Following each student-athlete's admissions deposit, Head Coach Suzette Soboti recently announced a solid list of incoming Bulldogs for the University of Redlands women's soccer program, which looks forward to an exciting start to the 2017 campaign. Despite graduating five contributors earlier this spring, the team holds high hopes for a talented quintet that hails from California, Washington, and Oregon, to further solidify a young but hearty crew of returnees.
"I am eager to see how these five young women will continue their success as Bulldogs. Each of these student-athletes is expected to hit the ground running and have a role in bringing a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship back to Redlands," commented Soboti.
As the only women's soccer recruit from California, Lydia Christian hails from Truckee as a high-caliber defender. Following her careers at Truckee High School and Barcelona NorCal, she brings outstanding experience as a member of the 2016 Nevada 1-A State Championship team. Her achievements also include a first-team all-league nod and a spot on the all-state second team.
Redlands adds to its success stories from the state of Washington with newcomers Holland Aucoin (Monroe), Emily Falla (Woodinville), and Abby Nordquist (Gig Harbor). After graduating from Monroe High School, Aucoin strives to build on her academic and athletic success as an outside back/outside midfielder for the Bulldogs. This Crossfire Soccer Club member earned Valedictorian status as an academic challenge awardee at her high school. In addition, Falla joins the Maroon and Gray as a Woodinville High School alum and Crossfire Premier Club competitor. Her skills as a central midfielder led to her being named the Most Valuable Player of her high school team and landed her on the All-King County Second Team. Finally, the Washington trio is completed by Nordquist, who played for Gig Harbor High School and Harbor Football Club. A multi-faceted student-athlete, she collected first-team all-league honors as a member of the championship squad but also contributed to the girls' basketball district championship and success of the softball team. Finally, she was named the News Tribune and Gig Harbor HS Athlete of the Year.
Finally, Soboti's incoming class includes Eva Vlassopoulos from Woodrow Wilson High School in Portland, Oregon. This two-time all-league selection brings great experience as a versatile midfielder/forward with the Portland Football Club.
The Bulldogs kick off the 2017 season with three scrimmages before taking on the first-ever women's soccer team from Caltech in non-conference action on Friday, September 1, at 7:30 p.m. under the lights at Farquhar Field.