CLEVELAND -- Cleveland State women's soccer head coach Dallas Boyer announced the addition of two transfers for the upcoming 2019 season as Miranda Thomas (Strongsville, Ohio) and Elena Gutlove (Canton, Ohio) are joining the Vikings program.
Coach Boyer on Additions of Elena Gutlove and Miranda Thomas | "This is now the third year in a row where players originally from the Cleveland area are making the choice to come home and join our program. It's another opportunity for us to continue to build a roster and a family around student-athletes that are excited, not just about the opportunity to play at a high level, but to do so in a part of the country that they are really passionate about and where they get to share that experience with their family and friends. For kids who grew up as Browns, Indians and Cavaliers fans to now have the experience of playing their own sport under the lights of downtown Cleveland and with the word "Cleveland" across their jersey is a very cool thing we get to provide the players from this area like Elena and Miranda."
5-6, Jr., GK
Prior to Cleveland State | Played two seasons at Wright State…played in five matches as a freshman…played 349 minutes and posted a 1.54 goals against average…had 16 saves…was 1-2-1 on the season…picked up a shutout victory against Weber State…played in two matches as a sophomore and did not permit a goal in 27 minutes…played against Milwaukee and Cleveland State.
High School/Club Soccer | Posted 16 shutouts and allowed just four goals during her senior season…Led Strongsville High School to an 18-1-1 record and an appearance in the regional semifinals…Played for the Cleveland Futbol Club, which won a regional title in 2014 and placed third in the 2014 USYS Nationals.
Boyer on Thomas | "Miranda is a very accomplished goalkeeper having played on some of the best club and high school teams in the Cleveland area over the past few years. It's a unique opportunity to add a goalkeeper who not only has some playing experience at the Division 1 level, but who has competed already within the Horizon League like this. So she will be comfortable in the transition already having prepared for and played against the teams on our schedule. She is a very good shot stopper and commands the box well, so we are happy to have her join our goalkeeping group this fall."
5-2, Jr., MF
Prior to Cleveland State | Played two seasons at Butler…Started in 39 matches and played in 40 matches…Had two assists during her sophomore season…Recorded assists against IUPUI and Marquette...Registered a goal and three assists as a freshman…Finished the season with five points…Helped lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in her freshman season.
High School/Club Soccer | Earned four varsity letters playing center midfield for head coach Frank Gagliardi at Jackson High School... Received All-Region NSCAA honors in 2016 and was named All-Ohio in 2015 and 2016... Team captain... Named Conference Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 and County Player of the Year last season... Named First Team All-District for two consecutive seasons... Three-star prospect... Holds the school record at Jackson for career assists (64)... Totaled 24 goals... Part of a team that earned four district titles and ended the year as a regional finalist two times... Six-year starter for the Cleveland Football Club... Helped her team win the Ohio North State Cup Championship from 2011 to 2016 and the USYS Region II Championship in 2014... Placed third at the USYS National Championship... Two-time ODP Regional Team selectee and invited to National Training Camps.
Boyer on Gutlove | "Elena is coming to us with a ton of incredibly valuable experience, starting in 39 matches for Butler teams the past two years that were consistently receiving votes in the top 25 national rankings. She's definitely prepared to help us immediately and find her best fit somewhere in our midfield group that had so many key pieces graduate after last season. Her excellent technical skill set and possession-based playing style is such a perfect fit for what we like to do. We are really excited to watch her settle into that role as one of our key playmakers and she has the ability to make the rest of our attacking players that much better by playing with her. We've created a bit of a track record now of having very dynamic attacking central midfield play with multiple All-Horizon League performances there in each of our two seasons as a staff (Aliani Lorenzo, McKenna Vento, Sarah Krause) and our expectation is to continue that in 2019 with Elena ready to step into one of those roles."