USC Signs Best Recruiting Class In School History

Feb. 2, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Ten high school players have signed letters of intent to play for the USC women's soccer program in the 2005 season, head coach Jim Millinder announced today. Eight of the 10 players are listed among the nation's Top 100 recruits by Student Sports.

The players who signed were defender Janessa Currier (Walnut/Walnut HS), midfielder/defender Shannon Dickerson (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Thunder Ridge HS), midfielder Kelley Finch (Atherton/Menlo HS), forward Nini Loucks (Canyon Country/Canyon HS), goalkeeper Brittany Massro (La Verne/Bonita HS), midfielder Ashley Nick (Monrovia/Arcadia HS), defender Jessica Potter (Newport Beach/Mater Dei HS), forward Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita HS), defender Stacey Strong (Santa Rosa/Montgomery HS) and forward Maryhelen Tomer (Diamond Bar/Diamond Ranch HS)

'This class gives us the opportunity to do some things that we have not been able to do in the past as a coaching staff,' said Millinder. 'We have a broad range of talent coming in for all positions.'

Here are the player bios:

Janessa Currier, D, Walnut (Walnut HS) -- Currier was the 2004 CIF-SS Division III Defensive Player of the Year at Walnut High. She was a member of the U-18 SoCal Blues soccer club team that won the California Premier League championship and is a teammate of fellow USC signee Jessica Potter.

Shannon Dickerson, MF/D, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Thunder Ridge HS) -- Dickerson is a four-time Olympic Development Program pool player (2001-04), as well as a regional team and pool player (2001-02) and 2001 national pool player. She is rated among Student Sports' Top 100 recruits.

Kelley Finch, MF, Atherton (Menlo HS) -- Finch was an all-league first team selection her last three years at Menlo High and is rated among Student Sports' 2005 Top 100 recruits. She has been a member of the ODP state and Region IV teams the past two years.

Nini Loucks, F, Canyon Country (Canyon HS) -- Loucks is a 2004 NSCAA/adidas Girls All-American and earned the Golden Boot with the SC United squad that won the 2004 U-17 Youth National Championship in Orlando, Fla. She is rated among Student Sports' 2005 Top 100 recruits as the No. 20 overall player in the nation. She also earned 2004 CIF-SS Division II first team honors.

Brittany Massro, GK, La Verne (Bonita HS) -- Massro earned 2004 CIF-SS Division III second team honors as the lone goalkeeper for USC's class.

Ashley Nick, D, Monrovia (Arcadia HS) -- Nick as an All-American is rated among Student Sports' 2005 Top 100 recruits. She participated in the U-17 National Team pool and has been a member of state and regional ODP teams the past five years. Nick earned 2004 CIF-SS Division II first team honors at Arcadia High. She was a member of the FC Slammers club team last season that won the state and regional championship.

Jessica Potter, D, Newport Beach (Mater Dei HS) -- Potter played as a member of the Australian U-19 National Team last year and is rated among Student Sports' Top 100 recruits. She was a member of the U-18 SoCal Blues soccer club team that won the California Premier League championship and is a teammate of fellow USC signee Janessa Currier. She earned All-CIF honorable mention recognition last year in her junior season at Mater Dei High.

Amy Rodriguez, F, Lake Forest (Santa Margarita HS) -- Rodriguez is the centerpiece of the Women of Troy's recruiting class. She was listed by Soccer America as one of the top 11 players at the 2004 U-19 Women's World Cup in Thailand after Team USA earned the bronze medal. She is listed by Student Sports as the top 2005 college recruit in the nation. Her National Team experience includes stints with the U-16, U-17 and U-19 squads since 2001. She is a two-time NSCAA and Parade All-American, earning honors in 2003 and 2004.

Stacey Strong, D, Santa Rosa (Montgomery HS) -- Strong was a member of the 2004 Montgomery High squad that was ranked No. 1 in the nation by the NSCAA after a perfect 22-0 season and named most valuable player of the Empire League. She is rated among Student Sports' Top 100 recruits. She was also a member of the Santa Rosa United U-17 club team that won the 2004 Nor-Cal State Cup title.

Maryhelen Tomer, F, Diamond Bar (Diamond Ranch HS) -- Tomer is a 2004 NSCAA/adidas Girls' All-American and played on the 2004 U.S. U-17 National Team. She is rated among Student Sports' Top 100 recruits. Currently in her 2005 senior season at Diamond Ranch High, Tomer has scored 41 goals in 18 games.

The Women of Troy finished the 2004 season with a 9-9-1 overall record and return seven starters.

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