A forward from Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas, Nev., VANESHA BAILEY was named the 2000-01 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Nevada. She is a two-time All-Southern Nevada and All-Sunset Region selection, a three-time All-Las Vegas choice and a four-time All-Sunset Conference honoree for the Spartans. She racked up 35 goals and 15 assists last season to lead Cimarron-Memorial to a 13-5-2 record and a runner-up finish in its league. Her club team was the Las Vegas Tabagatoes.
CASSIE DANIELS is a forward/midfielder from West Torrance (Calif.) High School. An All-CIF Southern Section and All-South Bay choice, she helped the Warriors to a Far West Regional berth and to state, national, league and league cup championships. She also holds the school record for most gamewinning goals in a season and was MVP for both her track and cross country teams. She plays for the Fram Xiles club team out of Redondo Beach, Calif.
A native of Redondo Beach, Calif., midfielder COURTNEY ANN MOSELEY helped Bishop Montgomery High School to back-to-back CIF finals, including a championship her sophomore year. A two-time all-conference choice, she was also team captain her senior season. She was the softball team's Defensive MVP as well. Her club team, Sportsklubben Fram, earned quarter- and semi-finals berths in the State Cup.
HEATHER NELSON is a midfielder/defender out of Tucson's Sabino High School. She helped the Sabercats garner a 14-8-1 overall record and a second-round berth in the state playoffs her senior year. The team's leading scorer with 15 goals and seven assists, Nelson was a two-time all-conference choice and was a team co-captain two years in a row. Her club team, the Sabino Vista Bobcats, finished first in the Arizona Premier Legue and was state runner-up three consecutive years. Her sister, Erin Nelson, is currently a member of the Arizona soccer team as well.
No relation to the Nelsons listed previously, forward KELLY NELSON comes from Lakewood, Calif. and Mayfair High School. She was named the CIF Division III Player of the Year as a junior and led the Monsoons to a CIF championship. Nelson led her team to the conference title in the Suburban League and was chosen the conference's Most Valuable Player in 2000 after being selected the league Offensive MVP in 1999. Her club team, CRSC Infinity in Cerritos, Calif., was the Far West Regional Champion and a Surf Cup semifinalist.
The only junior college transfer among this year's recruits, junior forward TYMARIE NOVAK is coming from Cypress (Calif.) College, where she led her team to a 52-1-1 overall record in her two seasons there. A two-time all-conference honoree, she was an All-West choice and was named her team's Most Valuable Player last season after racking up 17 goals and 11 assists. In 1999, Novak tallied 26 goals and 17 assists while leading Cypress to both state and national championships. Novak played her first two years of high school soccer at Anacortes (Wash.) High School before moving to Rosary High School in Fullerton, Calif., for her final two seasons.
A goalkeeper from Chino Hills, Calif., KELLY PAKULA was an All-Inland Valley choice and a two-time All-Sierra League selection while playing for Ruben S. Ayala High School. As a senior, she led Ayala to a 19-4-2 record, runner-up finish in the Sierra League and a first-round berth in the CIF playoffs. After racking up 16 shutouts, which was a school record for most shutouts in a season, Pakula was named her team's Defensive MVP and was a third team All-CIF selection. She also set new school records for fewest goals allowed (9) and the most saves (107) in a season.
LINDSEY PEEPLES is a defender/midfielder from Arcadia (Calif.) High School, where she was a four-time All-Pacific League selection and helped the Apaches to a league title in 2000-01. Arcadia was the top-ranked team in the CIF Division I her senior year and was ranked as high as third in the nation. Peeples was also the recipient of several academic achievement awards and was chosen first-team All-Pacific League in volleyball as a senior. Her club team, the CRSC Infinity in Cerritos, Calif., was the runner-up at both the Surf Cup and the League Cup in 2000 and was league champion in 1999.
Another Arizona native, forward/midfielder COURTNEY RUSSELL is from Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus High School. She was a four-time first team All-Arizona choice, as well as four-time All-West Valley Region. Russell was named the 2000-01 West Valley Region Player of the Year after racking up 22 goals and 21 assists to lead the Cobras to a 20-1 record, a regional championship and a berth in the state semifinals. Cactus High's all-time leading scorer with 116 goals and 63 assists in her career, Russell owns seven school records. Her club team, Phoenix's Sereno, was the State Cup champion and finished third in the Far West Regional.
A midfielder/forward from Altadena, Calif., CANDICE WILKS played soccer at LaSalle High School. Her club team is the CRSC Infinity in Cerritos, Calif. The club was runner up at the 2000 Surf Cup and was league champion in 1999.
"We're very excited about this year's recruiting class," said UA head coach Cathy Klein, who will enter her second season with the Wildcats this fall. "Our athleticism and team speed will increase dramatically as a result of this recruiting class, and we expect each of these recruits to challenge right away for starting positions."
Arizona finished the 2000 season with a 3-15-2 overall record and was 0-8-1 in Pac-10 play. The Wildcats are scheduled to kick off the 2001 season on Friday, Aug. 31, at Nebraska at 7 p.m. CDT.