2014 Class Brings Diverse Athletic Backgrounds from Across the Country to Illinois
Member of the Philippine Women's National Team ... Earned three international caps as a starter against Indonesia, Japan U-23 and Myanmar in the 2013 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women's Championship in Yangon, Myanmar ... Named to the Olympic Development Program (ODP) State Team three times (2010-12) ... Two-time ODP Region II player pool participant (2010, 12) ... Was invited to the USYS ODP Interregional National Development Camp in 2011 ... Top Drawer Soccer 2014 Girls IMG Academy 150 Player Pool ... Scored 35 goals and tallied 54 assists during Team Chicago club career ... Was an Upstate Eight Conference (UEC) all-conference selection and two-time UEC academic all-conference honoree ... Won three IHSA regional championships (2011-13) ... Earned four varsity letters in soccer.
Full name is Olivia Isabel Schmitt ... Born April 3, 1996 ... Parents are Jim and Vida Schmitt ... Has two siblings, Julia and Nathaniel ... Plans to major in broadcast journalism ... Hobbies outside of soccer include spending time with family and friends, traveling, working out and shopping ... Dream job is to be a news reporter for ESPN ... Her biggest thrill in sports was representing her Filipino roots by playing on the Philippine Women's National Team and getting the opportunity to travel Asia ... Favorite athlete is U.S. WNT player Megan Rapinoe because she loves her skill and grace on the ball as a winger, and her cross which resulted in the equalizer in the 2011 World Cup was phenomenal ... Her parents most influenced her athletic career because they have always supported her goals and encouraged her to follow her dreams, no matter how big they were ... Her family is full of Illini tradition (mom, aunt and uncle all attended U of I), so it has been a major part of her childhood and a place she always dreamed of going.
Updated July 2014