June 27, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - For a group of incoming freshmen, UC Davis women's soccer provided the opportunity to compete for a first-class program close to home. By providing the best of both worlds, all four student-athletes will continue playing the sport they love in front of their most passionate supporters.
"There is no better feeling than playing in front of friends and family," said head coach Twila Kaufman. "As young soccer players, each individual set lofty, yet attainable goals. Everyone now has an opportunity to turn these goals and dreams into reality.
"It is important for this program to seek out the best local talent. This staff feels this area is rich in soccer talent and are thrilled to have so many local clubs represented in this class."
Only a brief drive on Interstate 80 separates Kayla Collins from Newcastle, where she grew up, and her new home in Davis.
Able to positively influence the game from any of the three lines, she 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 following her junior season, teammates also honored her the following year as their team captain.
"Kayla's heart for others is endearing; her speed and athleticism is impressive; we know she will be a great teammate and provide lots of versatility for the team," said Kaufman.
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.
Collins also competed for the California Blues Soccer Club for the final time this past season, ending her three-year tenure with the squad as its team captain for the third consecutive season, and one of the Nor Cal Premier League's top scorers.
Hailing from Rancho Murieta, a last-minute change of heart swayed Karly Passmore, Bradshaw Christian School's leading scorer, to UC Davis.
"We discovered Karly just before she was about to make a final decision to play soccer and attend Bible college in England," explained Kaufman.
"Look for her on the Aggies' back-line; she is tenacious, hard working and an absolute diamond in the rough."
By finishing with a team-high 21 goals and 44 points in 19 games played last season, Passmore helped Bradshaw Christian secure 12 victories and post another undefeated league record. In doing so, The Pride collected their seventh straight Sierra Delta League championship.
In her two years on the varsity roster, Passmore netted 24 goals, earned six assists and finished with 54 total points-an average of more than one point per game played.
Competing for two West Coast Kryptonite championship teams helped Passmore secure one of only 19 spots on the Western College Development Association's Girls' Watch List, a collection of top players from Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Utah.
When Summer Stamates arrives to campus, she will step foot on a familiar environment since her older sister, Stephanie, is a two-year letterwinner for UC Davis' gymnastics team.
"Summer is enjoyable to watch because she is such a confident attacker out of the backfield. She plays with a lot of tenacity and passion, we are thrilled to have her join her sister as part of our Aggie family," Kaufman said.
The three-year varsity letterwinner at San Ramon Valley High School 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.
Back-to-back East Bay Athletic League championships and appearances in the North Coast Section's finals were earned during Stamates' final high school years. In 2012, San Ramon fell just short of capturing a sectional title, a crown the Wolves were able to capture last season.
Stamates, a USSF Market Training Center invitee, also helped the Mustang Soccer Club experience a high level of success throughout her sis seasons competing within the Elite Club National League.
One of two La Morinda Soccer Club members continuing their career at UC Davis, Mali Tehaney provides immediate depth between the pipes for the Aggies.
"She is one of the best goalkeepers that we have seen at the youth level with her feet; we are excited to welcome her to Davis as she continues to grow," said Kaufman.
The Orinda native ended a brilliant four-year career at Miramonte High School with a Diablo Foothill Athletic League Championship, All-East Bay second team and league Defensive MVP honors.
In addition to receiving scholar athlete recognition from her school, 2014 marked the third time in the four-year starter's career that her season ended with all-league recognition.
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.