Women's Soccer Signs Seven Athletes

Feb. 7, 2002

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

The signees include Brianna Monka (Camarillo, CA), Liz Money (Port Angeles, WA), Kelsey Lau (Portland, OR), Cara Miller (Corvallis, OR), Shelby Crabtree (Eugene, OR), Tessa Baker (Anacortes, WA), and Stacey Mescher (Mission Viejo, CA).

'This is a very good class and we're excited to have them,' said Fennah. 'Our program has taken a step forward in the last couple of years. Last year's class was ranked by the recruiting services and we expect this class to be right up there. There are some very talented players that fit in with what we wanted to get recruiting wise, so we're extremely excited about this group of players.'

Monka, the daughter of Steve and Becky Monka, comes to OSU after earning Most Valuable Player honors of the Pacific View League all four years while competing at Rio Mesa High School. She was a three-time team MVP and served two years as team captain. In club action, Monka was a midfielder for So Cal United of the Coastal Premier Soccer League in Southern California, where she played for coach Steve Hoffman.

'Brianna is good at slashing and going at people,' said Hoffman. 'She is very strong and physical.'

Monka was also a member of the Cal South Olympic Development Program team, which reached the ODP National Championships final.

'Bri Monka has a very good ability to run at players and has consistently been one of the Top 3 scorers in the Southern California Coast League, which is widely regarded as the top youth league in the country,' said Fennah. 'We are definitely excited about Bri adding to our scoring potential.'

Money, daughter of Dyanna and Rick Money, will join the Beavers after earning four letters at Port Angeles High School. She is a two-year team captain and earned league Most Valuable Player honors as a midfielder. Money competes in the Washington ODP and starred on the FC Royals '83 club squad, coached by Brian vanBlommestein.

'Liz has a great attitude and is eager to learn the game,' said vanBlommestein. 'She is a big, strong force, and will be a good Division I Pac-10 player.'

'Liz Money is an excellent midfield player,' said Fennah. 'She is an aggressive player, very strong and very athletic - she has the ability to take players on.'

Lau, daughter of Vicki and Pat Lau, was a member of the Jesuit High School State Championship team of 2001. She played and lived in Florida at the Bolletettieri/IMG Soccer Academy for one year, before returning to Portland, OR. While serving as a midfielder for coach Kit Pierce on the Southside TTS Alliance club team, the squad won two Oregon State Championships.

'Kelsey Lau has a superior ability to possess and deliver the ball, which should play well in Oregon State's style,' said Pierce.

'Kelsey Lau is an exciting left-footed player, which will bring some good balance to our team,' said Fennah. 'She is a very skillful, talented player and very much a student of the game, we expect her to play in defense or wide midfield.'

Miller, daughter of Emily and Paul Miller, was a four-year letterwinner at Corvallis High School. She is an Oregon ODP player and Region 4 Regional Pool player. Miller, a defender for the Southside TTS Alliance club squad, teamed with Lau and coach Pierce to win a pair of Oregon State Championships.

'Cara Miller is a strong, skillful utility player who has the ability to play midfielder or defender, and do both exceptionally well,' said Pierce.

'Cara Miller is a strong, aggressive defender,' said Fennah. 'Her strong understanding of the game allows her to play several different positions. I've been particularly impressed by her defensive abilities and that brings some balance to the rest of the class, who the majority of which are more attacking players.'

Crabtree, daughter of Jodi and Jack Crabtree, will join her sister, Morgan, a senior, on the Oregon State squad in the fall. A four-year letterwinner at Sheldon High School, Crabtree, has won five Oregon State Championships while competing as midfielder for FC Willamette Pride, coached by Tom Rowney.

'Shelby is a player with a great work ethic and great attitude,' said Rowney. 'She has excellent technical skills and gets the job done.'

'Shelby is a strong central midfield player or defender with very good vision,' said Fennah. 'She understands the game very well and has great passing ability.'

Baker, daughter of Niki Baker, attended Aliso Niguel High School in Southern California. She competed as a striker for the top rated So Cal Blues club team coached by Hugh Donald. Her squad was California State Champs for two years and Region 4 Regional Champs for two years. Baker and the So Cal Blues team earned the title of Under-14 National Champs and National Finalists at Under-16.

'Tessa Baker is an extremely exciting player out of the Southern Cal Blues club, one of the most successful club programs,' said Fennah. 'She is an explosive goal scorer and extremely talented player on the ball.'

Mescher, daughter of Susan and Willard Mescher, attends Mission Viejo High School. She teamed with Baker and coach Donald as a midfielder on the successful So Cal Blues club team. The team won the California State Championship two years and the Region 4 Regional Championship two years. The squad also won the National Championship at Under-14 and was a National Finalist at Under-16.

'Stacey Mescher is a player that can go out and make a difference in the game,' said Fennah. 'She is extremely explosive pace-wise and is a very good player that has tremendous crossing ability from wide.'

'Both Tessa and Stacey are very similar players,' said Donald. 'Both are very technical players with very good one-on-one skills.'

WOMEN'S SOCCER SIGNEES
Brianna Monka (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa HS)
Liz Money (Port Angeles, WA/Port Angeles HS)
Kelsey Lau (Portland, OR/Jesuit HS)
Cara Miller (Corvallis, OR/Corvallis HS)
Shelby Crabtree (Eugene, OR/Sheldon HS)
Tessa Baker (Anacortes, WA/Aliso Niguel HS (California))
Stacey Mescher (Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo HS)

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