SOCCER LANDS FIVE PREPS, ONE TRANSFER
BOULDER - NSCAA Central Region and Big 12 Coach of the Year Bill Hempen announced Friday that prep standouts Brittany Dornseif (Littleton, Colo.), Kyle McFarlane (Bainbridge, Island, Wash.), Aubree Brown (Littleton, Colo.) and Alison Kidd (Mesquite, Texas) have all signed National Letters of Intent, Maura Gentile (Austin, Texas) has signed a letter of acceptance to attend CU as a recruited walk-on and the five will compete on the defending Big 12 Championship Colorado soccer team beginning this fall while UCLA transfer Allie True (Alamo, Calif.) is already attending classes on the Boulder campus and is eligible to begin play this spring.
"With 10 returning starters from the best season in Colorado history people might think this class might be mostly reserves to build toward playing later in their careers. This is definitely not the case. If as a staff we
stood around congratulating ourselves we would quickly return to the Big 12 afterthought we held with such distinction. Every one of these kids has the capability of surpassing any of last year's starters. This is part of the challenge that the kids in the program were made aware of when we met for the first time in 2001," said Hempen.
BRITTANY DORNSEIF, 5-11, Defense, Littleton, Colo. (Arapahoe/Real)
Dornseif was an all-conference award winner and a first-team 5A all-state performer as a junior at Araphahoe for coach Kirk Bast and the Warriors who took the 2003 Continental League title. On the club side, she played for the Colorado Rush from 2000-02 before playing for Real and coach Jared Spires. The Real were the 2003 State and Surf Cup champions and runners-up at the Miami Orange Classic. Dornseif's sister, Lindsey, lettered from 2000-02 for the Texas Longhorns who were the 2001 Big 12 Champions. She signs with Colorado after being recruited by UMass, Providence and Denver.
KYLE McFARLANE, 5-5, Defense, Bainbridge Island, Wash. (Bainbridge/SC Royals)
McFarlane and the Bainbridge High School Spartans advanced to the state tournament her sophomore through senior seasons and McFarlane was a second-team All-Metro League performer during the 2001 and ?02 seasons and first-team pick in '03. She was also voted Most Inspirational and Coaches' MVP following her junior campaign. She plays club for the nationally ranked SC Royals and coach Dan Henry out of Puyallup, Wash. Recruited by San Diego State, Denver and UC-Riverside before committing to Colorado, she will be a second generation Buff, as her mom, Janet, attended CU in the 1970s.
AUBREE BROWN, 5-4, Defense, Littleton, Colo. (Heritage/Colorado Rush)
Brown will sit out her senior season at Heritage as she rehabilitates a torn ACL suffered at the Disney Showcase Tournament in December, a tournament the Colorado Rush and coach Paul Bravo won. Under high school coach Tony Hurt, her Heritage High School team advanced to the 2003 5A Colorado State semi-finals and were the Continental League runners-up her junior season. She was an honorable mention all-state performer as a freshman and sophomore before earning first-team all-state and league recognition following her junior season. On the club side she was a member of the 2001 Regional Pool, Team and National Pool, attended the 2000-03 Regional Camp, was a member of the 2000-03 ODP Team and ODP Pool, and advanced to the 2002 ODP Regionals and Nationals. In the classroom she is a Gold Honor Roll and National Honor and French National Honor Society student. Brown was lured by Stanford, Rice and Miami before signing with Colorado.
ALISON KIDD, Mesquite, Texas (John Horn/D'feeters)
Kidd will graduate in May as a member of the first, four-year class at John Horn where she played basketball (point guard), ran track (400-m, 800-m, relays, long and triple jump) and was the soccer team captain as a freshman, junior and senior at midfield on the pitch as well as all-district as a junior. She has been a member of the ODP state team since 1997 and Region III Pool team for three years. Her D'feeters' club team was a WAGS finalist in 2000, ?01 Surf Cup Finalist, ?02 Surf Cup Champions and Orange Bowl Classic finalists a year later. Kidd was recruited by Texas, Nebraska, Wake Forest, San Diego, Kansas, Florida State, Clemson and Ohio State prior to committing to Bill Hempen and the Buffs.
MAURA GENTILE, 5-6, Forward, Austin, Texas (Westwood/Town and Country)
As a two-year letterwinner at Westwood, Gentile was an honorable mention all-district player as a freshman and first team as a sophomore and team MVP before she turned her full attention to the Town and Country Warriors club team and coach Hue Menzies. Her ODP team was the Region III semi-finalists and advanced to state play that same season and National ODP Champions (South Texas) in '02. She also ran cross country and was a regional qualifier for the Warriors as a sophomore. A student council representative and junior class secretary as well as member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish NHS, Gentile was recruited by Pittsburgh as well as Boston College before committing to Hempen and the Buffs.
ALLIE TRUE, 5-6, Midfield, Alamo, Calif. (Monte Vista/UCLA)
The Alamo, Calif. native and UCLA transfer will have sophomore eligibility (second semester sophomore academically) next fall. As a freshman at UCLA during the 2002 season, she played in all 22 games on an 18-4-0 Bruins team that advanced to the NCAA Championships before dropping a 1-0 decision to then-No. 4 Texas A&M in a shootout. As a freshman she netted six points on a game winning goal, four assists and 30 shots. She redshirt the 2003 season, spending the semester at home. A four-year letterwinner at Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif., True was the East Bay Player of the Year. She led the league in scoring her senior year. She was a two-time Monte Vista Player of the Year and 2001 NSCAA/adidas High School and USYSA All-American. Out of high school she was the No. 20th ranked player on Soccer America's Top-25 recruiting list. A Pool player with the U-19 U.S. National Team, she traveled to Europe with the U-19s. A California ODP player since she was 14, she was an adidas ESP All-Star team member. On the club level she played for MTV United and won the U-16 Premier League Championship. She also played prep lacrosse at Monte Vista. Before attending UCLA, True was recruited by Stanford, Portland, Texas and USC.