Bears Sign Elite Recruiting Class
Feb. 20, 2002
BERKELEY - The California women's soccer team has signed eight talented athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Golden Bears beginning with the 2002 season, head coach Kevin Boyd announced Wednesday. Carly Fuller, a midfielder from Duke, also will join the Bears next season with one year of eligibility remaining.
'In terms of overall talent and speed, this year's class is our best class to date,' said Boyd. 'We added Carly Fuller, an All-ACC honoree from Duke, who will combine with eight incoming freshmen who have talent and athleticism. We have one national pool player, four regional team players, four players who attended the adidas ESP camp for top high school players, and the four players who are not as pedigreed will be four of the five fastest players on our team.'
In 2001, Cal finished the season with a 12-7-2 record and earned its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament bid.
Headlining the class is forward Jamie Mangiardi, a Parade Magazine All-American and an Under-18 national team pool player. Mangiardi traveled to Europe with the U18s in April of 2001 and led the U16 Region IV team in scoring at an inter-regional event in November of 2000. At Mission San Jose High School in San Jose, she was a three-time first team all-league selection.
'Jamie will contest for a starting spot in the midfield or on the front line,' said Boyd. 'Jamie is a special player with incredible creativity on the ball while at the same time having the physical ability to run the entire field.'
Cal also added forwards Dania Cabello from Piedmont and Elizabeth Eisenberg from San Rafael. While attending The Head Royce School in Oakland, Cabello was named to the NSCAA High School Far West Regional team, was a three-time first team all-league honoree and was selected to the adidas ESP Camp All-Star team.
'Dania will contest for a starting spot on the front line,' said Boyd. 'Dania is very good on the ball, can shoot equally with both feet and is very clever on the field.'
Eisenberg is a club teammate of Cabello on the Marin Rockers, which won the Premier League Championship. At the nationally-ranked Branson School, Eisenberg was a three-time all-league selection and was picked as her team's Outstanding Offensive Player.
'Liz will be a standout in her career at Cal but will probably spell Laura Schott in her first year,' said Boyd. 'Liz has extraordinary speed and quickness. She may be the fastest player on the team on and off the ball.'
Fuller, an All-ACC and NSCAA All-South second team selection as a junior, was a consistent contributor all season long in 2001, creating most of Duke's scoring opportunities. The Portland, Ore., native scored game-winners in two of the Blue Devils last three regular season matches and scored the game-tying goal against Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Women's College Cup to force penalty kicks.
Sierra Schlesinger is a member of the U18 Region IV team and the U17 and U18 Cal North State team. At Napa High School, Schlesinger earned All-Napa County honors, first team all-league recognition and was picked as the 2000 Napa County Newcomer of the Year. She was awarded the Golden Boot Award as Defensive MVP of the adidas ESP camp.
'Sierra will contest for a starting spot in the midfield,' said Boyd. 'She is a great overall player with the ability to impact the game in the back, in the midfield or up top. She is mobile, tactical and a student of the game.'
Lindsay Clute helped lead Centennial High School to the 2001 Oregon State Championship. A native of Gresham, Ore., she played on FC Portland's 2001 State Cup Championship club team. Clute was a two- time all-state selection and two-time conference player of the year. She also participated on the U15-U17 Region IV teams and earned a spot on the adidas ESP camp All-Star team.
'Lindsay will compete for a spot in the midfield,' said Boyd. 'She is extremely competitive and has the ability to run the midfield through her work rate and technical ability.'
Sierra Garthwaite is a probable starter for the Bears. She is a two-year member of the Cal North State team and one of three Cal signees who compete for the Marin Rockers. She was a four-year starter at Carondelet High School, where she also excelled in track and field.
'Sierra could have chosen to compete in either track or soccer,' said Boyd. 'Her track records in the hurdles and long jump are an indication of her athleticism. She is fast, good in the air and very good on the ball.'
Tracy Hamm is a standout at Campolindo High School in Moraga, earning 1999 League Player of the Year honors. She also is a member of the U17 and U18 Region IV team, a four-year member of the Cal North State team and participated in the adidas ESP Camp.
'Tracy will challenge for a spot on our back line,' said Boyd. 'Tracy is your stereotypical defender. She is tough, fast and loves adversity. She once broke her nose in a game and refused to leave the field.'
At Mount Carmel High School in San Diego, Karissa Goodwin was a two-time second team all-league honoree and a team MVP. As captain of the U18 San Diego Surf, she helped lead the squad to the championship of the Huntington Beach Tournament and to the finals of the Girls Surf Cup, the Pleasanton Cup and the Celtic Cup.
'Karissa will contest for a spot on the back line,' said Boyd. 'Karissa is an incredibly fast man-marking style defender.'