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Oregon women announce 2011 recruits

Published: February 4, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. -- Head coach Tara Erickson announced the addition of 10 student-athletes to the University of Oregon soccer program as part of the 2011 National Signing Day. The Ducks’ talented class features the signing of seven National Letters of Intent and the addition of three recruited walk-ons.

“I am incredibly excited and proud to call these 10 student-athletes Oregon Ducks,” Erickson said about the roster additions. “As a class they bring talent and passion on the soccer field. I think that we can easily say that this is by far the best recruiting class in the history of Oregon Soccer.”

The 10 newcomers come from four different states, four players from Oregon, three from California, two from Colorado and one from Georgia. The deep recruiting class includes four student-athletes capable of playing either forward or midfielder, five that can play defender or midfielder, and a cornerstone goalkeeper.

“With it being such a large class, it has allowed us to add depth at every single position on the field,” Erickson said. “Many of these players come from club, high school and ODP backgrounds that have placed them in continuous competitive environments and each of them has consistently shown their winning ways.”

A common thread with each member of the 10-person class is an excellence in the classroom.

“These student-athletes also shine with their academics and I believe that each of them will help us continue to maintain the high academic standards that we keep in the classroom,” Erickson added.

2011 OREGON SOCCER RECRUITING CAPSULES (listed alphabetically)

ALLY ASCHBACHER   (F  -  BEAVERTON, ORE.)

Ally Aschbacher, a forward from Beaverton, Ore., joins the Ducks in 2011 after completing a successful career with her club and high school programs. She was a first team 6A All Metro League selection her senior year at Beaverton High School, named team captain in that campaign. Aschbacher was a four-year varsity player as well as a member of the Dairy Farmers of America Academic Soccer All State 6A team all four years. While at Beaverton High School, Aschbacher was named a member of the National Honor Society her junior and senior years and carried a 3.8 cumulative GPA in addition to being named to the Honor Roll for three years. Aschbacher played club ball for Westside Metros for most of her career and then joined OSSA during the U18 season. Aschbacher was also a member of the Oregon ODP ’93 team in 2009-10. Also an accomplished 800 meter runner on the track, she was named First team All-Metro League in that event her junior year.

KENDALL BROOKE  (M / D  -  WEST LINN, ORE.)

Kendall Brooke, a midfielder/defender from West Linn, Ore., joins the Ducks’ 2011 recruiting class after an outstanding career in the club, high school, and ODP ranks in the state. Brooke enjoyed a successful club career culminating with two consecutive semifinalist appearances in the Oregon State Cup Championships, playing for FC Portland Green under the direction of head coach Brian Gant. Brooke was also a four-year starter at West Linn High School where she was named team captain as a senior. Brooke led her team to back-to-back league championships and a quarterfinal finish in the 2009 state high school playoffs. She was named to the 2009 Dairy Farmers Academic 6A Soccer All-State team. Kendall also enjoyed a successful stint with the Oregon ODP 1992 team. In addition, she carries a 4.0 GPA and was a National Honor Society member in 2009 and 2010.

KIYOMI COOK  (M / D  -  GRESHAM, ORE.)

Kiyomi Cook, a midfielder/defender, joins the Ducks after a stellar club, high school, and ODP career based in Gresham, Ore. Cook’s club teams won an amazing six Oregon State Cup Championships including three with her youth club Eastside United and three consecutive with her team, THUSC Neon. Those THUSC club teams, coached by Tom Atencio, advanced twice to the quarterfinals and once to the semifinals of the USYSA Far West Club Championships. Cook enjoyed a successful high school career at Sam Barlow High School where she was selected first team all-conference and second team all-state in 2008. She also enjoyed a very successful ODP career with the Oregon ’93 girls team, culminating with Cook’s selection to the Region IV ODP team in 2009. She was also invited to the 2007 National ID2 Camp.

RYANN DAVIE  (M / F  -  MARIETTA, GA.)

Ryann Davie, a midfielder/forward from Marietta, Ga., joins the Ducks after an outstanding club and high school career. Davie’s club team, Concorde Fire Elite, was one of the initial members of the nationwide organization consisting of the top 40 female club teams in the country, the Elite Club National League (ECNL). Coached by Gregg Blasingame, she competed in the most prestigious showcase tournaments across the United States. Davie led her club team to the finals of the Georgia State Cup championship an incredible four consecutive years, and the quarterfinals of the Region III Club Championships in 2009. Davie also enjoyed a very successful high school career at Alan C. Pope High School where she was named the offensive MVP three consecutive years. Davie was selected to the Cobb County All-County Team for big high schools.

KELSEY FOO  (M  -  SAN JOSE, CALIF.)

Kelsey Foo, a center midfielder, heads north to Eugene to join the Ducks after an incredible club, high school, ODP, and USA National Team career based in San Jose, Calif. She was named as the No. 45 national recruit on the Top Drawer Soccer’s Top-100 Recruits for 2011. Foo’s club team, MVLA Avalanche coached by Albertin and Erin Montoya, won two Northern California State Cup Championships and finished twice as finalists during her career. Foo enjoyed incredible success in the Cal-North and Region IV Olympic Development Programs (ODP), as well as with the USA Youth National Team. She was selected to the Region IV ODP team five consecutive years and was honored to travel to Portugal to the prestigious Algarve Cup in 2010 as a Region IV team member. Foo was invited to the USA Youth National Team camp in 2007 and then invited to the full U15/16 USA National Team in 2008. Foo had an outstanding high school career at Archbishop Mitty High School where she was a four-year varsity member and was selected 2010 WCAL First Team All-Conference squad. Foo has been just as impressive in the classroom carrying a 4.12 GPA and being named to the Honor Roll all four years of high school.

REILLEY MOORE  (D  -  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.)

Reilley Moore, a defender, heads west to the University of Oregon after a highly successful club, high school, and ODP career based in Colorado Springs, Colo. Her club team, Real Colorado National 92/93 coached by Lorne Donaldson, was also an inaugural member of the Elite Club National League (ECNL) providing Moore with the opportunity to compete against the top club teams in the country. Moore’s club team won the Colorado State Cup Championship in 2008. She was a member of the Colorado state ODP for three years and was selected for the Region IV Olympic Development Program pool twice in her career. Moore has also enjoyed tremendous success at the high school level at the Air Academy in Colorado Springs. She was a three-year varsity player and finished as state finalist in 2009 and earned the captain badge her senior year. Moore was selected first team all-league and first team all-area in 2010.

BRI PUGH  (F  -  HIGHLANDS RANCH, COLO.)

Bri Pugh, a forward from Highlands Ranch, Colo., joins club teammate Reilley Moore in heading west to join the Ducks starting in 2011. Pugh, ranked the No. 14 recruit in the Rocky Mountain Region, enjoyed a very successful club, high school, and ODP career. Pugh’s club team, Real Colorado National 92/93, enjoyed tremendous success nationally including admittance into the initial ECNL group of the top 40 clubs in the country. Her team won a Colorado State Cup championship in her U15 year. Pugh was selected to the 2010 ECNL Fall Showcase All-Event Team. Her Olympic Development Program career includes being named to the Colorado state ODP team four consecutive years in addition to being named to the Region IV ODP team all four years. Pugh will graduate from Mountain Vista High School which reached the semifinals of the Colorado High School State Championships in her junior season. Pugh carries a 3.8 cumulative GPA.

SHANELLE SIMIEN  (F  -  LAKEWOOD, CALIF.)

Shanelle Simien, a forward from Lakewood, Calif., joins the Ducks after an outstanding career in Southern California where she was the No. 33 ranked national recruit, and eighth-ranked recruit in Cal South. Simien’s club team, Real So Cal coached by Kristy Walker, enjoyed unprecedented success in both the ultra competitive Southern California leagues and cups in addition to national showcase events including the Elite Club National League. Her team reached the semifinals twice and won the Cal South State Championship in 2008 and 2010. In 2010, Real So Cal went on to win the USYSA Far West Regional Club Championship and ended up finishing in third place at the club National Championship Final Four. Simien has also enjoyed a successful ODP career being selected to the Cal South state team four consecutive years where she helped lead her team to two ODP Regional Championships in 2007 and 2008. Simien was selected for the Region IV Olympic Development Program team for three consecutive years where she was a teammate of future Duck players Kelsey Foo, Kiyomi Cook, and Bri Pugh and represented the region in international competitions. She was invited to the National ODP Invitational Camp three consecutive years and was also a member of the U14 USA National Team pool. Simien was a four-year varsity player at Los Alamitos High School where her team was a CIF Division I finalist and a two-time Sunset League Champion. Simien was selected All-CIF League, All-Sunset League, and All-League Orange County in 2008 and 2010. She has been equally as successful in the classroom earning admittance into the National Honor Society, awarded the Los Alamitos Scholar-Athlete award all four years, and was a member of the Principal's Honor Roll.

RILEY SMITH  (M / D  -  ASHLAND, ORE.)

Riley Smith, a midfielder/defender from Ashland, Ore., joins the Ducks after a successful career in club, high school, and ODP. Riley started her club career for Ashland Soccer Club and then Rogue Valley Soccer Club where she has served as team captain the last two years as well as being the leading scorer in both goals and assists. Smith was selected to the Oregon ODP state pool for 1992 girls in 2008-09 and was the only pool player from Southern Oregon on her ODP team. Smith has also enjoyed a very successful high school career at Ashland High School where she was a four-year varsity player and helped her team reach the Oregon 5A State Semifinals in 2008. Riley was selected First Team All-Southern Sky Conference three consecutive years and was a captain her senior year.

ABBY STEELE  (GK  -  SANTA ROSA, CALIF.)

Abby Steele, a goalkeeper from Santa Rosa, Calif., will join the Ducks in 2011 after a highly successful club and high school career in Northern California that included a stint with the U18 USA Women’s National Team. The No. 10 ranked recruit in Northern California, Steele played her club ball for the Mustang SC Rampage under the tutelage of head coach Joe Owen. During her career with Mustang, Steele led her team to unprecedented state, regional, and national success. Steele’s team won the Cal North State Cup championship twice, while also selected inaugural members of the Elite Club National League (ECNL). Steele’s club team was the ECNL Challenge A League Champions as well as the ECNL national champions in 2010. These successes came on the heels of her team’s 2009 Surf Cup championship. Steele was invited to a pair of USA U18 Women’s National Team Camps in January and April 2009 where she was one of three or four goalkeepers from across the country to be invited. Steele also played her senior season at Ursuline High School where she was selected to the 2010 NSCAA Youth All-Region soccer team. Steele was equally as impressive in the classroom and was a Cum Laude student during every semester of her high school career.

Erickson, entering her seventh season as head coach at UO, returns 14 players from a 2010 team that finished 7-10-3 overall and 3-5-1 in Pac-10 Conference play. Those returners will face a five-match spring exhibition season beginning on April 2 with a match at Concordia in Portland, and concluding with a May 1 home match against Portland State.

2011 OREGON SOCCER ROSTER ADDITIONS

No.         Name                     Ht.          Yr.           Pos.        Hometown (Previous School)

11           Ally Aschbacher   5-6          Fr.           F              Beaverton, Ore. (Beaverton HS)

20           Kendall Brooke     5-4          Fr.           M/D        West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS)

14           Kiyomi Cook          5-4          Fr.           M/D        Gresham, Ore. (Sam Barlow HS)

21           Ryann Davie          5-6          Fr.           M/F         Marietta, Ga. (Alan C. Pope HS)

10           Kelsey Foo             5-7          Fr.           M            San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty HS)

12           Reilley Moore       5-10        Fr.           D             Colorado Springs, Colo. (Air Academy)

5              Bri Pugh                 5-5          Fr.           F              Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Mountain Vista HS)

18           Shanelle Simien    5-3          Fr.           F              Lakewood, Calif. (Los Alamitos HS)

16           Riley Smith            5-6          Fr.           M/D        Ashland, Ore. (Ashland HS)

0              Abby Steele          5-11        Fr.           GK           Santa Rosa, Calif. (Ursuline HS)
 
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