Cougars Sign Four Freshmen, Add Two Transfers
Feb. 6, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. --- The Washington State University soccer program added two transfers this spring and received letters of intent from four Northwest standouts, head coach Dan Tobias announced Wednesday.
Tranfers Nicole Wilcox (Battle Ground, Wash.) and Shelby Brownfield (Snohomish, Wash.) are already enrolled and taking classes at WSU, and will participate in all aspects of spring practice.
"We are ecstatic to be able to add two experienced attacking players of such high quality in Shelby and Nicole," Tobias said. "We are also fortunate that they are with us this spring which gives them the opportunity to get acclimated to our school and our team. We think they are a tremendous addition to our program."
Wilcox comes to the Palouse via Iowa State University, where she led the Cyclones in scoring each of the last two seasons. The Battle Ground native attempted 10 shots in her first collegiate match, setting the school record. Wilcox earned All-Big 12 honors following both seasons in Ames and will have two seasons of eligibility with the Cougars.
Like Wilcox, Brownfield has two years to play at WSU after transferring from the University of Connecticut. After a successful prep career at Snohomish High School, Brownfield headed east, knocking in three goals, including two against Rutgers, in her rookie campaign with the Huskies.
Carmen Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.), Jennie Kunc (Maple Valley, Wash.), Haley Miller (Yakima, Wash.), and Alix Rustrum (Wilsonville, Ore.) signed national letters of intent and will join the Cougars in the fall.
Tobias, who begins his fifth year at WSU in August, stayed in-state to sign Anderson, Kunc, and Miller. Anderson attended Kennewick High School, leading the Lions to their first Big Nine Conference title in 2001. She scored 17 goals this season and was a three-time All-Big Nine selection, including most valuable player honors as a senior. Anderson also participated in the Washington State Olympic Development Program for three years, participating in tournaments up and down the West Coast, and for coach Steve Short's Sun City Strikers.
"Carmen is a versatile, attacking player, one that we see playing wide in midfield or as a striker. She is an athletic player with very good speed and an excellent work rate and we expect her to fit in very well here at Washington State," Tobias said.
The lone defender in the group is Maple Valley's Jennie Kunc, who played on four consecutive league championship teams at Tahoma High School and won the state 4A title with a 21-0-1 record in 2001. Kunc played for the F.C. Marauders from 1997 to 2000, and with the F.C. Alliance in 2000. Kunc also competed on the 2000 USYSA Regional IV Olympic development team.
"Jennie has all the right ingredients to be an outstanding defender in college. We are so very excited about the prospects of her becoming one of the leaders of our defense over the next four years," Tobias said.
Miller, who attended West Valley High in Yakima, is also coming off a state championship run in the 3A ranks in 2001. She led the Rams to a 24-0-0 record and was a three-time All-Mid Valley selection. Miller also started at forward for the 2001 U-17 Regional Pool team, coached by Tony Crudo.
"Haley is a player with very good speed, quickness, and deceptiveness, which are qualities we believe will give her the opportunity to make a big impact on our program. She is a true finisher that combines very well with the other strikers and we are just so excited that she is a Cougar," Tobias said.
At 5-9, Rustrum's size could make her an immediate impact player. She is a former high school teammate of current Cougar Mariette Boyce at Wilsonville and racked up 73 career goals, including 23 in each of the last two seasons. Rustrum also distributed 46 assists and was a three-time all-state selection.
"Alix is an excellent target player who also has the ability to play in a variety of other positions because of her outstanding skill, athleticism, and intelligence," Tobias said. "We are so very excited Alix will be wearing the Cougar Crimson & Gray this fall."
With 19 letterwinners returning, including eight starters, the Cougars are eyeing another trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
"Our goal for this recruiting class was to attract at least three top quality attacking players and one attacking defender. We feel like we have achieved that goal and really enhanced the overall quality of our program," Tobias said. "These four student-athletes were so impressive during every phase of the recruiting process and we are overjoyed to have them as part of the Cougar family."
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