DAVIS, Calif. -- Arizona midfielder Bryanna Duckett became the second Division I transfer to join the UC Davis roster for the 2018 season, agreeing to a grant-in-aid agreement to continue her academic and athletic career with the Aggies.
"We are excited to welcome Bryanna to UC Davis," Head Coach Twila Kaufman said. "Not only is she a good player, but she is a good person. We feel she will blend well with our existing squad and that her enthusiasm to be part of this elite academic institution matches our team's outlook on soccer and academics.
"She will most likely compete for time as a holding center midfielder or wide back. She was a strong member of the Legends FC club as a youth player and brings with her a fair share of Pac-12 experience. With three Pac-12 teams on the schedule next year, we feel she will bring both experience and an edginess to those matches."
Duckett, a Southern California native who prepped at Rancho Cucamonga HS before signing with the Wildcats out of high school, joins Santa Clara's Janae Gonzalez as transfers to the UC Davis program.
"(Assistant Coaches) Marcelo (Antonelli) and Rachael (Collins) continue to do a great job helping us identify and attract players who fit the niche we are recruiting to and that have similar ambitions to that of our current squad," Kaufman said. "I am very thankful for their relentless work and discernment in identifying our future Aggies."
Duckett appeared in 12 matches during her freshman season in Tucson, playing 142 minutes off the bench. She made her Division I debut against Oklahoma in Arizona's season opener on Aug. 18, and took her only shot of the year in Pac-12 play against Utah on Oct. 19 while playing a season-high 24 minutes.
The Wildcats finished 11-5-4 overall and ended the year fourth in the Pac-12 with a 7-2-2 record, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a win over TCU before falling to Florida State.
"I am thrilled to join the UC Davis soccer program and attend one of the top academic schools in the country," Duckett said. "I look forward to developing as a soccer player and working with a dynamic coaching staff. I chose UC Davis because I was drawn to the beautiful campus, the reputation for high academics, and the opportunity to be mentored and trained by Twila."
A three-year letter winner at Rancho Cucamonga HS, Duckett was a three-time All-Baseline League first team selection, including earning league MVP and All-CIF honors as a sophomore. A two-time team captain, Duckett was named an NSCAA All-American as a senior and helped lead the Cougars to a league title and a CIF Southern Section Division I semifinal berth in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Duckett, who finished with 11 goals in her three varsity seasons, played club for Legends FC, earning Best 11 honors at the US Youth Soccer Nationals in 2015.