YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University soccer program has added Ella Holland (Dunwoody, Ga.-Dunwoody-Samford) to the 2023 roster, Head Coach Scott Hall announced today, June 5. Holland, a goalkeeper, comes to Ypsilanti after redshirting her freshman season at Samford University in 2022.
“We are excited to add Ella to our team as she fits well with our core values,” Hall said. “She is a quick and athletic shot-stopper and has a great range of passing with her feet. We know the competition will create a solid core of future goalkeepers here at EMU.”
Holland spent last season with a Bulldogs team that captured the 2023 Southern Conference regular season and tournament crowns. Samford advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Georgia in the first round.
A 2022 graduate of Dunwoody High School in Dunwoody, Ga., Holland was a four-year varsity player and captained the squad her senior season. Between the posts, she was named first-team all-region after helping her team to the 7A Region Championship as a senior. She also was named the 7A Goalkeeper of the Year as a junior. Holland also played for the club side Atlanta Fire United for seven seasons, helping her team compete in numerous ECNL showcases and the ECNL National Tournament.
Holland’s addition is the ninth for the Eagles as she joins eight recent high school graduates on the 2023 roster.
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5-8 • RS-Freshman • GK
Dunwoody, Ga. (Dunwoody HS)
EMU: 2023: Incoming student-athlete with four years of eligibility.
SAMFORD: Redshirted her first collegiate season at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala…. Member of a team that captured their ninth consecutive regular season Southern Conference title… Team also won the 2023 SoCon Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, falling at Georgia in the opening round.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was a four-year letter winner at Dunwoody High School (Dunwoody, Ga.) and served as the team’s captain as a senior… Helped her team to the 7A Region Championship her senior season before being named First Team All-Region… Named the 7A Goalkeeper of the Year her junior season… On the club level, played seven years for Atlanta Fire United… Played in numerous ECNL showcases as well as the ECNL National Tournament… Was also recruited by Louisiana Tech, Syracuse, Kennesaw State, Colorado State, and Central Michigan.
PERSONAL: Full Name: Ella Ray Holland… Daughter of Jennifer Holland… Has one sister, Sarah… Her uncle, John Streeter, played football at Alma College… Major: Economics.
2023 Eastern Michigan Soccer Newcomers
Maddi Cowburn • Fr. • F • Bradford, Pa. (Bradford Area HS) • Western New York Flash
Ella Holland • RS-Fr. • GK • Dunwoody, Ga. (Dunwoody HS) • Samford University • Atlanta Fire United
Josie Langhans • Fr. • F/M/D • Sun Prairie, Wis. (Sun Prairie West HS) • FC Wisconsin
Catie Riddle • Fr. • GK • Westland, Mich. (Churchill HS) • Michigan Hawks
Kate Robinson • Fr. • F/M • Madison Heights, Mich. (Lamphere HS) • Liverpool FC IA Michigan
Olivia Sipsock • Fr. • F • Medina, Ohio (Medina HS) • Internationals
Cameryn Susey • Fr. • F • Westerville, Ohio (Olentangy Berlin HS) • Ohio Premier
Rosalie Takacsy • Fr. • D • Orchard Park, N.Y. (Orchard Park HS) • Western New York Flash
Sarah Van Euwen • Fr. • D • Avon Lake, Ohio (Avon Lake HS) • Cleveland Force SC