NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's soccer program and head coach Keith West announced the signing of nine incoming-freshmen student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to start play in the 2012 season. Corryn Barney, Briana Geffre, Hayley Greep, Teylor Hawkins, Taylor Hobson, Lyndsey Preston, Nichole Thompson, Macey Herrera and Sylvia Trinh all bring extensive club and high school credentials to the Matadors starting in the fall.
Having lost several players to graduation, West and CSUN will look to restock their ranks with an exciting array of talent. The class consists of four midfielders, three forwards and two defensive stalwarts.
Barney comes to Northridge from Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, Calif., where she played her club ball for head coach Tony Scheri and the San Diego United. An athletic two-sport star who also excelled in track, West expects Barney to bring pace to the Matador midfield.
"Corryn is a phenomenal athlete who will add speed to our attack on the ball," West said. "With her background in track, she has great timing and a burst that really makes her a dangerous player to get behind the defense."
Geffre is one of the group's defensive players, an outside back who attended Santa Fe HS and played for head coach Steve Soler's Beach FC. In her senior season, she finished with 13 goals, eight assists and 34 points.
"Briana is a great soccer player who can really help us push our attack from the back," West said. "She is great on her distribution and service, something that compliments a lot of players on the field."
Greep adds versatility to the group, capable of playing nearly anywhere on the field. She prepped at Arcadia High School and played her club ball for Real SoCal. In her senior season, she finished with 15 goals, 16 assists and 46 points.
"Hayley is another two-sport star who is a phenomenal athlete," West said. "She has good endurance and pace with the speed to separate and finish at goal."
Hawkins is another midfielder who brings size and versatility to the class. She prepped at Chaparral High School in Temecula, Calif., and played her club ball for the San Diego Surf and head coach Collin Chesters.
"Teylor is another versatile player we are happy to add to our mix. She has the ability to be one of the team's top ball winners in the air and on the ground for the team," West added.
Hobson is another Real So Cal product and prepped at Calabasas High School. She earned All-Area Second Team honors from the LA Daily News and All-Marmonte League Second Team honors following her senior season.
"Taylor Hobson is a great athlete and versatile player capable of playing anywhere along the spine of the team," West said. "She is a tremendous player on the ball and her dribbling ability creates opportunities for her and her teammates."
Thompson projects largely as a center back for the Matadors, coming to Northridge from Granada Hill High School. She also played her club ball for Real SoCal and like her club teammate Hobson, earned All-Area Second Team honors from the LA Daily News.
"Nicole is a great passer and will immediately add depth to our backline," West said. "She comes from a great high school program and we're always excited to add local players to our ranks."
Trinh represents one of the two forward players in the group. She went to Mira Mesa High School in San Diego and also played her club ball for the San Diego Surf. In her senior season, she scored 16 goals, five assists and 37 points.
"Sylvia is a tactical player who is capable of success both on the defensive and offensive end," West said. "She is a smart player who brings pace to the attack and has the confidence to finish."
Preston is the second forward in the class. She attended Newbury Park High School where she tallied 11 goals over the past two seasons. Following an eight-goal campaign in 2010-11, Preston earned All-Marmonte League First Team honors.
"Lyndsey possesses great speed and is always causing problems for teams with her ability to get behind the defense," West added.
The final forward in the group is Herrera, who prepped at Buena High School and played her club ball for Real SoCal. She earned 2011-12 All-Channel League Offensive Most Valuable Player honors and had 23 goals in her senior season.
"Macey has good technical skill and the ability to finish with both feet. She is a good athlete and I expect her to come in and make everyone around her better," West said.
Overall, West is excited with the group he has assembled for what will be his seventh season.
"We are excited to have such a great group of freshman joining our program. They all have the ability to come out and impact the team from day one and I think that will show itself in training and in competition. I believe the 2012 season will be one of Northridge's most successful," West concluded.