Washington State University Soccer Signing Day
Feb. 6, 2013
9:35 a.m. - Congratulations and welcome to the newest Cougar soccer student-athletes.
9:33 a.m. - Nicolle Marlow completes the 2013 Cougar recruiting class. She is a 5-foot-9 midfielder from Liberty High School in Renton, Wash.
Marlow earned three varsity letters for soccer under head coach Tami Nguyen...2012 team captain...2012 most inspirational award...2012 King County 3A second team member...two-time all-league honorable mention (2010-11)...2011 King County champions and state runner-up...2012 King County champions and fourth in state...2009 Toughest on the Field award...was the team captain of the 2010 Greater Renton Football Club team that won the 3A King County Championship.
Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine says, "Nicolle has a great engine and motor playing in the midfield. She's very very good in the air. We expect her to come in and strengthen the depth of our midfield and potentially play at another position or two."
9 a.m. - Lianna Simms becomes the sixth stuent-athlete to join the Cougar program. She is a 5-foot-6 forward/midfielder from Sammamish, Wash., and played at Skyline High School.
Simms earned four varsity letters for soccer under head coach Dan Braman...2012 team captain...2012 all-conference, all-area, all-state...2012 MVP...recorded a hat trick in 2012...Seattle Times Athlete of the Week (2011)...two-time state champions (2011-12)...three-time league champions (2009-11)...US National Camp '95 in 2009-10...ID2 National Camp II 2010...former member of the Michigan Hawks club team...currently plays for Crossfire.
Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine says, "Lianna is a hard working kid. She is a great server of the ball and is hard on her tackles. Since she is from the Michigan area she has a different feel and brand of soccer to her that we are excited to bring to the team. She's a natural lefty, so that helps as well."
8:23 a.m. - Ayana O'Neal continues a family tradition following her mom (track and field) and dad (football) who were both student-athletes at Washington State. She is a 5-foot-8 midfielder/defender from University Prep Academy in Renton, Wash.
O'Neal earned four varsity letters for soccer under head coach Alec Duxbury...2012 team captain...two-time WIAA Seattle Times Athlete of the Week (2011-12)...WSSCA all-state first team (2012)...WSSCA all-state 2010 1A MVP...1A high school state champions (2012)...two-time Emerald City all-league first team member...team captain for the Greater Renton Football Club (2009-12).
Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine says, "Ayana is a true athlete. She is great in the air, has good feet and will have quite the impact not only as a soccer player but through her leadership and communication. She is versatile and can play in the midfield or in the back."
8:19 a.m. - Kailiana Johnson's NLI has arrived. A 5-foot forward from Renton, Wash., she played at Liberty High School.
Johnson earned four varsity letters under head coach Tami Nguyen...starter for four years...2012 team captain...two-time all-county first team member (2011, 2012)...two-time all-county second team member (2009, 2010)...2011 King County champions and state runner-up...2012 King County champions, fourth in state...ranked in the top 10 in the league for scoring and assists for three years (2009, 2011-12), including second place during her junior year...member of the Greater Renton Football Club team.
Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine says, "Kailiana is small, crafty, quick and a very good soccer player. She is technical and can find spaces well. She is the type of attacking player that can play anywhere in the front four."
8:14 a.m. - Kaitlyn Johnson from Torrance, Calif., is now a Cougar. She is a 5-foot-3 forward/midfieder from Torrance High School.
Johnson earned four varsity letters in soccer under head coach John Martin...earned three varsity letters in track and field...2011-12 team captain...2011 Gatorade Player of the Year nominee...2011 Offensive Player of the Year (Torrance HS)...2011 Offensive Player of the Year (Pioneer League)...2011 All-CIF third team member...2009 Rookie of the Year (Torrance HS)...member of the South Bay Force Soccer Club team that was a finalist for the Far West Regional League.
Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine says, "Kaitlyn is relentless in her work rate and will run right at players. She is athletic; she works back and can get forward. She is going to be a great attacking player here at WSU."
8:09 a.m. - Ashlee Hanson is the second Cougar signee of the day. She is a 5-foot-6 midfielder from Franklin High School in Elk Grove, Calif.
Hanson played as a member of the Cal North State team from 2009-11, including being the team captain in 2010...in the Elite Clubs National League, she played for the San Juan Soccer Club Spirits 95 from 2009-11...played for the Elk Grove Everton from 2003-08 and was a team captain for all six years...attended the ID2 Regional camp (2009) and the ODP Region IV camp (2009-10).
Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine says, "Ashlee is a wide player that has great size. She serves a good ball and can play on the left or on the right. She has a nose for the goal and we expect to play her in the wide spaces, giving us some depth out there."
6:34 a.m. - The Cougars have their first signee of the day. Please welcome Madison Muzatko from South Jordan, Utah. She is a 5-foot-4 forward/midfielder from Juan Diego Catholic High School.
Muzatko earned four varsity letters for soccer under head coach Simon McFall...2012 team captain...three-time region champions (2009-11)...two-time all-state second team (2011-12)...back-to-back 3A high school state champions (2009-10)...part of Sparta United, which won the Utah State Cup Championship in 2010...2012 Utah State Cup semifinalist with the Utah Avalanche...in 2012 the Utah Avalanche was ranked 10th in the Elite Clubs National League.
Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine says, "Madison is a quick, small, shifty player. We see her as a wide player or an attacking mid type that can pass the ball very well and runs at people with the ball well. She may not be the biggest kid, but she plays with tremendous heart."
6 a.m. - Today is signing day for women's soccer programs across the country. Washington State, fresh off its fourth NCAA postseason appearance in five years, is eager to add the 2013 recruiting class. Here at wsucougars.com, we will be adding the names of the newest Cougars as each NLI becomes official and joins head coach Keidane McAlpine's program.
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