SEATTLE – Husky head coach Lesle Gallimore is pleased to announce that five student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend Washington in the fall of 2014. This class will continue the Dawgs proud tradition of competing at the highest level both on the field and in the classroom.
“Today is always an exciting day in college soccer,” said Gallimore. “All around the country young men and women are realizing their dream of becoming Division I soccer players and we have five terrific and talented young women that we are extremely pleased to welcome into the Husky family. Overall they offer us positional balance and a very high quality of technical ability which I believe will afford all of them the opportunity to have an immediate impact here on Montlake. They all hail from quality club and high school programs and have worked with some of the top youth coaches in America. We feel comfortable that while Division I soccer will be a jump in level for them, that they are coming in well-prepared to face all of the challenges that competing in the Pac-12 conference and NCAA have to offer.“
The five newest Huskies are a heavily California based with three from Southern California, one from the Bay Area, while Rachel Wheeler is the lone in-state product. Each will bring a unique set of skills to an already deep group of returning players at Washington.
Dominique Bond-Flasza – D
Aliso Niguel High School
Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Bond-Flasza played her high school soccer at Aliso Niguel High School in Southern California. She helped her team win a state title her sophomore year, a team that was named best in the nation by the FAB50 rankings. Following her junior season, she was awarded with First Team All-League and All-County honors, recording ten goals and three assists. She also ran track during her sophomore year and her 4x100 relay team set a school record. She has played her last two seasons of club soccer with the SoCal Blues, where she won the San Diego College Showcase in 2012 and 2013 and placed fifth in the ECNL Nationals played in Virginia.
Gallimore on Bond-Flasza: “Dom is a strong and tenacious player that is difficult to beat defensively. She is also technically clean, fast and tactically savvy enough to provide quality in the attack for our team. We see her developing into a real force at outside back with the versatility to play other positions as well.”
Kristie Braken-Guelke - D
Los Gatos High School
Los Gatos, Calif.
Braken-Guelke comes to the UW from Los Gatos High School in the Bay Area. As a junior, she helped her team to a third-place finish in their league and was awarded with First Team All-League honors. She played her club soccer with the De Anza Force in Cupertino, Calif., finishing in second place in the 2013 Surf College Cup in San Diego. She also had the opportunity to participate in the 2012/13 ECNL PDP Northwest.
Gallimore on Braken-Guelke: “Kristie sees the game at central defense very well and understands how to help the goalkeeper organize the back line. She distributes the ball cleanly and intelligently out of the back in attack, and is a force in the air and on the ground defensively. If Kristie adapts to the pace and physicality of college soccer quickly, she could develop into an all-conference center back.”
Shannon Simon – F
Redondo Union High School
Harbor City, Calif.
Simon is another California native that played her high school soccer at Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, Calif. She had a very successful HS career, recording 57 goals and 36 assists. As a junior, she won CIF All-League and All-Area First Team honors, as well as the All-Bay League Offensive Player of the Year award. Simon played her club soccer with Beach FC along with fellow UW recruit Kimby Keever. Beach FC took second in the Surf College Cup and first in the National League, where Simon helped lead her team by scoring five goals in four games. Simon comes from an athletic family as her sister, Jacqueline, played college soccer at UC Santa Barbara.
Gallimore on Simon: “Shannon is technically gifted and extremely entertaining to watch on the ball. She helps set the tempo and rhythm of games from a central midfield position and she sees the game with a high level of sophistication for someone her age. She doesn’t back down defensively and plays both sides of the ball very well. She will be very valuable in helping our team keep possession as well as creating and scoring goals for the Huskies.”
Kimby Keever - M
Mira Costa High School
Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Keever was a four-year letter winner at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif. In her first two seasons, she recorded 33 goals and 14 assists before getting injured before her junior season. She was awarded All-Area First Team honors each of her first two seasons. She also has played on the Beach FC club team in Long Beach, California since 2010, winning the National League and National Cup in 2013, as well as taking second place in the Surf College Cup. She was club teammates with fellow Husky recruit Shannon Simon, and is looking forward to coming to the University of Washington for the fantastic coaching staff, education and city.
Gallimore on Keever: “Kimby is a wide player that is creative on the ball and has a very good attacking sense. We can play her in a variety of wide positions with confidence as she is good 1v1 in the attack and as a defender. She is slight but doesn’t back down from the physical side of the game. Kimby is fearless and will find anyway she can to score or create a goal for the team.”
Issaquah High School
Wheeler is the lone local product from this year’s class, coming to UW from just across Lake Washington. She was a three-year letter-winner at Issaquah HS, recording 23 goals and 24 assists. In both her junior and senior seasons, she helped lead her team to second-place finishes in the Washington State 4A tournament. After her senior season, she was named to the KingCo All-League First Team. She has also played for Eastside FC since 2006 and won four U.S. Youth Soccer Washington State Championships with the club.
Gallimore on Wheeler: “Rachel can play as a high target forward or withdrawn in more of an attacking midfield role. Either way, she has great physical presence and speed, is good in the air and always is a threat to the opponent’s goal. Rachel is a competitor and ambitious when it comes to what she wants from college soccer. She is going to be a fun player to watch develop here at Washington.”
The five newest Huskies will bring a new wave of talent to the soccer field, but also represent the type of student-athlete that fits the Husky program.
As competitive and successful as they are as soccer players, these five young women are all outstanding students,” said Gallimore. “Their stellar achievements in the classroom as high school students make them all great fits for the academic culture on our women’s soccer team. They are all prepared to make the most of the athletic and academic opportunities afforded them at Washington.”