Stanford Women's Soccer Announces Class of 2013
May 5, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's soccer head coach Paul Ratcliffe has added 10 new faces to the Cardinal lineup, as the 2008 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year announced the incoming Class of 2013 today.
The incoming freshmen class includes Rachel Quon, Lindsay Dickerson, Aly Gleason, Annie Case, Courtney Verloo, Nina Watkins, Mariah Nogueira, Marjani Hing-Glover, Alina Garciamendez-Rowold, and Madeleine Thompson.
The balanced group is made up of two forwards, four defenders, two midfielders, and two goalkeepers, and Ratcliffe expects the rookies to help make an immediate, positive impact on the team.
'This is a very talented class,' said Ratcliffe. 'They are a great addition to an already strong core and I am very excited to begin working with them. They will make major contributions to the success of the program as soon as next season and also in the future.'
Quon, of Lake Forest, Ill. participated with the U.S. U-17 squad at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Zealand and has been brought up through the national team system beginning with the U-14 National Development Program. The two-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American has also been successful with her club, Eclipse Select, which won the USYSA U-15 national title in 2006. At Lake Forest High School, Quon lettered three years, garnering all-state honors her sophomore year.
Garciamendez-Rowold, a defender out of Fairview, Texas, also enters Stanford with extensive international experience, having begun with the U.S. U-15s and U-16s, but permanently transferred to the Mexican side, where she played with the U-20s in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile. Garciamendez-Rowold also led her high school, Ursuline Academy, to four straight state championships and her club team, Dallas Texans, to a national championship in 2008.
Thompson, of Corvallis, Ore. played for FC Willamette Pride and is a two-time all-state player at Corvallis High School. The defender helped her side reach the state high school playoffs from 2005-2008, going as far as the semifinals in 2007. Thompson also participated in track and downhill ski racing in high school, and holds Corvallis High School's 1,500-meter freshman record.
Case, a defender out of Washington D.C., was an NSCAA/adidas All-Region team selection in 2008 and was the captain and leading scorer of the Maret School soccer team. Playing for her club, FCV Netforce, Case captained the team to a Virginia state championship in 2007. Case also played lacrosse and basketball at Maret.
Nogueira, of Westminster, Calif. earned NSCAA/adidas Youth All-America and Girls High School Scholar All-American honors while playing for Marina High School and Slammers FC. Her club was CYSA-South State Cup champions in 2006 and 2007 and captured the USYSA Region IV Championship in 2008. A midfielder, Nogueira has also been a fixture on the Olympic Development Program's Cal-South state and Region IV teams and has participated with the U.S. Youth National Team programs.
Watkins, another midfielder, is a local product out of San Francisco. In 2008, Watkins helped University High School reach the CIF North Coast Section championship match, and has spent time playing for both the Pleasanton Rage and Marin FC clubs. In 2004, Watkins and Marin FC captured the U.S. Club Soccer title. Watkins is a former member of the U-14 U.S. Development Program, and a three-year member of the Region IV ODP team.
Verloo, hailing from Tualatin, Ore., like Quon, was a member of the U.S. U-17 FIFA World Cup team in New Zealand and has been involved with the U.S. National Team from the U-16 to the U-20 level. She is an NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American and led Tualatin High School to two Oregon High School state championships in 2005 and 2006. She was a two-time Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008, and also the 6A Oregon State Player of the Year in 2007. With her club teams, Southside Strikerz and FC Portland Saphire, she has captured two Oregon State Cup titles.
Hing-Glover of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Chaparral High School, comes from a family with an extensive Stanford athletic background, as both her mother and uncle are former Cardinal tennis players and her cousin is a former softball player. Hing-Glover played for Sereno Soccer Club for 10 years (1998-2008) and has recently spent one season with Valparaiso United Football Club. Hing-Glover captained and was the leading scorer of a Sereno team that captured Arizona State Cup titles from 2003-2008.
Dickerson, another local standout joining the Cardinal, hails from Los Gatos, Calif. and is also a NSCAA/adidas All-American. Dickerson is another who has national team experience, having competed with the U.S. U-15, U-16, and U-17 groups. She has also been a regular on both the Region IV ODP and Cal-North State teams. The goalkeeper was a regular fixture in the nets for the De Anza Force and led St. Francis High School to a CIF-Central Coast Section Division I title in 2008 and was named the 2009 CIF-CCS Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Goaltender Aly Gleason of Atwater, Calif. attended a U.S. U-15 National Team training camp in 2006 and has been a member of the Region IV ODP team since 2007. With her club team, San Juan, she won the 2007 U.S. Club Soccer national title. Gleason was a four-sport athlete at Buhach High School, lettering in soccer, basketball, cross country, and volleyball. She was a two-time Central California Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and an all-league basketball player and is the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball.
The Cardinal will begin the 2009 season on the road on Aug. 23 with a match against Hawai'i.