Soccer Squads Signs Midfielder Rachel Grushkin

April 17, 2003

EUGENE - The University of Oregon women's soccer team announced Thursday that high school senior Rachel Grushkin signed a National Letter of Intent to play as a freshman for the Ducks next fall.

The 5-6 senior midfielder from Eureka High School in Eureka, Calif., is a three-time MVP of her Eureka High School squad, and also has led the team in scoring her first three seasons. She was a Humboldt-Del Norte League first-team selection as a freshman, sophomore and junior, and is again starting at center midfielder this spring as a senior.

At the club level, she also played on the Humboldt Myst U-17 class 1 squad, and also is a guest player on the Sonoma United Alliance U-18 class I team. She also played on the U-14 Northern California (North Bay) District V Olympic Development Program one season.

Last summer she traveled with the Nor Cal International Soccer Academy on a tour of England, and was named the squad MVP and captain as the team posted one win and a tie against two women's premier league teams.

'Rachel has a lot of raw talent,' Oregon women's coach Bill Steffen said. 'She's very versatile, and we would probably use her wide, either in midfield or defense. She's played with a lot of different clubs which has given her a lot of different experiences.'

Grushkin is one of six newcomers that have signed letters of intent for the upcoming fall after the squad graduated five seniors from the 2002 squad, including WUSA fourth-round draftee and goalkeeper Sarah Peters.

The Ducks tentatively open their fall season with a home tournament at Pape' Field, and face Boise State (Fri., 8/29) and Rice (Sun., 8/31).

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