SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth University women's soccer program welcomes a gifted incoming class for the 2017 season composed of eight student-athletes who have confirmed their admission to Whitworth and intend to play for the Pirates in the fall. The newcomers will join a Whitworth soccer program that is eager to grow after completing the 2016 season in third place in the Northwest Conference, the team's best finish since 2010. The class will report to Spokane in August and represents young women from Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho and Hawaii.
"We so look forward to welcoming this group of eight exceptional young women to our community here at Whitworth" said second year Pirate head coach Bryan Olson. "Our hope is that the Whitworth University women's soccer program will value and encourage these individuals to become all that they were created to be, both on the soccer field and off of it."
The 2017 Whitworth season will kick off September 1st in Illinois as the Pirates take part in the Bob Baptista Invitational hosted by Wheaton College.
Parents: Bill Baumgartner and Suzie Hall
Honors: National Honor Society, Student Council, Female Athlete of the Year, Junior and Senior Varsity soccer captain, third in state in both golf and soccer twice, leader of FCA, two years on 1st team all-state soccer, ECNL national playoffs in 2016.
Why Whitworth?: "The way that everyone treated me when I got there. They were so open and accepting and loving without even really knowing me. I could feels God's presence and knew that is where I wanted to be. I am looking forward to getting to know all of the girls on the team as well as being taught by such amazing professors. As a player I am hard working, determined, and I love stringing together a bunch of passes."
Parents: Steve and Peggy Clark
Honors: 2015 GSL league champions; 2015 high school team finished 4th place in the state tournament; 2015 All-GSL 2nd Team pick, 2015 Washington State Club Champions
Why Whitworth?: "I was attracted to Whitworth because of the faith-filled community it provides along with the multiple opportunities we students are given to grow as people in Christ. I am looking forward to meeting many new people and continuing to grow as a student, player, and person."
Parents: Cindy Barber, Bill and Kim Cool
Honors: Four-year high school MVP and three year captain – Ina Kristiansen Memorial Medal recipient
Why Whitworth?: "The friendly personalities of people and the campus environment. The students, staff, professors, and coaches are all very encouraging and focused on helping people succeed. I look forward to building relationships with those around me, continuing my education, and growing as a person. As a player I am positive, hardworking, dedicated, and determined to improve to the best of my abilities. I am thankful for this opportunity to live out my dream to play collegiate soccer."
Parents: Rachelle and Steve Jacobson
Honors: NHS, Cascade Conference defender of the year, DECA Internationals Finalist
Why Whitworth?: "Coming from a small Christian school located in Seattle, Whitworth's location, size and faith was a perfect fit. Once I visited Whitworth I fell in love with the tight-knit community I felt with my time spent on campus. And, of course, the opportunity to continue to play soccer. I am looking forward to meeting new people, growing in my faith and continuing to pursue my love for soccer. On the field I am an aggressive and determined player who likes a fast paced game."
Port Orchard, Washington
Parents: Paul and Christie Platt
Honors: Honors Award, President's Academic Award
Why Whitworth?: "When I first had my campus tour I knew right away this is the school I needed to go to. The atmosphere was so great and everyone was so nice and so welcoming, I already felt like I was Buc. I knew after much prayer and thought that this is the school God was leading me to. I am excited to build relationships with the girls on the team, my classmates, but most importantly, God. I am excited to see how much I grow in faith and within myself now to senior year. As a player, I have always been calm. When I am at my best I am very composed and confident and that shows on the field."
Parents: Kara and Dan Popp
Honors: National Merit Scholar, Valedictorian
Why Whitworth?: "The awesome people and community, with a great opportunity to play soccer with welcoming teammates and coaches. The beautiful campus doesn't hurt either! I am looking forward to developing and investing in the community and in genuine relationships with those around me; playing great soccer; and diving into my education and career path. On the soccer field I am a technical player with a good vision of the field for distribution."
Parents: Clark and Linda Webster
Honors: 2011 Tri Valley 1st team All League, 2011 OSAA 4A All State Honorable mention, 2011 and 2012 4A state champion. 2014 OSAA 4A All State Second Team. 3.8 GPA while being a three-sport varsity athlete all four years. Voted MVP in the 2016-2017 season at CCS.
Why Whitworth?: "I was attracted to Whitworth because the coaches care about me more as a person than as a soccer player. During my official visit at Whitworth the coaches wanted to know more about my character and who I am rather then my athletic ability and I was sold right then and there. I am looking forward to being a part of a community that serves others."
Parents: Li-Anne Yoshimura and Curt Yoshimura
Soccer Honors: Honorable Mention All Interscholastic League of Hawaii in 2015, Second Team ILH in 2013 and 2014, Hawaii Youth Soccer Association Champions
Why Whitworth?: "The Physician Assistant and Pre-Med program. I am looking forward to gaining a full-on university experience, making new memories, and getting to meet new people. As a soccer player I am a creative and cooperative team player and I love taking players on in a 1v1 challenge."