Women's Soccer Announces Pair of Roster Additions for 2018

April 11, 2018

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University head women’s soccer coach Travis Connell has announced the addition of Dayana Diaz and Claire Henninger beginning with the upcoming 2018 season.

Diaz is a forward out of Granite Falls High School in Granite Falls, Washington, while Henninger is a goalkeeper out of Sequim High School in Sequim, Washington.

Both players will be freshmen for the Vikings when they take the field for the 2018 season starting in August. Diaz will wear #23 and Henninger will dress in #28 for the Vikings.

Dayana Diaz Granite Falls, WA (Granite Falls High School)
A 5-7 forward that earned three varsity letters at Granite Falls High School…played club for WA Rush for 7 years, placing 3rd in the Washington State Cup for WA Rush G99 in 2013…helped Granite Falls to the 2A districts three times during her prep career…2017 First Team All-Cascade Conference selection…named the Everett Herald soccer prep athlete of the week for Sept. 18-23, 2017…was an all-conference second-team selection freshman, sophomore and junior seasons…also starred in track & field with a specialty in hurdle events…received outstanding scholastic award all four years during high school and is a member of the National Honor Society…interested in pursuing degree in pre-med.

Quotable from Coach Connell:

“Dayana is a crafty attacking player. She uses her speed and skill to beat players off the dribble creating scoring chances for her and her teammates.”

Claire Henninger Sequim, WA (Sequim High School)
A 5-9 goalkeeper that earned a varsity letter all four years during her prep career and was a team captain her junior and senior seasons at Sequim High School…played club for Peninsula Soccer Academy in the North Puget Sound League…recorded 28 shutouts during her prep career, including 8 in 12 games during her senior season…three-time First Team All-Olympic League and two-time 2A Honorable Mention All-State…received the WIAA Outstanding Scholastic Award three times…interested in pursuing a degree in kinesiology.

Quotable from Coach Connell:

“Claire is a fantastic athlete with a huge upside. She has the right mentality to be a tremendous college goalkeeper.”

The Vikings are coming off another strong season in 2017 going 18-2 and playing in the NCAA II West Regional Championship game for the fifth time in the last six seasons. After winning the 2016 NCAA II national championship, the Vikings opened the season 15-0-0 to extend their winning streak to a program-record 39 consecutive games, the 4th-longest winning streak in NCAA II history. Over the last six seasons the WWU program has risen to the elite ranks of collegiate soccer, compiling a 118-11-7 (.893) record, advancing to the NCAA II Championships each season during this stretch dating back to 2012.

WWU opens the 2018 season with a road trip to San Diego, facing Point Loma (Aug. 30) and West Region rival UC San Diego (Sept. 1). The Vikings are also scheduled to play three exhibition games vs. Canadian schools, beginning with an Aug. 16 friendly at the University of British Columbia.


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