Cal Inks Five New Golden Bears
Feb. 6, 2009
BERKELEY - The California women's soccer team has signed five outstanding recruits to national letters of intent, Cal head coach Neil McGuire announced Friday. Lauren Battung, Jessica Clark, Amanda Glass, Lauren Hein and Samantha Walker will all join the Golden Bears in fall 2009. This year, Cal finished the season at a 10-9-1 overall clip and went 3-5-1 in the competitive Pac-10. With its 2008 at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament, Cal earned its 16th playoff bid, the 10th in the last 11 years and the fifth consecutive.
Lauren Battung, a forward/midfielder, prepped Chaminade High School in the San Fernando Valley. Battung attended the 2006 Under-15 National Team camp and the national development training camp in 2007 for the Olympic Development Program (ODP). An ODP state and regional team member from 2004-08, the West Hills, Calif., native as a member of the Cal South G91 ODP Team that were Region IV champions from 2006-08, semifinalists in 2008 and finalist in 2007. Battung was named the player of the year and the MVP of the Mission League in 2008 and MVP of her Chaminade High School team after pacing the squad in goals. Battung was the captain and starting forward for her Under-17 club team, which were North-South California champions and Coast Soccer League Premier champions. She also won the Surf Cup in 2008 with her Under-20 team and in 2006 on an Under-16 squad. Battung was also active in her high school outside of athletics with years spent in the California Scholarship Federation, and Key Club.
Jessica Clark, who hails from Mateca, Calif., is a 5-9 central defender. She attended the Region IV ODP National Camp for the U-14s, went to Costa Rica with the Under-15 ODP Region IV Team and was named the defensive MVP of that tournament, participated in the U16 Adidas ESP Camp. Clark has been playing on ODP teams since her days as an Under-14 regional and state team member. She has been to the California State Cup four times - once as tournament champion (2006) and thrice as a finalist (2005, 2007-08). In 2008, she was a fall finalist for the Far West Regional League and first-place GSSL. In addition to being Region IV Champions in 2007, Clark and her ODP team were national champions. She was recognized by Soccer America as one of the top-100 Under-17 players.
Amanda Glass is a defender hailing from Danville, Calif. Glass was selected to the national select team Super Y ODP in 2006, and attended that team's camp in 2005, and went to the 2007 Nike Premier 50 National Camp. She was named a 2008 NSCAA All-American and a NCS scholar athlete in 2007 and '08. Glass has been playing with her club team, the Mustang Mavericks out of Danville, since 1999 and has been the club's co-captain since 2004, helping the squad to four Northern California State Championships (2002, '05, '07, '08). The Mavericks were also Far West Regional Spring League Champions in 2008 and quarterfinalists in 2005 and from 2007-08. She has four varsity letters at San Ramon Valley High School, where she led her team to three NCS 3A championships from 2006-08. Glass is a four-time winner of Renaissance Leadership Award, given for the student with the best GPA and varsity sport participation.
Lauren Hein is a goalkeeper and comes to Cal by way of Tustin, Calif. After playing four years for Orange Soccer Club and two with the Slammers Futbol Club, Hein currently competes on the G19 premier team. She trains with Slammers' goalie trainer Fabian Cerutti, and the US Men's National Team goalie trainer, Zak Abdel. During her freshman and sophomore years at Tustin High School, Hein was captain and most valuable player of the JV team, and occasionally spent time playing in goal for the varsity team. Hein has spent the past two years on the varsity team as co-captain and earned placement on the all-league first team as well as named MVP last season. Hein excels in the classroom, boasting a 4.8 grade-point average, spending all seven completed semesters on the honor roll and, earning a 2009 National Merit Commended Student accolade. She also participates in Model United Nations, earning three gavels, which is the highest award given in Model UN.
Samantha Walker was selected to the Olympic Development Program from 2005-07 and was a national select team member in 2005 and an alternate in 2005. In 2007, she played on an ODP team that played in the Super Y league national championship tournament, where she was named to the all-tournament select team. With her club team, Walker competed in the U.S. Club Regional Championships in 2006, which they won, and went on to the national tournament, win which he was named to the tournament all-star team. Walker is a four-year varsity letterwinner out of Clayton Valley High School in nearby Concord, Calif., where she led the team in assists and was second in scoring for three years and leads her team in scoring this year. She has been named to three all-league team with her highest yet coming in her junior year with placement on the first team. She was also named the CVHS team MVP. She also competed on an AAU team, lettered in varsity track for three years and was an NCS qualifier in the 100-meter dash.