Oregon State Adds Seven Student-Athletes, Including Six Oregonians

Feb. 8, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State women's soccer coach Steve Fennah announced on the addition of seven recruits to the team for 2005. Among the recruits this time around are six Oregonians.

Tiffany Alvarez (midfield), Esme Arredondo (midfield/forward), Julie Arredondo (midfield/forward), McKenna Martindale (defense) and Samantha Pabst (defense) Kelsey Provo (forward) and Ashley Wood (goalkeeper/forward) are set to join the Beavers in the fall of 2005.

'As a staff, we're excited to add this group of athletes and pleased to get a good group of in-state players to commit to this program,' said Fennah. 'They are a group that allows us to continue to build upon the success of recent years.

Alvarez (Pomona, Calif./Pomona Catholic HS) helped lead her club team, Slammers FC coached by Walid Khoury, to a national championship in 2002 and again to the finals in 2004. She has been a member of the Cal South ODP Team. Alvarez also was invited to join the Mexican National Team.

'Tiffany is a talented midfield player who can play in any of the central roles,' said Fennah. ' She is a great passer of the ball and also can score goals. She is excellent in the air and is a threat from set pieces and she's just a great kid.'

Martindale (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge HS) plays club soccer for the Lake Oswego Defeeters leading the team to the state cup championship four of the last six years. A two-time team captain for her high school squad, Martindale has earned all-state honors on two occasions.

'McKenna is a strong and powerful defensive player,' said Fennah. 'She is very quick and read the game well. She will bring athleticism and determination to our defense.'

Wood (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS) played on Oregon's ODP team in 2004. She earned first-team, all-league as a forward in 2004. Wood plays club soccer for the OUSA Yellow squad.

'Ashley brings an interesting dymanic in that she received all-league honors as a forward, but will also be playing in the goal for OSU,' said Fennah. 'Her athleticism at both positions is very exciting.'

Esme Arredondo (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS) earned first-team, all-state honors as a senior and was selected as her league's Offensive Player of the Year.

'Esme is a player that reads the game well, and understands how to play,' said Fennah. 'She is very strong and determined in possession of the ball.'

Julie Arredondo (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS) earned third-team, all-state honors as a senior and first-team all-league as a junior and senior. Julie has been her club team's captain for four seasons.

'Julie brings good offensive capabilities and understand the game well,' said Fennah. 'She'll also bring great leadership to the team.'

Pabst (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon HS) helped lead her Sheldon High team to back-to-back state championships in 2003 and 2004 earning first-team, all-state honors as a senior.

'Samantha is a very fast and talented defender. She can play anywhere across the back line but could also step up into the midfield. She is very composed under pressure and has great vision and passing ability.'

Provo (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon HS) earned first-team, all-state honors after helping lead her high school team to its second straight state championship.

'Samantha is an exciting, strong, fast forward that has the ability to score important goals,' said Fennah. 'Her pace will trouble opponents. She will play up front but is also capable of playing at the wide midfield positions.'

The Arredondo's, Pabst and Provo are club teammates for the OUSA Breakers coached by former Oregon assistant John Keister. The foursome led the Breakers to the state cup championship in 2004 after reaching the final game in 2003.

'Overall this recruiting class brings a high level of athleticism and more than anything else they all understand how to play the game.'

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