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Cougar Soccer Signs 8 to NLI's

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PULLMAN, Wash. Eight student-athletes have each signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Washington State University beginning next fall, Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter announced, Wednesday.

The signees include forward Micaela Castain (Castro Valley, Calif.), midfielder Morgan Castain (Castro Valley, Calif.), goalkeeper Gurveen Clair (Surrey, British Columbia), defender Amanda Heins (San Ramon, Calif.), midfielder Eileen Maes (Oakland, Calif.), forward Danielle Parker (Alta Loma, Calif.), forward Roslyn Pontius (Hillsborough, Calif.) and forward Katie Turney (Surrey, British Columbia). In addition, defender Lindsay Stoll (Seattle), forward Kerry Moller (Moscow, Idaho) and defender Delaney Zalud (Spokane, Wash.) have each been invited to the program as a walk-on.

"Credit my staff and the people behind the scenes in our department," WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. "We have all succeeded in putting together another strong recruiting class which will allow us to continue to grow as a program. We have lost what many believe is an influential group, but we have responded by recruiting the personalities that can continue the momentum and direction of our program. We are in a great position to extend our run of postseason appearances.

"This class has great athleticism and had addressed areas of our team that will not only provide us depth and competition at a variety of positions, but will also give us options that cement our team and program as a top 25 team. Each student-athlete has the personality and ability to influence our selection process and as we gel the group together I am delighted in the direction our team is headed.

"However potential is one thing, performing is now down to the commitment, work ethic and desire of this group and, if the efforts of our current group of returnees is anything to go by, we are in great shape for the upcoming fall."

MICAELA CHASTAIN

 

POSITION                             Forward

HOMETOWN                       Castro Valley, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL                    Castro Valley

COACH                                 Paul McCallion (HS, Club)

CLUB TEAM                       California Northstars

HEIGHT                                5-6

 

  • Lettered four years for high school varsity soccer team.
  • Named captain during senior campaign at Castro Valley.
  • Castro Valley career goals leader.
  • Named first team all-league selection during junior year.
  • During junior year, team went 21-4-1 and won the Hayward Area Athletic League title.
  • Named to 2008 NCS Distinguished Scholastic Team.

 

"She is strong, powerful and technically another player that can possess and fit our system and style of play. She has a great presence and is a tough tackling no nonsense midfielder that also has the versatility to play multiple positions."

 

MORGAN CASTAIN

 

POSITION                             Midfielder

HOMETOWN                       Castro Valley, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL                    Castro Valley

COACH                                 Paul McCallion (HS, Club)

CLUB TEAM                       California Northstars

HEIGHT                                5-6

 

  • Earned four varsity letters for soccer. 
  • First team all-league during junior and sophomore year. 
  • NCS assists leader during junior season. 
  • High school team won Hayward Area Athletic League championship both junior and senior year. 
  • California Northstars were 2009 state cup finalists. 

 

"She has great athleticism and change of pace. She is a powerful dribbler and a proven goal scorer. She has set several records throughout her career and is another player who has performed on a national and international stage."

 

GURVEEN CLAIR

 

POSITION                             Goalkeeper

HOMETOWN                       Surrey, British Columbia

HIGH SCHOOL                    Fleetwood Park Secondary

COACH                                 Sunny Uppal (HS)

CLUB TEAM                       BC Provincial Team 

HEIGHT                                5-11

 

  • Competed in soccer, basketball and field hockey during high school.
  • Was named team MVP during junior year.
  • Team took third place at British Columbia championship tournament.
  • Was a member of the BC Provincial team from 2003-08.

 

"Vocal, courageous and technically gifted, Gurveen has all the potential to reach the highest level. Under the guidance of our staff and the support of both Ariana (Byrd) and Meghan (Berlingo) we have as good of group of goalkeepers as anyone."

 

AMANDA HEINS

 

POSITION                             Defender

HOMETOWN                       San Ramon, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL                    California

COACH                                 Lee Munson (HS), Brian Rinna (Club)

CLUB TEAM                       San Ramon Shock 

HEIGHT                                6-0

 

  • Earned three varsity letters for soccer.
  • High school team ranked 15th in the country during senior year.
  • All-East Bay Athletic League team during junior campaign.
  • Member of San Ramon Shock.
  • Shock won 2008 Surf College Cup championships.

 

"Amanda has great presence and composure on the ball and is a fluid defender. She has great passing range, and, coupled with her tenacity, will be a great addition to our defensive unit."


EILEEN MAES

 

POSITION                             Midfielder

HOMETOWN                       Oakland, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL                    Castro Valley

COACH                                 Paul McCallion (HS, Club)

CLUB TEAM                       California Northstars

HEIGHT                                5-7

 

  • Earned four varsity letters for soccer. 
  • Named team captain during senior year. 
  • Scored game winning goal in the NCS championship game during senior campaign. 
  • During senior year, high school team ranked second in the country. 
  • Named first team all-league sophomore, junior and senior year. 

 

"A crafty and creative passer, ‘Bunny' has great vision, but also takes no prisoners in her defending. She is a player who will compete from day one in our midfield and another talent to watch for in the future."

 

DANIELLE PARKER

 

POSITION                             Forward

HOMETOWN                       Alta Loma, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL                    Alta Loma

COACH                                 Lauren Williams (HS), Jimmy Nordburg (Club)

CLUB TEAM                       Arsenal FC White

HEIGHT                                5-8

 

  • Lettered three years for high school varsity soccer team.
  • Named team captain during senior campaign.
  • Led team in goals scored with 25 during junior year.
  • Member of Arsenal FC White.
  • Arsenal FC White won 2009 league championship.

 

"Danielle is a strong, quick and dangerous forward that will threaten any team and add another option and dimension to our attack. She has all the potential to blossom in her time at Washington State."

 

ROSLYN PONTIUS

 

POSITION                             Forward

HOMETOWN                       Hillsborough, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL                    St. Ignatius

COACH                                 Jan Mullen (HS-Two Years), Carlos Escobar (HS-One Year), Tim Martin (Club)

CLUB TEAM                       Alpine FC

HEIGHT                                5-5

 

  • Led club team in scoring throughout 2009 State Cup. 
  • St. Ignatius was Central Coast Section semifinalist during junior season. 
  • Scored four goals as a starting midfielder as a junior and helped team win league title. 
  • Earned President's Volunteer Service Award in high school. 

 

"Athletic and strong in possession, Roslyn is a player that has huge potential whether playing wide or central. She has an eye for the goal which is a great habit to have."

 

KATIE TURNEY

 

POSITION                             Forward

HOMETOWN                       Surrey, British Columbia

HIGH SCHOOL                    Fraser Heights Secondary

COACH                                 Brianne Caldwell (Secondary),

CLUB TEAM                       BC Provincial

HEIGHT                                5-7

 

  • Premier's Athlete Award for Soccer in 2008. 
  • MVP at 2009 Dave Fryatt Challenge Cup. 
  • Game MVP at AAA Provincial Championship Tournament as a junior. 
  • Won gold medal at the 2009 Canada Summer Games. 
  • Canada U-20 National Team player pool. 

 

"Katie is powerful and dangerous on set pieces and has a great passing range. She knows what it takes to play on the biggest of stages and will be an exciting addition to our current squad."

 

POTTER QUOTES ABOUT THE WALK-ONS

Kerry Moller:  "A local product who has tireless energy and ability to get up and down the field. She has the technical ability to connect and serve from wide areas and will give us another option as we look toward the season."

Lindsay Stoll:  "Lindsay is an out and out traditional centerback with an outstanding defensive tactical understanding of the game. She will bring depth to our rearguard, as a no-nonsense defender, who is strong in the air and tough in the tackle."

Delaney Zalud:  "She is an Eastern Washington native who has a tremendous work ethic and a sound technical game. She has great versatility and will complement our team whether in the midfield or the back."

 

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