ASU Women's Soccer Signs 10 Players
Feb. 4, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State head women’s soccer coach Kevin Boyd today announced that 10 student-athletes – Bianca Doller, Alyssa Freeman, Alyssa Gillmore, Sierra Joseph, Amanda Luxford, Taylor McCarter, Miah Mollay, Aissa Sanchez, Nicki Stone, and Kiara Williams – have signed national letters of intent to study and play soccer at Arizona State.
“This is not only a very talented and athletic class, but it will be one of the most impactful classes in terms of immediate help to a program,” Boyd said. “It is a deep class with a lot of pace and athleticism. Members of this class will be immediately challenging for starting spots. I am really excited because their impact on our program will be significant.”
Doller has been playing soccer in Arizona at Marcos de Niza High School where she is the school’s record holder for most career goals (75), most goals in a season (25), most goals in a game (6) and most assists in a season (16). The 5A Division II Co-Player of the Year in 2008, Doller has twice been named to the 5A Division II all-state team. Last season she helped lead her team to the state quarterfinals. Doller was also an adidas ESP player and a member of the state of Arizona’s ODP team and Region IV camp.
“I think Bianca may be the steal of the class and I say that because I don’t think the attention she got in the recruiting process was commensurate with the kind of talent she has,” Boyd said. “She is a very talented player. I rate her as a forward, but she can play in midfield and in the back. She is athletic, strong, not afraid to get physical and she has a knack for finding the goal.”
Freeman will be staying close to home to play soccer. The Mesa, Ariz., product has helped her Red Mountain High School team to East Valley region championships each of the last four years. In 2007 she was named second-team East Valley all-region. A member of the state of Arizona’s ODP program in 2007-08, Freeman has also played for Mesa Soccer Club United since 2005. She helped her club team to a second-place finish in state each of the last two years. Also an outstanding distance runner, Freeman was a three-time MVP of her cross country team.
“Alyssa is a player who caught our eye and really impressed us when she came to our camp,” Boyd said. “She is strong and powerful, is good in the air, has good speed and can find the goal.”
Gillmore comes out of Colorado where her club team, Real Colorado National, won the state cup in 2008. She has been a starter at goalkeeper all four years for her high school team at Chatfield, where she has been on the all-conference team every year, including last season when she was awarded the Jefferson County League MVP award and was named the league player of the year by the Rocky Mountain News.
“Alyssa is goalkeeper whose strongest trait is her tremendous work ethic,” Boyd said. “She is a solid keeper who we expect to come in and contest for time right away and will continue to build on her skills, progressing every year she is here.”
A three-time first-team all-league defender, Joseph will be joining the Sun Devils from Mountain Vista High School in Colorado. A three-year captain at Mountain Vista, Joseph has twice been named her team’s defensive MVP. She helped lead her club team to U15, U16 and U18 state titles and her U17 team to the state championship game. Joseph, who has been in national camp, has also been a member of the state’s U14-U18 ODP program and was also on the Region IV ODP team.
“Sierra is a center back, who is very athletic and strong,” Boyd said. “One of her greatest traits is her communication skills. She is very comfortable in her communication, and uses it in a way that makes people more productive. She is a natural leader.”
Luxford will be joining the Sun Devil soccer program from one of the top high school teams in the country, Foothill High School in Pleasanton, Calif., which has held a Fab 50 No. 1 ranking this season. The four-year starter at defender has twice been named second-team all-league. She helped lead her club team, Pleasanton Rage, to the state title in 2006 and state title game appearances each of the last two seasons and to a Far West region championship in 2007.
“Amanda is a player who we are bringing in as a defensive center-mid,” Boyd said. “Her ability to serve a variety of distance balls is tremendous. She hits balls that are very rare in the women’s game.”
McCarter will be staying in-state to play collegiate soccer as she will be coming to Tempe from Sahuarita High School, located outside of Tucson. McCarter, who has also played club soccer the last four years for the Tucson Rush, was Sahuarita’s team captain both her freshman and sophomore seasons. She would go on to earn team MVP honors following both seasons. McCarter, who also maintains a 4.0 GPA at Sahuarita, is also a member of the state’s ODP team.
“Taylor is a player you have to watch to realize how good she is,” Boyd said. “She is a center-mid who handles the ball and plays a nice two-touch style. Once you coach her you realize how good she is. Taylor is a player who I think will do very well in our program right away.”
Mollay will be coming to ASU from Boise, Id., where she was the state of Idaho’s Player of the Year in 2008. This past season Mollay, who is a nominee for the state of Idaho’s Gatorade Player of the Year award, helped lead Boise High School to its first district title since 2004 and an appearance in the state semifinals. In 2007 Mollay scored a team-high 18 goals and earned first-team all-state honors in helping her squad to the state consolation championship.
“Miah is a strong, powerful, physical player,” Boyd said. “She is very fast and is a player who opposing teams find difficult to defend. She is constantly running and getting in behind teams. Her power, strength and her speed combined with her aggressiveness to goal sets her apart.”
Sanchez will be arriving at ASU from Glendora High School in Glendora, Calif., where she has been named first-team all-league each of the last two seasons in addition to captaining her squad all four years. She has also been a starting forward/midfielder the last eight years for her club team, Glendora FC where she helped lead her U16 team to the state championship. In addition to her soccer accomplishments, Sanchez has also been a decorated cross country and track athlete, earning all-league honors in both sports.
“Aissa was recruited as a center-mid even though she plays forward for her club team,” Boyd said. “She is extremely mobile and quick, has good technical skills and has the ability to quickly cover space.”
Stone will be arriving at ASU from New Jersey, where she piled up several honors, including NSCAA All-America honors, as a member of the Gloucester Catholic girls’ soccer team. She has also been part of the national pool in 2006 and was on the East regional team from 2005-08. As a freshman in 2005, Stone helped lead her team to a perfect 22-0 record and the state title as she scored the first two goals in Gloucester’s eventual 3-0 state title game victory. In 2006 Stone was named the recipient of the Clay Award, given to the girls’ soccer player of the year, and was a nominee for the state of New Jersey’s Gatorade Player of the Year award. In 2008 she helped lead her club team, Mt. Laurel United Fire, win the state cup championship.
“Nicki is a forward who has a knack for scoring goals,” Boyd said. “She really understands the game and because of that she puts herself in dangerous sports. She has a very good instinct to go to goal and put herself into scoring position.”
Williams will be coming to ASU from Seattle, Wash., where she was a two-time first-team all-KingCo selection at forward for Skyline High School. This past fall, Williams, who was the team’s MVP in 2007 and 2008 and was a member of the Nike Elite 50 in 2007, led her team with eight goals and eight assists as Skyline captured its first ever state title. She would go on to earn all-state honors from the Associated Press. An accomplished track athlete as well, in 2008 Williams finished third in state in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 4x200 relay and was on the state champion 4x100 relay.
“Kiara is super fast,” Boyd said. “Anytime you get a state medalist in track, especially in the hurdles, you have an extremely fast soccer player. Her coach told me she was the fastest soccer player coming out of Washington. We are looking at her as a wide back to give her some room to run and go at people. She is another one who I expect will help us right away.”