Feb. 7, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
The Western Washington University women's soccer team expects to continue the level of success it achieved last season when it reached the national semifinals as head coach Travis Connell announced the signing of three high school standouts to national letters of intent as well as having two more talented prep seniors accept formal offers of admission to school this fall.
The NLI signees are midfielder Colleen Lindsay from Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, defender Sierra Shugarts from Decatur High in Federal Way and defender/midfielder Emily Webster from Sehome High in Bellingham. Also coming to WWU are the Klinkenberg twins, defender Abby and forward Lexi, from Kentridge High in Kent.
"We are adding a fantastic group of new players to our roster this year," said Connell. "These are kids who are going to come in and make an immediate impact on our team on and off the field. It is a well-rounded group with players that can defend and contribute to the attack."
Webster scored 42 goals during her four-year career at Sehome. She earned first-team Class 2A all-State honors as a junior, helping the Mariners place second at state, and was a first-team all-state honoree as a sophomore, having a Northwest Conference best 19 goals and 11 assists on a team that reached the state quarterfinals. Webster also played on a state championship squad as a freshman.
"Emily (Webster) is an incredibly hard-working player who is really smart on the field," Connell said. "She played club with (returnees Catherine) Miles and (Jessica) Bertucci which should enhance her transition onto the team. She has a deadly left foot and can play in the midfield or in the back."
Shugarts was a first-team South Puget Sound League all-star and Federal Way Mirror All-City choice as a senior at Decatur. She twice was second-team all-league, once as a freshman on a team that placed fifth at Class 3A state tournament.
"Sierra (Shugarts) continues our long standing relationship with Washington Premier FC.," said Connell. "She is a defender who plays at the top level for a club and coaches that have a proven record when it comes to developing college soccer players. Sierra has the ability to step in and play anywhere in our back line."
Lindsay was a second-team all-Greater Spokane League selection as a senior at Gonzaga Prep. She earned first-team all-league recognition as a sophomore, leading the GSL in scoring with 18 goals and helping the Bulldogs to the Class 4A state quarterfinals where they lost in penalty-kick shootout.
"Colleen (Lindsay) is a bit of a late bloomer who is going to surprise some teams in our conference," Connell said. "She is an explosive athlete who can play multiple positions. She is a fun player to watch."
Lexi Klinkenberg was named Class 4A all-State, Seattle Times all-Area Star Times and co-MVP of the South Puget Sound League North Division as a senior at Kentridge High. She led the Chargers to a 13-1-4 record, the school's first division title and the state quarterfinals. She was named first-team SPSL three times.
Lexi's twin sister, Abby, was first-team all-league as a senior and second-team as a junior and sophomore.
"Lexi and Abby (Klinkenberg) play for PacNW, a club that is committed to developing players above winning," Connell said. "These two have grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years.
"Lexi is a burner who can deliver deadly crosses or cut in and shoot. She is exactly the type of winger that we are looking for. Abby is an athletic lock-down defender who can get forward and contribute to the attack."
WWU finished 20-2-1 last year, the win total being a school record. The Vikings won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title, took the West Regional crown and reached the NCAA II final four.
Abby Klinkenberg, Defender, Freshman, 5-6, 17, 2/21/96, Renton, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team South Puget Sound League all-star as senior at Kentridge High School ... Named team's Best Defender for second straight year ... Helped Chargers to 13-1-4 record, school's first division title, and quarterfinals of Class 4A state tournament ... Twice second-team all-league choice as junior on team that got to state quarterfinals and as sophomore on squad that reached second round at state ... Started and lettered four years ... Also earned three letters in track, competing in hurdles ... Played for Pacific Northwest Soccer Club.
PERSONAL: Plans to take program in sports medicine ... Four-time Scholar-Athlete award winner ... Her twin sister, Lexi, is member of WWU soccer team.
Lexi Klinkenberg, Forward, Freshman, 5-6, 17, 2/21/96, Renton, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Named Class 4A all-State, Seattle Times Star Times All-Area and co-MVP South Puget Sound League North Division as senior at Kentridge High School ... Led Chargers to 13-1-4 record, school's first division title, and state quarterfinals ... First-team all-league midfielder for third straight year and team's Most Valuable Offense award ... Scored six goals and had 14 assists for Chargers ... Played on squad as junior that got to state quarterfinals... Second-team all-league as sophomore on team that reached second round at state ... Had 18 assists that season ... Started and lettered four years ... Also earned four letters in track, competing in 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles ... Placed at state in each of three seasons ... Finished third as sophomore in 300 hurdles and sixth in 100 hurdles ... Played for Pacific Northwest Soccer Club.
PERSONAL: Plans to take program in pre-law ... Scholar-Athlete award winner three times in high school ... Her twin sister, Abby, is member of WWU soccer team.
Colleen Lindsay, Midfielder, Freshman, 5-6, 18, 11/6/95, Spokane, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team all-Greater Spokane League selection and team captain as senior at Gonzaga Preparatory School ... Honorable mention all-league as junior ... First-team all-league as sophomore, leading GSL in scoring with 18 goals ... Helped Bulldogs to conference, district and regional titles, No.6 ranking in state poll and quarterfinals of Class 4A state tournament where they lost in penalty-kick shootout ... Played on team that won district championship as freshman ... Started and lettered four years ... Played for SoccerEdge Academy FC ... Competed in G95 Idaho Olympic Development Program in 2008 and 2009.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in exercise science or kinesiology ... Member of National Honor Society for four years.
Sierra Shugarts, Defender, Freshman, 5-9, 18, 7/24/96, Federal Way, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team South Puget Sound League all-star and Federal Way Mirror All-City choice as senior at Decatur High School ... Team captain and MVP ... Second-team all-league as junior ... Team captain and Coaches Award winner ... Missed nearly half of sophomore season because of health issues ... Second-team all-league and all-City pick as freshman on team that placed fifth at Class 3A state tournament ... Named Gators' Rookie of the Year ... Started and lettered four years ... Also earned four letters in track and one in basketball ... Member of 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams that placed fourth at state ... Played three years for Washington Premier FC, which competes in Elite Clubs National League, the top club league in USA.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in business ... Her father, Curtis, played soccer at University of Washington and her mother, Mayumi ran track for Huskies.
Emily Webster, Defender/Midfielder, Freshman, 5-6, 18, 9/2/95, Bellingham, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Scored 42 goals during four-year career at Sehome High School ... Second-team Class 2A all-State, first-team Northwest Conference all-star and all-Whatcom County honorable mention as senior and team that reached district playoff ... Missed five games because of foot injury ... First-team all-State as junior on team that placed second at state tournament and ranked No.6 in state poll ... Also earned first-team all-conference honors as Mariners finished 19-1-1 and had perfect 18-0 NWC record ... Scored two goals in 4-0 win over West Valley (Yakima) in state semifinals ... Finished with conference best 19 goals and had 11 assists ... First-team all-conference as sophomore on squad that reached state quarterfinals ... Played on state championship team as freshman, earning all-league honorable mention ... Four-year starter and letter winner ... Also earned two letters in track and one in basketball ... Reached district in 300-meter hurdles ... Member of Northwest Nationals (Lynnwood) club team for one year and played number of seasons for WFC Rangers ... Helped U17 Rangers to State Cup quarterfinals at age 15 and to U18 premier development division title at age 16.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in kinesiology ... Honor roll student all four years at Sehome HS.