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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara Women's Soccer program has signed goalkeeper Kearra Bastes-Jones to a National Letter of Intent for the 2019 season, Head Coach Paul Stumpf announced.
Bastes-Jones arrives at UCSB from Roseville, Calif., having played her club soccer for Crescenta Valley SC.
The team placed in multiple competitions in each year that she was on the team. In 2015, Crescenta Valley won the Strikers Cup, while finishing as a runner up in the Phoenix Cup.
The following year, the club won the Utah Avalanche College Showcase, and finished as finalists in the Rage College Showcase. In that season, Bastes-Jones was the Nomads Goalie War Winner in the girls under-16 division.
In 2017, she was on the team that won the New York City Cup, were finalists in the Vegas Cup, and finished in first place in the Southern California Developmental Soccer League (SCDSL) Champions Division.
"Kearra came to one of our ID camps, and we were immediately impressed with this keeper. She moves well, judges longer flighted balls well, she is brave, and a very good shot stopper. She almost helped the Philippines National Team qualify for the World Cup with her great play in the qualification rounds. She will come in and compete right away for playing time in goal," Stumpf said on Bastes-Jones.
The 5' 8" netminder also played for Bishop Amat Memorial High School (BAMHS) in the Del Rey League of the CIF Southern Section (SS). Having received several honors along the way, she also served as the team captain from 2017-19.
In her freshman campaign, she made it onto the Del Rey League first team and academic team, was the MVP of the Mater Dei Tournament, and earned an honorable mention in the San Gabriel Valley Tournament (SGVT).
In the 2016/17 season, she again was named onto the first and academic teams in the Del Rey League, while having her name on the SGVT All-Area Second Team.
Bastes-Jones has also accumulated a wealth of experience with the Philippine Women's National Team (PWNT). She was part of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) winter and summer pools throughout 2016 and 2017, and on the 2018 ODP Cal South State team. In 2018, she participated in the PWNT camp early In the year, played in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Asian Cup, and was on the PWNT throughout the World Cup qualification stage.
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