April 1, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Six high school soccer recruits signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Washington State women's squad next fall, head coach Dan Tobias announced Thursday.
The signees are Brianne Carmody (Yakima, Wash./East Valley), Megan Carroll (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield) Ashley Honda (Vancouver, Wash./Mountain View), Niki Ironside (Kent, Wash./Kentwood), Adrienne Rizzo (San Jose, Calif./Presentation) and Katrina Stroh (Federal Way, Wash./Decatur).
"Everyone we are bringing in has three things in common," Tobias said. "They all have a solid base of fundamentals, they have all played with and against some of the top players in the country and they all have the right attitude in order to succeed here."
Megan Carroll, 5-10, brings size, strength and versatility to the Cougars playing both forward and defender. Coached by Leslie O'Connor at Bakersfield High, she comes from strong high school and club soccer programs. As a senior, Carroll earned Kern County All-Area first team honors. Carroll is also a three-time Southeast Yosemite all-league first team selection and Kern County All-Area second team selection.
"Megan is a player that we feel can impact our program pretty quickly," Tobias said. "She has the versatility to play in the middle of the field as a central defender or as a target player up front. She brings not only good athleticism, but some size which will be good on both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively."
The Cougars also signed Katrina Stroh, from Decatur High in Federal Way, who will add some fire power to the Cougar arsenal. As a senior, the 5-4 forward, was her high school squad's most valuable player and finished with a team high 19 goals. Stroh earned three straight South Puget Sound all-league honors. Her club team, the FC Royals, will be competing for a national championship this year.
"Katrina brings a unique ability as a player up front," Tobias said. "She finishes, she scores goals. She is quick, skillful and the way she reads the game puts herself in a position to score what look like easy goals. Every time her team needs a big goal, Katrina is the one who puts the ball in the back of the net."
WSU acquired Adrienne Rizzo from soccer powerhouse Presentation High in San Jose. The 5-5 defender led her squad to a second place finish in the Central Coast Section championships and earned first team All-Central Coast Section honors this year. During her high school career, Rizzo helped her squad to three CCS championships. As a junior, she earned Blossom Valley all-league first team honors and was named the team's most valuable defensive player.
"Adrienne is one of the most intriguing recruits simply because she wasn't heavily recruited and she has a really good soccer background," Tobias said. "She is an aggressive, strong player and looks like someone who will have qualities for a good marking back. She may surprise some people in the Pac-10."
Ashley Honda, a 5-1 forward/inside midfielder from Vancouver, Wash. scored a total of 23 goals and added 20 assists throughout her four-year soccer career for coach and father Mason Honda. As a junior and senior, she captained the squad and earned all-league first team honors as a junior and senior.
"Ashley has good solid fundamentals," Tobias said. "She is a skillful, quick, creative player. When we initially saw her we were very impressed. Her best soccer is yet to come."
Niki Ironside, a 5-6 midfielder from Kent, Wash., also signed a letter of intent to play for the Cougars. Ironside captained her Kentwood High squad and earned team MVP honors as a junior and senior. She was a three-time South Puget Sound all-league selection. Also a letterwinner in basketball and track, Ironside is her school's record holder in women's pole vault.
"Niki is also someone who has a really good solid base of fundamentals," Tobias said. "She is skillful and someone that can play on the flank or in center midfield. She's a very bright person and that shows on the field."
Brianne Carmody, a 5-10 forward from Yakima, Wash., rounds out the list of Cougar soccer signees. Carmody scored over 120 goals in her high school career at East Valley High where she also starred in basketball and track and field.
"Brianne is a tremendous student-athlete," Tobias said. "Having her type of athleticism, she's in a position to make that adjustment from high school soccer to college soccer fairly easy."
Overall, Tobias is impressed with his new signees. "The class we're bringing in this year has the mentality that they will do anything to help the team win."