Stanford Inks Six of the Nation's Best for 2008-09

Feb. 15, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's soccer program has signed six of the nation's top high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, announced Head Coach Paul Ratcliffe this week. Shira Averbuch, Katie Finley, Camille Levin, Teresa Noyola, Lindsay Taylor and Kristina Zurmuhlen have all committed to play for the Cardinal in 2008-09.

Five members of the class have experience with the U.S. National Team program. As a group, the six players have combined for nine NSCAA All-America honors as well as numerous all-conference and all-state accolades.

Averbuch, a native of Montclair, NJ, is a two-time NSCAA Youth All-American, earning a spot among the nation's most elite young players in both 2006 and 2007. The midfielder is also a veteran of the U.S. National Team program, having competed with the U-15, U-16 and U-17 squads over the past three years. At Montclair High School, she was a four-time first-team all-conference performer and a 2007 New Jersey All-State First Team selection.

Finley, a forward/midfielder from San Diego, has been a standout at Francis Parker School for the last four years. Last season, she captained the team and earned her fourth consecutive all-league honor. In 2006, Finley was named the San Diego Union Tribune Scholar-Athlete of the Year. During the club season, she competes for Surf Soccer, and led the team to the 2006 Chivas Cup Championship. Also a standout in track, Finley was named the team's MVP as a junior.

Levin, hailing from Newport Coast, Calif., is a standout defender from Tarbut V' Torah High School. A two-time NSCAA Youth All-American, Levin's accomplishments also include three USYSA State Championships and two U.S. Soccer Club National Championships. In addition, Levin is a seasoned member of the U.S. National Team program. A recent selection to the U-20 National Team pool, she has played for the U-16, U-17, and U-18 squads and been a part of the U-14 and U-15 National Team pools.

Noyola, considered the nation's No. 1 recruit, comes to the Farm from nearby Palo Alto High School. Touted as one of the nation's best all-around players, the multi-talented midfielder will bring versatility to the Cardinal lineup. She is the reigning Parade High School Player of the Year as well as the NSCAA National High School Player of the Year. Her list of accolades also includes the 2006 NSCAA Youth National Player of the Year award and the 2007 NSCAA Scholar of the Year award. Like many of her fellow signees, Noyola boasts a wealth experience in the U.S. National Team program. A current member of the U-20 team, she competed for the U-17 squad from 2005-2007 and the U-16 squad in 2005 and 2006. Noyola is also a four-time Olympic Development Program participant, having played with the Region IV Team in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008.

Taylor also comes to the Farm from just down the road, hailing from local Los Altos. A standout from Castilleja High School in Palo Alto, she is a two-time NSCAA Youth All-American and 2007 Parade All-American. Taylor is yet another player with U.S. National Team experience, competing with the U-17 squad in 2006. Along with Noyola, Taylor competes for the MVLA Mercury.

Zurmuhlen is a midfielder from Fall Mountain Regional High School in Langdon, NH where she owns the school record for career goals and assists. A member of the U-20 National Team pool, she is a two-time New Hampshire Gatorade State Player of the Year and the 2007 NSCAA High School New Hampshire Player of the Year. A four-time first-team All-New Hampshire selection, Zurmuhlen was also named to the 2007 NSCAA Girls' High School All-American Team.

'This 2008 recruiting class is an exceptional group of student-athletes,' said Ratcliffe. 'They are a technically-gifted group and all considered among the best players in the nation. I believe this class will be a great addition to an already talented team, which is very exciting for the future of our program.'

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