|27 Zoe Pochobradsky
Club -- ODP Nominations in 2009 and 2010... Goalkeeper for Ohio Elite Soccer Academy since 2011, a member of the Elite Club National League... Soccer Academy `94 Kentucky State Cup Finalists in 2011... Super Y League honoree... Rated a four-star player (out of five) according to TopDrawerSoccer.com
High School -- First team 2012 all-state honoree at The Hills School in Cincinnati... Three-time first team all-Southwest Ohio selection and was the conference player of the year in 2010... Named the Stingers' Most Valuable Player in 2009 and 2012... Four-year Honors Student and an AP Scholar with Distinction... Earned Academic All-State honors in 2012 and All-Southwest Ohio Academic accolades in 2010-2012.
Personal -- Full name: Zoe Hana Pochobradsky. Parents: Pavel and Mary Pochobradsky of Cincinnati, Ohio (has one brother). Was originally born in Toronto, Canada, before moving to Cincinnati in 1999. Chose to attend Rice over Vanderbilt, Duke, Washington University at St. Louis and McGill University.
Rice Head Coach Nicky Adams said -- "Zoe is an all-around great goalkeeper. She has an unbelievable presence, is extremely vocal and has the upmost confidence that we want in that position. Zoe not only demands excellence from herself, she does a great job of organizing her backline. She has great distance with her distribution and strong angle-play. She plays with no fear."
Ohio Elite Soccer Academy coach Doug Bracken said -- "Zoe is the rare combination of athletic ability, size and competitive mentality. Those attributes make her successful at the highest level. Her work ethic and her focus are second to none. Her presence in the game has made a huge difference for our team. Most importantly, she is kind of kid that you want to coach and be around. I know that she will continue to grow at the college level. She will be an asset to the Rice University soccer program."
Zoe Pochobradky said -- "The first time I visited Rice, I fell in love. The campus, the coaches, the team, the people - I loved everything. I wanted a school that offered me a chance to play Division I soccer with a great team, while still allowing me to be challenged academically; this made Rice the perfect fit! Plus, when I visited, everyone was so kind and welcoming that it felt like home already. I can't wait to get there! Go Owls!"
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