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2015 Recruits
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Julia Reneau 
Washington State University
Zoe_Ramer
Zoe Ramer
Portland State
Brielynn_Tovani
Brielynn Tovani
Chico State
Katie Carr
Katie Carr 
Southern Methodist University
2014 Recruits
Akanyirige Precious
Precious Akanyirige Baylor
Hailai Arghandiwal
Hailai Arghandiwal Santa Clara University
Haley Cache
Haley Cache Northwestern State
Danica Eglston
Danica Eglston Chico State
Spenser Jay
Spenser Jay University of Hawaii
Samantha Koepp
Samantha Koepp South Dakota State
Katie Lortie
Katie Lortie Chico State University
Hannah Menk
Hannah Menk University of Redlands
Alexandria Nicholas
Alexandra Nicholas Notre Dame
Brianna Nicholas
Brianna Nicholas West Point
Morgan Pearce
Morgan Pearce Point Loma
Brielle Preece
Brielle Preece Pepperdine University
Haley Rivers
Haley Rivers Converse College
Micaela Scafani
Micaela Scafani Northern Arizona University
Kylee Smith
Kylee Smith Sacramento State
Sydney Smith
Sydney Smith Willamette University
Preethika Rajsekar
Preethika Rajsekar Washington University Saint Louis
Lauren Terres
Lauren Terres Colorado Christian University
Sarah Toelkes
Sarah Toelkes SMU
Ivy Torres
Ivy Torres Dominican University of California
Sarah Wilkinson
Sarah Wilkinson UC Irvine
2013 Recruits
Alyssa holsworth
Alyssa Holsworth Fresno State University
Kylee Southwell
Kylee Southwell UC San Diego
Amanda Nunes
Amanda Nunes Fresno State University
Emily Rodriguez
Emily Rodriguez University of Oregon
Marisa Sheed
Marissa Scheid UCSD
Haley Chou
Haley Chow Princeton
Gabby Ko
Gabby Ko University California Irvine
Alyssa Devine
Alyssa Devine Marquette University
Nicole Heller
Nicole Heller UCSD
Tamara Aboumrad
Tamara Aboumrad Cal Berkeley
Marissa Rodriquez
Marissa Rodriquez Southeastern Louisiana University
Alexandria Nicholas
Claire Berkley San Jose State
2012 Recruits
Cassi Scroggins
Cassi Scroggins- Chico State
Ani Nahapetian
Ani Nahapetian- Lehigh University
Lia Unterholzner
Lia Unterholzner- Biola University
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Rachel Romero Indiana University
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Rebecca Beasley Air Force Academy
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Robin Mertens Cal Poly
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Darlene Dang Wellesley College
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Bria Outland University Nevada Reno
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Dani Rodrigues Fresno State University
2011
Annie Amos
Annie Amos- Brigham Young University
Paige
Paige Diamond- University of Denver
Megan
Megan Tabler - Chico State University
Ally
Allyson White - Fordham University
Simone Melvin
Simone Melvin  - Belmont Abbey College
Gabe
Gabe Stange- San Jose State
Simone Melvin
Bianca Lemus - Notre Dame de Namur
Tracy
Tracy Hong   - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Kristina
Kristina Utley - University of Cincinnati
Courtney
Courtney Stonesifer - Westmont College
2010
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Lani Amack Washington State
Morgan Celaya DePaul University
Alexa Douglas Azusa Pacific University
Faustine Dufka University of Washington
Julie Geller CSU Stanislaus
Michelle Harrison Idaho State
Janelle Jin Boise State University
Brenna Schaff UC Riverside
Alyssa Sterns UC Riverside
2007
Kylee Blatz Sacramento State
Piersten Gaines Columbia University
Maxine Goynes Santa Clara
Nicky Kit University of Florida
Kirstie Kuhns University of Oregon
Nicole Patrizi Washington State
Kendra Perry Santa Clara
Alex Quesada St. Mary's College
Corinne Shreve Sacramento State
Allyson Ventura Fresno State
Erika Wesley University of San Diego
2006
Carrie Andrews Cal Poly
Lizzie Batten TCU
Barbara Blocker University of Oregon
Kim Feeney LMU
Mara Fintzi Penn
Maggie Goldstein Dartmouth
Najma Homidi Oregon State
Lynn Hutchins Cal Poly
Alicia Jenkins Stanford
Courtney Lara Sonoma State
Giules Longmire University of San Diego
Hallsie Pacheco San Jose State
Veronica Perez University of Washington
Danielle Sweeney University of Oregon
Carissa Voegele Cal Poly
Jillian Sweetnam Loyola Marymount
2005
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Maddie Buchanan USD
Brittany Cameron University of San Diego
Marissa Dayton San Jose State
Angela Dohrmann San Jose State
Allison Falk Stanford
Katie Gregoire University of Washington
Taylor Hendren Cornell
Nkechi Kanu Cal Berkeley
Laura King University of the Pacific
Lizzie Masland Haverford College
Caitlin McDonald Dartmouth
Jen Mello University of San Diego
Taylor Numann Princeton
Dani Potts Santa Clara
Cassidy Powers Duke University
Jenna Robison University of Washington
Jessica Scott San Jose State
Kendahl Stein Cal Poly
Brianna Tsui UC Davis
Erin Wylie Harvard
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Ashley Beyers Princeton
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Lizzy George Stanford
Whitney Goodell Oregon State
Jessica Gray USC
Katie Martinez Cal Berkeley
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Maggie Robertson University of San Francisco
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Rose Zapata Baylor
Kendra Sakuda Westmont College
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Cori Alexander Portland
Dani Amarant Richmond
Kim Bingham Arizona State
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Kristin Chapman Miami
Judy Coffman Michigan
Tina Estrada Santa Clara
Darby Kroyer Duke
Katie Mahoney Arizona State
Courtney Nelson Pepperdine
Julia Schnugg Cal Berkeley
Brittany Velisek Miami
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Alexandra Bedzikian Cal-Poly
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Sara Chadwick Colorado College
Adriana Diaz Sonoma State
Julie Gailey University of Texas
Tara Gotthardt Long Beach State
Kristina Lamberty University of Colorado
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Dana Muhlfelder Brown University
Kelsey Quane Pepperdine
Sierra Schlesinger University of California
Hillary Schwarzback Santa Clara
Ashley Shadd Cal State Hayward
Tina Sutorius USC
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Amy Banuelos San Jose State
Liz Dosa Michigan
Amy Fazio UCLA
Ashley Hooverson Colorado College
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“My Life as a Soccer Player” RAGE Alumni, Carlee Holmoe (Payne)

“My Life as a Soccer Player”

RAGE Alumni, Carlee Holmoe (Payne)

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Although soccer is “just a sport,” it has without a doubt shaped me into the person I am today. I started playing soccer when I was 5 years old. just a little mini Carlee. the first couple years, I was the littlest girl on the field, running around chasing butterflies while my pig tails bounced around. my parents cheered me on and were so proud when I just touched the ball. something clicked when I was about 8 years old. and when I say something clicked, I mean my competitive spirit. I all of a sudden wanted to win every game. I didn’t want girls to be better than me (even if we were on the same team

As I got older I understood the game more and I found what my strengths (and weaknesses) were. not to mention, I had the best coach and mentor. I credit Philippe Blin (and my parents) for most of the success that I have had in soccer. I played for a club team called Pleasanton Rage. that obnoxious orange team that stood out at tournaments. we were pretty much a group of ballers. from the time we were little tykes, we were known as the dream team. probably sounds like i’m bragging (i might be a little) but I really am just proud to be a part of such an incredible group of girls. we competed in competitive leagues, tournaments, and went to nationals twice. looking back on my Rage experience, I gained an incredible amount of life lessons. perseverance, hard work, practice, passion, fighting for my end goal- just to name a few. another HUGE take away has been the memories and lifelong friends I have made. I keep in touch with so many of my teammates, a few were even bridesmaids in my wedding. the countless hours of practice and traveling, goofing off in hotel rooms, painting sports bras and underwear for game day and team pasta feeds will never be forgotten. glory days people.

Throughout my club and high school days, I played ODP (Olympic Development Program). I got the chance to play at the local level, regional level, and national level. it was the coolest experience to play with girls from all over the country who just had an immense amount of talent. seriously skills pouring out of their ears. this was also a way for my future college coaches to know me as a player.

High school soccer. man, we had it good. I had a little bit of a rough start in the beginning but it was all meant to be. my soccer friends (the rage babes) and I tried out for the varsity squad our freshmen year. it was pretty intimidating trying out with seniors but I felt like we all had a pretty good try out. as I looked for my name on the list, I read through all my friends and didn’t see me. on the jv list, there read “Carlee Payne.” I ran straight to our car and cried. like not just i’m a little sad tears, but my life is over tears. I know this sounds super snotty since I made the jv team as a freshmen, but I was shooting for the stars. I set my goals high. I told my mom I was quitting soccer. she told me I could do what I wanted (with a subtle mom push to not give up). I ended up making myself go to that jv practice, so sad but very humbled. I asked the varsity coach why I didn’t make the team and he honestly (brutally honestly) told me I was too small and he didn’t think I would be able to hold my own. that was just fuel to my fire. I worked so hard the next couple weeks- becoming the most aggressive player on the field. scary feisty. we were only a couple games into the season when the head coach  of the varsity team asked me to move up and play on his team. I was pretty pumped. pretty nervous. he started me in the first game and I scored two goals. all I wanted to say to him was “suck on that.” sorry but it’s the truth. I then started the rest of my career, but I never forgot that moment and the things I have learned. my high school team was talented. it was pretty much my whole club team. we went 21-1 my senior season (don’t want to talk about that 1. still not over it). but we were ranked number 1 in the nation by ESPN Rise. now I really sound like i’m bragging huh?

The day I got recruited for BYU. I remember my coach told me that the BYU coaches called him and wanted to set up a meeting with me because they were interested in having me play for them. at that time, I made my list of dream schools, and BYU wasn’t on the top 10. I had talked to some of the schools I wanted to play for and set up meetings with the coaches. I was in utah and figured I might as well see what they had to say. we met and seriously it was love at first sight. (not with the coahes- gross). I toured the school, the athletic facilities, met the coaching staff and all the girls. it. just. felt. right. there really is no other way to describe it other than it just felt like the place I needed to be. it felt like home. I told my dad I was going to commit there. he asked if I wanted to at least meet with the other schools to make sure it was the right choice and I said no. I canceled all meetings and committed to be a BYU Cougar. looking back, this may have been the best decision of my life. bold statement right? playing for this team and attending this university has changed me for the better. plus I met the man of my dreams who I will be married to for eternity. not a bad gig right?

My BYU soccer experience was one of a kind. it started off with a freshmen year of insane amounts of hard work, traveling lots, some girl drama, adjusting to the speed of the game, and last but not least the viral New Mexico vs. BYU game. yep.. poor #7 is me. my claim to fame is that I got beat up up national television. yikes.

Then ups and downs throughout the next couple seasons. so many memories and laughs with all of these girls. then came our senior season. I got married the summer before this season, so my support system was so much stronger. danny and I would go out multiple times a week and I would shoot on him. our class trained hard for this final year. we were playing amazing and beating all the teams we needed to beat. we won our conference and we were given a number one seed in the NCAA tournament. (if you don’t know soccer- only 4 teams are given a number one seed- so it was pretty cool). at that time we were ranked number 2 in the country. the highest BYU soccer has ever been ranked. am I bragging again? shoot. we went to the elite eight! also the furthest we’ve gotten. we barely lost (to the team who won the whole thing). it was a hard loss but I was so proud of all we had accomplished. it felt good ending on such a high note.

With that being said, it was not easy to finish. I still get sad thinking how I will never play on a competitive team again. it still breaks my heart knowing I won’t get to see my 20 closest friends every day for 2 hours. I still haven’t found that immense passion for something that I had for soccer. it is sometimes hard going to a BYU soccer game and cheering on a team that I was once a part of. it has been hard finding my identity post soccer. I had surgery on both of my feet from ongoing problems. but I would never take it back for anything. in fact, I would do it all over. the exact same way. I will cherish the memories I have had for ever and ever. the friends I have made will be in my life till we are old and wrinkly. I gained such a strong relationship traveling with my parents every other weekend. soccer shaped me into the Carlee I am today.

If you are a young aspiring soccer player, please remember to NEVER give up on your dreams. always work harder than those around you. play with heart and passion. practice on your own. ask questions and learn the game. but most importantly, don’t forget to have fun. the memories you will make with your teammates and family will be memories that you will share with your grand kids. when it stops being fun, stop playing. seriously. one phrase I would always tell myself before every single soccer game I played was “walk off that field with no regrets.” this applies to all sports and all aspects in life. live with no regrets.

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Wildcats topple 24th-ranked SPU

Box Score To deem the win historic might be a bit of a reach. But if the Chico State women’s soccer team plays the rest of the season like it did in a 1-0 victory over 24th-ranked Seattle Pacific Wednesday night, it is certainly one that the NCAA Championship Tournament committee will look back on at the end of the regular season.
 

Shelby Lanksbury notched her first collegiate goal Wednesday.

It was a night of firsts for the Wildcats. Head Coach Kim Sutton earned her first victory in a dozen attempts against the perennial West Region power. Shelby Lanksbury’s first collegiate goal was the game winner. And a number of Wildcats made their University Soccer Stadium debut in the 2014 home opener.
 
Chico State improved to 1-1-1 with the win against a Seattle Pacific squad that had opened the season with a 2-1 win against UC San Diego. The Falcons fell to 1-1-0.
 
Lanksbury’s goal was a team effort as no less than six Wildcats played a role. True freshman Pooja Patel – a revelation in her collegiate home debut – rolled a ball to Scroggins in the right corner to set the play in motion. Scroggins ripped a cross into the box that ricocheted out to Emily Shleppey. She slammed a low liner back into the mix that Megan Tabler got a boot on. The ball was deflected high into the air before Katie Brown headed it toward the goal. Linsdey Dias played it back deftly to Lanksbury, who hit a left-footed rocket inside the left post for the game-winner.
 
Patel entered the match in the 33rd minute and the tenor of the match changed completely.
 
Outshot 11-2 to that point, the speedy Patel paved the way as the Wildcats took control. Chico State enjoyed a 9-4 edge in shots and 4-1 advantage in corner kicks from that point forward.
 
The shutout was the 20th of goalkeeper Brianna Furner’s career, tying her with Nicole Adams for second in Chico State history. Furner made a trio of saves, including a perfectly timed punch of a header ticketed for the upper-V in the 24th minute.
 

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Megan Tabler


She was aided by a backline of Jojo Smyth, Brooke Coelho (both making their Wildcats home debuts), Scroggins and Halima Abdelshife. They limited Seattle Pacific to shots from distance for most of the evening.
 
The victory was the 185th for Sutton at the Division II level, moving her to within one of the only other coach in the program’s history – Bob Russ – for 31st all time.
 
The Wildcats will attempt to get Sutton even with her predecessor Sunday when they host Saint Martin’s at 11 a.m. All Chico Youth Soccer League players and coaches who come to the match in uniform will get in free.
 
 
 

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Soccer’s Precious Akanyirige Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

Precious AkanyirigeSept. 2, 2014

IRVING, Texas – Baylor soccer forward Precious Akanyirige was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.

The Pleasanton, Calif., native is the sixth all-time at BU to earn the newcomer honor and third under the Jobsons. Sophomore teammate Ashley York was the last to garner the honor as she did so after her first collegiate weekend on Aug. 27, 2013. Overall, the Bears have had 29 Big 12 weekly honorees and 12 under the Jobsons.

Akanyirige took just one shot in two games during the week but made it count, converting the game-winner as Baylor won at No. 23 BYU, 2-1, on Monday. After York corralled a goalie kick in the 46th minute, Akanyirige took the pass and booted a left-footed shot to the top left of the goal in a one-on-one situation with BYU’s goalie. Akanyirige has played in all four of BU’s games this year, including three starts, and has taken five shots (two on goal) in 179 minutes of action.

Akanyirige and Co. return to action this weekend at home as the Bears (3-1-0) face Incarnate Word on Friday at 7 p.m. CT on senior night and Northwestern State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Congratulations Seniors!

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Senior captain Alana D’Onofrio was named to the First Team All-Big Sky Conference selection.

Senior captain Alana D’Onofrio was named to the First Team All-Big Sky Conference selection.
D’Onofrio was a part of a great defense this year that allowed only 0.94 goals per game. The captain fromPleasanton, Calif. was also named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week twice this season and recorded an assist against Southern Utah. Her first honor came on Sept. 10 as D’Onofrio help shutout UNLV.
“I think it is a deserving honor for Alana and our whole backline,” said head coach Andre Luciano. “Her work ethic and commitment to become one of the best defenders in the Big Sky was apparent on Sunday night.” 

Alana played at the competitive level for the Pleasanton Rage for 9 years. She is a bio-med major/History minor graduating in May 2014.

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Dani Rodriques named to the mountain west conference all tournament team

Dani Rodriques (on the left), who played for the Pleasanton RAGE U17 and U18 ECNL teams was named to the Mountain West Conference All Tournament Team. Dani is a sophomore for Fresno State. RAGE has two other starters on the Fresno team, Amanda Nunes and Alyssa Holsworth, both freshmen. Fresno compiled a notable record of 7-3-1 in conference play this season.

Posted: 11/18/13

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Westmont Goalkeeper Lindsey Smith

The Golden State Athletic Conference has announced that Westmont goalkeeper Lindsey Smith has been named the Women’s Soccer Co-Player of the Year. Smith shares the honor with Vanguard forward Jordan Davidson.
“This recognition has been three years in the making,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely of Smith’s award. “I thought she was, if not the best, one of the best keepers in the conference her sophomore year. Last year, she was good, but was hampered by her injury. This year, it was the culmination of everything – her hard work and being injury free.”
This is the third All-GSAC Team selection for Smith who played throughout the 2012 season with a torn ligament in her elbow.
In 2013, playing in the strongest conference for women’s soccer in the NAIA, Smith has allowed just six goals and ranks second in the NAIA with a goals-against average of 0.38. She has tallied seven shutouts and combined with sophomore keeper Lauren Dorr for six shared shutouts.
“Lindsey has been absolutely excellent,” praised Kiely. “In the big games, she is the one who has kept us in the games and given us a chance to be successful on the other end of the field. She has been a leader in the back and has made huge saves. I am thankful that she has been recognized for her talent, because she is one of the best in the country.”

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Girls Commitments: Goals for the future

Article Written by J.R. Eskilson, ESNN
Published: August 5, 2013

Brianna Nicholas, Forward, Pleasanton Rage

Class: 2014

Commitment: Army

Some people are destined for more, and Brianna Nicholas is well aware that requires some sacrifices.

“I am proud to say that I am going to be attending West Point, and that I will be serving my country after I graduate,” Nicholas told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “My college experience will be far different than the normal college athlete. I will be studying, playing soccer, while also learning how to be the best soldier and leader I can be.”

Through her play in the ECNL with Pleasanton Rage, Nicholas drew interest from a number of colleges, which she called an educational process.

“The college selection process has been a time of tremendous growth and learning for me,” Nicholas said. “Playing with the Pleasanton Rage ECNL team, I have been lucky to play in an environment that exposes me to many different colleges and coaches.”

When talking about her commitment, the phrases that typically dot a commitment story rarely come up, as Nicholas has a grand picture beyond her next five years.

“What West Point has to offer really hits home for me, and I will have the honor to serve my country, make a difference in the world, and be a part of something bigger than myself,” she said. “This opportunity is a life changing one – I get to attend a top-notch university and graduate as an enlisted officer in the United States Army.”

Reaching this point, and making this decision, could only be achieved with a support network and the future Army forward gave credit to hers.

“I am very grateful for the support of my family, coaches and teammates when making this decision, and I would like to thank them for everything they’ve done,” Nicholas said. “I would not be the player and person I am today without their guidance and support.”

Taken from TopDrawerSoccer.com

posted 8/5/13

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2013 College Signing Night

Pleasanton RAGE hosted the 2013 college signing night honoring RAGE seniors Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at the Pleasanton Marriott. Family, teammates, coaches, RAGE board members, and staff all gathered along with Amador Valley High School Principal, Jim Hansen to celebrate the signing seniors’ achievement. 

College signing night is the first Wednesday in February when high school seniors can sign a binding National Letter of Intent for NCAA college athletics. At this event, 14 seniors that have played in the Pleasanton RAGE girls soccer club anywhere from 1-14 years officially signed their intent to continue to play soccer for colleges and universities across the United States. The girls were individually recognized by RAGE director of coaching and player development, Philippe Blin.

Here are the RAGE signing seniors for 2013:

Haley Chow – Princeton

Marissa Scheid – UC San Diego

Emmy Rodriguez – University of Oregon

Alyssa Holsworth – Fresno State

Nicole Heller – UC San Diego

Kylee Southwell – UC San Diego

Gabrielle Ko – UC Irvine

Tamara Aboumrad – UC Berkeley

Sahar Arghandiwal – Cal State Los Angeles

Alyssa Devine – Marquette University

Amanda Nunes – Fresno State

Marisa Rodrigues – Southeastern Louisiana University

Zoe Rogers-Lemke – Cal State Monterey Bay

Shayda Haddad – UC San Diego

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Rage Alumni: Ani Nahapetian

Women’s soccer goalkeeper Ani Nahapetian was the standout player during a game against Marist College with six second-half saves, making her The Brown and White’s Athlete of the Week.
Although freshman Nahapetian has only just entered the Lehigh community, she is already making an impact on the program. Originally a Northern California native, Nahapetian was recruited while playing as a high school athlete at a national tournament in Seattle.
Last year, she came to Lehigh’s soccer camp to show off her goalkeeping prowess before choosing to commit. A coaching change that brought current women’s Assistant Coach Amy Houghonto the staff forced Nahapetian to demonstrate her skills in order to keep her previously scouted place on Lehigh’s roster.
In comparison to her fellow student-athletes, Nahapetian said she was late in the game in regard to committing to Lehigh. Generally, the most competitive athletes know where they’re going to college years in advance. She also said that she came to Lehigh to watch the team play several other games after committing to the Mountain Hawks.
In her second performance as a Hawk, Nahapetian has already earned her spot on the team’s roster. In the Hawks’ game versus Marist College, which entered the game with a record of 5-2 on the season, Nahapetian proved she’s already more than comfortable playing in brown and white.
Opportunities certainly haven’t been handed to her, though. She’s had to fight her way for a spot in between the pipes.
“I’ve really had to work my way into playing time,” she said. “It makes sense because I’m a freshman, so I have to prove myself. I have to earn my spot.”
The morning of the Marist game, Nahapetian said she was called into the coaches’ office and informed that she would be playing in the game.
“The coaches asked me to come in and said that I’d be splitting time for that game,” she said. “I felt like this was my opportunity to prove myself.”
Balancing classes with athletics has proven to be less of a challenge than expected for the freshman, who is already thinking she wants to major in bioengineering. But she’s proud to see a lifetime of dedication and work pay off.
Nahapetian has played soccer ever since she was a kid, choosing to follow her passion all the way to college.
“Being a goalkeeper has really been drilled into me,” she said.
She added that having played for so long has put her in different types of situations that have allowed her to grow as a player. At this point, her reactions in goal are completely natural.
“Having played for so long, I just let instincts take over during the game,” she said. “For me it’s really a process of almost not thinking about the game,” she said. “If I start thinking about the game I’ll get nervous and I won’t do well. I just shut everything else out and play.”
Though the team hasn’t had the start they’d like, Nahapetian remains optimistic about the rest of the season. Not only do the Hawks have a young team, she explained, but they also have a lot of talent that they haven’t quite figured out how to mold together yet. She mentioned that coming in as a new player has been an opportunity for her to really get to know the players around her.
Even more than that, though, she added that the team has been focusing on playing in the short run.
“What really works for our team is taking it one game at a time,” she said. “By only focusing on one game, we can prepare for a single upcoming team. We definitely have practices geared toward getting ready to play specific teams, but we just take the games individually for the most part.”
Nahapetian continued to emphasize the importance of individual preparation for games.
“We have scouting reports for all of the other teams, but we don’t even look at those until we’ve finished the game before and are ready to look ahead,” she said. “That’s what the coaches take care of.”
“It’s about learning everyone’s strengths,” she said. “We just have to learn how to use each player to their full potential.”

Story by Brown and White sports writer Christina Cavanaugh, ’14.

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February 1, 2012 — 2012 College Signing Night

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Ally Rodrguez/Rage ’93 and Kelsey Foo

Oregon Women’s Soccer Team Video which features Ally Rodrguez/Rage ’93 team and Kelsey Foo who was coached by Gordy and Darrin on the Cal-North State and Regional ODP Teams. 

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