Washington Announces Four New Huskies
SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies announced the addition of four new members of their incoming freshman class today. Olivia Juarez, Nyota Katembo, Cassie Larsson, and Lily Ramos will join the Huskies prior to the 2021-2022 season.
A three-time state champion, Olivia Juarez comes to the Huskies from Portland, Oregon. A goalkeeper, Juarez played for Jesuit High School and Crossfire United. She earned high school championships in 2017, 2018, and 2019, as well as Surf Cup championships in 2017 and 2018. In the ECNL, Juarez took third place nationally with Crossfire United. She was named to the ECNL All-Region team as well as the ODP Region 4 team.
"I've always dreamed of playing for a Pac-12 school," said Juarez. "As soon as I stepped on campus I fell in love with the environment and the location. After attending a training session and watching a game, I knew it was the right fit for me."
Katembo is one of the first Canadian stars to join the Huskies, coming from Montreal. She played her club soccer with CS Fabrose. Last season, Katembo helped Fabrose take second place in the PLSQ.
Katembo had plenty of reasons to choose Washington, saying that "I wanted a school where I could develop as a player and play at a higher level. The academic side of things was very important for my parents and myself. I also like the online visit: it helped me figure out that I wanted to spend four years of my life at Washington."
Larsson has put together a long list of achievements while playing in her native Sweden. She has played with the Swedish Junior National Team and took part in European qualification for Sweden. Three times she has won the Gothia Cup, twice she has won Swedish youth championships, and Larsson has even earned a Swedish futsal championship. While playing with Bollstanäs SK, she won two Swedish Division I league championships. Larsson earned a contract with Djurgårdens IF, a team in Sweden's highest soccer division.
"I chose Washington because right from the beginning I felt that I got a great impression of Nicole [Van Dyke] and her coaching and soccer philosophy," said Larsson. "Washington felt like a place where I knew I would get every tool needed to reach my dreams, and I know the staff will put my and the team's best interests at heart and help us in every way they can."
Local star Lily Ramos joins Washington from Bellevue. She has been a part of ODP Regional training camps and has gone to national playoffs three times: in the ECNL in 2016 and in DA in 2017 and 2018.
Ramos was excited to join the Huskies, saying that she "loved the chemistry of the team and the coaching staff, as well as the beautiful campus and great academics Washington offers."
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