July 11, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Sydney Burger and Dana Fujikuni, two members of the Aggies' 11-member incoming class, know firsthand the amount of hard work, dedication and sacrifice is needed to become a champion. Burger, whose background include a US Youth Soccer national championship, and Fujikuni, an Olympic Development Program national champion herself, will take full advantage of their respective title-winning experiences once each begin competing for UC Davis this season.
"The staff is thrilled to add players who have achieved the highest levels of success," said UC Davis head coach Twila Kaufman. "It is important that the athletes we recruit work hard to challenge and push themselves every day to help the team reach its potential.
"We understand that not everyone wins a national championship. However, players who have this experience will help maintain a winning culture at the highest level. Sydney and Dana are two of those players."
Hailing from Fairfield, Burger capped a career at Vanden High School by helping the Vikings recently record the school's first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff victory.
The two-time Associated Press scholar-athlete recipient was selected as the team's captain by her peers last season; she also capped her high school career by receiving her school's scholar-athlete award for the third consecutive year.
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 am really thankful for my staff's attention to detail and recruiting connections. As he has with many players, (assistant coach) Robin Grossman first brought Sydney to my attention. He was absolutely correct about her, she is a skillful and intelligent soccer player who understands how to efficiently move the ball around the field and set-up scoring opportunities for her teammates," said Kaufman.
A Rookie of the Year recipient in her first season at Moorpark High School, Fujikuni ended the 2013 season by receiving MVP and all-Marmonte League first team accolades.
In between, the Moorpark native was selected as the team's captain during her junior and senior seasons, earned additional varsity soccer MVP awards, all-county and all-league recognition on numerous occasions.
"I've been very fortunate to have seen this young lady play over the course of the last eight years. Her steadiness is impressive; her technical ability is superb; she is a player this team can rely on in any situation," said Kaufman.
Fujikuni also spent the last 10 years competing for her club team, Real So Cal; she recently helped her squad capture an Elite Clubs National League championship and a Surf Cup crown. Two Region IV championships and a national title as a member of Cal South's Olympic Development Program also took place throughout Fujikuni's tenure with Real So Cal