UW Women's Soccer Signs Nine Prep Standouts
Feb. 4, 2004
SEATTLE - Nine outstanding high school student-athletes, including six fromthe state of Washington, signed letters of intent to attend the Universityof Washington, head coach Lesle Gallimore announced Wednesday.
'We all worked very hard this year to sign a well-rounded, diverse, andtalented group of student-athletes,' Gallimore remarked. 'I feel that we'veaccomplished that in signing this exceptional group of young women.'
UW's recruiting class of 2004 features a pair of prep teammates fromTacoma's Bellarmine Prep High School. Forward Colby Branham netted 20 goalsduring her senior season and was the 2003 Narrows League co-Most ValuablePlayer. She was a first-team all-state selection.
'Colby is a hardworking and skillful forward who does very well with herback to goal,' Gallimore explained. 'She plays very much like former HuskiesTami and Melissa Bennett in her ability to hold possession of the ball upfront.'
Defender Dana Stirn was also a 2003 all-state pick after leading BellarminePrep to a 22-1 record and state runner-up finish. Bellarmine registered aremarkable 58-3 record over the last three seasons paced by Stirn andBranham.
'Dana is a tough tackler with good speed,' said Gallimore. 'She will do wellbattling the talented forwards that we play against.'
Four other Puget Sound area standouts signed with Washington, including twofrom Seattle. Lizzy Showman garnered All-Metro League honors each of thelast two years at Seattle Prep High School. She received honorable mentionall-state honors in 2002 and 2003.
'Lizzy is a very well-rounded goalkeeper. She doesn't have one glaring areaof her game that needs work,' Gallimore said. 'She has an excellent attitudetowards training and competing, and will only get better and better in acollegiate environment.'
Midfielder Sophie Spikard starred at Seattle's Roosevelt High School. Sheled all KingCo players with 10 assists in 2003, earning all-conferenceaccolades in the process.
'Sophie possesses a great soccer mind and the skills to deliver,' Gallimoresaid. 'She is a great decision-maker on and off the ball and will work hardto become a mainstay in the center of our midfield.'
Two other stellar signees from the Puget Sound-area are Dani Bridges andWhitney Clark.
Bridges is a speedy midfielder from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley,Wash. An All-South Puget Sound League selection, she led Tahoma to anundefeated season in 2002 capped by the state championship.
'Dani is an extremely athletic and crafty player who can play out of themidfield or up front,' Gallimore described. 'She's a very talented soccerplayer, as she bring a unique style to the game.'
Clark is a four-time All-Narrows League pick as a defender at Gig HarborHigh School. She led her prep squad to a league title and quarterfinal stateappearance in 2002. Gig Harbor placed fifth at the 2003 state tournament.
'Whitney is a really competitive athlete who is very physically talented,'said Gallimore. 'She is a great one-on-one defender and shows a good deal ofleadership and presence on the field.'
The lone recruit from outside the West Coast is midfielder Robin Alexanderwho joins a long line of prominent Huskies from the state of Colorado. TheBroomfield, Colo. native was a three-time All-Front Range League selectionwhile leading Legacy High School to a pair of state semifinal appearances.
'She is a speedy player who can play in the midfield or at the back,'Gallimore said. 'Robin is a consistently good defender and understands howand when to attack from the back of the field.'
A pair of players from California complete the Husky recruiting class.Forward Katy Dowling was the top scorer in the Serra League from Mater DeiHigh School. She is also an accomplished club competitor whose SoCal Bluesteam won the 2002 Southern California state title.
'Katy is a very versatile and skilled player,' said Gallimore, adding that,'she has a good grasp of the game tactically and can help us and manyareas.'
Another prominent player from the club ranks is midfielder Dana Johnson fromSan Jose, Calif. She was a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP)national pool the last four years. Johnson received first-team All-CentralCoast Section recognition both seasons that she played for Santa Teresa HighSchool.
'She is a skillful and hardworking midfielder,' Gallimore said. 'Dana coversa lot of ground on the soccer field and is tough to track. She is a smartdefender and outstanding with the ball.'
The nine UW signees seek to fill the void left by the departure of sixseniors, including Melissa Bennett who completed her career as Washington'sall-time leader in assists for a career (29) and season (18 in 2002).
The departing seniors participated in three NCAA Tournaments during theirfour years at UW. The Huskies registered an 11-7-3 record in 2003. Theirseason ended with a 2-1 loss to Nebraska in the first round of the NCAATournament.
'We lose a tremendous senior class this year, and another outstanding groupafter next fall, so it was vital that we bring in players who can competeright away and have an impact in the fall of 2004,' Gallimore explained.'We're looking forward to seeing all of them in purple and gold comeAugust.'
Washington Women's Soccer Letter of Intent Signees
Robin Alexander, midfielder, Broomfield, Colo. (Legacy High School)
Colby Branham, forward, Gig Harbor, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep)
Dani Bridges, midfielder, Maple Valley, Wash. (Tahoma High School)
Whitney Clark, defender, Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor High School)
Katy Dowling, forward, Laguna Beach, Calif. (Mater Dei High School)
Dana Johnson, midfielder, San Jose, Calif. (Santa Teresa High School)
Lizzy Showman, goalkeeper, Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep High School)
Sophie Spickard, midfielder, Seattle, Wash. (Roosevelt High School)
Dana Stirn, defender, Tacoma, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep)
2004 Washington Women's Soccer Letter of Intent Signee Profiles
Midfielder, Broomfield, Colo. (Legacy High School)
o Three-year letterwinner at Legacy High School and served three years asteam captain.
o Selected as high school team MVP three years, from 2001-03.
o An All-Front Range League first-team selection in each of her first threeseasons.
o An second-team all-state selection for two years (2002-03) and honorablemention in 2001.
o Two time State semi-finalist and one time quarterfinalist with LegacyHigh School.
o Played on four Olympic Development (ODP) soccer teams; was Region IV ODPchampionship finalist in 2003.
o Helped lead Club Rush to the 2001 USYSA national championship.
Coach Gallimore on Robin Alexander
'She is a speedy player who can play in the midfield or at the back.Robin is a consistently good defender and understands how and when to attackfrom the back of the field.'
Forward, Gig Harbor, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep)
o All-Narrows League first-team selection in 2002 and 2003.
o The Narrows League co-MVP as a senior in 2003.
o Named to first-team all-area and all-state squads in 2003.
o Served as team captain and was Bellarmine Prep's leading scorer with 20goals in 2003.
o Bellarmine Prep posted a 58-3 record in her final three years, includinga 22-1 state runner-up season in 2003.
o Received offensive MVP honors and was recognized as a Scholar athlete in2003.
o Prep teammate of Dana Stirn who also signed with Washington.
Coach Gallimore on Colby Branham
'Colby is a hardworking and skillful forward who does very well with herback to goal. She plays very much like former Huskies Tami and MelissaBennett in her ability to hold possession of the ball up front.'
Midfielder, Maple Valley, Wash. (Tahoma High School)
o Four-year letterwinner at Tahoma High School
o Helped her high school team to an undefeated season and the 2002Washington state championship.
o Named to first-team South Puget Sound League and all-area second-team in2002.
o A second-team all-league selection as a sophomore in 2001.
o Placed second in the 300-meter hurdles at the 2002 state track meet.
o Also lettered three years in basketball and track & field.
Coach Gallimore on Dani Bridges
'Dani is an extremely athletic and crafty player who can play out of themidfield or up front. She's a very talented soccer player, as she bring aunique style to the game.'
Defender, Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor High School)
o Four-year letter winner at Gig Harbor High School.
o Named defensive MVP at Gig Harbor in 2003, leading the team to afifth-place state finish.
o Led Gig Harbor to the 2002 league championship en route to a statequarterfinal appearance.
o High school squad registered a four-year record of 56-14-4.
o Served as team captain her senior year.
o A first-team All-Narrows League Bridge Division selection in 2001 and2003.
o Received second-team All-Narrows League Bridge Division recognition in2000 and 2002.
o Received first-team all-area honors from the Tacoma News Tribune hersenior year.
o Also lettered two years in tennis.
Coach Gallimore on Whitney Clark
'Whitney is a really competitive athlete who is very physicallytalented. She is a great one-on-one defender and shows a good deal ofleadership and presence on the field.'
Forward, Laguna Beach, Calif. (Mater Dei High School)
o Four-year letterwinner at Mater Dei High School.
o Led Mater Dei in scoring her senior year and was the top offensive playerin the Serra League.
o High school squad advanced to the CIF quarterfinals her junior season andthe finals her sophomore year.
o Selected in Cal South Olympic Development (ODP) State Pool from 2001-03.
o Participated in the 2002 regional ODP camp.
o Won the 2002 Southern California state club championship with the SoCalBlues.
o Raced to the Serra League track championship in the 100 meters afreshman.
Coach Gallimore on Katy Dowling
'Katy is a very versatile and skilled player. She has a good grasp ofthe game tactically and can help us and many areas.'
Midfielder, San Jose, Calif. (Santa Teresa High School)
o Two-year letterwinner at Santa Teresa in 2001 and 2002.
o Named high school team MVP in 2001 and 2002.
o Scored 13 goals with 12 assists in 2001 as Santa Teresa registered a20-1-4 record.
o Santa Teresa was the CCS Division I champion in 2001 and a finalist in2002.
o Netted the game-winning goal in the 2001 CCS championship game.
o Honored as the Blossom Valley Athletic League sophomore-of-the-year in2001 and junior-of-the-year in 2002.
o Selected for the first-team All-Central Coast Section squad two straightseasons.
o Named the 2002 Junior Athlete of the year at Santa Teresa.
o Member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) national pool from2000-03.
Coach Gallimore on Dana Johnson
'She is a skillful and hardworking midfielder. Dana covers a lot ofground on the soccer field and is tough to track. She is a smart defenderand outstanding with the ball.'
Goalkeeper, Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep High School)
o Three-year letterwinner as a goalkeeper at Seattle Prep.
o Surrendered only three goals during league play her senior season.
o Helped Seattle Prep reach the state semifinals as a sophomore in 2001.
o Received the team's MVP and Most Inspirational awards at Seattle Prep2002.
o Repeated as Seattle Prep's MVP in 2003.
o Selected to the first-team All-Metro League squad in 2002 and 2003.
o Earned honorable mention all-state honors in 2002 and 2003.
o Also lettered two years in softball.
Coach Gallimore on Lizzy Showman
'Lizzy is a very well-rounded goalkeeper. She doesn't have one glaringarea of her game that needs work. She has an excellent attitude towardstraining and competing, and will only get better and better in a collegiateenvironment.'
Midfielder, Seattle, Wash. (Roosevelt High School)
o Four-year letterwinner at Roosevelt High School.
o Received first-team All-KingCo Conference Class 4A honors in 2003.
o The Roughriders posted a 45-13-8 record during her four seasons,including an 18-1 mark in 2000.
o Named the team MVP her senior year at Roosevelt.
o Helped her club team, the Parrots, to the State Cup title and theregional quarterfinals in 2000.
o Tallied a goal and an assist during overtime of the State Cupchampionship game.
o Distributed 10 assists in 2003 to lead all KingCo playmakers.
Coach Gallimore on Sophie Spickard
'Sophie possesses a great soccer mind and the skills to deliver. She isa great decision-maker on and off the ball and will work hard to become amainstay in the center of our midfield.'
Defender, Tacoma, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep High School)
o Three-year letterwinner at Bellarmine Prep.
o Selected for All-Narrows League, all-area and all-state teams in 2003.
o Received the Narrows League Female Scholar-Athlete Award 2003.
o Named Bellarmine's Most Valuable Defender in 2003.
o Bellarmine Prep posted a 58-3 record in her final three years, includinga 22-1 state runner-up season in 2003.
o Prep teammate of Colby Branham who also signed with Washington.
o Also lettered in track & field and was a state meet qualifier in 2001 and2002.
Coach Gallimore on Dana Stirn
'Dana is a tough tackler with good speed. She will do well battling thetalented forwards that we play against.'