Seven of the recruits are midfielders.
March 6, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Nine high school soccer recruits, each from the state of Washington, signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Washington State women's squad next fall. The announcement was made Friday morning by head coach Lisa Gozley.
The list of nine in-state recruits includes Jen Burrough (Tacoma/Curtis), Beth Childs (Snoqualmie/Mount Si), Liz Duncan (Richland/Richland), Stacey Dunn (Auburn/Thomas Jefferson), Laura Grunenfelder (Port Orchard/South Kitsap), Lindsey Jorgensen (North Bend/Mount Si), Natalie Kehl (Colbert/Mead), Lindsey Millspaugh (Kent/Thomas Jefferson) and Valerie Whitemaine (Redmond, Wash./Eastlake).
"This is a technically sound, blue-collar group," said Gozley. "A lot of these kids are from the west side of the state. They are used to lining up with each other and playing for each other. We think we'll have good chemistry with this group which will be a nice added element."
The midfield was the target area for the Cougars in recruiting and seven of the incoming freshman play the position.
Millspaugh and Dunn, both scrappy midfielders at Thomas Jefferson High (Auburn) for coach Steve Manderville, led the soccer squad to the South Puget Sound League title. Dunn captained the team and earned honorable mention SPSL honors. Millspaugh, earned first team all-league honors and finished with 13 goals and 13 assists.
"Both players provide a good defensive presence in the midfield," said Gozley. "Dunn is a good possession player who takes care of the ball. Millspaugh is a feisty player who is always around the ball."
The Cougars also signed 5-foot-11 Lindsey Jorgensen, the top ranked goalkeeper in state 3A ranks, from Mount Si High (Snoqualmie) where she was coached by Bruce Caldwell. She helped Mount Si to the KingCo regular season title with a 0.69 goals against average. Jorgensen finished the year with seven shutouts.
WSU also acquired Jorgensen's prep teammate, center midfielder Beth Childs. The two-time team captain finished as the top scorer in KingCo with 10 goals and five assists. Both Childs and Jorgensen earned all-KingCo first team honors. They also play together on the district 2 Olympic Developmental squad.
"Jorgensen is a great presence in the box with good technical ability and lot of experience," Gozley said. "Childs is a short combination player with good vision who can distribute the ball."
Burrough played both midfield and forward at Curtis Senior High. She was a SPSL first team pick last season and has earned the WIAA Outstanding Scholar Award three years in a row. Burrough and Dunn also captain the F. C. Royals '78 club.
"Burrough is physically strong and good in the air," Gozley said. "She's defensive minded and comes forward out of the back."
Kehl and Duncan are two midfield additions from the east side of the state.
Kehl has been a part of four Greater Spokane League (GSL) championships with powerhouse Mead High which has produced a combined 83-5 record. As a senior for coach Travis Hanson, Kehl scored a GSL-leading 15 goals and eight assists to lead Mead to a state runner-up finish with a 22-2 record.
"Kehl has explosive speed and is a great one-v-one player," said Gozley. "When Kehl is in the game, she can make things happen either up top or from the outside midfield position."
Duncan is a two-time all-conference selection from Richland High for coach Chris Smith. Last season she scored six goals and had 16 assists as Richland finished with a record of 16-1-0. Duncan was named MVP of the Cougars' summer camp in 1997.
"Duncan is a tremendous athlete with speed who runs well with the ball at her feet," Gozley said, who compares Duncan to current WSU outside midfielder Randi Glas.
Whitemaine, another midfielder, helped Eastlake High to the 1995 KingCo championship. Her 1994 Washington Soccer Club won the 1994 state title.
"Whitemaine is more of a defensive player who comes forward and can serve the big ball with both feet," said Gozley.
Grunenfelder, a National Honor Society member, spent her four years at South Kitsap High as a defensive sweeper. She earned all-Narrows League first team honors in each of her last two years. As a senior, Grunenfelder led South Kitsap High to a 12-5-0 record as she contributed seven goals and six assists.
"She has good size whom we may look to bring along as a target forward," Gozley said of the 5-10 Grunenfelder.