Cal Adds Five Players to 2005 Roster

Feb. 8, 2005

BERKELEY - The California women's soccer has added five new players to its 2005 roster - four freshmen and one transfer student - head coach Kevin Boyd announced Tuesday.

Katherine Daiss, Valerie Barnes, Nkechi Kanu and Torrey Delaplane each signed National Letters of Intent with the Bears, with transfer Julia Schnugg joining the squad from Florida State.

'As a whole, we really filled our needs,' head coach Kevin Boyd said. 'We didn't graduate anyone off last year's team, so we looked at what we could add in terms of depth and competition.'

Daiss, a midfielder from the Menlo School in Atherton, was a member of the 2004 ODP Far West Regional team. She won both league and team MVP honors as a junior on top of all-league honors each of her first three years. In addition to her success in soccer, she was also a league finalist in the 400 meters as a member of the track team.

'Katherine is the most versatile player of the group,' Boyd said. 'She is very athletic and technically sound, and attacks well with her left foot.'

As leading scorer for the DVSC Black Pearl club team, Barnes led her squad to the California North State Cup championship four times. A league MVP, she set her Berean Christian High School record for scoring in her first three seasons and is currently the league's leading scorer.

'Valerie is somewhat of an unknown in the this area,' Boyd said of his new forward who is missing her senior season due to injury. 'She finishes very well with both feet.'

In three seasons at Foothill High School, Kanu has received all-league honors twice, including MVP accolades in 2004, as a defender. In 2002, she began participating as a member of the ODP state team. Kanu led her club squad, the Pleasanton Rage, to the California North State Cup championship twice and to the final of the Far West Regionals. As a member of her high school track team, she has earned league titles in the 100m, 200m and long jump.

'She is super fast,' Boyd said of Kanu. 'She is also strong technically and can handle the ball well. We think she can contend for a spot right off the bat.'

Delaplane set a variety of records in her three seasons as a forward at Valley Center High School, including goals, assists and points in both a single-season and career. She was named first team all-league, in addition to All-North County for each of those seasons. Her team voted her Offensive MVP in 2002 and 2003 and overall team MVP in 2004. She took the San Diego Surf Club team to both the California South State Cup and Surf Cup finals.

'Torrey plays for the top club team in the country,' Boyd said. 'She is very fast and loves to get behind teams. She adds depth to our front line.'

Schnugg, who is enrolled at Cal this semester and will be a junior with two years of eligibility remaining in the fall, earned second team All-ACC honors at FSU last fall when she led the Seminoles in scoring with 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists). As a freshman, she helped her squad to the Final Four of the College Cup and was a member of the ACC All-Freshman squad. Originally from Monte Vista High School in Alamo, Calif., Schnugg was a member of the Under-19 National team in 2003.

'Having Jessica join our program is a pleasant surprise,' Boyd said. 'Anyone that has Under-19 and Final Four experience is a great addition to the team. We expect her to make an impact immediately.'

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