Incoming freshman Isabel Farrell is seen here juggling a ball.
Aug. 8, 2012
SEATTLE - Washington is set to open its 2012 season with a combination of core returning players as well as one of the top signing classes. GoHuskies.com will introduce each member of the 10 newcomers throughout the week.
Here are three of the incoming freshmen:
Defender/Midfielder, Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona del Mar HS
Brahs has earned recognition for both her academic and athletic feats. Athletically, Brahs is a triple threat in soccer, being experienced as a defender, midfielder and forward. During her 10 years at Slammers FC (Newport Beach), she led the club to seven championships, including two Surf Cup Championships and three Surf College Cup Championships. Brahs was named to the ESPN Rise California All Stars and has earned numerous Athlete-of-the-Week, league, and MVP honors. Brahs was also a multisport athlete in high school, competing in lacrosse, track and field, and basketball and earning numerous league and MVP honors in every sport. Academically, Brahs has excelled in the classroom. Carrying a 4.2 GPA, she was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and the Principal's Honor Roll, a California Scholarship Federation Seal bearer, and a National Merit Scholar Commended Student.
Midfielder, Bellevue, Wash. / Interlake HS
Farrell, the only in-state player in the 2012 class, was recently ranked the No. 2 midfielder and the fourth-best incoming player in the entire country for the 2012 season. The Bellevue, Wash. native has plenty of experience at the national level, playing with the US U-14, U-15, U-17, and U-18 teams. With the Crossfire Premier, Farrell led her club team to three Washington State Championships and seven finals overall. In Farrell's only season of high school soccer at Interlake, she led the Saints to a 17-3-1 record and the Class 2A state championship, scoring nine goals and tallying 14 assists. Farrell received numerous accolades for the 2011-12 season, including Washington Class 2A State MVP, KingCo MVP, Regional Player of the Year, ESPN's Washington Player of the Year, and Gatorade Player of the Year. The incoming freshman also signed with the Seattle Sounders Women this past summer, playing amongst the best players in the world. Not only has Farrell excelled on the field, but her academic achievements and community service has also been showcased. Maintaining a 3.57 GPA in the classroom, she has volunteered locally for the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, the International District/Chinatown Community Center, and as a youth soccer coach.
Defender/Midfielder, Mission Viejo, Calif. / Mission Viejo HS
Fawcett may have a US Soccer Legend as a mother (Hall of Famer Joy Fawcett played in four Women's World Cups and two Olympics), but she has already made a name for herself, on and off the field. The defender from Mission Viejo, Calif. has led her club team, Saddleback United, to the 2011 Saddleback Classic championship and the 2009 Slammers Cup final. She also led them to a deep run in the Cal South State Cup in 2010 and 2011. At Mission Viejo High School, Fawcett helped her team win the Excalibur Tournament during her sophomore year and the CIF semifinals the next year. But what Fawcett has done off the field is just as exciting as what she's done on the field. As a scholar athlete during high school, she dedicated countless volunteer hours, feeding the homeless in Los Angeles and helping with Peer Game, a soccer organization that goes to the low income areas in LA and sets up games for kids. She was a semifinalist for the Inspireum Soccer Award, a social enterprise that recognizes outstanding youth achievement whose goal is to inspire others to achieve.
Check back on Thursday to get to know more new players.