Feb. 1, 2012
SEATTLE - Head women's soccer coach Lesle Gallimore announced that eight high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play soccer and attend school at UW beginning in the fall of 2012. This signing class has excelled not only in soccer but in other athletic endeavors, as well as academically.
The class includes Isabel Farrell, McKenzie "Jammer" Karas, Allyson Brahs, Falon Miller, Victoria Burns, Berkley Gamble, Charlotte Garcia and Katey Fawcett.
"I am extremely excited about the group of young women that we are signing this year" said Gallimore. "They are a multifaceted group of players and all are the type of high-achieving student that has come to epitomize our program. I couldn't be more anxious to get them on campus and start working with all of them as they adjust to soccer at the collegiate level."
Isabel Farrell, Midfielder, Interlake HS, Bellevue, Wash.
Farrell, a midfielder from nearby Bellevue, Wash., is the only in-state player in the 2012 class, and is arguably, one of the best in the state. She has played on several US Youth National Teams, including the U-14, U-15, U-17, and U-18 teams. She has also played with the Crossfire Club Team in Redmond, Wash., for five years and led her team to first place in the Washington State Cup in 2008, 2010, and 2011, as well as a second place finish in the ECNL National Final in New Jersey in 2010. At Interlake High School, she was named Team MVP, King Co-MVP, Regional Player of the Year, during her senior year, and helped lead her team to the 2011 State Championship title.
"Izzy is an extremely hardworking, skillful, and intelligent central midfield player," Gallimore said. "She has outstanding vision, the skill set to execute successfully under pressure, and a tactical awareness that you normally see in much older and more experienced players. She is flat out fun to watch!"
McKenzie "Jammer" Karas, Defender, Arbor View HS, Las Vegas, Nev.
Karas, who often goes by "Jammer", a defender from Las Vegas, Nev., has also played for the US Youth National Team from 2009-12. She played with Las Vegas Premier Club Team for three years, where she helped lead the team to a first-place undefeated finish in the 2011 Surf Cup in San Diego, Calif. She has also played with Heat FC for the past year, where the team finished first in the 2012 Disney Showcase in Florida. She and fellow UW recruit, Falon Miller, attended and played together at Arbor View HS. At Arbor View, she was a four-time letterwinner and a two-time team captain (2010, 2011). During her sophomore season, she was named Sunset Region NW League Player of the Year and Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year and helped lead her team to a District, Regional, and State Championship, a season in which the team went 18-1. She also played on the Regional Team all four years of high school. While excelling at soccer, Karas also was a kicker on the football team her sophomore year, played volleyball her junior year, and ran track, placing third in the state for the 4x200m relay.
"Jammer is a phenomenal athlete with the technical ability to match," said Gallimore. "Her size and strength make her difficult to beat defensively and a chore to mark in the attack. She strikes a ball well over distance and can be a real threat on set pieces. She was converted to goalkeeper in the U.S. National Team's Youth system, but will play as a holding mid or a central defender for us most likely. And it's not bad having a youth National Team keeper as one of your back-ups in goal, if it comes to needing her there."
Allyson Brahs, Defender/Midfielder, Corona del Mar HS, Newport Beach, Calif.
Brahs is a defender/midfielder out of Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif. She has played with the Slammers FC Club Soccer G93 Team in Newport Beach for 10 years. The Slammers were the 2005 and 2006 Surf Cup Champions, 2008, 2009, and 2011 Surf College Cup Champions, 2008 and 2010 USYS Region IV Semifinalists, 2009 FWRL Champions, 2009 USYS Region IV Quarterfinalists, 2010 Coast Soccer Premier League Champions, 2010 Cal State Premier League Champions, 2010-11 ECNL and 2010-11 Cal South National Cup Finalists. While with the Slammers, Brahs has been named a Class of 2012 Regional Top 20 player by TopDrawerSoccer.com since 2010. At Corona del Mar HS, she was a letterwinner all four years of high school and was named team captain for her senior season. In 2012, the team was No. 5 in the ESPN Rise CA State Rankings and No. 9 in the Powerade Fab 50 Winter Rankings. She also received All-CIF Second-Team honors (2010, 2011), All-County Second-Team honors (2011), Pacific Coast League First-Team Honors (2010, 2011), was named the Corona del Mar HS Athlete-of-the-Month in 2010, Corona del Mar HS Soccer Offensive MVP in 2011, 2011 Pacific Coast League Offensive MVP, OC Varsity Athlete-of-the-Week in 2011, 2011 ESPN Rise California All-Star, Daily Pilot Athlete-of-the Week in 2011, and was named to the 2011 Daily Pilot Soccer Dream Team. Her team was also CIF Southern Section Quarterfinalists (2009, 2010, 2011), Pacific Coast League Champions (2009, 2011), Butch Lee Memorial Tournament Finalists (2012), and Los Tacos (FSH) Tournament Champions (2012). Academically, she was a National Merit Scholar Commended Student, Academic Letter with Highest Honor, California Scholarship Federation Sealbearer, National Society of High School Scholars and on the Principal's Honor Roll. She also uses soccer to serve her community, working with the National Charity League, Inc., for six years as well as refereeing for USSF Grade 8 Soccer. While excelling in soccer, she has also excelled in various other sports at Corona del Mar including varsity track and field, varsity lacrosse and varsity basketball. In track and field, she was the Corona del Mar High School Track and Field MVP Jumper in 2010 and 2011, finished second place in the Pacific Coast League for high jump in 2010 and finished fourth in 2010. In varsity lacrosse, she was on the 2009 Sticks and Stones All-Tournament Team and received 2009 Pacific Coast League Second-Team honors. She also received the 2009 CDM Coaches Award for varsity basketball.
"Ally is a strong and tenacious defender who could play central or wide on either side for us at the back," Gallimore said. "In addition to being a good defender, she also attacks well out of the back and provides quality service from that position."
Falon Miller, Forward, Arbor View HS, Las Vegas, Nev.
Miller, a forward from Arbor View High School in Las Vegas, Nev., hails from the same high school as fellow signee MacKenzie "Jammer" Karas. The two have also competed with the same two club teams in Las Vegas. Miller played with Las Vegas Premier Club Team from 2008-11 and has played with the Las Vegas Heat Club Team since 2011. In club play, her team finished second in the 2011 Las Vegas College Showcase, first/gold in the 2011 Surf Cup in San Diego, Calif., and fourth in the FWRL Final Four in Temecula, Calif. At Arbor View High School, she was a four-year letterwinner and was named to First-Team All-State her junior year. Miller also lettered in volleyball in 2010 and 2011 and was named Second-Team All-State.
"Falon is a very fast attacking player and will stretch opponents' defenses," Gallimore said. "She has the potential to be a top-notch goal-scorer in college and will give us much better pace up front than we've had in recent years."
Victoria Burns, Goalkeeper, Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland, Calif.
Burns is a defender from Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif., and a former teammate of current Huskies Christina and Chelsea Archer. She has played for the Mustang Soccer Club team in Danville, Calif., for two years and the Bay Oaks Soccer Club team in Alameda, Calif., for four years, finishing first in the 2010 Surf Cup in San Diego, Calif., first in the 2011 Cal North Championship in Sacramento, Calif., first in the 2011 US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals in Boise, Idaho, and fourth in the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Phoenix, Ariz. At Bishop O' Dowd, she was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain her senior season. She was named First-Team All-League her sophomore season and Second-Team All-League her junior season. She also lettered and was named First-Team All-League in golf her freshman year. She's also a National Hispanic Scholar, a Junior Black Belt in Karate, and the only girl to be a four-time Little League Baseball All-Star team member.
"Tori is a very competitive and hardworking goalkeeper," said Gallimore. "She will benefit greatly from training with associate head coach Amy Griffin, as well as competing with our current goalkeepers Kari Davidson and Megan Kufeld. Based on her work ethic and passion, Tori's rate of improvement in this environment will be rapid."
Berkley Gamble, Defense/Midfielder, Fairview HS, Boulder, Colo.
Gamble is a defender/midfielder out of Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo., and has played for Boulder County Force Club Team for nine years. With the Boulder County Force, she was named the MVP and team captain in 2008 and 2009. The team competed in the 2010 and 2011 Surf Cup in San Diego, Calif., and Regionals in Idaho in 2011; they were also finalists in the Disney Showcase in Florida in 2010-11, and 2010 State Cup Champions. At Fairview High School, she was a four-year letterwinner and team captain her senior year. Her freshman year, the team finished first in District and at Regionals and fourth in the state. Her sophomore season, the team placed first in District, Regionals, and won the 5A State Championship, earning a No. 11 national ranking. During her junior year, she received the Semper Fi Award for overcoming an ACL tear and the team finished first at the District and Regional levels. She also lettered in swimming during her senior year, qualifying for state in 100 back, 100 fly, 200 free relay, and 200 medley relay. She is also a member of the Fairview High School student council. Gamble comes from a family of athletes - her mom was an All-American tennis player at the University of Texas, her dad was a three-time All-American skier at the University of Colorado, and her brother is currently on the men's basketball team at the University of Colorado.
"Berk adds to our depth on the backline," said Gallimore. "She's a solid and steady defender who could also play wide or central. She is a skillful passer and has a good feel for the game."
Charlotte "Charlee" Garcia, Midfielder/Defender, Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton, Calif.
Garcia, a midfielder/defender from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, Calif., has played for the U-17 women's Mexican National Team. In 2010, she helped lead the team to a first place finish in the Four Nations Tournament in Trinidad & Tobago. They were also 2010 U-17 World Cup qualifiers, finishing second in Costa Rica. She has competed with three different club teams - FC Fremont in Fremont, Calif., (2000-2008), Pleasanton Rage club team in Pleasanton, Calif., (2008-2010) and with De Anza Force ECNL in Cupertino, Calif., since 2010. She helped lead her club team to the semifinals of the 2011 Surf Cup in San Diego, Calif. At Amador Valley, she was a four-year letterwinner. Garcia is also bilingual (English and Spanish) and has dual-citizenship (USA and Mexico). Her cousin, Bianca Sierra, has played for the Mexican National Team since 2009, playing with former Husky Veronica Perez.
"Charlee is a skillful and intelligent central midfielder or defender," Gallimore said. "She is another player that helps us with our depth and will work extremely hard to maximize her potential. The pace of the game at the college level will be Charlee's biggest challenge, but she most definitely has the skill set to step up to that challenge."
Katey Fawcett, Defender, Mission Viejo HS, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Fawcett is a defender/midfielder from Mission Viejo High School in Mission Viejo, Calif. She has competed with Saddleback United in South Orange County, Calif., since 2007, during which the team finished second in the 2009 Slammers Cup in Irvine, Calif., and first in the 2011 Saddleback Classic in Mission Viejo. The team also made it to the quarterfinals in the 2010 Cal South State Cup and to the semifinals in 2011. At Mission Viejo High School, she was a three-time letterwinner (2010, 11, 12). During her sophomore year, the team won the Excalibur Tournament in Orange County and were CIF semifinalists her junior year. She also lettered in track and field in 2010 and won the Best Sprinter honor that year at Mission Viejo HS. Academically, Fawcett was a Scholar Athlete from 2010-12 and an AP Scholar from 2010-11.
"Katey is a skillful and quick outside midfielder or outside back that has the endurance to get up and down the flanks," said Gallimore. "She plays out of pressure well and has a very sophisticated tactical understanding of the game."