March 19, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. (Mar. 19) - The University of Arizona women's soccer program has signed seven student-athletes to national letters of intent, announced head coach Cathy Klein on Tuesday. All seven will be joining the Wildcats for the 2002-03 academic year.
A forward from Yorba Linda, Calif., Erin Clewett has been a four-year starter for Esperanza High School. She is a four-time first team All-Sunset League, three-time Division I All-CIF and two-time All-Orange County selection. Named her team's Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, Clewett led Esperanza in scoring with 12 goals and set new school records in career points (123), career goals (46) and career games played (115). She also plays for the CRSC Infinity club team.
Hailing from Manhattan Beach, Calif., midfielder/defender Nikki David lettered three times in soccer and four times in track at Mira Costa High School. A team captain, David helped the Mustangs to a 14-6-1 record during her senior season, while tallying 10 goals and 12 assists (32 points). She was a first team All-Bay League selection, was named Most Outstanding Player and earned scholar-athlete recognition. Her club team, Fram Splash, was League Cup and Surf Cup champion and was a National Cup semi-finalist in 2001.
Transferring to the UA from the University of Nebraska, midfielder/forward Lindsey Greenwood will be a junior this fall. During her two seasons with the Huskers, she played in 46 contests, collecting 35 shots, six goals and seven assists (19 points). Last year, Nebraska went 17-5-1 overall and 8-1-1 in Big 12 play and earned a berth in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Originally from Bettendorf, Iowa, Greenwood was twice named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Iowa while playing for Pleasant Valley High School. She also played for the Quad City Strikers club team, which won three state championships.
Coming from Pickering, Ontario, midfielder/defender Althea Jones will be the first-ever Canadian to play soccer for the UA. Playing her high school soccer at St. Mary Catholic, Jones was named Most Valuable Player as a junior and was a two-time All-Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletics Conference selection. The Monarchs are three-time champion of the Hangar Varsity High School Indoor Tournament and twice won the South Carlton Tournament. Jones plays for the Pickering Power club team that was the 2002 Indoor Ontario Cup champion.
A forward/midfielder from Englewood, Colo., Lisa Kosena has earned all-conference and honorable mention All-Colorado laurels while playing for Cherry Creek High School. She led Cherry Creek to a 17-2-0 record and a 5A State Championship last year and was one of the top 15 scorers in her league. Kosena, who plays for the Colorado Storm club team, is just beginning her senior season of high school soccer.
Amanda Martin, a goalkeeper from Franklin (Tenn.) High School, was a three-time All-Tennessee, All-Middle Tennessee and All-District II selection as a four-year letterwinner with the Rebels. She was named the District II Defensive Most Valuable Player as both a junior and a senior. Martin tallied 13 shutouts her senior year while helping Franklin to a 17-3-0 record and a state finals berth. She plays for the Lady Express club team out of Brentwood, Tenn., and has been a member of the Tennessee State ODP pool since 1997.
A four-year letterwinner at Tucson's Salpointe Catholic High School, forward/midfielder Mallory Miller was a three-time All-Tucson and two-time All-Arizona honoree. She was the Arizona Southern Region Player of the Year as a junior while collecting 17 goals and nine assists (43 points). The Lancers were the Arizona 5A state runner-up last year as well. Miller plays for the Sabino Vista Bobcats club team that was the Arizona Premier League champion in 2001. She was also a four-year member of the state ODP pool.
"We are expecting great things from our entire group of signees. Each of these student-athletes could challenge for a starting position right away, and all of them will see significant playing time this fall," said head coach Cathy Klein, who is entering her third year at the helm of the Wildcat program. "All of these players are versatile, committed, fit athletes who will help us continue our growth as a program. This group represents our continued commitment toward bringing the best soccer players and students to the University of Arizona."
Arizona will open the 2002 season at home, playing host to Cal-Poly, Drake and Detroit for the Wildcat Invitational on Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Sept. 1.
University of Arizona Women's Soccer 2002 Signees
Name Pos. Yr.* Hometown High School (Last School) Club Team Erin Clewett F Fr. Yorba Linda, Calif. Esperanza HS CRSC Infinity Nikki David M/D Fr. Manhattan Beach, Calif. Mira Costa HS Fram Splash Lindsey Greenwood M/F Jr. Bettendorf, Iowa Pleasant Valley HS (Nebraska) Quad City Strikers Althea Jones M/D Fr. Pickering, Ontario, Can. St. Mary Catholic HS Scarborough United Lazors Lisa Kosena F/M Fr. Englewood, Colo. Cherry Creek HS Colorado Storm Amanda Martin GK Fr. Franklin, Tenn. Franklin HS Lady Express Mallory Miller F/M Fr. Tucson, Ariz. Salpointe Catholic HS Sabino Vista Bobcats *Year of eligibility as of fall 2002