April 22, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team has announced the signing of four incoming freshmen to National Letters of Intent. Wendy Warner, Shannon Ward, Megan Farrell and Doninique Oro will begin their intercollegiate soccer careers at Northridge starting in the fall of 2010.
Big West Women's Soccer Coach of the Year, Keith West, is enthusiastic about the upcoming season. Not only does the team return eight starters, it will also benefit from some new talent in the form of a promising freshman class.
"This is a group of phenomenal athletes," West said. "They are winners with good speed and toughness that play at a high level. They are all talented and will challenge players for starting positions."
With the conclusion of a successful high school career as a defender for the Mission Viejo Diablos, Wendy Warner, is expected to transition well into collegiate play. In the meantime, she keeps her skills in tact playing for her soccer club team, Slammers FC.
West said he sees a lot of potential in Warner and with some experience, she is capable of advancing into a leadership role for the team.
"Wendy is an incredible athlete," West said. "She knows how to win. She comes from a great club and will step up and make a big impact on our program."
Another newcomer with plenty of athleticism of her own is 5' 5 defender Shannon Ward. Captain of the Los Alimitos High School soccer team and member of the club soccer team, Legends FC, Ward enters her first year of collegiate soccer with confidence.
She is coming off a seven-goal, two assist 2009-2010 high school season and a Division I Girls All-Star Selection from the Southern California High School Soccer Coaches Association. Ward also earned an All-CIF Southern Section Second Team award for the 2008-2009 season.
"Shannon is a runner, a great pacer, who brings a toughness about her and is another great athlete," West said.
The third defender West is adding to his roster is Megan Farrell, a 5'2 player from Palmdale High School who also competes for the Palmdale Thunder club soccer team. She concluded her high school season with a four-goal, one assist performance and earned All-Golden League First Team Defender for the 2010 season.
Although Farrell is of smaller stature, West said she is another player who possesses incredible athleticism matched with a versatile style of play. Her speed and ability to get up and down the field is one of her best attributes and will be a significant contribution to the Matadors, West added.
Polishing off this freshman group is 5' 7 goalkeeper, Dominique Oro.
"Dominique is a strong, athletic kid that brings a very confident presence about her," said assistant coach Juan Plascencia. "She knows how to get the respect of the defense."
Oro comes from an accomplished 2010 high school season as well. She was co-captain of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer squad who won its first CIF- Southern Section Title. This victory makes girl's soccer the first team in the school's history to win a Southern California Regional Championship.
These four players will have some big shoes to fill, with the loss of three Matador starters from last season. Included in the bunch is a key defender and team leader in Katie Fox who, West added, was the heart and soul of the 2009 team.
Fox and the other former Matadors will be missed, but the talent of each of these new individuals is undeniable and will be sure to bring a fresh competitiveness and fire to the Northridge women's soccer program.
Written by Media Relations Intern Jaclyn Rymer