Sun Devil Soccer Inks Nine to National Letters of Intent
Feb. 9, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University soccer program has signed nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, Head Coach Ray Leone announced Thursday. All nine incoming players will begin their studies and competitive careers with the Sun Devils in time for the 2006 collegiate season.
The 2006 recruit class includes Brittney Doty (Sierra, Calif./Sierra HS), Liz Harkin (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), Lindsey Johns (Sacramento, Calif./Rio Americana HS) Carly Kallas (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham HS), Alexi Mann (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon HS), Rachel Newell (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills HS), Dante Perea (Denver, Colo./Cherry Creek HS), Emily Stewart (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista HS) and Lindsay Williams (Grapevine, Texas/Colleyville Heritage HS).
'We will be a very young and exciting team next year,' Leone said. 'This is a very athletic and talented group that will represent Arizona State University soccer well. This class is academically strong and possesses a great amount of character. I look forward to what they will contribute to this program in the years to come.'
Leone's class, which will join a group of 17 returning players from the 2005 roster, features a versatile group of athletes with seven of the nine signees having played multiple positions on the pitch in their high school and club days. Here is what Leone had to say about the latest additions to the Sun Devil soccer program:
'Brittney will bring a much needed physical presence to the Sun Devils next season,' Leone said. 'She is fast, tough and very physical in the air.'
Doty not only excelled on the field, but off it as well as she attained several scholar-athlete awards during her prep career at Sierra High School.
'Liz is a true competitor,' Leone said. 'It doesn't matter what position she plays; she plays all out every time she laces the boots up.'
Harkin established herself as the top offensive player in GBHS history as she ended her three-year career as the school's record holder for goals with 55. A two-time First Team All-Metro and two-time league MVP honoree, Harkin also earned the 2004 Placer County Player of the Year award while also being selected her team's offensive MVP all three years she played. Away from GBHS, Harkin was a member of the California North ODP team was a Region IV camp participant and a Super Y-League National Camp member.
'Lindsey is as smooth as it gets on the ball, she is an awesome possession player that will fit in great with our style of play.'
Johns brings national experience to the squad after competing on the 2005 US Club National Team as well as the 2004 US Club Regional Team. A member of the Region IV pool for one year, Johns also was a four-year member of the California North ODP team. She also was selected as her school's Athlete of the Year in 2002-03.
'Carly is one of the best players in the country in the air,' Leone said. 'This will help us a lot in the competitive league that we play in.'
Kallas comes to Tempe following five years of competition for the state's ODP, as well as being a two-time regional camp player. While competing for her high school team, she also was twice named first-team all-state while helping the team win a state championship.
'Lexi is an excellent athlete that can play anywhere on the field,' Leone said. 'She has played and succeeded with her club team at every level and we are excited Lexi is in our program.'
Mann twice helped her high school team win the state 5A championship crown and reach the state semifinals one other time as well as winning three regional crowns where she recorded 18 goals and 12 assists. While playing for Club Sereno (2003-04), Mann helped her team win the state title before finishing the campaign as a Far West Region IV finalist. Mann also was a member of the Arizona state ODP pool in 2003.
'Rachell is as fast as they come,' Leone said. 'She is a back with the ability to chase anyone down in the country.'
Newell played three years for her varsity team and was selected as the Rookie of the Year. A scholar-athlete every year of high school, Newell was a second team all-league selection.
'Dante is a fast forward that will bring the dimension that every team needs, pace up front,' Leone said.
Perea comes to Tempe following a prep career in which she was selected first-team all-league three times and twice selected all-state. The league's leading scorer as a sophomore and junior, Perea also was the State Cup MVP and chosen Best of the Best at forward by the Rocky Mountain News. She also led her state ODP team in scoring for three years, including 2003, 2004 and 2005.
'Emily is another competitive player in the classroom and off,' Leone said. 'She has `off the chart' desire to succeed and we expect great things from Emily.'
Stewart excelled for both her her high school and club teams as she helped Mountian Vista HS win the state championship. A three-year participant in the Colorado ODP, Stewart was a three-time all-league selection and was twice named her high school squad's Most Inspirational Player.
'Lindsay is a fiesty Texan with an ability to find the back of the net or play someone in,' Leone said.
Williams enjoyed a solid high school career as she lettered four years for a team ranked among the Top 10 nationally and also finished ranked No. 1 in the nation in 2003. During the 2004 season, she recorded 17 points en route to earning all-district honors.
|2006 Arizona State Soccer Signees|
|Name||Position(s)||Hometown||High School||Club Team|
|Brittney Doty||D/MF/F||Sierra, Calif.||Sierra HS||San Juan Spirits of `88|
|Liz Harkin||MF/F||Granite Bay, Calif.||Granite Bay HS||San Juan Spirits of `88|
|Lindsey Johns||D/MF||Sacramento, Calif.||Rio Americana HS||San Juan Spirits of `88|
|Carly Kallas||D/MF||South Jordan, Utah||Bingham HS||Utah Avalanche|
|Alexi Mann||D/F||Scottsdale, Ariz.||Horizona HS||Sereno|
|Rachel Newell||D||Laguna Niguel, Calif.||Dana Hills HS||So Cal Blues|
|Dante Perea||F||Denver, Colo.||Cherry Creek HS||Colorado Soccer Academy|
|Emily Stewart||D/MF||Highlands Ranch, Colo.||Mountain Vista HS||Real Colorado|
|Lindsay Williams||MF/F||Grapevine, Texas||Colleyville Heritage HS||Dallas Texans|