RENO, Nev. – The Nevada women’s soccer program unveiled a seven-player recruiting class on Wednesday, the first day recruits can sign a National Letter of Intent.
The recruiting class includes two local products in Reno High’s Morgan Beye and Reed High’s Aubrie Ciesynski. Four of the players hail from California: Mei-Li Madamba (Roseville); Angel Meriwether (San Diego); Katherine Prosser (Santa Rosa) and Bryanna Wiehe (La Mirada). And Nycole Mitsuyasu will join the Wolf Pack from Ewa Beach, Hawaii.
“Some may think that developing a soccer program would be more like a revolution than an evolution, but growth takes time, constant change, and patience,” said head coach Dr. Melissa Price. “I feel we’re now at a tipping point, one grounded in our current players and bolstered by our 2014 class. I’m proud to say that many players have come to through this program, laying a solid foundation and leaving a valued legacy. This group of freshman will add to the growing history of Wolf Pack Soccer by bringing a jolt of energy that will propel us into a new age of our program.”
“The talent in this group is excellent and their commitment is unwavering. They respect the culture we have created and eagerly look to August with purpose and pride. Our current team members have been pouring their heart into our evolution and will be excellent role models teaching our newest student-athletes about what it means to be a member of the Pack. We welcome Angel, Katie, Morgan, Aubrie, Nikki, Bryanna, and Mei-Li to the program and thank them for choosing Nevada."
Meriwether is a forward/midfielder who was part of the 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship team with the Del Mar Sharks. She’s a senior at Westview High School in San Diego, where she led the team to a CIF Championship and an appearance in the state finals this fall.
“Angel is a fun player to watch and will likely be a fan favorite,” Price said. “She’s creative with the ball, mobile in the attack, and works hard on defense. Angel will make an impact as a forward or midfielder and has the ability to put our opponents under pressure with her relentless attacking presence. She has a fantastic attitude and is eager to take Nevada Soccer to the next level.”
Beye and Ciesynski both played for the Lady Nomads of the Sagebrush Soccer Club in Northern Nevada. With the Lady Nomads, the won Great Basin Youth Soccer League championships in 2012 and 2013 and were NorCal Winter League Champions in 2013.
“It’s great to have local talent want to stay home and join our program,” Price said. “Aubrie and Morgan have been watching our games and coming to our camps, they are familiar with Nevada we are thrilled they decided to pursue their college education as a member of the Wolf Pack.”
Beye comes to Nevada from Reno High School where was a four-year letterwinner who helped the Huskies to High Desert League championships in 2010 and 2013. She was the team’s Offensive Player of the year and a first-team all-league selection in her junior and senior years.
“Morgan is a dynamic forward with a goal scorer’s mentality,” Price said. “She’s a risk taker in the final third and I think Morgan has a bright future playing Forward for us. She is good with the ball at her feet and works well in combination with her teammates to generate offensive opportunities. I think Morgan will find the back of the net for us, bolstering the impact of an already solid group of attacking players.”
Ciesynski was a three-year captain at Reed and won all-league accolades all four years, including three first-team all-league awards. She was a first-team selection in 2010 and 2013 as a defender and earned first-team in 2011 as a midfielder. She was a second-team, all-league pick as a forward in 2012.
“Aubrie is a versatile player with a tremendous work ethic,” Price said. “She’s a solid defender and I see her providing us with some more depth in our back line. She has been the team captain on her high school and club soccer teams and I’m excited to see how she will transfer those leadership qualities to our program.”
Prosser is one of two signees (Wiehe is the other) who plays in the Elite Club National League, one of the premier soccer leagues in the country. She was a team captain on Santa Rose United U17 and U18. At Carrillo High, she was part of four straight North Bay League championship teams that put up a combined record of 81-2-2 in her four years. She was named to the 2013 Fall Women’s High School Soccer All-American Team.
“Katie is a tough, strong, and composed defender,” Price said. “She’s good in the air and reads the game well, tracking opponents and shutting them down 1v1. Katie, “T” as we call her, plays center-back and can also give us some options in the defensive midfield role. She loves to battle opposing forwards and takes great pride in shutting down some of the toughest attackers.”
Weihe also played top-level club ball and was part of a 2012 ECNL club championship with Slammers FC out of Newport Beach, Calif. At Meter Dei Catholic High School, Weihe was a four-year letterwinner in soccer and also lettered twice in track and field. Her Mater Dei club reached the CIF quarterfinals this past fall and reached the semifinals during her junior season in 2012. She was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 and also was a team captain.
“She is a good balance of athleticism, technical skills, tactical awareness, and mental toughness,” Price said of Wiehe. “Bryanna is a defender who has been tasked with defending some of the toughest forwards in the country while playing in the ECNL. She adds depth to an already strong group of defenders and I'm excited to see her play as an attacking outside back for our program.”
Mitsuyasu plays club ball for Leahi Soccer Club and her team has won the state championship in Hawaii each season since 2007 through 2013. At Iolani High, Mitsuyasu was part of a team that won the ILH (Interscholastic League of Honolulu) Championship two years in a row and the state championship in 2012-13.
“She has good vision and plays with composure, making her dangerous in the midfield,” Price said. “She has both playmaking and defending qualities that will balance out some of the other strengths of our midfield corps. Nikki knows what it takes to win games and be an impact player and we’re thrilled to have her in a Wolf Pack uniform next fall.”
Madamba is part of Placer United club program that plays in the U18 National Premier League. Placer United won the 2013 Davis College Showcase championship as well as the 2013 NPL Winter League title. She was a four-year letterwinner at Woodcreek High in Roseville, where she helped the team to the 2011 Sierra Foothill League championship.
"Mei-Li is a well-balanced defender, good at individual defending opponents and getting forward into the attack,” Price said. “She is technical and makes good decisions with the ball. Because of her attacking mindset, she can also play in the midfield, giving us multiple options to make the most of her strengths."