Feb. 6, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Santa Clara women's soccer head coach Jerry Smith announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent this week. The 2009 freshmen class is comprised of Katherine Beaudoin, Cailin Doherty, Zoe Jeffers, Lauren Kawamoto, Olivia Klei, Lauren Matheson, Alexis Rubattino, Meleana Shim, Alexandra Vernon and Amanda Webster.
"We are thrilled to welcome the class of 2009 to Santa Clara," said Smith, who will enter his 23rd season at the helm of the Bronco program this season. "This group has everything a coach would want: talent, athleticism, skill, depth, leadership and are self-motivated student-athletes who are destined for success on the field, in the classroom and in life."
The 2009 class has been recognized nationally as one of the top recruiting classes this year.
"This is arguably the best class we have signed since our 1996 class that went to the Final Four four-consecutive years," Smith said. "I expect these players to make an immediate impact on our team next season, as many of them will vie for starting positions, which will be an integral component in our progressing program."
2009 Santa Clara Recruiting Class (alphabetical order)
|Player||Hometown (High School)||Club|
|Katherine "Kate" Beaudoin||Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS)||FC Portland|
|Cailin Doherty||Playa Del Ray, Calif. (Notre Dame Academy HS)||San Diego Surf|
|Zoe Jeffers||Peoria, Ariz. (San Clemente HS - California)||Slammers FC|
|Lauren Kawamoto||Oak Park, Calif. (Oak Park HS)||Real SoCal|
|Olivia Klei||Pleasanton, Calif. (Foothill HS)||Pleasanton Rage|
|Lauren Matheson||Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS)||SC Blues|
|Alexis Rubattino||Santa Rosa, Calif. (Ursuline HS)||Santa Rosa United|
|Meleana Shim||Honolulu, Hawai'i (Kamehameha Schools)||Leahi SC|
|Alexandra "Allie" Vernon||Homer Glen, Ill. (Lockport Township HS)||Ohio Elite SA|
|Amanda Webster||Saugus, Mass. (Saint Mary's HS)||FC Stars of Mass|
Katherine "Kate" Beaudoin
Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS)
Four-time Oregon State Cup Champion, Beaudoin joins the Broncos from Jesuit HS. The four year varsity starter and team captain, the Portland, Ore. native was a first team all-league honoree in 2008. She was a member of the Region IV ODP pool, and was a Region IV regional finalist in 2007 and quarterfinalist in 2008.
Playa Del Ray, Calif. (Notre Dame Academy HS)
San Diego Surf
A 2008 first team all-league recipient and Defensive Player of the Year at Notre Dame Academy, Doherty will follow in the footsteps of her mother, Thalia `79, and older sister Kendall '08, who both played soccer at SCU. The Playa Del Ray, Calif. native joins the Broncos after a four-year varsity starting career. She was also a member of the track team, where she was a CIF qualifier in both the 2 x 100 and 1 x 300 races.
Peoria, Ariz. (San Clemente HS - California)
Jeffers, an Adidas ESP Top-50 Camp Member and Adidas ESP All-Star Team Member, is a three-time Arizona State Cup Champion with former team the Sereno Eagles. She was a three-time Region IV OPD team member and was on the U16 National Team.
Oak Park, Calif. (Oak Park HS)
Two-time All-CIF First Team recipient (2007 and 2008), Kawamoto joins the Broncos in 2009 after leading club team, Real SoCal, to the 2008 Southern Cal State Championship and Surf Cup Super Group Championship. She is currently a member of the Region IV ODP team.
Pleasanton, Calif. (Foothill HS)
A four-time Region IV ODP member, Klei joins the Broncos in 2009 from Foothill High School. A current member of the U20 National Team, the Pleasanton, Calif. native has been a member of the U14, U16 and U17 National Team's as well. She was a U17 World Cup runner up team member in 2008.
Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS)
Matheson, a four-time Region IV ODP team member and current member of the U20 National Team, joins the Broncos after playing on the U15, U16 and U17 National Teams. The All-CIF, All-County and All-South Coast League honoree, was the 2006 Cal South Girls Player of the Year, 2005 US Youth Soccer National Champion and 2005 US Youth Soccer Adidas Golden Boot Award Winner.
Santa Rosa, Calif. (Ursuline HS)
Santa Rosa United
The only goalkeeper in the 2009 class, Rubattino is a four-time goalkeeper selection for California North State ODP and a four-time goalkeeper selection for Region IV ODP Camp. The Santa Rosa, Calif. native is a 2005 North Coast Section Champion and a 2006 North Coast Section Runner Up.
Honolulu, Hawai'i (Kamehameha Schools)
The first signee from Hawai'i in three years, Shim is a two-time Region IV ODP team member (2006 and 2008). She earned back-to-back high school all-state first team honors in 2005 and 2006, and was the 2005 Hawai'i State High School Playoff MVP.
Alexandra "Allie" Vernon
Homer Glen, Ill. (Lockport Township HS)
Ohio Elite SA
Current member of the U20 National Team, Vernon is a 2008 Nike Top-50 Premier MVP. She is the only 2009 signee to be named a 2008 Parade All-American and she is a three-time NSCAA All-American Team honoree. The Homer Glen, Ill. native has also played on the U16, U17 and U18 National Teams.
Saugus, Mass. (Saint Mary's HS)
FC Stars of Mass
Two-time Massachusetts Player of the Year, Webster is the Saint Mary's High School all-time scoring leader. The 2008-09 Boston Globe Player of the Year, she is a two-time state champion and a three-time Region I OPD team member.