Women's Soccer Signs Three To National Letters Of Intent

Feb. 28, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's soccer team has signed three players to national letters of intent to study and compete at Stanford next fall, announced head women's soccer coach Andy Nelson today.

Amy Grady, a midfielder from Pawtucket, Conn., comes to Stanford as the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Connecticut. She has spent time the U.S. U-19 National Team as well as the Region I Olympic Development team. Grady served as captain of the Region I team, which finished second at the Boca Raton Interregional event. The Boston Globe selected her for the Scholastic Award in Women's Soccer and she is a nominee for the Gatorade All-American team. Grady prepped at The Loomis Chaffee School and played on the Weston Wildthing club team. She was selected as the New England Prep School Player of the Year. A First Team All-State selection for four straight years, Grady led her high school team to the New England Prep School Championship by going undefeated her senior year. She also earned All New England accolades for two years.

Natalie Sanderson, a forward from Ventura, Calif., comes to The Farm as perhaps one of the most prized recruits in the country. She was named the Parade All-American Player of the Year as well as the Gatorade Player of the Year for California. Sanderson has national experience as she played for the U-19 U.S. team. She also played on the Region IV Olympic Development team and is a Gatorade All-American nominee. Sanderson was the offensive MVP for Southern California and was named Los Angeles Times Player of the Year. She is coming off of a standout season at Buena High School, in which her team went undefeated en route to the State Championship.

Lisa Engel, a midfielder from Ventura, Calif., is a member of the Region IV Olympic Development team and had previously been in the regional pool for three years. Engel played for the Buena High School team, along with Sanderson, that won the State Championship this season without losing a game all year. Engel and Sanderson both competed on the NHB Black club team.

The 2001 Cardinal returns 16 players, including eight starters, from a team that went 14-6-1 last year. Stanford advanced to the post season for the 10th time in 11 seasons before dropping a 5-0 decision to BYU in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

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