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Geoducks add thirteen new players for 2006

June 21, 2006

Olympia, WA - Departing women's soccer coach Erik Gibson-Snyder announced Evergreen's 2006 recruiting class today. The group adds thirteen new players to the team that made it to the conference tournament championship game in 2005. Ten players return off that squad including all-conference goalkeeper Carly Stewart and all-conference forward Kate Green.

"We have a good class coming in, said Gibson-Snyder who will turn the reigns over to a new coach this fall to spend more time with his family. I think they complement well the players we have returning and give us some much-needed depth.

The class is comprised of four forwards, three midfielders, five defenders and a goalkeeper. Eight of the players are transfers while six are coming from the high school ranks.

Evergreen graduated two defenders that allowed only 13 goals last season, setting a school record. With Welker tabbed to fill one of those holes, five other defenders will vie for the other spot on the back line made available with the graduation of Jamie Doran who was voted best defender by her teammates in 2004.

"We have a group that provides us with lots of options. We have some kids with a good deal of speed, others with some good size. It will be fun to let the kids go at it and see who rises to the top.

The three additions in midfield will be battling for the role vacated by graduate Elizabeth Lieberknecht.

"Midfield is the part of the field I feel most comfortable about. We have a lot of talent returning there. I wouldn't mind seeing more defensive bite, but the group we have is really good with the ball and maturing very quickly.

Coming back are Jenine Adam and April MacKay, who both played for the Washington State ODP team. Meanwhile, junior Maeve Dempsey has had a recovered from injuries that have plagued her first two seasons and had a very good spring.

"Mira Sussman transferred to Evergreen this winter and trained with us in the spring. She brings a lot of skill and composure to the game and thus fits in nicely with the kids we already have. She will certainly get some time this fall.

Three of the team's four forwards return from last season, including the Geoducks' second and third-leading goal scorers Kate Green and Alice Dietz. But Evergreen lost leading goal scorer and two-time All-America Alisha White to graduation.

"Anytime you lose that much goal production, you have to worry a bit. But Alice Dietz and Lisa Leadon give us a ton of speed and both have developed tremendously this spring as soccer players. They are both going to create and score more goals than last year. Then you add Kate into the mix and you have to feel pretty good about your chances of putting the ball in the back of the net.

"Sesen Kidane and Katie Hackenberger could both add something to our front line. They are both good athletes who work hard. We will have to wait and see how they make the adjustment to the college game and how far they can come in the pre-season, but they both might make an impact as we get into conference play.

The Geoducks are coming off the best season in school history. Losing only twice all season, Evergreen advanced to the conference championship game before losing to ninth-ranked Concordia University .

Name Position Hometown
Aubree Grivas G Tacoma , WA
Allison Saville D Alabama
Kaleena White D Tacoma , WA
Taryn Welker D Wayne , PA
Mira Sussman M Vancouver , WA
Jamie Scholtens M Tacoma , WA
Nora Skeele D Mount Vernon , WA
Nina Hinton M Mount Vernon , WA
Katie Hackenberger F Anchorage , AK
Ana Fonokalafi M Vancouver , WA
Emily Anderson D Corvallis , OR
Amanda Donachie F Vancouver , WA