“We as a staff have worked many long hours to put this class together. I must thank Scott Alexander and Laura Van Wart for their 3 years of effort to put this class together. Zack Masters has also done a very good job of on campus recruiting to help mold this class together. When we started with this class, we had a couple of very specific traits we were looking for and we believe we obtained that. We wanted top local talent that fit what we are doing at SMC. We wanted players that can excel at a WCC standard of excellence and soccer players that had very good athleticism. We also wanted a quality group of dedicated and competitive individuals. We found all of these traits in our 2012 class. This group is already very close to each other as most have been to our summer camp, winter camp, and connect on facebook with each other. This will all be very important as they integrate with the current roster. The current roster has set a tone this spring that is very exciting. It is the highest level we have had in our 3 years here. We believe with the level of talent in the current roster combined with this incoming class, that we are in position to compete for a top 4 spot in Conference next fall. Which, in WCC terms, means we will be in a position for a potential NCAA berth.” -Kai Edwards & Staff
Club Team: Slammers FC
High School: Alverno High School
Possible major: Health Science
Earliest Soccer Memory: Most notably and recently, in the summer of 2011, my club team, Slammers FC won the San Diego Surf Cup. Equally memorable was, as a freshman, winning the first ever CIF Championship with my high school team.
Biggest Attribute You’re Bringing to SMC? My willingness and readiness to accept even the most formidable challenges and, thus, my tenacity to overcome them with accuracy and excellence. My positivity, athleticism, and diligence are all factors that entwine with my aim to set an example and empower my peers to approach all their personal challenges, on and off the field, with faith, love, and compassion.
Why SMC? I was immediately drawn to the location of SMC and the welcoming vibe it presented upon my visits. SMC offered me the possibility of attending a top academic program while playing soccer at a Division I level. The deciding factors of going to SMC were the small class sizes, tight-knit community, and excellent coaching staff.
Recruited by: UC Irvine, UC Davis, Dartmouth University, Williams College, San Jose State
“A player with a great understanding of the game, great vision in the midfield, and a phenomenal ability of scoring goals.” -Coach Ziad Khoury
“Plain and simple, Celina is Top Talent. We had been tracking her for years and when we confirmed her verbal commitment to SMC we knew what a special player she was. She is a talented individual with a big heart for her teammates and SMC already. She has exceptional field vision and is a quality dribbler for the purpose of attacking in the final third of the field. While watching her play for the Slammers and CZ Elite we saw many times she not only would be the best player on the field, she was the best player of the tournament on the weekend. She has the ability to impact WCC games with her dribbling, passing, and scoring ability. She will be fun to watch as she teams up with Marada, Shimkus and Herrick in the midfield forming what I believe is one of the top midfields in the league. She also has the ability to play up top. Walid, Ziad and Chreif Zein did a very good job giving her the freedom and structure to develop her into the creative midfield player that she is today." -Kai Edwards
In the next four years I just as we learn and grow on the soccer field, maintaining and striving for academic excellence and diversity has always been a crucial priority and goal throughout my life. I am excited to share what I have learned and gained over the years with my fellow classmates and teammates, professors and coaches, and equally learning from each and every one of them. Lastly, I hope to form life-long friendships which enable growth and maturity throughout my years at SMC.
3 Years Most Valuable Player Award High School 2nd Team CIF Selected CIF All Star 2 years Sophomore/Junior year 1st Team Horizon League: 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 Lead team to winning CIF Championship in 2009 High School Soccer Captain 2010-2011, 2011-2012 Mathematics Award Student Council Award Teresa of Calcutta Service Award St. Francis of Assisi Service Award Alverno Student Union, Secretary of Athletics 2011-2012 2 years Assembly Women Student Government
Club team: Patriotes de Longueuil AAA
High School : Collège Français secondaire Longueuil
Possible Major : Kinesiology
Best Soccer Memory : Playing for Team Canada at the 2010 FIFA U17 women’s world cup in Trinidad and Tobago. Also winning the U17 CONCACAF in 2010 in Costa Rica.
Biggest Attribute You're Bringing to SMC? My biggest attribute is that I am a fast player who can beat people on the wings and put some crosses in.
Why SMC? I love California and I totally love the fact that it’s a really small campus. I find it so pretty. SMC is an amazing team for soccer and I am sure Kai and the program will help me get better and achieve my goals.
Recruited by: West Virginia, Maine, Ohio, Memphis.
My coach always uses the quote from Mia Hamm, ’’It’s not a sacrifice if you love what you’re doing’’.
“I have watched and tracked Caroline’s play since she was in 9th grade. When I saw her start for Canada in the U17 Women’s World Cup I knew that she was a player we needed. We stayed persistent & aggressive, and when she finally visited she fell in love with the school. She is very quick and technically clean. She understands time and space very well, which allows her to pick out where to attack, as well as when and how it to do it well. She loves to set up goals and take on the role of the playmaker from the wide spaces. She brings international experience that will help her succeed in the WCC. She has the goal of making the U20 Canadian WWC Team as well as the Full National Team. I think playing and training in this environment will set her up to be in position to meet those goals. We are all now working on our French.” -Kai Edwards
In the next four years I want to get better at all the aspects in soccer ( fitness, technical and tactical), to be able to play at the highest level and be on the U20 Canada team in two years. I want to be a key player for this team and help SMC get into the top 30. I also want to improve my English and become bilingual.
Finalist for the golden shoe in 2008 Player of the year in 2010 and 2011 (in the league) Finalist for the Best player in Canada in 2010 Finalist for MVP in 2011 Player of the year in 2011 (for the club) Player with the most goals of the league in 2006 and 2007
Hometown: Dublin, CA
Club Team: Mustang Rampage
High School: Dublin High School
Possible Major: Kinesiology
Earliest Soccer Memory: I remember playing on the Dublin Force with my mom as the coach. I was the geeky kid who wore sport goggles, but I was always having so much fun that it didn't matter how I looked!
Biggest Attribute You're Bringing to SMC? I hope that my speed and relentless determination will fit in well with SMC's style of play.
Why SMC? I was really attracted to the beautiful campus and the great academic and sports programs that SMC has to offer. I have heard nothing but great things from present and past SMC students. Also after getting to know Coach Kai and his coaching style, it was impossible to turn down!
Recruited by: Soccer: Louisiana Tech University, California State University Bakersfield, Lesley University, Humboldt State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State East Bay. Track: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Brown University, Yale University, UC Davis, UCCS, Sacramento State, Lehigh University, Pacific University of Oregon, Soka University of America
"Noria has been an exceptional addition to our ECNL team this season. Her explosive speed and ability to put the opponent under pressure with her work rate has really added a new dimension to our team. It is players like Noria that give us the belief that we can compete for an ECNL National Championship this season." -Club Coach
“Noria has pace that will allow us to stretch the field versus the most athletic teams in the country, something we have not had in my time here. Noria also has the strength to hold off players and the mentality & pace to get to goal in a hurry. She improves every time I see her. She has a quality first touch and a knack for scoring goals. She was a little under the radar during her club career, but I am confident that she will soon be on people’s scouting reports when we play them. She grew up 15 minutes away from SMC in the East Bay, improving our record of keeping the WCC talented players here at SMC. She can earn us game winning goals in the WCC by beating a player and serving the ball or scoring it herself. Joe Owen and Chad Harper did a great job developing her on the Danville Mustang soccer teams.” - Kai Edwards
In the next four years I hope to grow as both a soccer player and a student and have fun doing it!
First Team All League (soccer) sophomore and junior year Offensive MVP on the Dublin High School Varsity soccer team sophomore and junior year and the teams leading scorer First Team All League (track) freshman, sophomore, and junior year DFAL Champion in the 100m (2009, 2010, 2011) and DFAL Champion in the 200m (2010, 2011) Came in 6th place at NCS Meet of Champions in the 200m (2011) Scholar athlete for my whole high school career
Hometown: Pinole, CA
Club Team: Mustang Rampage
High School: Pinole Valley High School
Possible Major: Kinesiology/Physical Therapy
Earliest Soccer Memory: I was about 7 or 8 years old. I had never played keeper before. My coach told me to stand in the goal box. He had all the other girls line up 15 yards away from me, and on his whistle they all shot on me at the same time; I count that as my first keeper training.
Biggest Attribute You're Bringing to SMC? The biggest attribute that I'm bringing to SMC is my competitiveness. This will help me go far in the classroom as well as on the field.
Why SMC? SMC is a great place. I loved it after my first camp. It's the perfect place for me to earn my degree and improve my skills athletically. It's a friendly and comfortable place and I can't wait to call myself a Gael.
Recruited by: Fresno state , Bakersfield and Cal State Long Beach
"Khayla's competitive attitude and work ethic has been tremendous for us not only in our matches but on a daily basis in training. I look forward to seeing her bring those traits to her college season." -Club Coach
“Khayla is an unbelievable person with an infectiously positive personality off the field. On the field, she has a competitive side that will push her to challenge for the starting goalkeeper position day one. She possesses a great field presence, a quality kicking game, and athleticism that allows her to make big time saves. She has been working on cleaning up her footwork over the past year and you can see the difference already. It is important to our program that we keep the top talent in the Bay area, and with Khayla, we did just that. She has played for Mustang, Pleasanton Rage, and ACC Mavericks and while in those environments she has flourished. Nikki Ferguson, her high school coach, has been a great role model and promoter for her; always pushing her to play at the highest level. She is a top local talent who will turn National Team heads in the next couple of years. She helps us win WCC games.” -Kai Edwards
In the next four years I hope to gain an excellent education that will set me up for a great stable life. As well as life lessons and friends that I will carry on into my life with me after college
First Team All League 2009-2010 First Team All League 2010-2011 Officer of Communications for African American Student Union 2010-2011 President of African American Student Union 2011-2012
Hometown- Palisade, Colorado
Club Team - Colorado West Select/ Colorado Rush Nike U-18 in 2010/2011 and 2011/201
High School - Palisade High School (4 year varsity starter
Major - Undecided
Earliest Soccer Memory: At four-years-old, I was scoring goals while the other children picked at daisies and ate oranges. I always wanted to play the game and win.
Biggest Attribute You're Bringing to SMC? Hard work, love of competition, and endurance - My parents have always taught me to give 100% in everything I do. I pride myself in persevering through all events, with a strong willed determination to never give up. I give my best not only on the field, but in the classroom, and as a person in life.
Why SMC? Although I originally knew little about SMC, I was very impressed with Kai Edwards and the quality of the SMC women’s program. I quickly fell in love with the campus, community, location and environment. The coaching staff and current players on the team were welcoming and cared about their team and their individual goals. I am so excited to be coming to California and begin a new part of my life. I know that SMC will meet my academic, athletic and personal needs.
Recruited by: Denver, Santa Clara
"Flannery is an attack-minded, tricky wide player. She is comfortable beating players to the outside, or chopping back and driving inside and so can be very dangerous on the dribble." -Coach Ross Fowler
“Flannery is competitive with a warrior mentality, but also brings a quality with the ball to the field. I actually first met Flannery when she was 12 when I went out and worked a camp at Mesa State in her hometown of Grand Junction, CO. I then had her at a camp last year when I was working a WCC rivals camp. After, she visited campus, loved it and has been bleeding Blue and Red ever since. She is left-footed, physically strong, smart (as she is the daughter of a coach), and has the ability to play multiple positions. I expect her to compete for the left back or the left wing positions from moment one. She plays for one of the best clubs in the country with Colorado Rush which has helped her develop into a future WCC impact player.” -Kai Edwards
In the next four years at SMC, I hope to reach my full potential as an athlete and student, so that I can go into the world knowing my values and strengths. In soccer, I hope to have helped my team grow and improve, and become a top contender in the WCC. Individually, I hope to make an impact on the left side and step on the field and make a difference. Academically, I hope to keep a 3.0 or higher grade point average. I hope to have a major decided and find a career that both attracts to me and helps positively change others.
All-Conference Honorable Mention freshman year All-Conference First team sophomore and junior year. All State Honorable Mention junior year Utah ODP state team 2009, ODP Regional Camp 2009. Colorado State Champions 2010 (Colorado Rush Nike U-18) Far West Regionals Champions 2011 (Colorado Rush Nike U-18) National Championship Runner-Up 2011 (Colorado Rush Nike U-18) 4.0 Award every year of high school
Cub Team: San Juan Soccer Club
High School: Mesa Verde High School
Possible Major: Kinesiology
Earliest Soccer Memory: My earliest soccer memory would have to be my first goal. Before the game, I realized the key to scoring was aiming for the corner. At age five, I thought that was pretty brilliant.
Biggest Attribute You're Bringing to SMC? The biggest asset I will bring to Saint Marys Girls Soccer is my work ethic and my willingness to learn and develop my game further. I will work as hard as it takes to win, and then I’ll work even harder.
Why SMC? I always knew Saint Marys had a great soccer program, but the first time I saw the school, I knew this is where I wanted to play. I fell in love with Saint Marys.
Recruited by: UCI, Arizona State University, Sacramento State, Santa Clara University, Oregon State, and U.C. Santa Barbara
“Cassi is an extremely competitive person on the field and in the classroom. She was recruited as our #1 center back for the 2012 recruiting class and we are fortunate we were able to secure her commitment to SMC. She is a technically solid, hard-nosed, blue-collar defender with the quality to play out of the back. She will compete to play at center back from the moment she steps onto campus. She has the ability to defend the top strikers in the WCC and we are very excited to see her grow as a player and a person for the next 4 years. The thing I love the most about Cassi is that she has improved everyday since she gave us her verbal commitment 2 years ago. We must attribute her competitive personality to the San Juan Soccer Club, led by Billy Weiskel and Zeca Neto. The club brilliantly fostered her competitive drive. ” -Kai Edwards
Member of the National Honor Society Member of the California Scholarship Fed. President of the French Club Voted Best All Around by Senior Class Maintains a 4.0 G.P.A. High School Soccer Achievements: Captain MVP and All League Highest Goal Scorer Freshman Year Team-ECNL National Champions Team- California Cup Champions
Hometown: Concord, CA
Club Team: Diablo FC Force
High School: Alhambra High School
Possible Major: Kinesiology
Earliest Soccer Memory: Scoring 10 goals in my first AYSO game ever!
Biggest Attribute You're Bringing to SMC? I believe that my dedication and commitment to learning and developing my talents both on and off the field will benefit me the most as a student athlete at Saint Mary's.
Why SMC? I decided to attend SMC because I admire the religious and moral values that it upholds, it's excellent academic reputation, and its unrivaled athletic tradition. I also appreciate the goals of the women's soccer program and it's coaching staff. I am looking forward to being able to compete at the highest level and have the opportunity to positively represent the Gael's soccer program, while still being surrounded by people that share similar Christian values.
"Anne is an extremely gifted and talented player and one who can literally play all spots on the field WELL. I look forward to watching her play- and excel- at the collegiate level." -Jeremy Hull, Diablo FC Coach
In the next four years at SMC, I hope to obtain a degree in kinesiology, give back to the community, develop my abilities as a soccer player, and contribute as much as I can to the SMC Women's Soccer Program.
Team Captain (Both Club and High School Teams) 2010 PDP Region IV pool Lead Scorer 2009, 2011 Lead team in assists 2009-2011 seasons North Coast Section Scholar Athlete Award 2008-2012
Hometown: Fresno, Ca.
Club Team: Clovis Odyssey
High School: San Joaquin Memorial High School
Possible Major: Business
Earliest Soccer Memory: My earliest soccer memory was scoring my first penalty kick on my first Club Team.
Biggest Attribute You're Bringing to SMC? The biggest attribute I am bringing to SMC is my strong work ethic and my passion for soccer.
Why SMC? I chose SMC for the close-nit, family environment. I love the soccer program that is being built; and the past two years going to the soccer camp made that evident for me. Also it is a Catholic school and my faith means a lot to me, it was all around a perfect fit for me.
“Natalya is an attack-minded player with a "never say die" mentality, who is very adept at getting forward into dangerous spaces to receive the ball. Once she has it, she possesses the vision to create opportunities on goal with a pass and the ability to create space for herself off the dribble.”-CJ Cooper Head Coach COSC U18 Red
In the next 4 years at SMC, I plan on maintaining a high GPA to get into Law school. Also I want to be a team player and grow into a better player
California Scholarship Federation Life Member Homecoming Queen Rookie of the Year 2009 Offensive Player of the Year 2010, 2011 All Valley All Star 2011 All League 2008-2011