UW Women's Soccer Signs Pair of Prominent Prepsters
Feb. 13, 2002
SEATTLE - Two terrific high school student-athletes, defender SARA DAVIS and goalkeeper BRITTNI GOODWIN, signed letters of intent to attend the University of Washington, women's soccer coach Lesle Gallimore announced on Wednesday.
A product of San Clemente (Calif.) High School, Davis is a gifted athlete with a long resume of championships at both the high school and club levels. Her Mira Costa High School team advanced to the CIF Division II semifinals in 1999 and 2000. She transferred to San Clemente and was named Most Valuable Player after leading the team to the 2002 South Coast League title.
Davis' most recent club experience was with the highly successful San Diego Surf program that was a national championship finalist in 2001. She was a Surf teammate of current Washington freshman Kelley Schweighart.
'Sara Davis is a good player who is extremely quick and athletic. She's good in the air and will certainly help our depth at defender,' said Gallimore. 'We're looking at her as an outside back, but she is also capable of playing center back and in the midfield. I think she can come in and help out right away.'
A native of Plantation, Fla., Goodwin is a product of two-time defending state champion American Heritage High School. She is considered one of the premier prep goalkeepers in the nation.
Goodwin surrendered only 17 goals during a high school career in which she recorded 65 shutouts. She posted a remarkable 0.19 goals against average her junior season, leading the team to a 30-1 record.
Goodwin will have the unique opportunity to train at Washington with a pair of U.S. National Team goalkeepers in assistant coach Amy Griffin and junior Hope Solo. A member of the 1991 World Cup champions, Griffin (then Allmann) collected 24 caps for her international appearances with the U.S. Nationals between 1987-91. Solo, the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year, earned seven caps for recent appearances with the national squad.
'Working with Amy is a big draw and then there is the chance to train with Hope Solo who is a walking advertisement for being a goalkeeper here at Washington,' Gallimore explained. 'Brittni has really good hands, great feet and good athletic ability. The thing she is in need of most is the opportunity to play at a higher level and a solid dose of goalkeeper coaching. She's got a lot of potential and will improve very quickly training with Amy and Hope.'
Washington's recruiting classes have been listed nationally by Soccer Buzz during each of the last four seasons, ranking 10th in 2001, No. 25 in 2000, No. 14 in 1999 and No. 12 in 1998.
'We are really happy to bring these two talented players into our program. We have had larger recruiting classes in the past, but we had the luxury of addressing specific needs this year,' Gallimore remarked. 'One of the reasons we could afford to sign only two players is that we have a couple prominent veteran players returning to the team who were injured last season.'
The recruiting class is supplemented by the return from injury of two standout players. Andrea Morelli, a three-time all-conference selection and the 1998 Pac-10 Defender of the Year, returns for her senior season after being sidelined the entire 2001 campaign. Morelli red-shirted after tearing the ACL in her left knee. The Huskies also return forward Kim Taylor, a talented member of last year's recruiting class who injured her knee prior to last season and red-shirted.
Davis and Goodwin join a Washington team that competed in six of the last eight NCAA Tournaments. The Huskies registered a 13-5-2 record in 2001, tying for second place in the Pac-10 with a 6-2-1 conference record. Washington advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Washington Women's Soccer Letter of Intent Signees
Defender, San Clemente, Calif.
San Clemente High School / San Diego Surf
Goalkeeper, Plantation, Fla.
American Heritage High School / Team Boca