Soccer America Rates Arizona State's Class No. 9 In the Country

May 9, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - Soccer America magazine, who has called the Sun Devils 'a rising power,' has tabbed Arizona State's 2003 women's soccer recruiting class as the ninth best in the country and the second best in the Pac-10. Additionally, the Sun Devils' class, under the direction of third year head coach Ray Leone, has two players (#9 Kim Bingham and #17 Katie Mahoney) represented on Soccer America's Top-25 College Women's Recruits list. This is Leone's second full recruited class that has been ranked in the Top-10 to come to Tempe:

No. 9 Kim Bingham - Goalkeeper - Pleasanton, Calif. (California HS)

* U-21 National Team Goalkeeper

* U-21 National Pool

* U-19 National Pool

* U-17 Club National Champions

* U-16 National Team

* 2001 and 2002 Parade All-American

* 2001 and 2002 NSCAA All-American

* Club Team - Pleasanton Rage

No. 17 Katie Mahoney - Midfielder - Pleasanton, Calif. (California HS)

* 2002 U17 National Team

* 2001 U 16 National Team

* 2000-2001 West ODP Region Team

* 2002 Parade All-American

* 2001 NSCAA All-American

* U-17 Club National Champions

* Club Team - Pleasanton Rage

Michelle Becker - Forward/Midfielder - Phoenix, Ariz. (Ironwood HS)

* Arizona ODP State Team

* 2002-2003 Northwest Region Player of the Year

* 2001-2002 Northwest Region Player of the Year

* Two-time first-team All-Arizona Player

* 84 Career Goals - School Record at Ironwood H.S.

* Club Team - Cisco

Lauren Niblett - Forward - Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS)

* 2001-2003 Arizona ODP State Team

* High School MVP all 4 years

* Four-time All-Region selection

* Fiesta Region Player of the Year

* Club Regional Finalists

* Club Team - Sereno

Levise Robertson - Forward - Tucson, Ariz. (Catalina Foothills HS)

* 2002 ODP Regional Pool

* 2002 High School State Finalists

* 2002 100m & 200m State Champion

* Club Regional Finalists

* Tallied over 53 goals in her high school career to this point

* Club Team - Sereno

Soccer America Top 10 2003 College Women's Recruiting Classes:

1. Santa Clara

2. UCLA

3. Texas

4. Portland

5. Notre Dame

6. North Carolina

7. Virginia

8. Nebraska

9. Arizona State

10. Florida State

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