Feb. 1, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State Head Coach Matt Potter announced the commitment of 12 student-athletes to play soccer for the Cougars in fall 2006. Potter adds athletes from Washington, Oregon, Arizona and California.
Signing National Letters of Intent Wednesday were Caeli Abetya of Temecula, Calif., Jamie Abrahamson of West Linn, Ore., Caitlyn Bersing of Selah, Wash., Caitlin Bonney of Lynnwood, Wash., Jenny Christoph of Scottsdale, Ariz., Kiersten Dallstream of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Carly Dobratz of Gilbert, Ariz., Maggie Dougher of Scottsdale, Ariz., Allison Fisher of Tigard, Ore., Mallory Fox of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Amber Wittmers of Gig Harbor, Wash. Also joining the 2006 recruiting class, Elysse Van Leer-Cillay of Huntington Beach, Calif.
"With this class we set out to bring in a group of players who could do two things," Potter said. "First, we wanted them to compliment the players that we have within our squad and challenge those players in their roles. Second, we wanted athletes that would from day one, compete and challenge the competitive spirit and standards of the program both athletically and academically.
"I believe with the industriousness and dedication of the staff, both in the day-to-day recruiting and all those behind the scenes, we have accomplished that goal. It truly makes for an exciting future for all Cougar fans and supporters of Cougar athletics and soccer."
Caeli Abeyta is a two-time letterwinner at Chaparral High School in Temecula, Calif., where she earned California Interscholastic Association all-league honorable mention honors her junior year. She played on the San Diego Surf CLub team that was a 2004 national finalist and Surf Cup champions. Abeyta played on the '88 Sereno Golden Eagles White Club team and was a member of the 2003 Region IV championship team that finished second nationally. She also spent two years playing on the Arizona State ODP team.Jamie Abrahamson is a five-time letterwinner at West Linn High in West Linn, Ore., earning four in soccer and one in basketball. She was soccer team captain her junior and senior years earning All-Three Rivers League first team honors both seasons. Senior year, Abrahamson was named first team all-state and tied the Lions record for most goals in a season with 19. Abrahamson was a member of the Oregon State ODP team and played three years with Lake Oswego Raindevils Club team, earning Oregon state championship titles in both 2002 and 2003. Caitlyn Bersing is a eleven-time letterwinner at Selah High in Selah, Wash., earning four in soccer, four in fastpitch softball and three in basketball. She is a four-time soccer all-Mid-Valley League first team honoree and led the MVL in scoring from 2002-04. Bersing earned all-state first team accolades in soccer her junior year and also earned MVL all-league first team honors for softball her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She is a three-time MVL Athlete of the Year nominee and was named a Seattle Times WIAA Athlete of the Week in her senior year. Caitlin Bonney earned varsity letters in track and soccer at Edmonds Woodway High in Edmonds Wash., and Lynnwood High in Lynnwood, Wash. She is a three-time WesCo South all-league honorable mention honoree and was Royals mvp her sophomore year. Bonney holds both the EWHS and LHS records in the 300m hurdles, finishing second in the event at the 2005 3A state track meet. She played six seasons with Northwest Nationals Shamrocks soccer club and was a member of the 2002 and 2003 state finalist teams. Bonney carries a 3.8 GPA and has been on the LHS honor roll each year attended. Jenny Christoph lettered twice in soccer at Horizon High in Scottsdale, Ariz., earning 5A state championships in both her freshmen and sophomore years. She was a member of the five-time state champion '88 Sereno Golden Eagles White Club team. Her '88 Sereno team was the Region IV champions in 2003 and finished second nationally. Team was Surf Girls Cup champions in 2004 and 2005 and were also Region IV finalist in 2004. She also was a member of the Arizona State ODP team. Christoph is a three-year member of both the National Honors Society and Society of Women Scholars and carries a 3.75 GPA. Kiersten Dallstream is a member of the '88 Sereno Golden Eagles White Club team and earned three state titles with squad. Her '88 Sereno team was the Region IV champion in 2003 and finished second nationally. Team was also Surf Girls Cup champions in 2004 and 2005 and were Region IV finalist in 2004. She was also a member of the Arizona State ODP team. Dallstream spent her freshman year at West Chester East High in West Chester, Penn., where she earned soccer All-ChesMont League and all-conference second team honors. She was also a member of the 2003 Pennsylvania state runner-up FC Delco soccer club. Carly Dobratz is a three-time letterwinner at Highland High in Gilbert, Ariz., where she earned Class 5A Fiesta Region Player of the Year honors in 2003 and was named to the NSCAA/adidas Girls Youth All-America Team in both 2004 and 2005. She is a member of the five-time state champion '88 Sereno Golden Eagles White Club team. Her '88 Sereno team was the Region IV champion in 2003 and finished second nationally. Team was Surf Girls Cup champions in 2004 and 2005 and were also Region IV finalist in 2004. Dobratz was also a member of the Arizona State ODP team, the '87 Region Pool and participated on the '87 Regional Team. Maggie Dougher is a member of the five-time state champion '88 Sereno Golden Eagles White team. '88 Sereno team was the Region IV champion in 2003 and finished second nationally. Team was Surf Girls Cup champions in 2004 and 2005 and were also Region IV finalist in 2004. A member of the Arizona State ODP team, she attends Desert Mountain High in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she carries a 4.5 weighted GPA and has been name to the DMHS Principal's List each year she has attended. Dougher was nominated for the 2005 Wendy's High School Heisman Award given nationally to high school student-citizen-athletes. Allison Fisher is a three-time letterwinner at Tualatin High in Tualatin, Ore., where she scored 20 career goals and added 15 assists for the Timberwolves. She is a four-year member and starter with the Lake Oswego Soccer Club tallying 44 goals and 41 assists along with seven hat trick performances. Her Lake Oswego club earned the State Cup title three years running (2002-04) and was a USYSA Region IV semifinalist in 2002. Fisher carries a 3.8 GPA at THS and is a member of the National Honors Society. Mallory Fox earned two state championship titles at Horizon High in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is a member of the five-time state champion '88 Sereno Golden Eagles White Club team. She was named 2002 Gatorade Freshman of the Year and also earned HHS Freshman of the Year honors. Fox also earned first team all-state accolades as a sophomore. Her '88 Sereno team was the Region IV champion in 2003 and finished second nationally. Team was Surf Girls Cup champions in 2004 and 2005 and were also Region IV finalist in 2004. She was a member of the Arizona State ODP team and '87 Regional Pool. Fox carries a 3.5 GPA at HHS. Elysse Van Leer-Cillay earned six letters at Edison High in Huntington Beach, Calif., three in basketball, two in track and one in soccer. She played with the Southern California Blues Club that was a State Cup finalist in 2004. Blues were 2005 Slammers Cup champions with Van Leer-Cillay named tournament mvp. Van Leer-Cillay is a three-time scholar-athlete at EHS and was Sunset League champion in the 100m and 400m events her freshman year earning her All-CIF Varsity Selection Athlete recognition for Outstanding Performance in Sprints. Amber Wittmers is a two-time letterwinner at Gig Harbor High in Gig Harbor, Wash., earning All-Narrows League and all-area first team honors her senior year along with all-state honorable mention recognition. Earned NL all-league honorable mention accolades junior year on league champion team. Senior year she was a Peninsula Gateway Athlete of the Week and was named Tides defensive mvp after finishing season with 6.5 shutouts, 29 saves and just four goals against. She played two years with FC Royals club and was member of 2005 Washington state championship team. "This group is talented, versatile, and experienced beyond their years," Potter said. "They come from traditions that develop and have successful players, and teams that are used to winning. As a staff and program, we are both excited and looking forward to the challenge of helping this team fulfill its potential as we continue the work of meeting our program goals."