by WSU Athletics
Seven student-athletes have each signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in soccer at Washington State University beginning next fall, Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine announced, Wednesday.
The signees include Ashlee Hanson (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kailiana Johnson (Renton, Wash.), Kaitlyn Johnson (Torrance, Calif.), Nicolle Marlow (Renton, Wash.), Madison Muzatko (South Jordan, Utah), Ayana O'Neal (Renton, Wash.) and Lianna Simms (Sammamish, Wash.).
McAlpine stated, "These recruits are a working-class kind of group that will add depth to our team. They bring a great character and personality that will fit in with our existing group.
"Every recruit understands that we are here to do something extraordinary, and they are being brought here to be a part of that. So from the day they said they wanted to be a Coug, they know that they are working to that end and have been held to that standard by themselves and by us. This group has the passion, the work rate, the aggression and the understanding of what we are asking of them going forward."
For information on each student-athlete, please see information below.
5-6 – Midfielder – Elk Grove, Calif. – Franklin HS
Played as a member of the Cal North State team from 2009-11, including being the team captain in 2010…in the Elite Clubs National League, she played for the San Juan Soccer Club Spirits 95 from 2009-11…played for the Elk Grove Everton from 2003-08 and was a team captain for all six years…attended the ID2 Regional camp (2009) and the ODP Region IV camp (2009-10).
"Ashlee is a wide player that has great size. She serves a good ball and can play on the left or on the right. She has a nose for the goal and we expect to play her in the wide spaces, giving us some depth out there."
5-0 – Forward – Renton, Wash. – Liberty HS
Earned four varsity letters under head coach Tami Nguyen…starter for four years…2012 team captain…two-time all-county first team member (2011, 2012)…two-time all-county second team member (2009, 2010)…2011 King County champions and state runner-up…2012 King County champions, fourth in state…ranked in the top 10 in the league for scoring and assists for three years (2009, 2011-12), including second place during her junior year…member of the Greater Renton Football Club team.
"Kailiana is small, crafty, quick and a very good soccer player. She is technical and can find spaces well. She is the type of attacking player that can play anywhere in the front four."
5-3 – Forward/Midfielder – Torrance, Calif. – Torrance HS
Earned four varsity letters in soccer under head coach John Martin…earned three varsity letters in track and field…2011-12 team captain…2011 Gatorade Player of the Year nominee…2011 Offensive Player of the Year (Torrance HS)…2011 Offensive Player of the Year (Pioneer League)…2011 All-CIF third team member…2009 Rookie of the Year (Torrance HS)…member of the South Bay Force Soccer Club team that was a finalist for the Far West Regional League.
"Kaitlyn is relentless in her work rate and will run right at players. She is athletic; she works back and can get forward. She is going to be a great attacking player here at WSU."
5-9 – Midfielder – Renton, Wash. – Liberty HS
Earned three varsity letters for soccer under head coach Tami Nguyen…2012 team captain…2012 most inspirational award…2012 King County 3A second team member…two-time all-league honorable mention (2010-11)…2011 King County champions and state runner-up…2012 King County champions and fourth in state…2009 Toughest on the Field award…was the team captain of the 2010 Greater Renton Football Club team that won the 3A King County Championship.
"Nicolle has a great engine and motor playing in the midfield. She's very very good in the air. We expect her to come in and strengthen the depth of our midfield and potentially play at another position or two."
5-4 – Forward/Midfielder – South Jordan, Utah – Juan Diego Catholic HS
Earned four varsity letters for soccer under head coach Simon McFall…2012 team captain…three-time region champions (2009-11)…two-time all-state second team (2011-12)…back-to-back 3A high school state champions (2009-10)…part of Sparta United, which won the Utah State Cup Championship in 2010…2012 Utah State Cup semifinalist with the Utah Avalanche…in 2012 the Utah Avalanche was ranked 10th in the Elite Clubs National League.
"Madison is a quick, small, shifty player. We see her as a wide player or an attacking mid type that can pass the ball very well and runs at people with the ball well. She may not be the biggest kid, but she plays with tremendous heart."
5-8 – Midfielder/Defender – Renton, Wash. – University Prep Academy
Earned four varsity letters for soccer under head coach Alec Duxbury…2012 team captain…two-time WIAA Seattle Times Athlete of the Week (2011-12)…WSSCA all-state first team (2012)…WSSCA all-state 2010 1A MVP…1A high school state champions (2012)…two-time Emerald City all-league first team member…team captain for the Greater Renton Football Club (2009-12).
"Ayana is a true athlete. She is great in the air, has good feet and will have quite the impact not only as a soccer player but through her leadership and communication. She is versatile and can play in the midfield or in the back."
5-6 – Forward/Midfielder – Sammamish, Wash. – Skyline HS
Earned four varsity letters for soccer under head coach Dan Braman…2012 team captain…2012 all-conference, all-area, all-state…2012 MVP…recorded a hat trick in 2012…Seattle Times Athlete of the Week (2011)…two-time state champions (2011-12)…three-time league champions (2009-11)…US National Camp '95 in 2009-10…ID2 National Camp II 2010…member of the Michigan Hawks club team.
"Lianna is a hard working kid. She is a great server of the ball and is hard on her tackles. Since she is from the Michigan area she has a different feel and brand of soccer to her that we are excited to bring to the team. She's a natural lefty, so that helps as well."