Feb. 24, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara women's soccer has signed five high school athletes, including four members of the Southern California Olympic Development Program, to National Letters of Intent, head coach Paul Stumpf announced Friday.
The Gauchos have inked three central midfielders, a central defender and a goalkeeper in their 2006 recruiting class.
"I really pleased with this group of recruits," Stumpf said. "This will be an outstanding freshman class for us and I think they will be able to have an immediate impact for us."
Central midfielders Erin Doherty (Lakewood, Calif./Wilson HS/Arsenal) and Sarah Stoltz (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff HS/Camarillo Eagles), central defender, Alexandra Eaton (Monrovia, Calif./Arcadia HS/Southern California Blues) and goalkeeper Tammy Lenham (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS/Newport Bach Slammers) are all Southern California ODP members. The quartet of ODP players are joined in the recruiting class by Kaylyn Woolsey (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Trabuco Hills HS/Irvine Strikers), another central midfielder.
Eaton, Stoltz and Lenham are also Regional Pool selections.
"Lexi (Eaton) is a very good individual defender, very quick and fast," remarked Stumpf. "She also has good skills and was heavily recruited. Sarah (Stoltz) is a blue-collar-type player. She is a ball-winner and a very good possession-type player."
Stumpf is also pleased with the signing of Lenham, who could immediately compete for a starting spot in goal.
"Tammy (Lenham) is a solid goalkeeper," he began. "She is long and athletic, has good hands and pretty good foot skills. We have seen her keep her club team in numerous games with good and great saves."
Stumpf also believes that while central midfielders Doherty and Woolsey are different type of players, each will bring a certain ingredient to the Gaucho mix.
"Erin (Doherty) is very technical and has a great work rate," assessed Stumpf. "She also has a great personality and attitude and should be a perfect fit for our program. Kaylyn is a solid player, a good possession-type of player and a ball-winner. Another thing we really like about her is that her play has a little edge to it, a little bite and that that's a good thing."
Stumpf and Associate Head Coach Chugger Adair could add some additional players, but their five prep recruits have given them reasons to be optimistic for 2006.
"These five players will be a very good addition to the players we have returning," commented Stumpf. "I can see that this group will have the opportunity to contribute right away, and that is exciting."