Tiger Women's Soccer Signs Six For 2013-14
Pacific Women's Soccer Head Coach Keith Coleman has announced the signing of six student-athletes for the 2013-14 season.
"We have a extremely athletic group of young ladies coming to Pacific in the fall," said Coleman. "They will add speed, skill and competition all over the field. We are very excited to add a great group of student-athletes to our returning core."
Alex Hussar is a 5'10" Striker/Attacking Midfielder from Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Calif. She already has 15 goals and four assists in 2012-13, helping the team to a 16-1-3 record in the opening two months of Sea View League play. She was named MVP for leading her Cougar team to the Excalibur Tournament title. Alex plays her club soccer with the Tustin United and she is a three-time Athletic Scholar Award.
Coleman on Hussar: "Alex is an extremely talented student-athlete. She is a tall attacking player who posses the ability to make everyone around her better. We are very excited to have her in our program and expect big things from her from the start."
Maya Jones is a 5'7" Defender from Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills, Calif. She was a four-year varsity starter, helping the team to undefeated league championships in 2010 and 2011. As a junior last year, Maya helped the Bulldogs to the CIF Quarter-Finals. She earned all-league honors in each of her first three seasons.
Coleman on Jones: "Maya is a very strong defender that can help us immediately by playing either central or wide back. She is fast and has an amazing upside. We are excited to add her into the mix."
Ebony Ezeji is a 5'8" Forward/Defender from St. Mary's High School in Stockton. She helped lead the Rams to a 30-1 record in 2011-12. The Rams were ranked No. 1 in California and No. 3 in the nation in Spring Soccer by MaxPreps. She scored nine goals on the season as a junior, adding seven assists for 25 points. Ebony earned All-Tri City Athletic League honors as a sophomore, after scoring six goals with five assists. She has won 85 matches in her first three years at St. Mary's HS.
Coleman on Ezeji: "Ebony is strong, fast and athletic and can play several positions. She will add speed and a strong left foot to our lineup. She has tons of potential and has the athleticism to make an impact."
Bailey Penix is a 5'9" Striker from Tokay High School in Lodi, Calif. She has played for the Modesto Ajax Elite '95 club team for the last four years, winning the West Regional of the Super Group and gaining a No. 1 national ranking in 2010-11. She scored five of the team's eight goals at the West Regional. She played soccer, volleyball and swam at Tokay HS.
Coleman on Penix: "Bailey adds speed and athleticism to our team. She has a tireless work rate and will pressure relentlessly. She will be a great addition to our team."
Carly Marietti is a 5'6" Midfielder from Millikan High School in Long Beach, Calif. In her first two years, she earned Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, as well as being named First Team All-Moore League. She is a captain for Millikan HS this year as she finishes her high school career. She has been on the honor roll each year of high school so far.
Coleman on Marietti: "Carly is a central midfielder that can play multiple roles for us next fall. She is a strong ball winner, yet she is a very skilled passer and finisher. She is an exceptional student-athlete and we look forward to adding her to the team."
Matti Long is a 5'4" Striker from Brighton High School in Sandy, Utah. She was the goal and assist leader for Brighton HS in both 2011 and 2012 scoring a combined 28 goals (17 in 2012) and adding 45 assists. Matti earned first team All-Region selection and a second team All-State selection in 2012 and earned All-State honors at Alta High School in 2009. Playing with Sparta United in 2010, she helped lead the team to the State Cup championship. Matti followed her sister Tashia to Pacific, as Tashia will be a senior goalkeeper for the Tigers next fall. Along with her soccer success Matti earned honor roll honors last year.
Coleman on Long: "Fast!! Matti gives us another weapon and is very creative moving forward. She will be a strong candidate for a starting position and we are excited that she decided to join her sister at Pacific."