UW Women Sign Four Fantastic Soccer Prospects

Feb. 3, 2006

SEATTLE - Four outstanding high school student-athletes, including three in-state prospects, signed letters of intent to attend the University of Washington, women's soccer coach Lesle Gallimore announced Friday.

'Our staff feels, in signing these four terrific student-athletes, that we have added a tremendous amount of talent, leadership, and determination to our still relatively young squad,' exclaimed Gallimore. 'All four of these young women have played in very competitive soccer environments and will bring great competitive spirit, talent and soccer ability to our team.'

The Huskies' 2006 class is led by a pair of recruits ranked among the top-75 nationally by SoccerBuzz.com. Those blue chip signees, Nikki Murray and Chelsea Bumbaugh, were club teammates on the Maple Valley Marauders.

Murray is a product of Mt. Rainier (Wash.) High School where she received first-team All-Seamount League honors as a junior and senior. She was a member of the West Region team that won the Olympic Development Program (ODP) national championship in 2004. Murray was recognized as a 2005 NSCAA/adidas All-American.

'Nikki is a natural-born leader. She is a tenacious defender who expects a great deal from herself,' Gallimore said. 'In a lead-by-example way, Nikki makes players around her better.'

Bumbaugh led her Monroe (Wash.) High School squad in scoring during three seasons. She was a two-time All-WesCo Conference and all-area selection. Bumaugh was a 2005 NSCAA/adidas All-American and a state ODP participant from 2002-2005.

'Chelsea is a worker. She covers a great deal of space in the midfield, has terrific vision on and off the ball, and will adapt quickly to the physical challenges presented by Division I soccer,' described Gallimore.

Lindsey Kasser was a member of the Issaquah (Wash.) High School team that competed in back-to-back state championship games. Issaquah was the runner-up her senior season after winning the state title her junior campaign. Kasser was a three-time All-KingCo Conference pick who won the league MVP award her senior year.

'Lindsey is great defender with the skills to attack,' said Gallimore. 'She is a very good ball winner and has the attitude you dream about as a coach. She wants to learn, wants to improve and always has fun doing it.'

The lone out-of-state signee is San Mateo, Calif. native Veronica Perez who is rated as a top-150 national recruit by Soccer Buzz.com. Perez attends Crystal Spring Uplands School and represented the Far West region ODP team at the 2005 U.S. Youth Soccer adidas Cup. She played club soccer with the Pleasanton Rage, a program that also produced current Huskies Katie Gregoire and Jenna Robison.

'Veronica is a crafty and skillful attacking player that will create and score goals for our team. She has a natural flair that you don't see in a lot of players.'

The quartet of signees joins a UW team that lost only one senior from last season's squad. The youthful 2005 Huskies had an 0-17-3 record, including 13 one-goal setbacks. Half (10) of the Huskies' games ended with the same 1-0 result. Washington advanced to the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2004 with a veteran team that featured seven seniors.

University of Washington 2006 Women's Soccer Letter of Intent Signees
Chelsea Bumbaugh, midfield, Monroe, Wash. (Monroe HS/Maple Valley Marauders)

Lindsey Kasser, defender, Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah HS/Eastside Red)

Nikki Murray, defender, Des Moines, Wash. (Mt. Rainier HS / Maple Valley Marauders)

Veronica Perez, forward, San Mateo, Calif. (Crystal Springs Uplands School HS/Pleasanton Rage)

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