Women's Soccer Signs Six for 2002 Season

Feb. 8, 2002

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LOS ANGELES - Goalkeeper Katy Boynton of Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minn., midfielder/defender Heather Jablonsky of Esperanza High in Anaheim, Calif., midfielder/defender Jenna Killion of La Costa (Calif.) Canyon High, midfielder/forward Jocelyn Leche of Salesian High in Richmond, Calif., midfielder Amy Mann of San Ramon Valley High in Danville, Calif., and midfielder/defender Marie Pedersen of Peninsula High in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., have signed letters-of-intent to play soccer at USC for the 2002 season, head coach Jim Millinder announced today.

'I think that this freshmen class has the opportunity to make an immediate impact on the program,' said Millinder. 'All of them have a chance to play right away and have a promising future here. The biggest key for these freshmen will be adapting to the Division I game.'

Here are brief biographies on each player:

Katy Boynton, GK, St. Paul, MN (Minnehaha Academy) -- Boynton played in 63 career matches at Minnehaha Academy, recording 38 shutouts with a 0.83 goals-against-average. She earned all-state honors in her 2001 season and was a member of state Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams in 1999 and 2001.

Heather Jablonsky, MF/D, Yorba Linda (Esperanza HS) -- Jablonsky earned All-CIF and all-league honors at Esperanza High. She was a member of the 1999/2000 ODP U-17 Winter/Spring player pool and played club soccer for the Southern California Blues U-16 and U-17 teams.

Jenna Killion, MF/D, Encinitas (La Costa Canyon HS) -- Killian earned team most valuable player honors in 2001 at La Costa Canyon High. She played club soccer for the San Diego Surf and was a member of the 2001 ODP state team, as well as the ODP state pool in 1999 and 2000. Killian also was a high school teammate of current Trojans Megan Kakadelas and Kaitlyn Pruett.

Jocelyn Leche, MF/F, Pinole (Salesian HS) -- Leche was named most valuable player of the Bayshore Athletic League at Salesian High in 2001 and 2002. She earned all-league honors three years and was a member of the Bay Oaks U-17 club team. She also played on the softball team and was named one of the top 100 prep athletes in 2001 by the Contra Costa Times.

Amy Mann, MF, Alamo (San Ramon Valley HS) -- Mann was the leading scorer four years on the varsity squad at San Ramon Valley High and earned 2000 All-CIF honors. She earned all-league honors three times and was named to the NSCAA/Adidas All-Far West Team. Mann was a member of the 2001 ODP U16/17 Cal North select team and also played on the ODP Cal North State U-16 and U-17 teams. She also was team captain at the club level for the Mustang Tri-Valley United U-18 Premier team.

Marie Pedersen, MF/D, Rancho Palos Verdes (Peninsula HS) -- Pedersen was an NSCAA All-American and the NSCAA California State Player of the Year in her 2001 season at Peninsula High. She earned All-CIF and all-league honors, as well as being named league most valuable player. Pedersen played club soccer for the Fram Soccer Club. At Peninsula High, she also was a member of the varsity tennis team that was ranked number one in the nation three years. She was a nationally-ranked junior tennis player for six years.

The Trojans are coming off a 10-7-2 season, including the program's fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and a fourth-place finish in the Pac-10 Conference.

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