Women's Soccer Adds Three More to Recruiting Class

May 17, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's soccer team signed three high school standouts to national letters of intent, sixth-year coach Bill Steffen announced Thursday.

Forward Nicole Garbin (Maui, Hawai`i/Baldwin HS), defender Kristen Kanopka (Redondo Beach, Calif./Fram SC) and goalkeeper Domenique Lainez (San Bruno, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep) increase Oregon's recruiting class to eight players.

The signees join freshman midfielder Kelly Baird (San Pedro, Calif./Fram SC), sophomore midfielder Sarah Denner (Eugene, Ore./Churchill HS/Boston U.), freshman goalkeeper Michelle Jensen (Junction City, Ore./Lake Oswego SC/Junction City HS), freshman defender Elise Minvielle (San Francisco, Calif./Marin County SC) and freshman midfielder Nicole Renna (Austin, Texas/Austin Thunder SC) in Oregon's 2001 recruiting class.

The Ducks finished 4-15-1 last season, including 1-7-1 in the Pac-10, one of the toughest conferences in the nation. Last season, Oregon played 10 teams that finished in the NSCAA Top 25, including top-ranked North Carolina, No. 2 UCLA and No. 4 Portland.


* Nicole Garbin
Freshman, Forward (Maui, Hawai`i/Baldwin HS)
- A two-time Player of the Year selection in Hawai`i. Also chosen Player of the Year in the Maui league for four years, leading Baldwin High to the state championship her final two seasons.

'We're tremendosudly excited about her potential,' Steffen said. 'We lose some players from the central midfield position and Nicole is an extremely capable player in that role. The timing is great for her to step in. She can really help us in a lot of areas. She's very competitive and she likes to win.'

* Kristen Kanopka
Freshman, Defender (Redondo Beach, Calif./Fram SC)
- Competed for one of premier soccer clubs, Fram, in Northern California.

'She's an exciting defender with good athleticism,' Steffen said. 'Kristen has a good defending mentality. She has experience at competing at the highest levels of club soccer.'

* Domenique Lainez
Freshman, Goalkeeper (San Bruno, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep)
- Member of the Cal North Olympic Development Program.

'Domenique has a tremendous athletic build and impressive quickness,' Steffen said. 'She may be a player thatslipped through the cracks, since she's been injured (broken foot, torn ACL) this past year. She's capable ofplaying at extremely high levels.'

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