Women's Soccer Signs Six

Feb. 9, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Six athletes have signed national letters of intent to play women's soccer at Oregon State, head coach Steve Fennah announced Friday.

The signees are Melena Ertler (Gresham, Ore.), Jo Fletcher (Chester, England), Emily Hughes (Milwaukie, Ore.), Brandy Madle (Suquamish, Wash.), Jillian Nicks (Issaquah, Wash.), and Cassidy Temple (Eugene, Ore.).

'We are excited about this class coming in. It's a large group that has great athleticism and great speed,' Fennah said. 'Throughout the whole group, there's a very competitive edge within them. We are also excited about some of them being able to come in to score a lot of goals.'

Ertler is a defensive player who earned second team all-state honors as well as first team all-league honors while playing for Centennial High School this past season. She was a member of the Region IV Regional Pool in 2000, and she was in the Oregon Olympic DevelopmentPool from 1996-2000.

'Melena will add athleticism and strength to our defensive unit,' Fennah said. 'She's comfortable with the ball and should enable us to possess the ball at the back on defense.'

Fletcher will transfer to OSU from Kentucky, where she spent two seasons as a goalkeeper, although a broken hand kept her from seeing much playing time as a sophomore. Fletcher was a member of the English Senior Women's National Team in 1997 and 1998. She also played for the Liverpool Ladies in 1999, and in 1998 she played for Everton, which won the National Premier League that season.

'Jo is very athletic and very brave. We are obviously very excited about bringing a great deal of experience to our program,' Fennah said.

Hughes is a forward/midfielder out of Rex Putnam High School. She's a two-time first team all-league honoree and has been a part of the Oregon Olympic Development Pool (1996-99) as well as the U20 Oregon ODP (99-00).

'Emily is another player with good athleticism. She has very good skills and good vision on the ball,' Fennah said. 'She can play up front or in the midfield and has the ability to score a good number of goals.'

Madle is a two-time first team all-league defender out of North Kitsap High School, and she also played for the FC Royals, which won the Washington state championship in 2000. She made the Washington state team in 2000 and was a member of the district team in 1999.

'Brandy is a defender with extremely good pace and speed. She should do a very good job keeping up with the speedy forwards from the rest of the conference,' Fennah said.

Nicks is a striker who was a member of the Washington state team and Regional camp participant from 1997-2000. She made the Region IV Regional Pool in 2000 and was an all-conference honoree for Issaquah High School in 1999 and 2000.

'Jillian is an exciting striker with tons of ability on the ball. Her ability to score goals is what we are extremely excited about,' Fennah said. 'She has a very competitive attitude, a winner's attitude.'

Temple is an all-state player out of Sheldon High School, where she also earned all-league honors three times. She played for FC Willamette Pride, which won the state championship from 1997-2000. Temple also made the Region IV Regional Pool in 1999 and was in the Oregon Olympic Development Pool in 1999 and 2000.

'Cassidy is very athletic and is a versatile player who could play back or midfield for us,' Fennah said. 'She also has a very competitive attitude.'

OSU Women's Soccer Signees

Melena Ertler (Gresham, Ore./Centennial HS)Jo Fletcher (Chester, England/Univ. of Kentucky/Bishop Jeber HS)Emily Hughes (Milwaukie, Ore./Rex Putnam HS)Brandy Madle (Suquamish, Wash./North Kitsap HS)Jillian Nicks (Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah HS)Cassidy Temple (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon HS)
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