UCSC's women's soccer head coach Lauren Nadler announced that five new players will be joining the program for the upcoming 2018 season.
Ava Colasin becomes a member of the team after completing her freshman year at UC Santa Cruz, majoring in biology. Ava is from Del Mar, CA, where she attended Torrey Pines High School. As a member of the Torrey Pines High School women's soccer program, Colasin won CIF championships in 2016 and 2017. She played club for the San Diego Surf as a forward and midfielder. Coach Nadler says of Ava, "Colasin is composed on the ball, has the ability to beat her opponent up the wing with her speed and makes quick decisions on and off the ball."
The Slugs are also adding Fiona Nielsen from San Diego, CA. Fiona played for LA Galaxy's Development Academy as both a holding center midfielder and center back. Originally from Manhattan Beach, Nielsen attended Mira Costa High School. Prior to joining the Galaxy's DA team, Fiona was on the Mira Costa cross country and track teams. Coach Nadler: "Nielsen is able to not only win balls in the air consistently, but has outstanding field vision which allows her to control the pace of play throughout the game."
Gwen Morier will join the program from Los Angeles, CA. Morier attended Eagle Rock High School and will be majoring in Film Studies. She also previously played club for LA Premier's Academy team as a forward. "Gwen's technical skills, along with her field vision, make her a threat going to goal," Nadler commented. Morier scored over 26 goals for her high school team and received the Most Valuable Player accolade four years in a row. Also a star in the classroom, Gwen was part of the International Baccalaureate diploma program and received the Golden Gate Merit Diploma. She graduated Eagle Rock High School with high honors.
Sacramento United's Jamie Floyd will be joining the squad as a both a defender and a forward. Coach Nadler: "Jamie's versatility, strength, and speed allow her to play multiple positions on the field." Floyd will be studying Political Science and attended C.K. McClatchy High School, where she was a member of the National Honors Society. Jamie also competed in track -- she holds her high school's record for the 100 meter dash and is 2nd in the school's record books for the 4x100. While playing soccer for her high school team, Floyd was among the leaders in both goals and assists last season and received all league honors for both track and soccer.
Defender Jess Goucher comes to UC Santa Cruz from West Torrance High School and Fram FC. A strong, physical outside back with solid defensive timing, Jess received the Defender Of The Year award for her high school squad and was honored with the President's education award for her academic success in the classroom.
UCSC women's soccer enthusiastically welcomes the new members of their squad and is excited to see what the future holds.
The Banana Slugs open their 2018 regular season against Evergreen State August 31st in Oakland.