Waves Announce 2013 Signings
Pepperdine Welcomes Dynamic and Diverse Class of Prep Standouts to Malibu
May 28, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine Women’s Soccer welcomes an outstanding nine-member recruiting class to the fold for the 2013 campaign. Head coach Tim Ward is pleased to announce Taylor Alvarado (Santa Paula/Santa Paula HS), Colby Carson (Morgan Hill, Calif./Valley Christian HS), Rachael Collins (Littleton, Colo./Valor Christian HS), Nicole Fetsch (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley HS), Meagan Harbison (Rancho Penasquitos, Calif./Westview HS), Sigrid Kite (Denver, Colo./St. Mary’s Academy), Kristen Rodriguez (Inglewood, Calif./Notre Dame Academy), Meghan Schoen (Sherwood, Ore./Sherwood HS) and Hannah Seabert (Riverside, Calif./Woodcrest Christian HS) as the newest members of the Wave Soccer family.
“Aside from the soccer attributes of our entire freshmen class, we feel really blessed by this recruiting class,” Ward said. “All of the girls have embraced what Pepperdine soccer represents both on the soccer field and equally important, what Pepperdine soccer players epitomize off the field as well. We value players that want to win and compete at the highest level in NCAA Division 1 soccer no doubt. But we also really desire to grow women in terms of their character, their faith and their ability to impact the world around them.”
TAYLOR ALVARADO – 5-3, Freshman, Forward (Santa Paula, Calif./Santa Paula HS)
Alvarado brings an impressive resume of international experience to complement an outstanding prep and club career. A three-time All-CIF Division, All-County and All-Tri Valley League selection, Alvarado capped her remarkable prep career with 45 goals and helped the Cardinals to four runner-up league finishes and subsequent CIF Divisional playoffs under the direction of head coach Jesus Cordova. A member of the Mexican U-17 Women’s National Team, Alvarado participated in the 2012 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in Guatemala and the 2012 U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan under head coaches Leonardo and Christopher Cuellar. She competed for the Camarillo Eagles Soccer Club under the direction of her father, Lalo Alvarado, and helped the squad to a third place showing in the Coast Soccer League Premier and a semifinal berth in the League Cup. An outstanding student, Alvarado posted a 3.6 GPA.
WHY ALVARADO CHOSE PEPPERDINE: “I chose Pepperdine because it has one of the strongest academic programs in the country, it’s a faith based institution, it has a fantastic soccer program, and it is a beautiful campus.”
COACH WARD ON ALVARADO: "We are really excited about Taylor's arrival at Pepperdine. She has a great soccer background as I've known her father for years as both a great player and coach. She has been brought up with a true footballing IQ. She's had an excellent career with the Camarillo Eagles and Santa Paula HS girls soccer team. She is a terrific goal scorer and can do that from a variety of positions. We see her being able to play in a front two or three, as an attacking midfielder and/or possibly a wide player in a 4-4-2. Her versatility and her experience playing with the U-17 Mexican national team in the World Cup last year will also be invaluable to both her and our program as she adjusts to the rigors of the collegiate game. All that being said, she is special player with special gifts and we expect her to do special things for Pepperdine soccer."
COLBY CARSON – 5-8, Freshman, Midfielder – (Morgan Hill, Calif./Valley Christian HS)
Carson wrapped a strong prep career at Valley Christian High School as a three-time first team All-West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) and first team All-CCS selection after leading the Warriors to the 2011 Division Three title and a pair of CCS semifinal appearances under the guidance of head coach Jolene Fugate. Carson competed for the CV Chili Peppers for head coach Chris Behler and the team won the 2012 state championship and finished fifth nationally. The Chili Peppers also won the NorCal title in 2011-12. The honor roll student was active in several community service projects.
WHY CARSON CHOSE PEPPERDINE: “When I visited Pepperdine it was the one school I felt I could see myself at. I like that it’s not a huge college and it’s in an awesome area.”
COACH WARD ON CARSON: "Colby adds another exciting attacking option to the Waves offense. Colby comes to us from the Northern California/San Jose area and had a prolific attacking career both playing for her club (CV Chili Peppers) and for her high school (Valley Christian). She is an explosive, hard working, left sided player who has an ability to turn a game because of sheer energy, athleticism and determination. She has a great knack for being amongst the goals…whether creating or scoring them…and we believe she has a huge upside in terms of collegiate potential. We are really excited to work with her for the next four years."
RACHAEL COLLINS – 5-1, Freshman, Midfielder (Littleton, Colo./Valor Christian HS)
Collins turned in a strong prep career at Valor Christian High School under the direction of head coach Brian Schultz. A four-year starter, Collins earned first team all-conference honors in the 4A Jefferson County League following her junior and senior campaigns, leading the Eagles to a pair of deep state playoff runs. Collins, along with fellow 2013 Pepperdine signee Sigrid Kite, competed for the Colorado Rush Nike club team under head coach Erik Bushey, helping the side to state titles in 2009 and 2011 and a 2011 Region IV semifinals appearance. The Colorado Rush Nike won ECNL Challenge A Division titles from 2010-13 and seized the 2011 Colorado Super League U-18 Championship. An honor roll student, Collins has been active in community service projects in her community and internationally.
WHY COLLINS CHOSE PEPPERDINE: “I chose Pepperdine because the women’s soccer coaches saw a great potential in me as a player and a person. The girls on the team were welcoming to me when they first met me. I enjoyed the environment of the student life as well as the beliefs Pepperdine University advertised. I chose Pepperdine because I can see myself thriving and growing as a follower of Christ, as a student, and as an athlete at this University.”
COACH WARD ON COLLINS: “Rachael is a fun addition to our midfield unit as she is definitely a baller. She comes from a wonderful club environment (Colorado Rush) and her coach, Erik Bushey, has done an amazing job of developing some of the most technically sound and tactically savvy soccer players in the country. We are excited by Rachael's arrival because she is the kind of midfielder that loves to have the ball at her feet and can keep the ball in the tightest of pressure situations. Rachael has much to offer our squad in terms of her soccer quality and in positional flexibility. She is an industrious player who makes those around her better. We are really excited about her arrival to the Dine next fall.”
NICOLE FETSCH – 5-8, Freshman, Defender (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley HS)
A four-year letter-winner at Amador Valley High School for head coach Tim Gray, Fetsch earned All-EBAL second team honors after her senior campaign after helping the Dons to a pair of North Coast Section Tournament appearances. Fetsch competed for the Mustang Fury club team for head coach Chad Harper and helped the side to back-to-back eighth place showings in the National Championships. An accomplished athlete, Fetsch also excelled in track and field and was a 2012 North Coast Section Finalist in the 100m and the 4x 100m relay. The three-time Amador Valley High School Scholar-Athlete was active in community service outreach.
WHY FETSCH CHOSE PEPPERDINE: “Obviously, the campus is absolutely gorgeous and the religious aspect was a really important factor that I knew I wanted to have in my life while attending college.”
COACH WARD ON FETSCH: "Nicole is a quality and important addition to the central part of our defensive unit. She is a gifted athlete that has been developing her soccer tools under the tutelage of Chad Harper at Mustang SC in Nor Cal. She continues to impress us in terms of her soccer development and we feel she will have a quality impact in the center of our team with her ability to close space, tackle, win balls and then keep possession and organize the players around her. We see her playing as either a central defender or a defensive center mid and we are excited about her arrival to Pepperdine.”
MEAGAN HARBISON – 5-4, Freshman Defender (Rancho Penasquitos, Calif./Westview HS)
Harbison turned in a decorated prep career at Westview High School for head coach Peter Stogsdill and was named CIF Player of the Year after a standout senior campaign. Harbison helped the Wolverines to Palomar and CIF Championships and a Southern California Regional Finals showing. Harbison turned in a strong club career competing for head coach Ada Greenwood in the San Diego Surf Gu18 White. The club won the San Diego Surf College Cup in 2012 after a finals appearance the year before. A member of the San Diego Union-Tribune’s All-Academic squad, Harbison collected the AP Scholar Award and was active in a variety of community service projects.
WHY HARBISON CHOSE PEPPERDINE: “I chose Pepperdine because of what the campus could offer me both as a student and as an athlete. I like how the class size is small so it will be easier to focus. I also really wanted to play soccer at a Division I school and be far but not too far away from home.”
COACH WARD ON HARBISON: “Meagan is a fantastic soccer player … a real gem, no doubt. She comes from a storied SURF soccer program and is coached by USD head coach (and good friend) Ada Greenwood. We've always enjoyed the players we've recruited from Surf as they have all done really well for us. Meagan will no doubt continue that tradition as we honestly see her being able to make an impact pretty much anywhere we need her on the field. She's played all across the back line in club and for the Region IV ODP team … and we've also seen her do really well in midfield and even score plenty of goals as a striker. She's just a true all around soccer player and a wonderful young lady whom we are extremely pleased to have joining our family next fall."
SIGRID KITE – 5-4, Freshman, Defender – (Denver, Colo./St. Mary’s Academy)
Kite turned in a strong club career competing for the Colorado Rush, along with fellow 2013 Pepperdine signee Rachael Collins, under head coach Erik Bushey. Kite helped the side to state titles in 2009 and 2011 and a 2011 Region IV semifinals appearance. The Colorado Rush Nike won ECNL Challenge A Division titles from 2010-13 and seized the 2011 Colorado Super League U-18 Championship. A multi-sport athlete at St. Mary’s Academy, Kite earned all-league accolades in both soccer and field hockey. Kite spent just two seasons playing varsity soccer for the Wildcats, helping the team to back-to-back 3A State Semfinalist showings. A standout student, Kite was a national qualifier for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Show and was extremely active in a wide variety of service projects.
WHY KITE CHOSE PEPPERDINE: “The second I walked on campus I was blown away. I immediately felt like I was a part of the community when I met with Tim, Twila and the team. Everyone I encountered went out of their way to make me feel welcome. The campus is beautiful, the academics are high, the soccer team is competitive, and the people are so friendly, an overall wonderful vibe. Pepperdine has a nurturing environment that I believe I can excel in. I am so excited to become a part of such an amazing university!”
COACH WARD ON KITE: “Sigrid is a tremendous addition to our back line and possibly our midfield. We love many things about this young lady, but she sort of reminds us of one of our former greats (Myriah Stockman) in terms of her ability to simply get up and down the line. Sigrid has a wonderful engine and work ethic. She also hails from the formidable Colorado Rush organization and we love the fact that she'll bring all the intelligent attributes of a Rush player with her to Malibu next fall. Having recently watched her at the San Diego ECNL event, we have no doubt that she, along with other classmates, can and will make a great contribution to our program next fall."
KRISTEN RODRIGUEZ – 5-9, Freshman, Forward (Inglewood, Calif./Notre Dame Academy)
Rodriguez turned in a standout career at Notre Dame Academy for head coach Manu Appelius and scored six goals in 2012 preseason matches. Despite playing just two league matches due to injury, Rodriguez was named Offensive Player of the Year and earned Sunshine League Honorable Mention selection as a senior. An accomplished club player for the Westside Breakers under the direction of head coach Jason Kelly, Rodriguez helped the side to Flight 1 Championships at the North Huntington Beach Cup, the Wet Coast Futbol Classic and a semifinalist appearance in the Showcase in 2012. In addition, Rodriguez helped her previous club, South Bay Force, to the President’s Cup National Championship in 2010. A standout in the classroom, Rodriguez is a CSF Lifetime member and earned achievement awards in Religion, U.S. History and Speech Communication.
WHY RODRIGUEZ CHOSE PEPPERDINE: “Pepperdine fulfilled the religious and academic criteria that I was looking for.”
COACH WARD ON RODRIGUEZ: "We feel incredibly blessed that Kristen has decided to come to Pepperdine. We first saw her at a tournament a year ago and then she came up for an ID clinic. In both instances we were really taken aback by not only her quality and athleticism as a player, but also her natural leadership qualities. She is a strong young lady with a huge upside in terms of what we believe she will be able to achieve as a collegiate player. We feel blessed that her club coach, Jason Kelly, encouraged her to consider Pepperdine and come up for a visit. A lot of people have not seen Kristen's quality as she has had a few minor injury setbacks over the last year. We have no doubt, though, that once her body heals and she adjusts to the college game that she will have a major impact in our program."
MEGHAN SCHOEN – 5-5, Freshman, Midfielder (Sherwood, Ore./Sherwood HS)
Despite playing just three prep seasons, Schoen turned in a highly decorated prep career at Sherwood High School and captured Oregon 2011 State Co-Player of the Year accolades after leading the Bowmen to the 2011 State Championship. The State Championship Player of the Game was an all-state performer for head coach Bill Brown, but did not compete as a senior due to injury. Schoen will compete for FC Portland under the guidance of head coach Miguel Guante in 2013. Schoen helped Tualitin Hills United SC to the 2012 state championship. An experienced ODP player, Schoen helped her side to the Phoenix ODP Regional Championship Finals and was invited to compete in the regional hold over camp and the ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament. A member of the National Honor Society, Schoen was involved in several community service projects.
WHY SCHOEN CHOSE PEPPERDINE: “I chose Pepperdine because it’s a Christian University, has strong academics and the coaches are extremely knowledgeable about soccer as well as being caring and ethical people.”
COACH WARD ON SCHOEN: “Meghan Schoen joins Sigrid and Rachael as our other out-of-state addition. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Meghan is going to do really well at Pepperdine. Like many of her classmates, she has a wonderful engine and work ethic about her. She had a great career as a wide midfielder/winger both for her club team (former team Tualitin Hills SC and currently FC Portland) as well as making a strong impression on the Oregon ODP state team. We love Meagan's character, her passion for the game and the upside she brings to the collegiate level. She has qualities that cannot be taught and we feel she will make a significant impact as a wide mid and/or winger for the Waves.”
HANNAH SEABERT – 5-9, Freshman, Goalkeeper (Riverside, Calif./Woodcrest Christian HS)
Seabert turned in a decorated prep career at Woodcrest Christian High School for head coach Paul Burns and was a four-year starter, capturing first team all-league honors each season. A three-time all-CIF performer, Seabert earned Ambassador League Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior. The final line of defense for the Royals, Seabert helped WCHS to back-to-back league runner-up showings and subsequent CIF quarterfinal berths. A member of the Legends FC Club Team under the guidance of head coach Josh Hodges, Seabert lifted the side to runner-up showings at the 2012 US Youth Soccer Championship, the Cal South National Cup and a title at the 2012 US Youth Soccer National League. An exceptional student Seabert earned California Scholarship Federation and National Honors Society recognition all four years and is extremely involved in multiple community outreach endeavors.
WHY SEABERT CHOSE PEPPERDINE: “As soon as I walked on the campus, I felt at home. The school itself is great and I am confident that I will prosper academically through the many opportunities available. The soccer program is absolutely amazing! This is a successful team where I feel my abilities can be used and I know I will learn a lot from the team and coaches. Although Tim, Twila, Jen, and Ian are accomplished coaches, they also care for their players not only from an athletic perspective but on a personal level as well.”
COACH WARD ON SEABERT: “Hannah will be an important addition to our defensive plans as we expect her to come in a make an immediate impact in goal for us. She knows the shoes she has to fill with the graduation of Roxanne Barker, but Hannah, no doubt, has the ability to have similar success. She is a wonderfully talented athlete and goalkeeper. Not only does she have great hands, great feet, wonderful shot-stopping ability and a great presence in and around the box, but she has an UPSIDE that our entire staff feels will translate incredibly well at the collegiate level. She has all the tools to ultimately be one of the best goal tenders in the country and we are really excited to work with her on a day to day basis.”
Coach Ward relishes the opportunity to continue to shape Pepperdine’s women’s soccer program with an influx of exciting new student-athletes ready to make their marks for the Waves.
“Whether it is on the field as a member of our storied program, whether it is in the classroom as a member of the Pepperdine student population or whether it is being a role model and servant in the community around them, we expect our players to shine for Pepperdine and shine for the kingdom,” Ward said. “We have no doubt that this group of young women will SHINE BRIGHTLY for Pepperdine not only next fall, but in the years ahead.”