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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 3:15 pm

Women's soccer signs 6 for 2015

IPFW women's soccer head coach Jason Burr announced the signing of six players that will join the team in the fall of 2015.

The six student-athletes that committed to the Mastodons on signing day are Allyson Hayner, Deanna Hecht, Macy Martin, Chani Warfield, Lindsey Yankasky and Paityn Fleming.

The following is a description of the players from an IPFW news release:

Allyson Hayner

Allyson Hayner, from Freeport, Ill., played defender at Freeport Senior High School for head coach Nick Namio and was a member of the Rockford Raptors Club under the direction of Frank Mateus and Hugh Ward. During her prep career, Hayner helped her team to two conference championships and two appearances in the Illinois Sectional Finals. The two-time team captain earned All-Conference honors twice in her career, including a first team selection as a junior in 2013, in addition to being named to the All-Area Honorable Mention squad that same year. Burr believes Hayner's athleticism and ability to read the game will help provide depth to the IPFW backline.


Deanna Hecht

Deanna Hecht, a Huntley, Ill. native, scored 34 goals in her three-year prep career as a forward at Huntley High School under head coach Kris Grabner, despite having to sit out a year due to injury. The four-year letterman led Huntley to its first-ever Sectional Championship last spring as well as Regional Championships from 2012-14. As a sophomore she was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year while also garnering All-Conference, All-Sectional and All-Area honors during her career. Playing for Kevin Talbot and the Heat United Soccer Club, Hecht served as the team captain and was the top goal-scorer on the team. As a skilled attacker with a knack for finding the goal, Burr expects Hecht to add an offensive punch for the 'Dons up front.


Macy Martin

Macy Martin, a versatile player for Matt Blackford at Peoria Notre Dame High School in Peoria, Ill., has scored 37 goals over the first three years of her high school career. She was named Rookie of the Year as a freshman and was first on the team in scoring during her sophomore season. Martin led her high school squad to the Super Sectional portion of the state playoffs in 2013 after scoring the game-winning goal in the Sectional Finals. During her career, Martin earned multiple accolades, including first and second team All-Conference selections in addition to All-Area and All-Sectional honors. The forward-midfielder hybrid athlete played her club soccer for the Illinois Fusion Knockouts under head coach Don Ideran. Burr describes Martin as a speedy player who can step in and play multiple positions for the Mastodons in 2015.


Chani Warfield

Chani Warfield, a Kentwood, Mich. native, played her prep career at East Kentwood High School under head coach John Conlon, where she was a four-year varsity soccer letterman. Warfield helped lead her team to three-consecutive conference championships from 2012-14 as well as two appearances in the District Finals and one appearance in the Regional Final. As a junior in 2014, the forward garnered both All-District and All-Conference honors in addition to being a three-time All-Academic honoree. As a member of the Grand Rapids Crew Club team, Warfield led the team in scoring three-straight years and accomplished the same feat while playing for the Kalamazoo Kingdom of the USL. Burr looks forward to the strength and athleticism Warfield can bring to the Mastodons, particularly in the attacking third of the field.


Lindsay Yankasky

Lindsay Yankasky, another Michigan native, spent her high school career at Garden City High School in Garden City, Mich. under head coach Jeff Szypula. The four-year varsity lettermen served as team captain both her junior and senior years, earning first team All-Conference honors three out of the four years of her prep career. She was also a three-time All-District honoree, in addition to being named the Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and a first team All-Regional selection as a junior. As a junior in 2014, the defender led her team to a district championship, the first-ever for Garden City High School. Yankasky played her club ball for Michigan Jaguars FC under Paul Tinnion, winning a State Cup in 2012 and reaching the State Cup Finals in 2013. Burr looks forward to the pace Yankasky can bring to the team potentially as an outside back in 2015.


Paityn Fleming

Paityn Fleming comes to IPFW from Oregon, Wisc., where she played at Oregon High School under head coach Julie Grutzner. A four-year varsity letterman, Fleming led her team to three-straight conference championships from 2012-14 and two-consecutive sectional finals in 2013 and 2014. She served as team captain both her junior and senior seasons, earning first team All-Conference and All-Area honorable mention honors during her prep career. As a junior, Fleming was also honored with the Coaches Character award. The midfielder spent her club soccer career as a member of the Wisconsin Rush, playing for head coach Stuart Baker. Burr sees Fleming as a defensive-minded midfielder with great size, technical skill and agility and believes she will add a new dimension to the 'Dons midfield this season.