OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton women's soccer head coach Bruce Erickson has announced the signing of nine players that make up his 2012 class. The class is made up of four defensive players, two midfielders, a pair of attackers and one goalkeeper, all who will sport the white and the blue next fall.
"This class features quality, quantity, depth, players in all positions, etc., but most of all it features one attribute that is incredibly important: success," said Erickson. "Each of these players have had significant success on the soccer field. That ingredient is important as we move forward in building the 2012 team. They're also successful in the classrom and off the soccer field and we are excited to get going!"
Erickson brings in a pair of attackers, both which bring a lot of experience playing soccer at a high level.
Kyla Booker chose Creighton because of the top quality education the school provides, the well established and successful women's soccer program and the overall college environment. The forward from Santa Clara, Calif., comes to Creighton after playing varsity soccer and running track in high school, earning first-team all-league and first-team all-county honors in soccer. She also led her team to the playoffs her junior season. Booker has also been a member of three different club teams, the San Juan Spirits 94, WPLS North Bay Waves and most currenty the Santa Clara Sporting U18.
Booker was also looking at Santa Clara, San Diego, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Cincinnati and Arkansas. She plans to major in psychology at Creighton.
Erickson on Booker: "Kyla is a physical player who won't take long adjusting to the physical demands of the college game. She has had a successful club career including winning a national championship."
Joining Booker at the attacking position is Alyssa Jara. Jara chose Creighton because of the overall feeling of home, the great education and the chance to play on the women's soccer team. Jara was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 and earned all-league Delta River Player in 2009-10, playing on the varsity soccer team from 2009-12. She led her club team to a state, regional and national championship in 2008, earning the Adidas Golden Boot for the MVP that year.
Jara chose Creighton over Oregon, Pepperdine, West Point and Rutgers.
Erickson on Jara: "Alyssa is the type of player who will create problems for other teams. She is an incredibly gifted attacking player."
The daughter of Janet and Roger Korte, Kaelyn Korte (K.K.) comes to the Bluejays following a successful prep soccer career. The midfielder earned all-conference honorable mention at Lakeville South High School before transferring to the Shattuck-St. Mary's club teams, leading her U18 team to an MRL Championship. She also played for the Minnesota Thunder Elite Academy and the San Diego Surf Soccer Club, leading the second team to a US Club National Championship in 2007.
K.K. chose Creighton after visiting the campus and meeting the coaches, team and staff, and feeling it was the perfect fit both athletically and academically. She was also looking at San Diego, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Wisconsin, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette. K.K. plans to major in journalism with an emphasis on photojournalism.
Erickson on Korte: "Kaelyn is an extremely talented central midfielder with great vision and the ability to pick apart opposing defenses. She will challenge for a starting position immediately."
Alissa Kohmetscher chose Creighton over Kansas and Nebraska because of the size of the campus and the proximity to home, while the coaching staff and players made it feel very much like home. The soon-to-be Lincoln Southeast graduate was named the all-city soccer captain, all-state and super-state in 2010 and all-state, super state and captain of the state runner-up team in 2011. She had led her high school team to the state tournament each year of high school ball, scoring 20 goals and dishing out 25 assists through her first three seasons. Kohmetscher is also a two-time state champion playing club soccer with the CSA Fusion.
Erickson on Kohmetscher: "Alissa has been around our program over the last few years and has blossomed into a very good player. Technically and tactically, she will help us in the center of the park."
Maddie Trebesch joins the Bluejays from the same high school as Macy Mauer, Woodbury Senior High School. Trebesch played varsity soccer her sophomore season on, playing on the number one nationally ranked team and earning all-conference and all-state honors in high school. She led her club team to the ECNL Nationals and was invited to the ECNL National Camp individually.
Trebesch chose Creighton because it is a great academic school that will allow her to excel in any major, while having the ability to play for a soccer team that will make her grow as a player each and every day. She also considered DePaul, North Dakota State and Louisville. Trebesch plans to major in pre-med.
Erickson on Trebesch: "Maddie is an outstanding central defender and will be counted upon to play right away on our back line. I believe her best soccer is still ahead of her. Maddie played club soccer for the Minnesota Thunder Academy with fellow recruits Jill Richgels and Maddie Nelson."
Jill Richgels picked up a whole host of honors in high school, being named all-conference, all-state, all-metro, and to the NSCAA All-Region Team 12. She was also tabbed the Class A 2011 Miss Soccer. Richgels finished her high school career with 71 goals and 36 assists. A club teammate of Trebesch and Nelson, Richgels helped lead her team to regionals, semi finals and the national tournament.
Creighton proved to be a place where Richgels can excel academically and athletically, as she chose the Bluejays over Colorado College and North Dakota State. She plans to major in pre-med.
Erickson on Richgels: "Jill is an MTA teammate of Maddie Nelson and Maddie Trebesch and is a very versatile player who really could play a couple different positions for us. She will most likely see time as a right back."
The third member of the MTA club, Maddie Nelson has valuable experience in championship settings. She led her high school team to conference championships three times, section championships twice and a state finalist once. She was named all-conference and all-state in Minnesota. As part of the MTA, she helped lead her team to MN State Cup Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009 while finishing as the Region 2 Champions in 2007.
Nelson chose Creighton because of the sze of the campus, Morrison Stadium and the academic side of Creighton. She also liked the team and the overall college experience that Creighton provides. Nelson was also considering Minnesota, Iowa State, Harvard and Madison.
Erickson on Nelson: "Maddie is one of three MTA players in this years class. She is a talented all-around player with a great left foot. I expect her to compete immediately as a left back."
Floriana Beshiri helped to lead her club team to the National Championship last summer, also winning the State Cup and a regional championship. She was a freshman starter on the varsity soccer club and has earned MVP honors over her prep career. Beshiri chose Creighton because she liked the school and the opportunities, as well as the quality of soccer program the Bluejays have developed.
Beshiri plans to major in biology, going pre-med in the future. She picked Creighton over Missouri, Northern Illinois and Wisconsin Whitewater.
Erickson on Beshiri: "Flo is a gifted student and player. She contributed mightily to her club team, NSA, and their national championship last summer as a defender. We expect her to challenge for a spot on our back line."
Stepping in to help fill the void left by Alicia Montgomery will be Kyla Salazar. Salazar led her high school team to the Nevada AAAA State Championship her sophomore season. She has allowed two goals in 12 games with 10 posted shutouts. Salazar has also been named to the all-division, all-region and all-state preseason lists heading into her senior year. Playing club soccer for the Las Vegas Players Soccer Club, Salazar has started 83 consecutive games, winning the Nevada State Cup and making an appearance in the Far West Regionals last season.
Salazar chose Creighton almost immediately after her official visit because of the family atmosphere the team and coaching staff provided. She also valued Creighton as a school with a strong dental program that will allow her to get a good education and lead to a bright future.
She plans to major in biology and attend Creighton's School of Dentistry. Salazar picked Creighton over California State Bakersfield, Alabama-Birmingham and Gonzaga.
Erickson on Salazar: "Kyla is the last addition to our 2012 class and is a talented goalkeeper with a lot of upside and potential. We look forward to working with her in her development as a collegiate goalkeeper."