RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada soccer team added six student-athletes to its 2013 roster, fourth-year head coach Dr. Melissa Price announced Wednesday.
"Every year we look for student-athletes who can impact our program by helping us achieve on the field and in the classroom. Our team culture, mission, and plan for the future are all aspects of the program that we share with our prospects during the recruiting process—our newcomers are committed to making Wolf Pack soccer one of the top teams in the Mountain West. The class as a whole is made up of talented players, many of them coming from Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) teams, but most importantly, I feel they have the mental toughness, drive and competitive spirit to be successful. We are proud to add Mackenzie, Kat, Kara, Bree, Steph, and Amelia to our Wolf Pack family."
The six student-athletes joining Nevada in the fall are: Katherine Davison (Flagstaff, Ariz.), Mackenzie Henke (Ravensdale, Wash.), Kara Kopolow (Henderson, Nev.), Brianna Bosson (Simi Valley, Calif.), Stephanie Martini (San Rafael, Calif.), and Amelia Jacobs (San Mateo, Calif.)
The 2013 class features three players that will add depth to the forward position, one midfielder and two signees that will fortify the defensive line.
Davison is a 5-4 defender and Captain of her ECNL SC del Sol team in Phoenix, Ariz. She also attended Flagstaff High School. She was named defensive MVP in her team’s 2010-2011 state championship game win. Davison was also named offensive MVP and selected to the All-City/All-Conference teams during the 2011-12 season.
"Kat is a great 1v1 defender and will play center back for us. She's poised and shows composure under pressure, but tough and difficult to beat. She will be a key feature of our back line and I see her developing into a leader as she matures and learns the college game."
Henke played her club soccer for Eastside FC 94 Red, where the team was named 2012 Washington State Cup Champions and San Diego Surf Cup Champions. The Ravensdale native lettered two years in soccer at Tahoma High School as a forward. Last season, she netted 21 goals. She was named 2012 SPSL North Co-MVP, 2012 SPSL All-Area first-team, 2012 WSSCA All-State first team and was a 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year nominee.
"Mackenzie scores goals and we're excited to add her dynamic attacking personality to our forward line. She's great in the air and brings a physical presence to the game that will be a challenge for our opponents."
Kopolow is a 5-8 midfielder/forward who played club soccer for Heat FC ECNL 95 and Players Club. She played at Coronado High School, where she helped lead her high school team to two Southeast League Championships. Kopolow was named to the All-Southeast League, All-Sunrise Region, and All-Southern Nevada teams following her 2012-13 season.
"What our fans will like most about Kara is her speed, but I like her ability to serve balls into the box. She's dangerous in the flank and she's not afraid to take-on defenders. She's tough defensively as well, which makes her effective on both sides of the ball."
Bosson played her club soccer for Real So. Cal ECNL, who was crowned ECNL National Champions in 2012 and Coast League champions after an undefeated season in 2010. TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked her the 11th best player in southern California and the 31st best defender in the nation. Currently, her club team is ranked 10th in the country.
She also lettered four times as a forward at Royal High School. Bosson was named MVP and Offensive Player of the Year for her high school team as a freshman. She was named second team all-league and Offensive Player of the Year as a junior.
"Bree is a feisty and tough outside back. She loves to get forward in the attack, but her strength is being able to mark some of the best forwards and shut them down. She's going to be a great addition to our defending unit."
Martini played club soccer for Marin FC 95 Blue, where the team was crowned Mustang Stampede Champions in 2011. She earned four varsity letters in soccer from the forward position at Marin Catholic High School, where she led her teams to two conference championships in soccer. She was named All-MCAL Player of the Year after leading the conference in goals (25) as a junior in an undefeated championship year.
"Stephanie will play forward for us. She's great with her back to pressure and connecting with other players. She not only knows how to score goals, but also sees the game well and creates goal scoring opportunities for others through her passes or runs off the ball."
Jacobs will join Nevada at the midfield position from Carlmont High School, where she lettered three years in soccer and one in track and field. She competed for DeAnza Force ECNL 94, which placed second in the Norcal State Cup Championships in 2012. She helped her high school team win a Peninsula Athletic League championship as a junior. Jacobs was named PAL-MVP following her freshman year and selected first-team all-conference by the San Jose Mercury News in 2012. Recently, the high school star attended a tryout for the Puerto Rican National Team.
"Amelia will provide us with some depth in the midfield. She's left footed, reads the game well, and organizes the players around her, all important qualities of a central midfield player."