Women's Soccer Signs 10 Players to National Letters of Intent

Feb. 14, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Ten high school student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play soccer at the University of Oregon this fall.

Oregon landed four players from California, three from Utah, two from Oregon and one from Hawai`i.

'They will substantially raise the level in which we will play and compete,' seventh-year Oregon coach Bill Steffen said.'We will be a lot deeper and the competition from the first to the last player will be very good. We're looking for these kids to jump in and contribute quickly.'

The Ducks were 8-8-2 last season, which was tied for the sixth best increase in wins from the previous year out of 278 Division I teams. It marked Oregon's best record since it added the sport in 1996.



2002 Oregon Soccer Recruiting Class

* Katie Abrahamson, Midfielder, West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS)
- All-League and First Team All-State selection in 2000. Competed for ODP state team.

* Carlie Ashcraft, Midfielder, Salt Lake City, Utah (Brighton HS)
- All-State and All-Region pick in 2001. Club team (Firebirds), captured state championship and was regional semifinalist.

* Jessica Fetzer, Defender, Salt Lake City, Utah (East HS)
- All-State pick in 2000. Helped East win state title in 1999. Club team (Firebirds), captured state championship and was regional semifinalist.

* Mele French, Forward, Mililani, Hawai`i (Mililani HS)
- Voted league Player of the Year and first team All-State in 2001. Club team (HSC Bulls) were state cup champions in 2001.

* Caitlin Gamble, Midfielder, Salt Lake City, Utah (East HS)
- All-State pick in 2000. Helped East win state title in 1999. Club team (Firebirds), captured state championship and was regional semifinalist.

* Cristan Higa, Midfielder/Forward, Diamond Bar, Calif. (Diamond Bar HS)
- Picked team MVP and All-League in 2001. Helped team to 2001 league championship. Club team (FRAM Splash) was the State Cup runner-up in 2000. ODP District team member.

* Salina Karia, Forward, Portland, Ore. (Douglas HS)
- Led team in scoring en route to All-League honors in 2000. Club team (F.C. Portland) was a State Cup finalist.

* Cassidy Kolb, Forward/Midfield, Camarillo, Calif. (Rio Mesa HS)
- All-League performer at Rio Mesa. Member of L.A. Force club and ODP District teams.

* Valerie Mayer, Midfielder/Defender, Pleasanton, Calif. (Amador Valley HS)
- Club team (Pleasanton Rage) were State Cup champions from 1999-01. Three-sport star also competed in softball and cross country at Amador Valley. Member of ODP State team.

* Andrea Valadez, Forward, Torrance, Calif. (Bishop Montgomery HS)
- Helped Bishop Montgomery to CIF Championship in 1999, being named Player of the Game in title tilt. Selected All-CIF and All-League in 2001. Club team (FRAM Splash) was the State Cup runner-up in 2000.

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