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Gibson-Snyder Announces First Recruiting Class

August 10, 2005

Olympia, WA - The Evergreen State College women's soccer team will bolster its fall squad with six new players, head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder announced today. The Geoducks landed three players who have played with the Washington State ODP team, one NWAACC All-Star and a transfer from NCAA Division II powerhouse Seattle University. All of the incoming players are from the state of Washington.

"We worked really hard to recruit within Washington. There are so many talented players in the state; we didn't see a need to go anywhere else. At $4000 a year, Evergreen is a great bargain for Washington players. It just makes sense to give the local kids the first shot at playing here."

This is the first recruiting class for Gibson-Snyder who took over the Geoduck soccer program a short three weeks before the season started last year, effectively leaving the team without a recruited class.

"Last year we were very fortunate to have some excellent players walk on to the program. And we were able to land Alisha at the last minute. It is nice to discover that getting players like Alisha wasn't a one-time fluke, but something we can expect every year."

White ended the season as the team's leading scorer, was recognized as the Cascade Collegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year, and was named Honorable Mention All-American.

She led the Geoducks to their best conference record in the program's history going 8-2-1 against Cascade opponents. Evergreen also managed a 2-1 loss to #6 ranked Simon Fraser and a tie with national finalist Concordia University.

"It has been an exciting process recruiting players to Evergreen this year. My goal was to bring in high quality people and students who could help us become one of the best soccer programs in the region. I am incredibly pleased with the young women we have joining the team this fall. We have taken a giant step toward competing with the best teams in the country."

The Players:

Jenine Adam-FC Kitsap

"Jenine is a very skillful and smart midfielder who will make a huge and immediate impact on the quality of our team. Her experience with the State Team is great preparation for the jump to college soccer. She spent the spring and summer in Spain so I think she kind of fell off people's radar. Jenine is also the sort of student we want in our program. She's very intelligent and seems to have a passion for learning and exploring."

Alice Fox-Dietz-Lower Columbia Community College
"Alice was a great surprise to us. Her husband plays on the men's basketball team and so she was already in Olympia. Alice was an NWAACC All-Star and the league's second leading scorer in 2003. She is one of the most athletic players on the team, and that is saying a lot with players like Kaylen Kelley and Alisha White on the roster. She is a very talented 1v1 player. Our plan is to play her wide and just let her run at defenders for 90 minutes."

Kate Green-Seattle University
"Kate is a very good athlete with exceptional skill. But what makes her a special, special player is her soccer brain. She has the best soccer IQ of anyone I have ever coached, including the Division I players I worked with at Montana. She makes the game very simple and the players around her much more effective. She will start for us up front and will be one of the most talented players in the conference. Like Alisha, Kate came to us very late, and we feel very fortunate to have her in the program."

Marissa Major-WFC Rangers
"Marissa may be the surprise of the group. She is someone I saw early last summer, but then lost contact with. We are thrilled to have her on the team and have been very impressed with her athleticism and competitive spirit. She is a fast, powerful defender and has a very steep learning curve. Marissa is also a natural leader. She is very vocal on the field and a lot of fun off of it."

Jackie McClendon-Eastside FC
"Jackie was one of the easiest recruiting experiences I have ever had. She called us up and asked if she could play with us at Evergreen. I have never had someone of Jackie's ability recruiting me before. Jackie is also player with the State ODP team last year and turned down a number of Division I offers to stay close to home. Jackie has great skill, is a great penetrating dribbler and has the potential to score buckets of goals. "

April McKay-Emerald City
"April is another player who sought Evergreen out for the quality of its education. We are more than pleased to have a player of her ability join us this fall. She is a great soccer player, a great person and will be a defensive leader for us. She has high-level experience playing at the P1 level and with the State Team. She is very tactically aware and is a great possession player."