UA Soccer Inks Nine Student-Athletes

Feb. 10, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona women’s soccer coach Lisa Oyen today announced that nine student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend The University of Arizona and begin playing for the Wildcats for the 2010 season.

“I am really excited to announce this deep and talented class”, Oyen said. “Each of them can come in and have an immediate impact on our program. They are all very good student-athletes who are excited to be a part of this program.”

The group is heavy with playmakers that can step in and add diversity and creativity to the offensive attack, but is balanced nicely with a pair of goalkeepers and a top defensive player.

“We were seeking dynamic, attack-oriented players up front and in the midfield, along with solid defenders” Oyen said. “We feel we have a solid defensive group in place, and hope that we can bolster our attack with players from this class and those already in the program.”

The Wildcats stuck to their regional routes in recruiting, signing three players from Oregon, two from Arizona and California, and once each from Utah and Colorado.

From their home state, the Wildcats signed local product Lorena Aragon, a goalkeeper, and Samantha Cummings, a midfielder from Scottsdale, Ariz.

Among the signees from the state of Oregon are defender Gabrielle Lindeman (Lake Oswego, Ore.), midfielder/forward Ana Montoya (Beaverton, Ore.) and midfielder Jensen Skinner (Tualatin, Ore.).

The Wildcats again tapped into California for a pair of talented players with attacking midfield/forward players in Shannon Heinzler (Westchester, Calif.) and Jazmin Poce (Lawndale, Calif.) heading to Arizona.

Mackenzie Akerfields, a midfielder from Littleton, Colo., and Jamie Wilkinson, a goalkeeper from Kaysville, Utah, round out Oyen’s first recruiting class.

Mackenzie Akerfelds
5-5 | Midfielder | Littleton, Colo. (Rock Canyon High School)

A very talented player who comes from a family with exceptional athletic talents … Plays with great technique and has high-level fitness and athletic ability … Has gained invaluable experience as a club player and with the U.S. U-15 women’s team and with the Colorado and regional ODP programs …  Rated the No. 28 overall player nationally by … Played one season at Rock Canyon High School under coach Matthew Henbest … Earned honorable mentions accolades that season as a freshman … Focused her soccer career outside of high school career, playing on the U-15 women’s national team and traveled with the Colorado ODP …  Named most valuable player at the State Cup in 2004 … Daughter of Daniel and Jennifer … Has one brother, Zach Dolph … Uncle, Darrel Akerfelds, played professional baseball … Plans to pursue a business management degree and hopes to own her own business in the future … Born March 17, 1992.

Oyen says: “Mackenzie is an exceptionally creative player with good technical skills. She brings a high level of fitness and comes from a family of outstanding athletes. On top of that, she has a good understanding of the game and plays consistently.”

Lorena Aragon
5-8 | Goalkeeper| Tucson, Ariz. (St. Augustine Catholic High School)

A local Tucson product who will bring immediate depth and talent to the goalkeeper position … Played for the WPSL Arizona Rush in 2009, gaining valuable experience against collegiate and pro level players … Club experience with the Arizona Rush from 2005-08 … Club team won the Nomads, Hammers Cup and Vegas Cup tournaments in 2008 … Participated in the U17 ODP program in 2007-08 … Daughter of Richard and Lucinda Aragon … A successful track and cross country athlete … Has one brother, David … Born on Dec. 22, 1991 in Dallas, Texas.

Oyen says: “Lorena is a great shot-stopper and we’re excited to have a local player join our program. She is fit and has great footwork in goal. I think her experience in the WPSL last summer shows she is ready to compete on this level.”

Samantha Cummings
5-4 | Midfielder | Scottsdale, Ariz. (Xavier College Preparatory)

A versatile, technically-sound player who continues a UA tradition in her family by attending the school … Led team in goals and assists in her senior season, leading school to a No. 1 ranking entering state playoffs … A member of the 5A-I State Championship team at Xavier College Preparatory as a junior in 2008 … Led team in goals and assists as a junior, and ranked No. 6 on Xavier’s all-time points lists … Named first team All-State as a sophomore and junior by the Arizona Republic and East Valley Tribune … Named Xavier’s offensive most valuable player as a junior and was a Gatorade Player of the Year nominee … Member of the Scottsdale Blackhawks 91 and 92 from 1999-2008, then played for Sereno White 92 under Dave Simeone from 2008-2010 … A co-captain of her ODP team during her junior year of high school … Daughter of Scott and Debi Cummings … Has one brother, Ben … Plans to major in broadcasting/communications … Born on Feb. 29, 1992, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Oyen says: “Samantha is an Arizona player that we are very happy to keep in the UofA family. She is really excited to represent this university. She is very solid technically, has great vision on the field and is a versatile attacking player.”

Shannon Heinzler
5-4 | Midfielder/Forward | Westchester, Calif. (Notre Dame Academy)

A quick and speedy player with an exceptional work rate … Brings a mix of experience at the high school, club and ODP regional levels … Played for Notre Dame Academy’s varsity team as a freshman and sophomore , being named second team all-league as a freshman … Played three years for Jenni Tanaka and the San Diego Surf Soccer Club … Participated with the Force Soccer Club under Tanaka for one year and Shelly Marsen for four years … Played for ODP ’92 from 2006-2009 … Member of the ODP Region IV Championship team in 2009 and played on the team in 2008 … An Academic Honor Roll honoree all four years in high school and an athletic scholar for two years … Lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation …. Daughter of Todd and Kathy Heinzler … Mother was a bronze medalist in the 1984 Olympics for the United States field hockey team … Plans to pursue a major in nursing … Born on July 26, 1992, in Santa Monica, Calif.

Oyen says: “Shannon is a tireless worker who has great speed. She plays with great energy and excels in 1-v-1 situations. She really has a lot of potential.”

Gabrielle Lindeman
5-9 | Defender | Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lake Oswego High School)

A true defensive player that will bring added size and a physically presence to Arizona’s central defense … Brings a solid mix of experience at the high school ranks and with the Oregon Olympic Development Program, including one year in the national pool … Named second team All-State at Lake Oswego High School in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons competing at the 6A level in Oregon in the Three Rivers League … Advanced to the Oregon state quarterfinals in 2009, state semifinals in 2007 and the quarterfinals in 2006 … Team captain her senior year … A three-year member of FC Portland Purple under the direction of Miguel Guante and John Wallace … Member of the 2009 State Cup semi-finalist team and the 2008 State Cup finalist club …  Five-year participant with Oregon’s ODP team … Played point guard and shooting guard as a basketball player … Recognized on school’s Honor Roll freshman-senior years … Also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and the French National Honors Society … Daughter of David and Sandy … Has two brothers, Jamason and Broderick, and two sisters, Lexi and Maddie … Plans to major in biology and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field … Born on July 20, 1992, in Portland, Ore.

Oyen says: “Gabbie is a very good athlete that will bring a physical presence to our defense. She is excellent as a 1-v-1 defender and is a good organizer in the back.”

Ana Montoya
5-5 | Midfielder/Forward | Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge High School)

Will add unique international experience and exceptional talent to the UA program … Took a semester off from school to be  member of the U17 Colombian National Team in 2008 participated in the U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand … Attended the U20 Colombian National Team training camp … Earned three varsity letters at Southridge High School … Named a team captain and the team’s most valuable player in 2009 … Named to the All-Metro first team in 2006 and2009, and first team All-State as a senior in 2009 … Member of Oregon’s ODP team from 2004-2008 … Attended ODP regional camp in 2005, 2006 and 2007 … Club experience with the Southside Strikerz (2006) and Lake Oswego Soccer Club (2004-05) … An tremendous track athlete who lettered in 2007 and 2009 in high school while running the 800, 1500 and 3000 meters … Intends to double major in Spanish and global business … Daughter of Dee Runberg and step-father Mark Runberg … Born Sept. 24, 1991 in Portland, Ore.

Oyen says: “Ana brings a unique perspective with her because of her experience with the Colombian team. She is a very creative player and a hard worker. Like a lot of the players in this group, she plays with great passion.”

Jazmin Ponce
5-4 | Midfielder/Forward | Lawndale, Calif. (Redondo Union High School)

Brings significant regional and national experience to the UA program after years in the Olympic Development Program … An aggressive, attacking midfielder who plays with great passion and will bring immediate creativity and diversity to the UA attack … Ranked the No. 60 player overall by … Four-year letter winner as an attacking forward and midfielder for Shelly Marsden at Redondo Union High School … Team captain junior and senior seasons … Named team’s most valuable player in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons … Recognized on school’s Honor Roll all four seasons and earned Principal’s Award her junior year …  Played club soccer for Force SC before joining Surf Soccer Club under the direction of Jenni Tanaka … Member of the ODP Cal South Team for four years …  Participated in ODP 92’ Regional Camp for three years … Participated in National Camp for one season … Club teams won Placer United Cup and finished amongst top-25 teams in the nation … Daughter of Jesus and Norma … Has three brothers, Erick, Grady and Jesus … Plans to major in pre-med … Born May 2, 1992, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Oyen says: “Jazmin is extremely talented and plays with incredible passion. She does things on the field that really impress and excite people. She will bring the creativity and diversity to our attack which will aid in making us a more dynamic attacking team.”

Jensen Skinner
5-6 | Midfielder | Tualatin, Ore. (Tualatin High School)

A very talented athlete who brings technical skills and creativity to the field … Brings a strong back ground in ODP regional competition … Played for the ODP Region IV team in 2005 and 2008 … Played club soccer with FC Portland and the Southside Strikers … A four-year letter winner at Tualatin High School from 2006-09 … Named first team All-Conference in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons … Member of 2006 State Championship team … Named the Pacific Conference Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons … Named first team All-State final two seasons … Club teams won state championships in 2006 and 2008 … Daughter of Jeff and Janeen Skinner … Aunt, Francie O’Leary Haffner, was a 14-time All-American swimmer (1986-89) and an individual national champion in 1989 at Arizona … Has one brother, Jake, and two sisters, Jordan and Jaden … Plans to major in nursing … Born on Dec. 26, 1991 in Westlake, Calif.

Oyen says: “Jensen is a very good athlete who has great technical skills and brings creativity to the attack. She plays with tremendous passion in addition to her soccer talents. The positive energy she creates is something that is essential for good attacking players.”

Jamie Wilkinson
5-8 | Goalkeeper | Kaysville, Utah (Davis High School)

A highly successful all-around student-athlete who will provide immediate depth and talent at the goalkeeper position … A four-year letter winner at Davis High School … Named a team captain in junior and senior seasons, while being named to the All-Region first team in 2008 and 2009, and the 5A All-State first team in 2009 … School was Region I Champions in 2007. 2008 and 2009 … Named to ESPN RISE’s National Player of the Week in September 2009 … Led state with 11 shutouts in 2009 … Played five years for La Roca Premier club team … A captain of team from 2007-2010 … Carries a 3.99 grade point average while taking numerous AP and honors courses … Earned President’s Award for Educational Excellence in 2007 and was named academic All-Region in 2009 … Daughter of Jody and Kelly Wilkinson … Has one sister, Jessica … Hopes to pursue degrees in anthropology and pre-medicine … Born on Aug. 12, 1992 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Oyen says: “Jamie is a very accomplished student-athlete. She will add depth and talent to the goalkeeper position, which will be very competitive. Her overall athleticism, handling and distribution is very impressive.”



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