UW Women Net Eight Recruits on Signing Day
Feb. 2, 2005
SEATTLE - Eight outstanding high school student-athletes, three from the state of California, signed letters of intent to attend the University of Washington, women's soccer coach Lesle Gallimore announced Wednesday.
'This group is very skillful and very knowledgeable about the game of soccer,' exclaimed Gallimore. 'All of them have had great club soccer experience and have been coached by some of the best youth coaches in America.'
UW's 2005 recruiting class is led by Melissa Beal, a St. Mary's Academy standout from Portland, Ore. Beal was the recipient of the Oregon Class 4A State Player of the Year award during her senior season.
'A strong athletic forward that loves to score goals.' Gallimore describes. 'Melissa will have an immediate impact on our team. She will definitely help to fill the void left by the graduation of Tina Frimpong.'
The Huskies will also add a decorated prep goalkeeper to their roster. Taylor Carr from Marymount High School in Los Angeles, Calif. twice helped lead her team to the Division-5A semifinals of the state playoffs. She was named the Sunshine League MVP during her sophomore and junior seasons.
'Taylor has a ton of potential and a willingness to work hard,' Gallimore said. 'Taylor will be a great addition to our goalkeeping corps.'
Taylor will be joined by two other prep players from the state of California. Jenna Robison from Grenanda High School in Livermore, Calif. will compete for a spot at midfield while Katie Gregiore from Carondelet High School in Clayton, Calif. will bolster UW's defensive corps.
Robison was a three-time high school letter recipient who captained her team as a senior.
'She has a tremendous touch, reads the game very well and is able to distribute the ball with a sophistication seen in much older players,' said Gallimore. 'Jenna is an intelligent player with a huge upside to her game.'
A four-year letterwinner, Gregoire helped her team to first-place division finish during each of her final three seasons.
'Katie is good defender that has the potential to dominate in the air,' said Gallimore. 'Katie's distribution from the back can stretch other teams and she brings a lot of positive attributes to our team.'
The new class also features two players from the state of Washington, adding to a roster that already has nine in-state players returning next season.
Defender Katie Hall is a two-time first-team All-KingCo selection from Woodinville (Wash.) High School. She also captained the Washington state Olympic Development Team from 2002-2004.
'A tough and tenacious defender, Katie is a true competitor,' stated Gallimore. 'Her training habits alone make her a player that you want on your team. Katie will be able to contribute at center back right away.'
The other recruit from Washington is Erin Foley from Seattle's Bishop Blanchet High School who received first-team All-Metro League accolades
'A tireless worker both offensively and defensively, Erin is an extremely consistent player and can play in the midfield or at the back for us. She is the consummate teammate,' remarked Gallimore.
A prominent player from the club ranks is defender Jenna Kozakiewicz from Westview High School in Phoenix, Ariz. She is a product of the prolific Sereno Soccer Club that produced an entire team of NCAA Division I signees. Kozakiewicz participated with the Arizona ODP team for six straight years and was in the National Team pool in 2000 and 2001.
'Jenna is proof that great things come in small packages,' Gallimore said of the 5-foot Kozakiewicz. 'She is a very mature player with great leadership skills and is the type of player that will automatically raise the level of play of those around her.'
The UW recruit from the greatest distance away is forward Tara Hodgson who will be the first player in Husky history from the state of Tennessee. A four-year letterwinner at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tenn., she led her prep squad in goals and assists each season. Hodgson was a four-time all-state selection.
'Tara is fit and athletic as well as skillful,' explains Gallimore. 'She has a great game sense and is very passionate about soccer. She has the potential to be a consistent goal scorer as well.'
The eight UW signees seek to fill the void left by the departure of seven seniors. Among that group is two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year Frimpong, who completed her career as Washington's all-time scoring leader with 42 career goals.
The departing seniors participated in three NCAA Tournaments during their four years at UW. The Huskies registered a 17-5-1 record in 2004 and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
'Most importantly, these young women are all serious about their education and are committed to being the best student-athletes they can be. We are now proud to call them Huskies and are very anxious to get them on campus this August,' Gallimore concludes.
'Our 2005 team will be one of the youngest teams we've ever fielded, but one that we feel will show tremendous growth during the season as we look to maintain the high standards that were set by previous Husky teams.'
Washington 2005 Women's Soccer Letter of Intent Signees
Melissa Beal, forward, Portland, Ore. (St. Mary's Academy)
Taylor Carr, goalkeeper, Culver City, Calif. (Marymount High School)
Erin Foley, midfielder, Seattle, Wash. (Bishop Blanchet High School)
Katie Gregoire, midfielder, Clayton, Calif. (Carondelet High School)
Katie Hall, defender, Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville High School)
Tara Hodgson, forward, Franklin, Tenn. (Battle Ground Academy)
Jenna Kozakiewicz, defender, Phoenix, Ariz. (Westview High School)
Jenna Robison, midfielder, Livermore, Calif. (Granada High School)
2005 Washington Women's Soccer Letter of Intent Signee Profiles
Forward, Portland, Ore. (St. Mary's Academy)
Four year letter winner at St. Mary's Academy High School.
Served as team captain during her senior year.
High school team reached the state semi-finals during her sophomore and senior years.
Named First Team All Mt. Hood, Mt. Hood Player of the Year, and 4A State Player of the year as a senior.
Coach Gallimore on Melissa Beal:
'A strong athletic forward that loves to score goals. Melissa will have an immediate impact on our team. She will definitely help to fill the void left by the graduation of Tina Frimpong.'
Goalkeeper, Culver City, Calif. (Marymount High School)
Four-year letterwinner at Marymount High School.
Recorded a school-record 16 shutouts during the 2002-2003 season.
Team was league champions twice and reached the semi-finals of the state playoffs twice.
MVP of the Sunshine League during her sophomore and junior seasons and was a three-time first-team selection.
High school team captain during her junior and senior seasons.
Named MVP Goalkeeper of the 2003 Surf Cup Invitational where her club team took first place.
Also participated in track & field and softball during high school.
Coach Gallimore on Taylor Carr:
'An athletic goalkeeper with terrific instincts. Taylor has a ton of potential and a willingness to work hard. Taylor will be a great addition to our goalkeeping corps.'
Midfielder, Seattle, Wash. (Bishop Blanchet High School)
Named First Team All-Metro during her sophomore and senior campaigns.
Served as team captain as a senior.
Earned All-Metro honorable mention acclaim, all-star and team MVP honors as a senior.
During her senior year, she scored eight goals and distributed eight assists.
Coach Gallimore on Erin Foley:
'A tireless worker both offensively and defensively, Erin is an extremely consistent player and can play in the midfield or at the back for us. She is the consummate teammate.'
Defender, Clayton, Calif. (Carondelet High School)
Four-year letter winner at Carondelet High School.
High school squad finished first in the BVAL, North Coast Section during final three seasons.
Served as team captain her senior year.
Named North Coast Section Scholar Athlete during her freshman and sophomore campaigns.
Coach Gallimore on Katie Gregoire:
'Katie is a good defender that has the potential to dominate in the air. Katie's distribution from the back can stretch other teams and she brings a lot of positive attributes to our team. Katie has a very bright future.'
Defender, Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville High School)
Three-year letterwinner at Woodinville High School.
Named first-team All-KingCo 4A as a junior and senior after being honorable mention her sophomore year.
Woodinville's team captain her senior year and also named team MVP following the season.
Captained the Washington State Olympic Development (ODP) team from 2002-04.
Completed more than 250 hours of community service while in high school.
Played for the FC Eastside Red 86 under former Husky player and current assistant coach, Tami Bennett.
Her sister, Kelsey, played rugby for three years at the University of Idaho.
Coach Gallimore on Katie Hall:
'A tough and tenacious defender, Katie is a true competitor. Her training habits alone make her a player that you want on your team. Katie will be able to contribute at center back right away.'
Forward, Franklin, Tenn. (Battle Ground Academy)
Four-year letterwinner at Battle Ground Academy.
Named to the All-State, All-County, and All-Region teams all four years.
Earned team Offensive Player of the Year honors as a senior.
Lead team in both goals and assists all four years.
Lettered in swimming during her freshman and senior campaigns, including team MVP honors as a freshman.
Was a member of the National Honor Society.
Coach Gallimore on Tara Hodgson:
'Our first player from Tennessee. Tara is fit and athletic as well as skillful. She has a great game sense and is very passionate about soccer; she has the potential to be a consistent goal scorer as well.'
Defender, Phoenix, Ariz. (Westview High School)
Named first-team All-Region as a freshman at Westview HS.
Scored 10 goals and tallied 18 assists during her senior season.
Was a National Pool Player in 2000 and 2001.
Played on the Arizona State Olympic Development Team (ODP) from 1998-2003.
Captained her club team for seven consecutive seasons from 1998-2005.
Ranked No. 1 among her senior class of 613 students with a GPA of 4.6.
Every player on her Sereno Soccer Club team will participate in Division-I soccer.
Coach Gallimore on Jenna Kozakiewicz:
'A gritty and fiery player. Jenna is proof that great things come in small packages. She is a very mature player with great leadership skills and is the type of player that will automatically raise the level of play of those around her.'
Midfielder, Livermore, Calif. (Granada High School)
Three-year letterwinner at Granada High School.
Captained her high school team during her senior season.
Named all-league honorable mention during her freshman campaign.
Twice a member of the champion of the NorCal State Tournament.
Participated in the Region IV ODP Camp in 2002 and 2003.
Played with six others who made verbal commitments to Division-I schools.
Uncle, Mark, played soccer at California.
Coach Gallimore on Jenna Robison:
'Jenna will be a great playmaker for us. She has a tremendous touch, reads the game very well and is able to distribute the ball with a sophistication seen in much older players. Jenna is an intelligent player with a huge upside to her game.'