Eastern's 2011 recruiting class includes seven in-state players and an international goalkeeping stud from Switerzland
Eastern Washington University head women's soccer coach George Hageage has added 10 new players to his roster for the upcoming 2011 season. Among the signees are five high school seniors from the state of Washington, two junior college transfers and one international recruit, who has experience playing with several youth national teams in her native country. Hageage will also welcome two talented players from Oregon and Colorado.
"We are definitely excited about this class," said Hageage. "We wanted to find players who were aggressive offensively, and tactful in their approach. Several of our signees just have that nose for the goal, and will be able to really hold the ball up front, which was something we struggled with last season."
Hageage, with help from his goalkeeping coach and wife, Tamara Hageage, signed the first national team member in Eagle soccer history. Nathalie Schwery from Schuepfheim, Switzerland, has played in more than 25 games with the U17, U19 and U20 Swiss National teams over the last four years. In 2010, Schwery was the goalkeeper for Switzerland in two games at the U20 World Cup in Germany.
Another player who brings invaluable experience playing at an advanced level is Marianne Johnson, a transfer from Walla Walla Community College. Johnson helped the WWCC Warriors capture their second-straight Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges title in 2010, while her team also won its eighth-consecutive East Region title that same year. Playing primarily out of the midfield, Johnson scored six goals and had two assists to help her team in the memorable season.
Two of Hageage's most highly touted high school recruits both hail from the Cascade Conference in Washington. Katie Cashman, a senior at Granite Falls High School, was tabbed as the league's Offensive Player of the Year in 2010. She is the school record holder in career goals (72) and assists (58). Beyond her 2A prep career, Cashman also excelled at the club level, as she helped Crossfire to a U.S. Club Regional Championship in 2010. She was also a member of the Olympic Development Program in 2009.
Alisha Stott represents another All-Cascade Conference selection who comes to Eastern with an impressive resume. A senior at Lakewood High School, Stott also holds several school records, including single-season goals (23), career goals (39) and career assists (19). Last season, she led the Cougars to a perfect 11-0-0 record in the Cascade Conference, and the second-consecutive appearance in the 2A state tournament.
These signees, along with six others will join the team for the 2011 season.
Eastern Washington University Soccer 2011 Recruiting Class
Mishayla Bertelsen (Gig Harbor, Wash. – Gig Harbor HS '11)
George Hageage on Bertelsen: "Mishayla is a physical player who has excellent vision. She will add depth to our midfield and should be able to contribute quickly to our team."
High School: Three-year varsity letterwinner out of Gig Harbor High School…Named to the Class 4A Narrows League first team in 2010…Was the top goal scorer on her team as a junior and senior…Selected as the team's offensive MVP after tallying a team-leading 19 goals during the 2010 campaign…Helped the Tides win two do-or-die games to advance to the 2010 district playoffs, including a 3-0 shutout of league-rival South Kitsap, in which Bertelsen scored all three of her team's goals…Played seven years for the Harbor Premier FC, and was the top goal scorer on the squad for five of those seven years…Played one year with the Washington Premier FC.
Personal: Daughter of Gary and Anna Bertelsen…Plans to major in forensic chemistry.
Cassie Black (Battle Ground, Wash. – Battle Ground HS '11)
George Hageage on Black: "Cassie is tall, lanky and fast. She has a nose for the goal and gives us a bigger target up top. We will definitely rely on her to score goals."
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner and two-year team captain for the Battle Ground Tigers…Named the Greater St. Helen's League Co-Player of the Year in 2010…Earned back-to-back All-League first-team honors in 2008 and 2009…Was an All-Region first-team selection as a senior… Selected as team's Offensive MVP for four-consecutive years…Scored 52 goals and had 23 assists throughout her preparatory career… Played club soccer for the FC Vancouver Justice for four years, helping the team capture the WSYSA Championship Cup in 2005 and U.S. Club Regional Championship in 2005 and 2006…Played for FC Vancouver in 2009.
Personal: Daughter of Richard and Joni Black…Has aspirations for a career in medicine, and plans to major in biology at Eastern.
Katie Cashman (Granite Falls, Wash. – Granite Falls HS '11)
George Hageage on Cashman: "Katie offers size, speed and aggressiveness up front. The really great thing about her is she can play center mid as well as center back, and still have a major presence offensively. She was an integral part of her club team, and obviously the offensive MVP of her league, so we are confident she will be able to help us immediately."
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner for Granite Falls High School…Named the 2010 Offensive Player of the Year for the Cascade Conference…Owns the Granite Falls High School record for career goals (72) and assists (58)…Earned Class 2A All-State second-team honors in 2010 and was named to the All-State honorable mention squad in 2009…All-Conference first team in 2007 and 2009, and All-Conference honorable mention in 2008…Was an Everett Herald All-Area first team selection as a senior in 2010…Named the Everett Herald Athlete of the Week on Sept. 14, 2010, after scoring two unassisted goals to lead the Tigers to a 2-0 victory over 2A rival Blaine…Was also one of five "Players to Watch" in the Everett Herald's 2010 prep soccer preview…Club soccer career includes two seasons with the Northwest Nationals Blue Nova and three years with Crossfire Premier…Helped Crossfire to a U.S. Club Regional Championship and the FC Portland Winter Showcase title…Her team took first in Division I of the WSYSA league in 2009…Was a member of the Washington State Olympic Development Program in 2009…Has twice attended the Sports Leadership Conference and was invited to attend the Northwest College Showcase in 2010 and 2011…Also holds two school records in track (two mile and 4x400-meter relay)…Has completed three triathlons and is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Ballroom Dance Club at Granite Falls.
Personal: Daughter of Douglas and Rosetta Cashman…Father, Doug, also attended EWU…Plans to major in biochemistry.
Brittney Conway (Snoqualmie, Wash. – Mount Si HS '09/Bellevue Community College)
George Hageage on Conway: "Coming in as junior, Brittney will give us maturity on the field. She will probably stake a claim to an outside mid or wing forward position. Either way, she will give us an attacking player with speed."
At Bellevue Community College: In 2009, Conway ranked among the top five point earners in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges with 13 goals and four assists on the year…Named to the NWAACC All-Western Region team in 2009 and was an NWAACC All-Star in 2010…Named NWAACC All-Academic, and earned the Bellevue Community College Student-Athlete Award that same year…Started two years for BCC and was named team captain in 2010.
High School: Graduated from Mount Si High School in 2009…Two-year varsity letterwinner for the Wildcats…Earned All-KingCo second-team honors in 2008 and was a Seattle Times Friday Morning Star that same year…Received Best Offensive Player award by her teammates in 2008…Played three years of premier club soccer for the Eastside FC, and helped her U19 team win the state championship in 2007.
Personal: Daughter of Brad and Heather Conway…plans to pursue a degree in pre-medicine.
Marianne Johnson (Pasco, Wash. – Pasco HS '10/Walla Walla Community College)
George Hageage on Johnson: "Marianne's work rate in the middle of the park makes her the type of player who can step in right away and have an impact. She is a physical player, who is good in the air and tackles hard."
At Walla Walla Community College: Helped WWCC capture the NWAACC Championship in 2010 and the East Regional title that same year…Member of the NWAACC All-Star team in 2010…Scored six goals and had two assists out of the midfield in her first year with the Warriors.
High School: Graduated from Pasco High School in 2010…Led the Bulldogs to three-consecutive 4A state playoff berths…Four-time All-Columbia Basin Big Nine second-team selection…Played club soccer for Three Rivers in the Tri-Cities.
Personal: Daughter of John and Pamela Johnson…Plans to complete her bachelor's degree and attain master's while at Eastern.
Nathalie Schwery (Schuepfheim, Switzerland – Kantonsschule '11)
George Hageage on Schwery: "We feel very lucky to have Nathalie joining our program. She came to us because of Tamara's reputation as a goalkeeper coach. Her experience with the national teams in Switzerland will be a huge asset and will certainly push Jamie [Walker] to new levels."
High School: First national team member to ever sign with EWU…Trained for three years with the national soccer academy for girls while attending high school at Kantonsschule in Schuepfheim, Switzerland… Member of the National Team of Switzerland for four years…Played in 12 games with the U17 National team, 12 with the U19 National team and three with the U20 National team, two of which were part of the 2010 U20 World Cup in Germany…Helped the FC Rot-Schwarz Thun club team capture the 2009 Swiss Cup.
Personal: Daughter of Rudolf Schwery and Susanne Schwery-Eigensatz…plans on studying international affairs.
Haley Stading (Evergreen, Colo. – Evergreen HS '11)
George Hageage on Stading: "Haley combines a refined technical side with an ability to get physical if needed. She can play anywhere in the midfield or up top, and has the rare ability to find ways to score on her own. She is also always willing to set up a teammate."
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner for Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Colo…Twice selected as the team's offensive MVP…Earned All-State honorable mention accolades in 2009…Three-time JEFFCO All-Conference selection…Scored 18 goals and had eight assists during her junior campaign…Played club soccer for the Colorado Rush, which won back-to-back-to-back state championships in 2009, '10 and '11, after finishing as the runner up in 2006, '07 and '08…Member of the Olympic Development Program from 2005-08, and made the ODP Regional Camp in 2006, '07 and '08…Also earned four varsity letters in basketball and was an all-conference selection in 2009 and 2010… Ranked among the top 25 in her senior class academically and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Daughter of Brian and Becky Stading…Plans on majoring in business.
Alisha Stott (Arlington, Wash. – Lakewood HS '11)
George Hageage on Stott: "Alisha is extremely aggressive and knows how to put the ball in the net. Her experience with an elite club team will allow her to hit the ground running next fall."
High School: The first player ever from Lakewood High School to sign with a Division I women's soccer program… Three-year varsity letterwinner and two-year team captain for the Cougars…Earned All-Cascade Conference first-team honors as a senior in 2010 and second-team honors as junior in 2009…Also named to the Everett Herald's All-Area first team as a senior…Owns the Lakewood High School record for single-season goals (23), career goals (39) and career assists (19)…Led her team to the 2010 Cascade Conference regular-season title with a perfect 11-0-0 league record…Helped the Cougars to back-to-back appearances in the 2A State Tournament…Also played premier club soccer for Crossfire.
Personal: Daughter of Ryan and Tammy Stott…Undecided on major.
Kayla Sutter (Beaverton, Ore. – Westview HS '11)
George Hageage on Sutter: "Kayla has a great attacking personality who can play numerous positions. She was an all-league first team selection as a defender, but plays up front for her club team. One of Kayla's main strengths is her ability to break down defenders with the dribble."
High School: Two-time All-Metro League second-team selection out of Westview High School in Beaverton, Ore…Helped Wildcats to a second-place finish at the 2009 Oregon 6A state playoffs, and advanced to the semifinals in 2010…Selected by teammates as the Defensive Player of the Year during her junior campaign, and was voted as the overall MVP as a senior in 2010…Played club soccer for Bridlemile, winning three-straight state championships.
Personal: Daughter of Kevin and Mary Sutter…Undecided on major.
Jessica Wallace (Bellingham, Wash. – Squalicum HS '11)
George Hageage on Wallace: "Jessica is a fast and feisty defender. She will definitely give us some depth in the back. She joined the Crossfire premier club soccer team this past year, which will help her game tremendously."
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner and two-year team captain for Squalicum High School…Earned All-Northwest Conference second-team honors as a senior in 2010, and was a member of the all-conference honorable mention squad in 2008 and 2009…Named to the Bellingham Herald's All-Whatcom County team three-consecutive years…Led the team in assists as a freshman (9) and junior (11), and also led in goals her junior year (7)…Received the team's Distinguished Player Award as a senior, after being named MVP as a junior in 2009…Club soccer career included five years with the Whatcom FC Rangers (WSYSA Division II) and two years with Crossfire Premier (WYSYA Division I)…Also lettered in basketball and track, and was a member of the 2A state champion and school record-holding 4x400-meter relay team…Member of the National Society of High School Scholars and served as Squalicum Storm student mentor…Was one of two student-athletes from SHS to earn the Northwest Conference Leaders in Sportsmanship Award.
Personal: Daughter of Steven and Charleen Wallace…Plans on pursuing a degree in education.