Women's Soccer Announces Spring Signing Class
Feb. 19, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State women's soccer head coach Linus Rhode announced the 2009 recruiting class on Wednesday as the group features seven athletes graduating from high school this spring.
'Our 2009 class adds a whole new dimension to our team with a group of players that can play in several different positions,' Rhode said. 'For the past two seasons, we have had a very small roster and it will be nice to add a lot of quality and depth to the squad. These student-athletes will give us the ability to create a much more competitive environment in our program and we are very excited about each player and their future at Oregon State.'
The signing class includes the following players: Milan Cabrera (D, 5-8, Canyon Country, Calif.; Canyon High School), Amanda Griffin (GK, 5-9, Lake Oswego, Ore.; Lakeridge High School, Sarah Leads (F, 5-9, Carpinteria, Calif.; Santa Barbara High School), Lia Margolis (D, 5-5, Park City, Utah; Park City High School), Lindsay Meiggs (F, 5-8, Happy Valley, Ore.; Clackamas High School), Megan Miller (F/M, 5-6, Federal Way, Wash.; Todd Beamer High School) and Sierra Wang (M/D, 5-6, Tacoma, Wash.; Stadium High school).
Milan Cabrera (D, 5-8, Canyon Country, Calif.; Canyon High School)
Cabrera was named the Most Valuable Player during her final season at Canyon High School. She was also named first-team all-valley and first-team all-league for two consecutive seasons. She was named Defensive Player of the Year during her freshman season. Cabrera was a member of the Santa Clarita United club team for 10 years where she was team captain for eight of those seasons.
'Milan is a very smart defender and has all the tools to excel at Oregon State. She will provide us with a lot of flexibility to move players around in the backline and midfield,' Rhode said.
Amanda Griffin (GK, 5-9, Lake Oswego, Ore.; Lakeridge High School)
Griffin signs with Oregon State after a strong career at Lakeridge High School. During her senior season, she was named an honorable mention all-league selection in goal. The club teammate of signee of Lindsay Meiggs, Griffin played club soccer with Lake Oswego Soccer Club.
'Amanda is a tremendous athlete and has done a great job for her club in goal,' Rhode said. 'She has great potential and will give us more depth in that position.'
Sarah Leads (F, 5-9, Carpinteria, Calif.; Santa Barbara High School)
Leads signs with Oregon State after four standout seasons at Santa Barbara High School. She scored 54 goals and added 30 assists during her career and was named team most valuable player for three seasons. She was named all-league following her senior season after scoring 17 goals and adding seven assists. Leads played club soccer with the Camarillo Eagles and helped lead the squad to the Surf Cup Championship. The team was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the 2007 campaign.
'She has tremendous pace and the ability to take defenders on in the final third of the field,' Rhode said. 'She will add to our attacking options and give us some different looks.''
Lia Margolis (D, 5-5, Park City, Utah; Park City High School)
Margolis made it to the state championships every season she played at Park City High School. They were the regional champions during her senior year and finished second at the state championships. Margolis was a member of the Black Diamond soccer club, as well as the Utah Olympic Development Program state team where she was named team captain during the 2006 season. She was on the high school honor role and received the International Baccalaureate gold certificate for community service.
'Lia a very strong defender who has played against some of the top strikers in this region with her club and state team,' Rhode said. 'I think Lia has the attributes and the right mentality to make a difference in our program.'
Lindsay Meiggs (F, 5-8, Happy Valley, Ore.; Clackamas High School)
Meiggs scored 56 goals and tallied 43 assists during her career at Clackamas High School. During her senior year, she was named 3 Rivers League Player of the Year, first-team all-state and team captain. She earned a first-team all-league selection in each of her four seasons and was named team captain twice. She was a member of the U17 and U18 Lake Oswego club team and the Southside club team from U13-U16. She was also part of the Oregon 91's Olympic Development Program.
'Lindsay can play several different positions and always does a good job. She has a very good understanding of the game and with her athleticism she will be a player that will be able to step in and compete right away,' Rhode said.
Megan Miller (F/M, 5-6, Federal Way, Wash.; Todd Beamer High School)
Miller scored 31 goals and tallied 28 assists during her career at Todd Beamer High School. She led the team in assists with 11 and was third in the league for total points with 37. During her senior year, she was named team captain, first-team all-state, first-team all-area, first-team all-league and first-team all-city. She was part of the Washington Premier FC club team, the MRFC Santos 89 and the HSA Eagles. She was also on the Washington State '91 ODP team and the Washington State '91 ODP Pool. During the 2008 season, she helped lead her team to the finals of the Region IV Championships and at the Region IV Camp.
'Megan is a very creative player who has the ability to play in a number of different positions,' Rhode said. 'She has played at a high club level in Washington and is expected to come in and contribute right away.'
Sierra Wang (M/D, 5-6, Tacoma, Wash.; Stadium High School)
Wang made it to the Sweet 16 all four years at Stadium High School. She received All-League first-team her senior and junior seasons, and was also named team captain her senior year. She was a member of the Washington Premier FC and was a state quarterfinalist from U11-U14, a semifinalist from U15-U16 and was a Surf Cup finalist during U16.
'Sierra is a right-sided player than can offer us options in the midfield and at the back,' Rhode said. 'She has good speed and athleticism to get in the attack.'