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Tobias Announces 2006 Incoming Class
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 19, 2006
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Tucson, Ariz. - The University of Arizona women’s soccer program will welcome an incoming class of 11 for next fall’s season, head coach Dan Tobias announced on Tuesday.  This recruiting class is Tobias’ third at Arizona. Tobias’ first and second recruiting classes have brought the Arizona soccer program to a new level. With a Pac-10 Championship and an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance in the last two years, Tobias expects this year’s class to continue to bring success to the program.


“We are very excited about our 2006 class and the quality of the 11 student-athletes that will be joining the Wildcat family," Tobias said. “We really feel that we have improved ourselves in every position. The skill, athleticism, character and leadership abilities of this group creates a great deal of enthusiasm for the entire program and all U of A fans and supporters."


            One of four Tucson-natives joining the team is Becky Barry. She attends Salpointe Catholic High School, where she is coached by Dave Peron. A defender, she is a four-year letterwinner and the team’s most valuable player in her junior season. Barry is also a defender for the Arizona Rush Club Team, coached by Sean Ochoa. She also competed on the Arizona Olympic Development team in 2002, 2003 and 2005. The 2003 squad was the Las Vegas regional champion.


“I’m very excited about the upcoming season,” Barry said. “I chose U of A because of the athletics department and the kind of academics I was looking for.”


“Becky has the type of versatility that we are excited to add to our program,” Tobias said. “She is a bright person and that shows in her play on the field. We are very happy to add her to the Wildcats." 


            Jacqueline Broussard is one of three California-natives to come to Arizona next year. Broussard hails from Glendale, Calif., where she attends Mater Dei High School and competes as a captain for head coach Matty West. She earned All-Serra League honors in her first three seasons (third team as a freshman, second as a sophomore, and first team as a junior). As a junior, she was also named to the all-county first team by the OC Register and LA Times, and All-CIF Region second team. She competes for the Surf club team out of San Diego for head coach Colin Chesters. The team was Surf Cup and League Cup champions in 2005.


            “I chose to come to U of A because of the great coaching staff, the atmosphere, the great location and the opportunity to play in a conference like the Pac-10,” said Broussard.”


            "We believe Jackie's potential is unlimited," Tobias explained. "She has tremendous pace and she will only continue to grow and add great value on both sides of the ball." We feel she is an excellent addition to our program."


Alex Davis is another Tucson-native. She attends Flowing Wells High School earning four letters as a midfielder on a squad that went undefeated in region play and received the top seed in the state tournament. At Flowing Wells, she is coached by Terri Swaney and Sean Ochoa. Additionally, she has continued to move up in the all-city honors, earning honorable mention as a freshman, second team as a sophomore, and first team as a junior. She was also named first team all-region her sophomore and junior seasons second team all-district her sophomore year and first team all-district her junior year. She competes for Ochoa on the Arizona Rush Club Team.


“I really liked the soccer program at Arizona,” explained Davis. “The players, the coaches, and the idea of a Wildcat family made we want to come to Arizona.”


“Alex is a tireless worker, a very good student of the game and she is also versatile,” Tobias said. “I think she’s got a lot of room to grow and we’re excited that she’s going to be in our environment to do that kind of growing.”


Samantha Drees comes from Lorton, Va., where she attends Hayfield Secondary and plays for head coach John Abramson. She was named All-Metropolitan and first team All-Patriot District her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. She was also named second team all-region her freshman and sophomore years. She competes for the BRYC Attack out of Braddock Road, Va., a team that is coached by Ashu Saxena. The team was State Cup Champion and regional semi-finalist in 2005.


“Coming to U of A was an easy choice,” Drees explained. “The coaching staff is unbelievable and the team has so much energy and stays focused. I love the campus and the fact that I feel like I will have a family here."


"Samantha has a relentlessness and determination that can not be taught," Tobias said. “She can effectively play multiple positions and she is a playmaker; she will do whatever is necessary to help the team achieve its goals. She will be an outstanding Arizona Wildcat."


            Another Arizona native, Laura Huylebroeck, joins the team from Pinetop, Ariz. Huylebroeck is a senior captain for the Blue Ridge High School coached by Russ Evans. She is a four-time first team all-conference pick. Additionally, she was named honorable mention all-state as a freshmen, and first team all-state each of her other three seasons. Huylebroeck was conference player of the year in her junior and senior seasons, and was named the state’s player of the year. She competes for the Cisco 87 club team under head coach Barb Chura. The team was the state cup runner-up in 2003 and 2005.


            U of A seems like a good environment,” said Huylebroeck. “On my visit, I felt like I was already home. I am very excited to be a member of this team.”


            "Laura is a tremendous athlete and her pace will allow us to get in behind teams on a regular basis," Tobias explained. "Her game understanding continues to grow and her with impressive work ethic and desire, she will be a dangerous attacker on our team and in the Pac-10. She has an exciting future with the 'Cats."


Lindsay Lum will join the team from Houston, Texas. Lum competed as a freshman for Klein Forest High School and was named Offensive MVP of the team for that season. Additionally, she was named first team all-district and district newcomer of the year. Lum competes as a midfielder for the seven-time state champion Challenge ’88 club team under head coach Ronnie White. She also received the honor of competing for the U-17 adidas/USYS all-star team that traveled to Europe, as well as the STX ODP state team from 2001-05. She also competed for the ODP Region II team for 2004-05.


“When I visited the U of A, I fell in love with the school,” said Lum. “U of A has everything I was looking for, both athletically and academically. The coaching staff is committed to the success of the team both on the field and in the classroom.”


"In addition to her playmaking abilities in midfield, Lindsay brings a number of
intangibles to our program,” Tobias said. “She sets and maintains very high standards and that creates her daily drive for excellence. She is a fantastic addition to the Wildcat soccer program."


Analisa Marquez competes as a captain for Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Ariz., where she is coached by Dave Peron. In her sophomore and junior seasons, she was named to the all-city team, and was all-state second team selection as a junior. That same year, she was named Salpointe’s Athlete of the Year for her efforts on the soccer field and in the swimming pool. Additionally, she has led her team in scoring in every year that she has competed. Marquez plays for the Tucson Soccer Academy ’89 team under head coach Charlie Kendrick. The team has been a regional finalist, as well as a state championship runner-up.


“I feel like I will have a great opportunity to play soccer at the University of Arizona,” explained Marquez.


"Analisa has a great upside as she is very athletic and extremely bright,” Tobias explained. "She adds the ability to play effectively in a number of positions and we are so pleased she is a part of the U of A family."  


            Also a Tucson-native, Jenna Merideth attends Catalina Foothills High School and is coached by Charlie Kendrick. Merideth has been honored as the Southern Arizona Player of the Year, as well as an all-state and all-city first team pick. She also competes as a captain for the Arizona Rush U-18 club team under head coach Sean Ochoa.


            “I chose U of A because of the competitive soccer program and the opportunity to attend a great business school,” Merideth said.


            “Jenna brings some unique qualities to our program in that her best position is yet to be determined," said Tobias. “We have watched her growth these last few years and it will be very exciting to continue that maturation process here at the U of A."


            Mackie Mutz joins the team from Monument, Colo. Mutz plays high school soccer for head coach Reid Wiecks at Lewis Palmer High School. She is currently a captain for the team and was named the team’s MVP as a junior. Additionally, she was named to the all-city first team as a sophomore and junior. In her junior season, she also earned honorable mention all-state honors. In 2006, she was named to the NSCAA Scholar Athlete All-America Team. Mutz competes for the club team Colorado Real under head coach Lorne Donaldson. The team won the state cup in 2004 and 2005, and was a regional finalist in 2005. Mutz also competed for the Colorado ODP team and regional pool ODP in 2003 and 2005.


            I’m really excited to come and play for the U of A,” said Mutz. “I love the coaches and the girls, and I think we’re going to have a great season.”


            Mackie has the skill and smarts to play in midfield or in the center of our defense and she is excellent in winning balls in the air," Tobias said. “Her leadership qualities, both on and off the field, are just so natural and obviously that adds to the overall quality of this excellent 2006 class."


            Jasmine Namdar will join the team from San Diego, where she competes for Cathedral Catholic High School team coached by Dawen Lee. She is currently the team’s captain and was named MVP for her efforts during her junior season. She earned all-city second team honors in her freshman and sophomore seasons, and all-city first team honors in her junior season. Additionally, she was named to the All-Cal South team and the All-Region IV team. In all four seasons of high school soccer, she led the team in scoring.


            “I am very excited to come to the U of A,” Namdar said. “I really like the coaches and it is close enough to home.”


            "Jasmine is a versatile attacking player who puts herself in excellent position to be
productive, be it goals and/or assists," Tobias said. “She has a great feel for the game and that can be seen in her intelligent work and movement off the ball. She is an exciting new member of the Wildcat family."


            Another Southern California native, Samantha Tiampo, attends Northwood High School in Irvine, Calif. She has earned four letters and is a two-time captain playing under head coach Steve Tatone. Tiampo earned first team all-league honors as  freshman and junior. She competes for head coach Walid Khoury on the Slammers F.C. club team. The Slammers are four-time state champions and four-time regional champions. The team also won a national championship in 2005.


            I took a visit to Arizona and I really loved it,” explained Tiampo. “I really liked the people and the atmosphere. I love my club team, but I am really excited to come to U of A.”


            Sami has the versatility to play any of the back four positions and also in midfield," Tobias explained. “She has a poised tenacity and that ?'no one can beat me’ defensive attitude. We feel she has a bright future wearing Arizona red and blue."


Arizona’s incoming class as a whole has been ranked in Soccer Buzz’s Top-25 Preliminary Recruiting Classes. Lindsay Lum was named to Soccer Buzz’s list of top-75 incoming freshman, while Samantha Drees and Laura Huylebroeck were both named to the top-75. 


Arizona Women’s Soccer ?- 2006 Incoming Class






High School

Club Team

Becky Barry



Tucson, Ariz.

Salpointe Catholic H.S.

Arizona Rush

Jacqueline Broussard



Glendale, Calif.

Mater Dei H.S.

San Diego Surf

Alex Davis



Tucson, Ariz.

Flowing Wells H.S.

Arizona Rush

Samantha Drees



Lorton, Va.

Hayfield Secondary

BRYC Attack

Laura Huylebroeck



Pinetop, Ariz.

Blue Ridge H.S.

CISCO ?'87

Lindsay Lum



Houston, Texas

Klein Forest H.S.

Challenge ?'88

Analisa Marquez



Tucson, Ariz.

Salpointe Catholic H.S.

TSA ?'89

Jenna Merideth



Tucson, Ariz.

Catalina Foothills H.S.

Arizona Rush

Macke Mutz



Monument, Colo.

Lewis Palmer H.S.

Colorado Real

Jasmine Namdar

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