UW Women's Soccer Team Signs Five Fantastic Recruits

Feb. 6, 2008

SEATTLE - Five outstanding prep standouts, including two-time Washington state Player of the Year Kate Deines, signed letters of intent to attend the University of Washington, women's soccer coach Lesle Gallimore announced Wednesday.

Projected as a midfielder with the Huskies, Deines is a two-time recipient of the Gatorade State Player of the Year award and four-time all-state selection from Issaquah (Wash.) High School. She led her prep squad to three Class AAA state titles in four championship game appearances.

Deines registered 22 goals and four assists during her senior year for Issaquah, which finished its second straight undefeated season with a 19-0-1 record. Issaquah posted a 75-5-3 record in Deines' four years as she amassed 76 career goals, including the game-winner against Seattle Prep in the 71st minute of the 2007 state final.

'Kate Deines is one of the most technically sound players I have seen in a long time,' exclaimed Gallimore. 'She is a very complete player who is extremely self-motivated to become the best. She is a proven winner on and off the field and brings all of the positive intangibles with her that we as a program value.'

Two other UW signees hail from the state of Washington, forward Sarah Martinez from Mt. Rainer High School in Des Moines and midfielder Kelli Stewart from Kamiak High School in Mukilteo. Two stellar West Coast recruits also selected Washington over numerous other colleges. Kari Davidson is a goalkeeper from Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore. and Alex Webber, a forward from Poway (Calif.) High School.

'This is an exceptional group of student-athletes and we are extremely proud to be able to call them Huskies,' Gallimore said. 'Overall, the things I believe that will set them apart and make them exceptional are their athleticism, their soccer savvy and their winning attitudes. They are truly a great group of young women.'

Martinez compiled 15 goals and 14 assists during her senior season, leading Mt. Rainier to the state Class AAA playoffs. She was voted the co-MVP of the Seamount League. Martinez completed her career with 52 goals and 45 assists. At UW, she will be reunited with her former Mt. Rainier teammate Nikki Murray, a defender for the Huskies. Martinez is an excellent all-around athlete who also collected three-time all-league honors in softball and was a second-team all-league pick in basketball.

'Sarah Martinez brings physicality and a competitive fire to the game that will help her thrive at the Division I level and in the Pac-10. She is strong and tremendous in the air, which is a positive from a defensive and attacking point of view,' Gallimore said. 'Sarah is a player who will show quick improvement when challenged by the college soccer environment.'

Stewart helped Kamiak to a 12-4-1 record as she led the WesCo Conference South Division with 28 goals and 12 assists. Included in those totals were a three-goal, four assist game. Stewart was a three-time All-WesCo Conference and all-area selection. She received second-team all-state accolades in 2007. Stewart also competed in track and field at Kamiak and competed in the state championship meet last spring.

'Kelli Stewart brings with her tremendous athletic ability and a willingness to work extremely hard. She can get up and down the field very well and her pace and skill make her a great attacking threat,' Gallimore describes. 'Her uplifting demeanor, quiet confidence and potential to develop into an exceptional player are what drew our staff to Kelli.'

Davidson was named the top goalkeeper at the Nike Premier Training camp. She led Jesuit to Portland's Metro League championship and was a first-team all-league and honorable mention all-state honoree as a senior. She registered 37 career shutouts for her prep squad. Also a standout in track and field, Davidson comes from a family with a fine athletic legacy. Her mother, Leah, was a member of Portland State's 1984 NCAA Division II volleyball champions and her father, Rich, played football at Washington from 1966 to 1969.

'We are extremely excited to have Kari joining our goalkeeper corps. She is a technically clean goalkeeper with good size and range,' said Gallimore. 'She has a great demeanor for the position and can develop into a real presence in the net for us.'

Webber is a dangerous forward who tallied 18 goals and nine assists during her senior season a Poway. She received All-Palomar League, All-North County and All-Section Division I honors. She thrived with the RSF Attack and RB Renegades club squads and scored 11 of her team's 16 goals during the 2005 Southern California Open State Cup. Webber also lettered in track and field and volleyball at Poway.

'Alex Webber is a workhorse up front and can create as well as score goals. She is extremely strong and mobile and a difficult player for opponents to handle,' Gallimore remarked. 'Alex has a great sense of the game and always does a good job of making those around her better.'

The five signees will fill the void left by the departure of six seniors, many of them who helped the Huskies advance to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2004. Washington completed the 2007 season with a 5-13-1 record.

'As a group they will have an immediate and positive impact in our program and we're proud to finally call them Huskies,' Gallimore remarked. 'We're looking forward to seeing all of them in purple and gold come August.'

Kari Davidson
GK, 5-10, Portland, Ore. (Jesuit/FC Portland)

Kate Deines
MF, 5-9, Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah/Eastside FC '88 Red)

Sarah Martinez
F, 5-8, Des Moines, Wash. (Mount Rainier/HPFC Eagles)

Kelli Stewart
MF/F, 5-7, Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak/Emerald City FC)

Alex Webber
F, 5-5, Poway, Calif. (Poway/RSF Attack)

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