Pacific Soccer Announces Nine Committed To Attend
Pacific women's soccer head coach Keith Coleman announced nine commitments to the Tigers for the 2012 season. Eight will join the Tigers out of high school, with one entering via transfer. Midfielders Shayda Absari (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Jamie Flores (Stockton, Calif.), Zarette Munoz Aguilar (San Jose, Calif.) and Alexis D'Zmura (Huntington Beach, Calif.); forwards Cheyenne Somers (Carmel, Indiana) and Rosario Gonzalez (Fullerton, Calif.), defender Regina Manneh (San Diego, Calif.), and goalkeeper Kathrine Larsen (Albertslund, Denmark) will enter Pacific as freshmen. Forward Rebecca Germano (Campinas,Brazil) will join Pacific as a junior transfer student.
Rebecca Germano, a 5-9 forward from Campinas, Brazil will join Pacific as a junior after transferring from Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas. In two seasons, she racked up 36 goals and 23 assists in 31 games. She was a 2011 NSCAA First Team All-West Region selection and earned All-Region honors in 2010 and 2011.
"A goal scorer," Coleman said. "Rebecca bring vision, strength and an unbelievable shot with either foot to our team. She is a mature international player that has grown up with a ball at her feet. I love her understanding of the game and I think she will be a great fit within our team and style of play."
Kathrine Larsen, 5-11 goalkeeper from Albertslund, Denmark will join the Tigers as a freshman. A member of the Under-19 Danish National Team, she attended school at Kongsholm Gymnasium and played club soccer for Ballerup-Skovlunde. She participated in the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship first qualifying round and picked up wins over Russia and Greece. She did not allow a goal and made four saves in 180 minutes of action as the Danes won Group 8 and advanced to the second qualifying round, to be played later this spring.
"We are extremely excited to have Kat joining our team," Coleman said. "She is a very long athletic keeper who has great experience as the starting keeper for the Danish U-19 National Team. Her addition will exponentially increase the competition in our net and that is exactly what we feel we need to increase the level of all of our keepers. "
Regina Manneh, a 5-8 defender, comes to Pacific out of Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego. A four-year starter and letter winner, Manneh earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman, second team all-league as a sophomore, first Team all-league, all-county, and All-CIF as a junior. She tallied 14 goals last season with four assists and scored six goals with four assists while playing stopper as the Broncos won the league title and advanced to the semis of CIF. She was captain of the Cal South ODP Girls 1994 team that won four straight Regional ODP Championships.
"Regina is the real deal," said Coleman. "She has played at a very high level on the surf and with the state team and she excels in the big games. She is a very strong center back that can play as a defensive mid equally as well. If she comes in ready, I see her starting right away."
Zarette Munoz Aguilar, a 5-3 midfielder/forward out of San Jose, Calif., will join the Tigers from Leigh High School where she was First Team All-Blossom Valley League and league MVP as a junior with 12 goals and 12 assists, and earned first team all-league honors as a sophomore. The Longhorns are off to an 11-1-1 start this season.
"Zarette is a gifted soccer player. Her style of play fits our team very well and she should make an immediate impact," Coleman continued. "Z is very talented with fantastic vision, rhythm and a great shot. She is a great one-v-one player and we love the idea of having her run at opposing teams' defenses. We are happy she chose Pacific to continue her dream of playing and attending an outstanding Division I university."
Shayda Ansari, a 5-6 midfielder from Thousand Oaks, Calif., was a Second Team All-Marmonte League selection as a sophomore and junior at Newbury Park High School, helping the team to a 11-4-6 record in 2011, and the furthest playoff run in school history, going to the CIF semifinals. She has played club soccer for the Real SoCal since 2009 after four seasons with the Crossfire Premier in Seattle, Wash. Ansari earned Olympic Developmental Program experience with the 2009 Washington team and in 2010, was a member of the U-17 California State National Cup winners, finishing third in the nation at the US Youth Soccer Association National Finals. She also earned three letters in track, running the 400-meter dash, 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
"Shayda can fly," Coleman said. "She is a great athlete that we expect to step in and make an immediate impact on our team. We see her as being able to play anywhere on the right side of the field. Her work ethic and commitment to getting better were the things that drew us to her, but her athleticism sold us."
Alexis D'Zmura is a 5-8 midfielder from Huntington Beach, Calif. At Huntington Beach High, she earned three letters for head coach Sean Dick. In club soccer, she was team captain of the Tustin United Red from 2009-2011, placing second at the 2011 CSL Premier League, and advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2011 National Cup. In 2009, Tustin United Red won the 2011 Slammers Classic championship and was the 2009 CSL League Cup champs.
"'AI' is a very strong physical presence in the middle," Coleman commented. "She wins the ball very well and can start the attack or get forward herself. She has played in the toughest leagues in the country her whole life and we look forward to adding her to the team."
Rosario Gonzalez, a 5-10 forward from Fullerton, Calif., earned Third Team All-CIF Division 5 honors as a junior, scoring 15 goals in 16 games for Anaheim High School as a junior and was named a Southern California Player To Watch entering her senior campaign. On January 23, Gonzalez was the OCVarsity's athlete of the week after she tallied five goals in a 7-0 victory over Savanna and scored both of the Colonists goals in a 2-2 tie against Santa Ana Valley. Gonzalez is currently third in the county with 18 goals scored this season. She played club soccer with the Fullerton Rangers.
"Rosario is a very strong forward that has a nose for the goal," continued Coleman. "She plays at another level when she is inside the 18 yard box and we expect her to have great success while playing in tandem with Rebecca or [Maricela Padilla] next year. She has some big shoes to fill but we feel that she has the potential to create havoc for other teams backlines."
Cheyenne Somers, a 5-5 forward/midfielder, will join the Tigers from Carmel, Indiana. She played for Carmel High School as a freshman and sophomore on the varsity team before choosing to play club soccer year-round in her final two seasons. She scored 16 goals in 2011 for the U-18 Ohio Elite. Somers was guest-player on four California based club teams and has ODP experience with the Indiana State team at the U-14, U-15, U-16, and U-17 levels. She also played for the FC Pride club team in 2011, advancing to the Indiana State Cup finals.
"Chey can play anywhere," Coleman stated. "She is very hard working, sees the game well and has an edge to her. She has the chance to come in and help our team right away."
Jamie Flores, a 5-6 midfielder/forward from Stockton, Calif., has committed to attend and play for the Tigers from St. Mary's High School. She has helped lead the Rams to three consecutive league titles, while going 30-0 in league and 90-2 overall the last three seasons. Flores was named to the ESPN RISE High School All-State Team and to the T-CAL All-Conference team each year for her efforts. She also plays for the Davis Legacy Soccer Club after eight years with the Stockton Cougars.
"Jamie is a very hard working blue-collar player that has the potential and vision to be very good," said Coleman. "She is deadly on corners and set pieces and we believe she has the kind of character that we want to add to our team."
The Tigers lost five players to graduation, and will have 17 players returning from last season's squad.