a school-record 36 markers and 15 helpers (87 points) as a senior. For her efforts on the pitch, Maletic earned second-team all-state, conference Player of the Year and first-team Miami Valley recognition.
O'Shaughnessy has played the last nine years for the Eagles and also performed a key role in helping them capture the Ohio South State Cup in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Ohio Premier has finished in the Top 10 nationally every year since Elite Club National League has been open to girls.
Maletic and O'Shaughnessy will be two of nine newcomers for the Rockets' program in 2013. UT sported a 7-12-2 overall mark last fall, including a 5-5-1 ledger in the Mid-American Conference. Toledo finished fourth in the MAC West Division and made its eighth-consecutive postseason appearance under head coach Brad Evans. The Rockets also advanced to the MAC Tournament Semifinals for an unprecedented seventh-consecutive season.