Women's Soccer Signs Five to NLI

Five student-athletes signed their NLI and will join the Aggies next season as announced Wednesday by head coach Maryclaire Robinson. (Photo by Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

Feb. 6, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis women's soccer has signed five prospective student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent as announced Wednesday by head coach Maryclaire Robinson.

By recruiting players that address the team's specific needs, Wednesday's commitments are the first step in the Aggies' return to postseason action at the Big West Women's Soccer Tournament.

"The classes we are recruiting are getting better and better each year," said Robinson, the Big West Conference's 2011 Coach of the Year.

"This year's class addresses our needs, were recruited by design and will help us with our depth. We will become a faster, more athletic team."

The accomplishments and success earned by the incoming six are not limited to the pitch as each student-athlete possesses a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

The newest members of the Aggie women's soccer program, in alphabetical order, are:

Nicole Bouvia - Defender (Central Valley Christian HS/Visalia, Calif.)
In 2012, Bouvia led the Central Valley Christian Cavaliers in scoring with 27 goals, also finishing with seven assists. In addition to helping her team capture the Central Sequoia League title, the Cavaliers finished the season as Division IV runners-up. An All-Central Sequoia League honoree, Bouvia has recorded 56 goals and 26 assists throughout her first three seasons at Central Valley Christian. Throughout that same timespan, the Cavaliers have gone 70-9-2. 

Robinson on Bouvia: "She is an athletic defender who can play both on the flank and centrally. Her experience in both roles will be helpful during her transition into the program. She is organized, communicates well and is calm and confident with the ball at her feet. She has a knack for playing smart out of the backfield, which leads to quick counterattacks. She possesses a high soccer IQ and reads the game well - a skill she developed during her time with the Central Valley Chilipeppers."

Hailey Jenkins - Defender (Hart HS/Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Currently a captain for Hart's (Newhall, Calif.) girls soccer team, Jenkins has posted seven points on two goals and three assists this season. Ranked No. 69 in the state by MaxPreps, her team carried a 12-game unbeaten streak that started last December through the first half of league competition this year.

A two-year letterwinner who has helped lead the Indians to 25 wins, Jenkins also competed for Khristy Walker's Real So Cal where she honed her skills by competing against some of the toughest club teams in Southern California on a regular basis. 

Robinson on Jenkins: "Hailey is an unassuming, yet confident and capable defender who is extremely effective. A savvy decision-maker who excels in keeping the back line compact and organized, she possesses an outstanding work ethic and leads by example. She will provide maturity and depth in our back line."

Taylor Locke - Forward/Midfielder (Presentation HS/San Jose, Calif.)
A varsity letterwinner throughout her four years at Presentation, Locke ended her freshman season at the team's leading scorer, helping her team end its season as West Catholic Athletic League and Central Coast Section champions.

In 2012, Locke led the team in scoring once again, recording 12 goals and seven assists to lead Presentation to another berth in both the WCAL finals and CCS semifinals.

Named captain of this year's team, Locke has 11 goals and two assists to her credit.

When Locke arrives to UC Davis later this year, she will see a familiar face in Nicole Bouvia as the pair competed under the tutelage of San Jose State men's soccer coach Chris Behler for his Central Valley Chilipeppers club team. 

Throughout her 11 years with the Chilipeppers, Locke's teams won the Nor-Cal Premier State Cup and advanced to the finals of the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) Cup in 2010 and 2011, earned a spot in the final round of the CYSA Regionals in 2011 and ended 2012 CYSA State Cup competition as champions. Based on her success in CYSA events, Locke received the Best 11 Award at the 2012 National Championships.

Robinson on Locke: "Blessed with blazing speed, Locke is small in stature, works hard, and is extremely disruptive defensively both in the midfield, and up high. Her pace as a forward, the team's first line of defense, will place immediate pressure on our opponents and improve our team's transition speed as well."

Audrey "Zuzu" Romano - Forward/Midfielder (Cardinal Newman HS/Santa Rosa, Calif.)
A member of Ursuline High School's girls soccer team for two seasons, Romano finished with 17 goals and eight assists as a freshman, and recorded another 16 goals and seven assists as a sophomore before transferring to Cardinal Newman prior to her junior year. 

Since her arrival, Romano is responsible for 35 goals and 20 assists throughout her two-year tenure, earning All-North Bay League First Team and Scholar Athlete recognition each year. Highly respected by her Cardinal Newman teammates, Romano was also named team captain this past season.

Throughout her time with Davis Legacy, she was named captain of the club's U-18 team, was a member of Region IV's Olympic Development Program for two years and participated in State ODP for three years.

Selected to represent the student body as its president, Romano currently holds a 4.13 GPA and has already traveled to Nicaragua on two occasions this year through Seeds of Learning - a non-profit organization that builds schools and is dedicated to improving educational opportunities in rural areas of Latin America.

Robinson on Romano: "She is a soccer junkie - she competes with an intensity that is rare, pushes herself and those around her to become better. She possesses a great playing presence, is confident, will demand the ball, and is great in the air. She's an athletic target who is easily found and excels with the ball at her feet. Romano has an uncanny ability of knowing where pressure is coming from prior to her first touch. A dangerous attacking player, she has deceptive speed in small spaces."

Emma Tinloy - Midfielder/Forward (El Cerrito HS/El Cerrito, Calif.)
Entering her senior season at El Cerrito as a three-year letterwinner, Tinloy's presence has grown exponentially since her freshman year. Responsible for three goals scored throughout her first season with the Gauchos, Tinloy netted eight goals, and assisted on another five the following year. As a junior, she helped El Cerrito advance to the North Coast Section for the third straight season.

Named team captain the last two seasons, Tinloy received first team all-league recognition as a freshman, sophomore and junior, earned most valuable rookie accolades as a freshman, was named the team's most valuable player as a sophomore and junior in addition to receiving offensive most valuable player honors last season.

During her eight-year tenure with the Alameda Contra Costa Mavericks club team, Tinloy was fortunate enough to travel to Ghana, Africa in 2008 to help further develop and support soccer programs for local girls.

This past year, Tinloy joined the East Bay United - Bay Oaks, helping that soccer club receive a No. 7 ranking amongst all Northern California teams.

As is the case with the other members of this NLI class, Tinloy is just as successful off the field as she is on it; ranked within the top-10 percent of her graduating class, she currently holds a 4.0 GPA.

Robinson on Tinloy: "She is possibly the most technically gifted player in the group, she is savvy in small spaces and is stealthy in the open field. As a result, she is difficult to defend and is impactful both in the midfield and up high. Her technical skills compliment her ability to make plays as she is capable of playing brilliant balls behind the defense and beating opponents off the dribble. Tinloy is a deceptive addition to our midfield and attack."