July 9, 2008
Northridge, Ca - The nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge water polo program received a boost to its talented roster with the addition to two high school standouts and a junior college All-American who have all signed national letters of intent, according to Matador head coach Molly Barnes.
Joining the water polo program for the 2009 season will be Alyssa Goldie, Kendra Hendrick and Alison Pierce. Goldie hails from Riverside Poly High School in Southern California; Hendrick graduated from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach (Calif.) while Alison Pierce has been a standout student-athlete at American River College the past two seasons.
All three incoming student-athletes will solidify what is expected to be a strong Matador women's water polo team in 2009.
"We're excited Alyssa, Alison and Kendra have decided to continue their water polo careers at Cal State Northridge," said Barnes, who recently completed her seventh season as head coach at Cal State Northridge in 2008. "All three women exemplify the types of student-athletes we want in our program with their dedication to academics and their hard work in the water. We're looking forward to working with them and the group of returning players we have coming back as we start our quest for the first ever Big West Championship in women's water polo."
Goldie helped lead Riverside Poly High School to the CIF Division III championship in 2008. Her leadership and water polo skills resulted in her being named the Ivy League co-Player of the Year and being named All-CIF first team. Goldie also gained All-American honors.
"Alyssa is a solid attacker with a good feel for the game," said Barnes. "She is lengthy as a player and has good defensive instincts. She comes from a great high school and club system, and is a very coachable. Her addition to our program gives us depth at the attacker position and we hope her impact is immediate."
Hendrick captained the Mira Costa High School team in 2008, and was named team MVP during her junior and senior campaigns. In addition, Hendrick was named an All-Bay League and All-CIF Division II selection.
"Kendra is an aggressive attacker with a strong outside shot," said Barnes. "We love how feisty she is in the water, and we think we can mold her into a solid collegiate attacker. She's got a great attitude, loves the game of water polo and has a burning desire to improve."
Pierce enjoyed two outstanding seasons of water polo at American River College in the Sacramento area. A two-time All-American, Pierce led the nation with an incredible 107 goals during her freshman season at American River in 2006. In 2007, Pierce helped lead American River to the California state championship game. She was also named to the California all-state team in 2007. Pierce was a four-time Student-Athlete of the Year at Del Campo High School in Sacramento.
"Alison is a good two-meter offensive player and her ability to draw ejections and get high percentage shots should immediately help us fill the void of our graduating 2008 seniors. She was one of the best players at the junior college level for the past two years and her maturity as a player will help her transition to the Division I level."
Cal State Northridge will be one of the top teams in the nation in 2009. Although the team lost all-time leading scorer Alison Brookes (222 career goals) to graduation, the Matadors return four of the team's top six scorers in 2008 that scored double figures in season goals. The list includes Jessica Coy (39 goals in 2008) and All-American Chelsea Curran (36 goals). The Matadors also return All-American goalkeeper Jillian Stapf, who has collected 625 goals in two previous seasons at Cal State Northridge, only 138 saves short of the school record.