Feb. 27, 2007
Five student-athletes have signed letters of intent with the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team for the 2007 fall season including three defenders, a goalkeeper and a forward after losing eight seniors from the 2006 squad.
One of three defenders to this group is Lyndsey Martin from Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Wash. Martin is a four-year varsity letter winner, and was named to the 4A All-State first team in 2006 and second team in 2005. She helped lead her team to a fourth place finish at the State 4A Championships as a senior when she also earned all-area most valuable player and a first team all-conference selection for the third straight year. As a sophomore, she helped her team to an undefeated league season and a Big Nine Conference Championship. She was also a member of the Three Rivers Soccer Club and played for the Spokane Shadow U-18 team in 2006-07.
"Lyndsey fills a huge need we have on the pitch," said head coach George Hageage. "She is a patient defender and gives us a physical presence in the back. Her athletic ability will allow us to use her in other areas as well as we seek to find ways to push forward with our backs and attack."
Kaitlin Gatsos is a forward out of Orting High School and is from Graham, Wash. In the 2006-07 season, Gatsos was a selected to the Associated Press All-State team after leading with 27 goals and 13 assists. She was also named to the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area first team, was Nisqually League MVP, and served as team captain. Four times in her career she earned All-Nisqually League honors, including as a junior when she had 26 goals and 16 assists. She had a 3.8 grade point average to earn the MSCAA/Adidas Scholar All-West Region honors. Gatsos also played premier club soccer for seven seasons, including for Club Dosveedanya and FC Royals.
"Kaitlin is a crafty player who is tough as nails," added Hageage. "She will be able to hold the ball for us on the outside as a mid or wing but also offers the durability to play as a withdrawn forward. We will look to Kaitlin to have a positive impact on our ability to hold possession and create scoring opportunities."
Jessica Blessard, a goalkeeper from Mount Si High School in North Bend, Wash., was a four-year varsity letter winner in high school, a varsity captain and team most valuable player. She was named three times to the All-KingCo Conference team while leading her school to three conference and two state championship playoff berths. Her senior season she recorded 12 shutouts. She also played for the Crossfire Premier club team.
"Jessica is going to be a great keeper," Hageage said. "She adds tremendous depth to the position and has all the tools to play at this level from day one."
Teryn Taylor is from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Wash., and a four-year varsity starter. In 2006, she was named Co-Most Valuable Player in the South Puget Sound League and a first team All-SPSL selection. Taylor was a three-year member of Club Dosveedanya and a five-year member of the FC Marauders Soccer club.
"Teryn offers versatility, competitiveness and a willingness to do what it takes to win," said Hageage. "Her speed, patience and physical presence combined with the ability to attack out of the back or from a holding midfield position will have an immediate impact on how our team plays."
Hannah Kreminski is a defender out of Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho. She helped lead her school to back-to-back state championships in 2004 and 2005 for the first time in school history. Her club team, the Capitals, won the state championship in 2003, 2004 and 2006. She has been a team captain the last two seasons.
"Hannah is a leader," Hageage added. "She has the ability to run a back four and will make a great addition to our defense. Hannah possesses speed, vision and the ability to close down opponents quickly. Her patience and experience will show itself right away as we look for Hannah to help in numerous roles next fall."