Stanford Welcomes Seven New Freshmen To The Farm

May 15, 2002

Stanford women's soccer head coach Andy Nelson and his staff announce the signing of seven recruits that will join the squad for the 2002 season. The seven freshman will join a Cardinal team that finished the 2001 campaign ranked ninth nationally and advanced to the Third Round of the NCAA Women's College Cup.

Megan Alderete from Riverside, Calif., is a defender who plays for the Santa Anita Strikers that recently won the Southern California State Club Championship. The daughter of Michael and Terri Alderete, Megan has been a member of the West Regional Olympic Development Pool. 'Megan is a great athlete with a huge upside,' said Nelson. 'She is comfortable on the left and right side of defense and will be a great addition to our program.'

Elizabeth Barnard joins the Cardinal from Indianapolis, Ind., as a goalkeeper. The Park Tudor graduate is a member of the Indiana State Team and one of the top keepers coming out of Region II. 'Elizabeth is a hard-working replacement for Carrie Walsh and is full of personality. She will bring with her a great work ethic and desire to succeed,' said Nelson. The daughter of Lynn Barnard, Elizabeth has won many extra-curricular accolades while competing in high school and club soccer.

Jennifer Farenbaugh, from Reseda, Calif., is one of the top players coming out of Southern California in 2002. The U-19 National Pool player is a graduate of Louisville High School in Woodland Hills California. Jennifer also plays for the very talented Southern California Blues Soccer Club. 'Jennifer has a great change of pace. She is two-footed and can play in many positions,' said Nelson. 'She'll be able to contribute to our team as a wide fullback, wide midfielder, and striker.' Jennifer's parents are Kathy and Michael Farenbaugh.

Heidi Herrick, coming from Falmouth, Maine, is another fine addition to the Cardinal squad. While schooling and playing at Phillips Andover Academy, in Andover, Mass., Heidi has lettered in both soccer and lacrosse. 'Heidi is a former Region I ODP player who has very good speed, tenacity and an excellent work rate,' said Coach Nelson. 'She will come in and be able to help us at wide midfield and up front.' Both parents, Susan and Spike Herrick, attended Stanford.

Lindsey Hunt, from San Marino in Southern California, is a graduate of Polytechnic High School. An outstanding student, Lindsey is another member of the Santa Anita Strikers Club that is coming the Cardinal's way. Lindsey can play in the center of defense, wide fullback and wide midfield. 'Lindsey's a versatile player with great pace,' commented Coach Nelson. 'She also has a great head on her shoulders and a good deal of self confidence which has helped her overcome a recent ACL injury. We are very excited to have Lindsey and her twin sister coming to Stanford.' The daughter of Rob and Nancy Hunt, Lindsey is a West Regional ODP Team player.

Hayley Hunt, twin sister of Lindsey, also graduated from Polytechnic High School, in Pasadena, Calif. Hayley plays with Lindsey and Alderete on the Santa Anita Strikers and is a U-19 National Pool Team member. Hayley can play in central defense and wide defense. 'Like her sister, Hayley is very fast and tough physically. Hayley's penchant for hard work mirrors her sister, and she will be a great addition to our program. Hayley has also shown great character in recovering from a second ACL injury.'

Leah Tapscott, from Madison, Wis., is a Region II ODP Team member. Leah graduates from James Madison Memorial High School as an NSCAA Academic All-American. Leah currently is playing for the Bethesda Fury, out of Maryland, which entails quite a commute. She has been a great addition to Brad Roos' team, which already boasted several top college-bound athletes. 'Leah can play in several positions, most likely in central midfield where her tough physical play and high work ethic will compliment our style quite nicely,' said Nelson. Leah also has the ability to get into the attack and use her technical skills. The latter contributes to many reasons why Leah was recently selected to the NSCAA McDonalds All-Star game to be played this summer.

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