|Posted May 5, 2011|
Pack women add six signees for 2011
PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - May 5, 2011) - The CSU-Pueblo women's soccer team added six new student-athletes to their squad for 2011, each signing a National Letter of Intent to play soccer for the ThunderWolves.
CSU-Pueblo stayed local with two of its signees, nabbing Pueblo Centennial High School defender Melissa Chavez (Pueblo, Colo./Centennial HS) and former Florence High School offensive standout, Mary Webb (Florence, Colo./Florence HS).
Rounding out the class are defenders Alyssa Romero (Las Vegas, Nev./Sierra Vista HS) and Samantha Lewis (Tucson, Ariz./Cienega HS), another forward, Alexis DeLaCruz (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon HS), and a Colorado goalkeeper, Rangeview High School's Erin Stephens (Aurora, Colo./Rangeview HS).
Chavez comes to CSU-Pueblo from perennial Pueblo soccer power, Centennial High School, where she helped lead the Bulldogs to an 11-3 record thus far in 2011. She was an honorable mention all-state selection with the Bulldogs in 2010, and was a standout softball player with the Bulldogs as well. She will join her brother, CSU-Pueblo men's tennis player, Tom Chavez, at CSU-Pueblo.
"Melissa is fast, technical and hard-working," Pack coach Janet Cassidy said of the 5-foot-1 defensive dynamo. "She should battle for time right away either at outside defender or defensive midfield."
Webb, considered the best soccer player in the history of Florence High School, graduated from Florence holding school records for most career goals (66) and most career assists (88). She earned first-team All-Tri Peaks League honors a staggering four times. She comes to CSU-Pueblo after nearly suiting it up for one of the Pack's foes.
"She tried to walk-on at UC-Colorado Springs last year, and they wouldn't even let her have a tryout," Cassidy said. "We're hoping their loss is our gain. She should certainly help us out putting goals in the back of the net."
Romero, a junior college transfer who was an All-Cascade Collegiate Conference selection at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore., is a Las Vegas-native that was an all-Southern Nevada selection in high school as a defensive midfielder. She will have two years of eligibility left with the ThunderWolves.
Lewis, another defender, was a two-time all-state selection at Tucson's Cienega High School and a two-time first-team all-region honoree. At 5-foot-2, she joins a Pack defense that promises to be short but fast and physical.
DeLaCruz, a center midfielder and forward, prepped with the competitive Laguna Hills Eclipse White club team. She was a three-time all-San Andreas League selection, earning first team honors in 2010.
Rounding out the Pack's class is Stephens, a competitive goalkeeper recently coming off a stellar high school season at Rangeview. She helped lead the Raiders to a 13-2 record, logging 10 shutout and a goals-against-average of 0.52. She has also played on the Colorado Fusion, Colorado Clash and Skyline SC club teams.
All six of the ThunderWolves' new signees are stellar students, as well, carrying at least a 3.8 grade-point-average in high school. They will be relied upon not only to carry burdens in the classroom, but to help the team improve from a five-win season in 2010.
"This group definitely helps make our defense stronger," Cassidy said. "Our program has made great strides in development, and this infusion of new talent will only further impact our program."