Women's Soccer Signs Eight In-State Stars To Letters Of Intent
Feb. 3, 2010
SEATTLE - The University of Washington women's soccer team signed eight prep standouts to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, head coach Lesle Gallimore announced.
The eight players who will join the Huskies for the 2010 season, who are all from the state of Washington, are: forward Allie Beahan (Sammamish, Wash.), midfielder Lindsey Bos (Snohomish, Wash.), defender Molly Boyd (Seattle), midfielder Lindsay Elston (Sammamish, Wash.), forward/defender Annie Sittauer (Everett, Wash.), forward Morgan Swanson (Tacoma, Wash.), midfielder Brianna Sweeney (Woodinville, Wash.) and forward/midfielder Hillary Zevenbergen (Woodway, Wash.).
The Huskies, who went 12-6-4 and advanced to the NCAA Second Round for the second-straight season last year, lost six seniors from last year's squad and could see many of the 2010 class contribute immediately.
'Clearly, this class is unique for us in that all eight players are from right here in Western Washington, and on top of that they come from only two clubs: Eastside FC and Crossfire Premier,' Gallimore said. 'We were extremely cognizant while recruiting this group of the potential downsides and upsides of recruiting players who are so familiar with one another. At the end of the process, I feel we did a good job of recruiting each young woman as an individual and as student-athletes who could put their stamp on Husky soccer independently of one another.
'Lastly, as we searched the country we honestly felt these players, right in our own back yard, were as good as any in the country and as always it was important to us that they were fired up to be Huskies,' Gallimore continued. 'They are a talented bunch that covers a multitude of positions. We hope it becomes apparent to our fans and our opponents how athletic, skillful and competitive they are. They are all tremendous students who we believe will continue to uphold the high academic standards on our team and thrive at UW.'
Six of the eight players were members of the Crossfire Premier club team (Beahan, Bos, Boyd, Elston, Sittauer, Sweeney) with the two others from Eastside FC (Swanson, Zevenbergen). Additonally, Elston is currently a member of the U.S. Under-18 National Team.
Beahan was a four-year letterwinner at Eastlake High School, serving as team captain her senior year. She led the Wolves to the state 4A championship her sophomore year when she was named Second Team All-KingCo before being injured her junior year. She recovered for her senior year in time to earn First Team KingCo honors and all-state honorable mention. She has been a member of the Crossfire Premier for the last seven years, leading her team to five state championships, two regional titles and the 2006 Super Y National Championship. Also a letterwinner in track, Beahan carries a 3.7 grade-point average.
'Allie has very good speed, with and without the ball, and a competitive bite that makes here stand out,' Gallimore said. 'Allie can help us from both a defensive and offensive stand point. She will, more than likely, end up as a wide player for us either in the midfield or up front.'
Bos, a four-year letterwinner at Archbishop Mitty in Everett, Wash., was named the Everett Herald's Player of the Year after leading her team to an undefeated season and a state title her senior year. She scored 15 goals and added 23 assists as Archbishop Murphy captured its second state championship in four seasons. Bos was also a starter on the 2006 title-winning team, when she earned the first of her four First Team All-Cascade Conference nods. She was also named First Team All-State her junior and senior years after earning Second Team All-State honors her first two years and was the 2A State Player of the Year her final season. Bos, who also finished fourth at the state track and field meet in the 400 meters her freshman year, currently carries a 3.99 GPA. Like Beahan, she has spent the past seven years helping Crossfire become one of the top clubs in the country.
'Lindsey is a skillful passer and tireless worker. She can play a host of positions on the field and has the endurance to be good for 90 plus minutes,' Gallimore said. 'She will more than likely be a defender for us, but she is extremely capable of attacking from the back which makes her a great weapon.'
Boyd is a four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain at Nathan Hale High School. She was the Metro League Sound Division Player of the Year her junior season and has been named All-State twice. A two-time all Metro League selection mostly playing defense, she has also played midfield, recording six goals and six assists her junior year. An injury prevented her from playing her senior season.
'We feel extremely fortunate to get a player like Molly late in the recruiting game,' said Gallimore. 'She was injured last year so she fell off the radar during her rehabilitation. Molly is now getting back to playing and we suspect she will be in very good form by the time preseason comes around in August. She is a strong defender and will add depth to a back line that will see four starters graduate in a two year period.'
Elston,a teammate of Beahan's at Eastlake High School and on the Crossfire Premiere, had a stellar senior campaign, being named the KingCo 4A Player of the Year along with First Team All-State, Seattle Times all area and being nominated for Gatorade State Player of the Year. She recently attended the U.S. Under-18 National Team training camp and will play for the team in an upcoming tournament in Spain. Elston is also a stellar student off the field, maintaining a 3.8 GPA.
'Lindsay is a terrific all-around player with size, skill, speed and tactical-awareness,' said Gallimore. 'She will be a great compliment to the other central midfield players on our team. It will be interesting to see how quickly Lindsay adapts to the speed of play at the collegiate level because if she adjusts quickly, she will definitely have an immediate impact on our team.'
Sittauer comes to UW from Everett High School, whom she led to two WesCo North titles and one state title. A three-time all state and four-time all-league honoree, Sittauer scored 21 goals and added 14 assists her senior year. Another Crossfire Premier member, she carries a 3.89 GPA.
'Annie has a tremendous physical presence on the field. She is strong and quick and can hold the ball well for the team,' Gallimore said. 'She does very well as a target up front and has a nose for the goal. She is also quite impressive as a defender and has been formidable there during her youth career.'
Swanson attends Stadium High School in Tacoma and plays for Eastside FC at the club level. A first-team all-league and all-area selection her junior year when she led Stadium to the Narrows League title, she missed her senior year due to an ACL tear. An honor society member, Swanson carries a 3.75 GPA.
'Morgan spent the latter part of her junior year and beginning of her senior year rehabbing a knee injury. Like Molly Boyd, Morgan should be back to full form by the time preseason begins in August,' said Gallimore. 'She is a speedy, crafty two-footed forward who can really give opposing defenders fits. We really think she has the confidence and ability to be a consistent goal scorer for us.'
Sweeney comes to UW via Woodinville High School where she was a three-year letterwinner. Another Crossfire Premier member, she was also team captain at Woodinville her senior year and was named Second Team All-KingCo 4A after missing her junior year due to injury. A Husky by blood as her cousins Andy, Richie and Ryan Lentz all played baseball for UW, Sweeney carries a 3.9 GPA.
'Brianna is a very skillful, strong and artful defender,' Gallimore said. 'She can be a destroyer if you need her to be, but she can also be more of a pick-pocket defender who wins the ball and keeps it for your team. She's spent time at central defense and holding midfield and has a great competitive nature as well as a calm and composed demeanor. I see her becoming a real field general down the line in her career.'
Zevenbergen rounds out the group, coming to UW from King's High School in Shoreline, Wash. Zevenbergen had an outstanding career at King's, scoring 78 goals and dishing out 40 assists in her four years and leading her team to a pair of league titles and a regional title along with three third-place finishes in state. She was the Cascade League MVP her senior year along with being named to the Seattle Times Star Times team and was a two-time All-State selection. She is the cousin of current UW women's soccer player Louise Albin, who will be a sophomore in 2010, and is also a teammate of Swanson's on the Eastside FC and carries a 3.99 GPA.
Zevenbergen also comes from a family that bleeds Purple and Gold as her father, John Zevenbergen, rowed for UW and also won a bronze medal with the U.S. team in the 1980 Olympics. Her mother, Nancy, played for the UW women's basketball team from 1997-78 while her cousin, Mike Russell, played football in 2006-07, her uncle, Phillip, was a UW basketball player in 1984-85 and another uncle, David, rowed for the Huskies from 1982-85.
'Hillary is an extremely skillful player and can penetrate successfully by passing or dribbling,' Gallimore said. 'She has good deception with the ball and her stature makes her difficult to mark, in and around the goal. She's very capable of scoring with either foot and we are looking for her to be a threat whether coming out of the midfield or playing up front.'
The Huskies will return eight starters in 2010, including leading scorer McKenna Waitley and All-Region midfielder Kate Deines. UW will be looking to make its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
WASHINGTON WOMEN'S SOCCER LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES
F, 5-7, Sammamish, Wash. (Eastlake/Crossfire Premier)
MF, 5-6, Snohomish, Wash. (Archbishop Murphy/Crossfire Premier)
Defender, 5-9, Seattle, Wash. (Nathan Hale/Crossfire Premier)
MF, 5-8, Sammamish, Wash. (Eastlake/Crossfire Premier)
F/D, 5-8, Everett, Wash. (Everett/Crossfire Premier)
F, 5-7, Tacoma, Wash. (Stadium/Eastside FC)
MF, 5-9, Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville/Crossfire Premier)
F/MF, 6-0, Woodway, Wash. (King's/Eastside FC)