June 20, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Kelly Brady, Sydney Burger, Kayla Collins, Dana Fujikuni, Kate Hamilton, Lindsay Johansen, Amanda McKeegan, Karly Passmore, Rachel Smith, Summer Stamates and Mali Tehaney became the newest members of UC Davis women's soccer once each committed to the university. Comprising head coach Twila Kaufman's inaugural incoming class, all will continue their academic and athletic careers when the team reports for preseason practices in late August.
"I chose UC Davis because of its prestige and spirited campus feel. I particularly loved the athletics and vision for the soccer program." - Kelly Brady
The Alhambra native joins Aggie women's soccer after a storied athletics career as a member of South Pasadena High School's girls' soccer and track & field teams.
In her three seasons with the Tigers' varsity soccer program, Brady was selected as the team's most outstanding offensive player as a sophomore and offensive player of the year during her junior and senior seasons.
Brady scored a combined 45 goals throughout her three years on the varsity roster.
A three-time all-Rio Hondo League first team recipient, Brady was also recognized by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) on two occasions with her inclusion on its first team in 2011 and second team in 2012. Before she concluded her career at South Pasadena, Brady collected second team all-area honors for the second straight season.
Responsible for helping her team finish the regular season as league champions in 2011, Brady also led the Tigers to three CIF Southern Section playoff appearances.
On the club level, Brady competed for Crescenta Valley, L.A. Premier and CZ Elite.
A recipient of the South Pasadena Rotary Club's Youth Leadership Award, Brady also received the Scholastic Art & Writing Silver Key Award before graduating, with honors, with a 3.44 GPA.
"I chose UC Davis to fulfill my academic and athletic passions. Go Aggies!" - Sydney Burger
Hailing from Fairfield, Sydney Burger capped a career at Vanden High School by helping the Vikings recently record a 2-1 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff victory-the school's first-ever playoff win.
On the field, she was named team captain this past season by her peers; off it, Burger's classmates elected her to serve as VHS' activities commissioner-a position that requires her to organize and coordinate community service and social events for the entire student body.
The Associated Press recognized Burger on two occasions in 2013 when the organization bestowed its Scholar Award and Scholar with Honors Award to the Vikings' forward. This marked the third occasion Burger was honored for her academic achievements since Vanden High School also presented its Scholar-Athlete Award to Berger in 2010.
In addition to her academic pursuits and athletic responsibilities, Burger was selected to attend the Air Force Reserve/Air National Guard Teen Leadership Summit, helped her BRYC 95 Elite club team capture a U16 US Youth Soccer national championship before capping a stellar athletics career by receiving her team's Coach's Award, Offensive MVP and all-league first team accolades.
"I chose UC Davis because the school has an amazing science department, incredible soccer program and is a place where I can fit in. The campus, and the people that I met on my visit, made me feel like this was a place I could call home."
- Kayla Collins
Able to positively influence the game from any of the three lines, Kayla Collins spent all four years at Del Oro High School as a member of its varsity girls' soccer team. With Collins leading the way, the Golden Eagles won the 2012 Sierra Foothill League championship before advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals. That year also marked the first of two straight seasons where Collins received first team all-league recognition.
After the program selected Collins as its most valuable player last season, her teammates also honored her this year by making her the team's captain.
Equally as successful inside the classroom (she currently holds a 4.05 GPA), Collins has been involved in numerous extra-curricular activities since her arrival to campus.
As a freshman, she mentored Placer United's U13 girls' soccer club team; she participated in Placer County's SPCA Volunteer Training Program, assisted as a barn hand for Lipizzan horses and ran for her school's cross country team the following year. In addition to successfully balancing her academic and athletic responsibilities, her initial involvement with Jerseys & Cleats 4 Kids-a non-profit organization that collects donations of gently used or new soccer gear, jerseys, cleats, balls, and other soccer related items for kids around the world-and Del Oro's choir, took place in 2013.
Outside of her high school pursuits, Collins also spent the last three years competing for the California Blues Soccer Club. Named the Blues' team captain since 2011, Collins enters the final months of this season as the Nor Cal Premier League's top scorer.
"I chose UC Davis because of its strong academic programs and the positive connection I felt with the team." - Dana Fujikuni
A four-year letterwinner at Moorpark High School, Fujikuni began her career as a Musketeer by capturing rookie of the year accolades. Named team captain for the first time as a junior, she ended the season with most valuable player honors and all-Marmonte League first team recognition.
What started with teammates selecting her once again as their captain for the 2014 season continued throughout the year with her play on the pitch each and every game. In doing so, Fujikuni received a slew of honors from various organizations after her season concluded.
Shortly after Moorpark High's named her its varsity soccer MVP, Fujikuni received all-county accolades, league co-MVP and first team honors.
Fujikuni also spent the last 10 years competing for her club team, Real So Cal; she recently helped her club team capture an Elite Clubs National League championship and a Surf Cup crown.
Fujikuni also earned two Region IV championships and a national title as an active member of Cal South's Olympic Development Program.
A two-time member of the Principal's List, an award earned by students who possess a 4.0 GPA or higher, Fujikuni is an active member of her school's National Honor Society.
"I loved the relaxed, college-town atmosphere of Davis. The opportunity to excel academically, athletically and socially at UC Davis was an offer I could not turn down!" - Kate Hamilton
A four-year fixture in goal for Garces Memorial High School as its top `keeper, this year's team captain helped the Rams earn their second Southeast Yosemite Championship and finish the year as CIF Central Section Division II runners-up. Sandwiched between those seasons is a 2013 playoff run that saw the Bakersfield native, and her teammates, capture a sectional championship and a berth in the CIF SoCal Championship Tournament.
In addition to earning all-area selections all four seasons as the Rams' top netminder, Hamilton was awarded the school's Most Outstanding Lower Classman Athlete and all-league Most Valuable Goalkeeper honors as a sophomore and junior.
In her final season as a Ram, Hamilton allowed only nine goals in 24 games and posted 17 clean sheets.
Currently sporting a 4.1 GPA, Hamilton is one of the rare individuals at her school to receive Principal's Honor Roll recognition each semester for all four years.
Hamilton will cap her club career as a member of South Valley Soccer Club.
"I chose UC Davis because I wanted to better my education and improve my soccer abilities. I am excited to work with Twila because she has a lot of experience soccer experience at the highest level and I feel as though Twila and her staff can challenge me athletically. The program at UC Davis has a lot of potential and I am looking forward to being a part of it."
- Lindsay Johansen
The only student-athlete to earn a start in every game played by her team throughout the last two seasons, Lindsay Johansen will continue her undergraduate career at UC Davis after spending the last two years at Arkansas State.
Hailing from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Johansen recorded her first college assist and helped the Red Wolves' win 10 games in 2013 to capture a third-place finish.
In her first season at Arkansas State, Johansen was an integral facet of the stingiest defense in school history as the Red Wolves set a new program record with seven shutouts. Even though she competed nearly 4,000 miles from home, Johansen caught the attention of Canadian officials as she was one of a select group of athletes who were invited to participate in her country's U-20 National Excel camp. By doing so, she became the first player in her program's history to receive a national team camp invitation at any level.
Before becoming a member of Arkansas State's Dean's and the Sun Belt Conference's Chancellor's lists, Johansen led Hansworth Secondary School to its second Canadian Provincial Tournament berth. During her freshman year, Hansworth ended its season as provincial champions; as a senior, her team finished third. In both seasons, Johansen was named tournament MVP.
A member of the Canada's Olympic Development Program, she also competed for the Whitecaps Football Club throughout her final two years at secondary school before arriving to Arkansas State.
The day before she helped the Red Wolves earn their first-ever conference tournament victory, the Sun Belt honored Johansen by naming her to its all-league first team.
"I chose UC Davis because of its excellent academic reputation and quality soccer program. I felt at home instantly, the girls on the team were welcoming and friendly. I am so excited to become an Aggie and play for such a great program."
- Mandy McKeegan
A member of Mira Costa High School's varsity program all four years, McKeegen helped the Mustangs advance to the CIF playoffs for the fourth time in a row this past season. Advancing to the round of 16 and round of 32 during her first two seasons on campus, Mira Costa advanced to the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively in McKeegan's final two seasons.
Responsible for a collective 38 goals and 40 assists as an outside midfielder, McKeegan received all-Bay League second team and Daily Breeze all-area first team accolades as a junior and senior respectively. In her final season as a Mustang, she was elected team captain, led the team in scoring with nine goals and finished second in assists with 12.
As a member of Beach F.C., a team ranked No. 5 in the nation, No. 1 in her region and Southern California, McKeegen helped her club squad finish as Cal South State, Far West Regional and National League champions the last two seasons.
Besides her athletic prowess, she participated in Mira Costa's student government for three years, is active in the school's Soroptimist Club, California Scholarship Federation and National Honor Society.
"The opportunity to come to Davis is a blessing that could not have happened on my own. I could not have orchestrated a more perfect time to meet a woman like Twila, who re-awakened a desire for excellence in every aspect of my life. Visiting the campus and meeting the team and coaching staff only confirmed how perfect this opportunity is!" - Karly Passmore
Winners of the last five straight Sac-Joaquin Section championships, Karly Passmore lead all Bradshaw Christian girls' soccer players to its seventh consecutive Sierra Delta League title. In her final season of high school soccer, the Rancho Murieta native led The Pride to a 12-8 overall and an undefeated league record, finished with a team-high 21 goals and 44 points in 19 games played.
In the 41 varsity games featuring Passmore, the two-year letterwinner found the back of the net 24 times, posted six assists and finished with 54 total points-an average of more than one per game.
She is a member of the West Coast Kryptonite club soccer program. Competing for two championship-winning teams helped Passmore earn one of only 19 spots on the Western College Development Association's Girls' Watch List, a collection of top club players from Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Utah.
"Over this second recruiting process I heard great things about this new coaching staff. I am excited to begin this new adventure with an educated and soccer-savvy staff. I know that major things will be happening for us Aggies in the near future and I want to be a part of it." - Rachel Smith
All-CIF Southern Section first team, all-Channel league and most valuable player accolades capped an extensive list of awards earned by Rachel Smith throughout her four years as a member of Dos Pueblos High School's girls' soccer team.
In her first year with the Chargers, Smith was the only freshman named to the starting lineup in every game played; when the 2009-10 season concluded, she was the only first-year player to receive all-league recognition. For her performance on the field, and leadership off it, Smith was selected team captain as a sophomore, an honor her teammates also bestowed the following two years.
The 2010-11 campaign marked the first of three straight seasons where Smith was named most valuable player, finished runner-up in the Channel League's MVP listings and was recognized by the CIF by earning a spot on one of its all-section squads.
As a sophomore, Smith was captured a spot on the CIF Southern Section's second team; as a junior and senior, she was a first team honoree.
In her penultimate year at Dos Pueblos, a 3.7 GPA helped the midfielder/forward earn additional recognition from the CIF as the recipient of the Southern Section Academic Award. Following the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Santa Barbara Athletics Roundtable, a non-profit organization that supports amateur athletics programs at 15 area schools, named Smith as its Female Soccer Athlete of the Year.
In all, Smith was responsible for 40 goals and 25 assists throughout her four-year varsity career.
During her two-year tenure with the Santa Barbara Soccer Club, Smith participated in numerous college identification camps, national tournaments and helped her team win the 2011 Cal South National Cup.
As a club player, Smith was a member of Cal South's Olympic Development Pool.
Smith transfers into UC Davis after lettering her freshman year at the University of Southern California.
"I am so excited to attend UC Davis this fall. I chose this school for its impressive academic programs and opportunity to become a part of its soccer program. UC Davis is close to home and I love the small-town feel of this community. I am excited to share my college experience with my sister." - Summer Stamates
A three-year varsity letterwinner at San Ramon Valley High School, Summer Stamates ended a decorated athletics career by helping the Wolves advance to the North Coast Section finals. In a season that started with Stamates' teammates electing her as their captain for the second straight year, the defender/forward received all-league second team honors following her team's playoff run.
Since joining the varsity program, Stamates lead her team to consecutive East Bay Athletic League titles and helped the Wolves clinch a spot in the 2012 NCS' Division I finals before the team ended the 2013 season as NCS champs.
This four-year scholar-athlete and USSF Market Training Center invitee also helped her club team, Mustang Soccer, experience a high level of success throughout her six years with the organization. The Mustang Soccer Club is a very successful member of the Elite Club National League.
When Stamates arrives to Davis, she will become the second member of her family to compete for the Aggies as her older sister, Stephanie, is a two-year letterwinner for UC Davis' gymnastics team.
"UC Davis is a school that wants their students to thrive in all aspects of life by challenging its students academically and athletically. Being able to play soccer at the next level is such an honor, I am proud to say that I am an Aggie!" - Mali Tehaney
A four-year varsity starter at Miramonte High School, Mali Tehaney capped her senior season in spectacular fashion by helping the Matadors finish with a 15-3-1 overall record and a Diablo Foothill Athletic League championship. Miramonte's top goalkeeper also earned All-East Bay second team and DFAL Defensive MVP recognition following the school's title run.
In addition to receiving scholar athlete recognition from her school, 2014 marked the third time Tehaney's career where the DFAL awarded her with all-conference honors.
Also possessing experience as a defender, the native of Orinda sports a slew of awards and accolades earned throughout her 10 years of club competition.
As a member of Lamorinda SC, Tehaney competed against numerous top-tiered club teams. Tehaney and her teammates advanced to the quarterfinals of Sweden's Gothia Cup-the world's largest international youth soccer tournament featuring over 1,600 teams from 80 nations-and finished as champions of the Denmark Football Festival before returning home.