WSoc: UCSB women’s soccer adds 11 recruits

The UC Santa Barbara women’s soccer program has signed 10 high school athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2015 season, and the Gauchos have also added a transfer from Colorado as well, head coach Paul Stumpf announced Friday.

“We are very excited about the future of our program, and that is because, in no small part, of the fine young ladies we have committed to us for the Fall of 2015,” said head coach Paul Stumpf. “This class was put together very purposefully to make sure that our new recruits are what we call BOTH AND players. That means they have BOTH ability AND character. Ability, chemistry and commitment are three qualities of successful soccer teams, and we are now paying a good bit more attention to those last two aspects of the people who we are recruiting into our program.”

Jessica Clegg – Att. MF/Outside Forward

Surf ECNL / Cathedral Catholic HS – San Diego, Calif.
Top Drawer Soccer – 4-Star Recruit
IMG Academy Ranking – No. 122
Regional Ranking (SoCal) – No. 19
National Position Ranking – No. 44

Clegg competed for the San Diego Surf at the club level…Attends Cathedral Catholic HS…16 goals and 28 assists in her career…Has helped Cathedral Catholic to a pair of California State Championships, three CIF San Diego Section titles and three San Diego Open Division championships.

“Jessica is another one of our more dynamic and versatile athletes in this class. She is a very good soccer player, who will play in the midfield and up front. She has been invited to a number of national camps.” – Paul Stumpf

Maddie Gibson – Center Midfield

Mustang ECNL / Monte Vista HS – Danville, Calif.
Top Drawer Soccer – 4-Star Recruit
IMG Academy Ranking – No. 142
Regional Ranking (NorCal/Hawai’i) – No. 5
National Position Ranking – No. 53

Gibson will contend for playing time at attacking and holding center midfield slot…Team captain for Mustang Mavericks from U11 –U18…Member of the 96 Cal North State Team from 2009-10 and part of the Region IV pool/ID Camp in 2009…2012 and 2013 ECNL PDP invitee…USSF Market Training Center invitee from Sept.-Nov. 2010 and Jan. –June 2012…Plays at Monte Vista HS…Named East Bay Athletic League Player of the Year in 2011-12, First Team All-EBAL and All-East Bay in 2013-14…Has 19 goals and 11 assists in her career…Helped Monte Vista to North Coast Section championships in 2011-12 and 2013-14, as well as the finals in 2012-13.

“Maddie plays both attacking and holding center midfield for her club and high school teams, and that is where we see her playing for us. She is technical, intelligent, can score goals, and create with her service.” – Paul Stumpf

Ryan Kokoska – Left Back

Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL / Carmel HS – Carmel, Ind.
Top Drawer Soccer – 4-Star Recruit
Regional Ranking (Great Lakes) – No. 37

Kokoska played for the Indiana Fire Juniors (formerly Carmel United SC) for four years…Team captain…ECNL U16 National Playoffs, Champion’s League in Aurora, Colo., June of 2013…ECNL U16 North American and Mid-Atlantic League, October of 2012…USYSA ODP National Training Camp in 2013…ODP Region II Pool 2009-15…Attends Carmel HS…Was team captain as a senior…Selected All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference…Helped Carmel to four MIC championships during her tie…As a freshman, Kokoska was part of a Carmel team that went 22-0-1, won an Indian State Championship and was ranked No. 1 by the NSCAA and ESPN Rise.

“Ryan is one of our left footed players for this recruiting class. She is technical and quick, and will most likely be a left sided flank player.” – Paul Stumpf

Mallory Hromatko – Att. MF/Forward

Mustang ECNL / Monte Vista HS – Danville, Calif.
Top Drawer Soccer – 4-Star Recruit
Regional Ranking (NorCal/Hawai’i) – No. 6

Hramatko competed for the Mustang Mavericks from 2005-15…Team captain for three years…National Training Center from 2011-13…Attended Monte Vista HS… Helped Monte Vista to North Coast Section championship in 2012 and 2014 as well as the finals in 2013…Played in 65 games during her career, scoring 25 goals and assisting on 24 others…As a junior in 2013-14, she was named East Bay Athletic League and CIF North Coast Section Player of the Year…Also named Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Player of the Year…Was also selected EBAL co-MVP as a freshman in 2011-12 and MVP as a sophomore in 2012-13…A three-time First Team All-EBAL selection.

“Mallory is maybe one of our more dynamic and versatile recruits for this class. She can play in the midfield or up front, and will be spending time at both.” – Paul Stumpf

Marissa Savoldi – Center Back

Mustang ECNL / Monte Vista HS – Danville, Calif.
Regional Ranking (NorCal/Hawai’i) – No. 14

Savoldi competed for the Mustang Mavericks from 2005-15…Prepped at Monte Vista HS…Named East Bay Athletic League Defensive Player of the Year in 2013…A two-time All-EBAL selection…Helped Monte Vista to North Coast Section championship in 2012 and 2014 as well as the finals in 2013.

“We have been following Marissa for a number of years. When her club team moved her from the forward line to a center back position, we feel she had found her role. She is good in the air, she is a good 1 v 1 defender, she can swing the ball, and release pressure with longer flighted balls.” – Paul Stumpf

Lauren Williams – Forward

FC Elk Grove / Franklin HS – Elk Grove, Calif.

Williams is a powerful forward who will look to start right away…Competed for FC Elk Grove…A member of the ODP Cal North State Team in 2012 and 2013 and a member of the Regional Team in 2013…MVP of the JJ Minor Memorial Tournament…Scored 27 goals and seven assists as a sophomore at Franklin HS…Had 23 goals and 13 assists as a freshman…Helped her high school team to the 2013 Delta Valley Section championship and the 2012 Delta Valley Section Finals.

“Lauren is a dynamic forward who has a great mix of speed and strength. She will compete for playing time up front right away.” – Paul Stumpf

Tierney McClenahan – OB/CB

MVLA Mercury Black / St. Francis HS – Mountain View, Calif.

An outstanding possession player, McClenahan will immediately compete for playing time as an outside back…Played for MVLA Mercury Black, the 2014 Surf College Cup Champions…Helped her team to the 2014 ECNL Conference Finals, 2013 playoffs and conference finals and the 2012 Surf College Cup finals, Far West Regional League title and third place at the national championships…Plays at Saint Francis HS…Has helped her high school team to the 2012 and 2013 Central Coast Section semifinals.

“Tierney’s biggest strength is in her ability to maintain possession. She plays anywhere across the back line for her club team, but we plan on using her as an outside back.” – Paul Stumpf

Sydney Magnin – Def. MF/Center Back

So Cal Blues ECNL / Temecula Valley HS – Temecula, Calif.

At the club level, Magnin was a member of the So Cal Blues for whom she played defensive midfield an center back…Attends Temecula Valley HS…Has scored 14 goals in her 51 matches over three seasons…Named First Team All-Southwestern League as a sophomore and junior…Southwestern League Defensive MVP following her junior campaign in 2014…As a freshman, Magnin was named Honorable Mention All-Southwestern League after helping the team to the league title.

“Sydney has started and played holding center midfield for one of the most successful club teams in her age group in the country. She is exceptional in the air, is a very good passer of the ball, and will compete right away for play time.” – Paul Stumpf

Jessica Parque – Forward

Juventus / Notre Dame HS – Belmont, Calif.

Parque competes for Juventus Avanza which won the Nor Cal State Cup in 2013 and 2014, the CYSA State Cup in 2014 and NPL titles in the spring and fall of 2014…Also a Surf Cup College Cup finalist in 2013 and a Far West Regional semifinalist in 2014…Attends Notre Dame HS…A three-time First Team All-West Catholic Athletic League selection…Named WCAL Freshman of the Year, Sophomore of the Year and Junior of the Year…Scored 60 goals through her first three seasons at Notre Dame…Also named First Team All-San Mateo County.

“Jessica is a really good fit for what we want to do with our front line. In a two-striker system, we need athletes who we would describe as BUSY. She is a forward who doesn’t’ seem to ever stop moving, and we are hoping that movement will pull defenses out of shape. She has a knack for scoring goals for both her high school and club teams.” – Paul Stumpf

Eva Buechler – Left Back/Def. MF

Surf ECNL / Torrey Pines HS – San Diego, Calif.

Buechler played for the San Diego Surf ECNL U18…Attends Torrey Pines HS…Helped her high school to the North Country Conference championship in 2014…Has scored nine goals through 11 matches of her senior season.

“Eva is another one of our naturally left footed recruits. She is very versatile, and will be playing both as a left sided flank player or left sided center back/center midfielder. She has been a part of a few national camps.” – Paul Stumpf

Hannah Dearborn – Forward

Univ. of Colorado / Moorpark HS – Moorpark, Calif.

Dearborn is a transfer from the University of Colorado…Played in 20 matches as a freshman at CU and 24 total in her career…Competed for Real Co Cal Soccer club, which won the ECNL B Bracket National Championship in 2012…Attended Moorpark HS where she played every position but goalkeeper…Was a First Team All-Marmonte League selection in 2012 and 2013…Named Rookie of the Year in 2010…Selected First Team All-CIF, Team MVP and First Team All-Ventura County as a senior in 2013…An outstanding athlete, Dearborn ran track all four of her years in high school and was a four-time All-Marmonte League performer, winning the 400 meters in 2012 and 2013.

“Hannah is a VERY dynamic forward who will bring to us the ability to stretch teams out. If we can deliver some balls in behind opposing defenses, she is going to get on the end of it, and go 1 v 1 with their keepers. Once we have teams stretched out, that will give us the opportunity to connect some passes underneath, in that space created.” – Paul Stumpf