The Eastern Washington University women's soccer program secured signatures from nine student-athletes for the 2014 season, as announced by head coach Chad Bodnar on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
Two committments will join the Eagles from the junior college ranks while seven signees will enter EWU out of high school. Eight of the nine additions hail from the state of Washington while one calls Hawaii home.
Bri Afoa (Kapolei, Hawai/Punahou HS/Peninsula College) and Tasha Luu (Colville, Wash./Colville HS/Spokane CC) will come to Eastern after standout careers at the junior college level while M'Kenna Hayes (Kent, Wash./Kentridge HS), Savannah Hoekstra (Liberty Lake, Wash./Central Valley HS), Kendall Loreth (Leavenworth, Wash./Cascade HS), Caylah Lunning (Moses Lake, Wash./Moses Lake HS), Monica Rowley (Richland, Wash./Hanford HS), Sydney Shintaffer (West Richland, Wash./Hanford HS) and Chloe Williams (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS)
"This class includes some incredibly talented players," Bodnar said. "I'm very excited about adding some depth along with a number of impact players that will influence our team immediately. When I started the job in January, I knew we had some deficiencies that needed to be addressed. Scoring goals was a glaring one. We've gone out and found some very good attacking players as well as tried to make sure we filled the areas where we lost seniors in. A few of this year's class were already committed and others we had to go find late in the recruiting process. I'm confident this group will help us improve right away and set us up for success down the road."
2014 EWU Women's Soccer Signees
Bri Afoa | 5-6 | Forward | Kapolei, Hawaii (Punahou HS/Peninsula College)
Previous: Named the 2012 NWAACC Baden Athlete of the Year after scoring 23 goals and adding nine assists … Led Peninsula College to a 23-1-0 record and its first NWAACC title in school history in 2012 … Received NWAACC West Region Player of the Year honors in 2012 and 2013.
Personal: Born in Honolulu, Hawaii … Daughter of Kennedy Afoa and Brenda Mersberg-Afoa … Spent two years at Peninsula College after graduating from Punahou High School … Intends to major in social work or children studies … Chose Eastern because of the chance to pursue a degree in social work and children studies while helping to turn the soccer program around and be part of a new chapter of EWU Soccer.
Bodnar on Afoa: "She knows how to find the back of the net as one of the leading scorers in the NWAACC over the last two years. She is a strong player that can do a lot of different things. She can run at people or combine with others, and she is a very good finisher. She's also a proven winner, and has that type of mentality which I think is very important in a quality program."
M'Kenna Hayes | 5-3 | Defender | Kent, Wash. (Kentridge HS)
Previous: Earned four varsity letters in soccer for the Kentridge Chargers … Earned First Team All-South Puget Sound League honors in 2013 and was a second team all-state pick in 2013 … Helped her team win the SPSL North League title in 2013 … Received second team all-league honors in 2011 … Was the leading scorer at the Washington State Challenge Cup in 2013.
Personal: Born in Kent, Wash. … Daughter of Raymond and Jenifer Hayes … Will graduate from Kentridge High School in 2014 … Intends to major in physical therapy with the goal of becoming a physical therapist … Chose Eastern because it is a good fit for her both academically and athletically.
Bodnar on Hayes: "M'Kenna was a late pick-up for us. She's a kid that I really like. She's very athletic and very versatile. She's extremely quick, very good technically and very clean with the ball. She plays as a centerback for her club team but can do a lot of different things and will make us more athletic."
Savannah Hoekstra | 5-10 | Forward | Liberty Lake, Wash. (Central Valley HS)
Previous: Earned four varsity letters in soccer for CVHS … Won a state championship in 2013, defeating Issaquah in a penalty-kick shootout … Named Washington State 4A Player of the Year in 2013 … Was a First Team All-Greater Spokane League selection in 2011, 2012 and 2013 … Helped her team qualify for the state tournament in 2010 and 2012 … Also lettered in track in 2011 and 2012, qualifying for the state meet in the long jump, 4x100 and 4x400 relays … Played club soccer for Spokane Shadow and was a finalist for the Washington Youth Soccer Association State Cup in 2013 … Helped her club team win the Denver Cup in 2012.
Personal: Born in Redding, Calif. … Daughter of Timothy and Tawnia Hoekstra … Will graduate from Central Valley High School in Liberty Lake, Wash. … Intends to major in pre-medicine with the goal of becoming a dermatologist … Chose Eastern because she wanted to stay close to home and liked the small school environment.
Bodnar on Hoekstra: "Savannah being the 4A State MVP and a state champion says a lot about her ability. She comes from a quality club and high school program and is the type of player we want to bring into EWU on a consistent basis. She's incredibly athletic and I think she'll stretch teams with her pace up top and her athletic ability going to goal."
Kendall Loreth | 5-8 | Midfielder | Leavenworth, Wash. (Cascade HS)
Previous: Earned four varsity letters in soccer from CHS … Received First Team All-Caribou League honors in 2012 and 2013 and was an honorable mention pick in 2010 … Led her team to the state tournament in 2012 and 2013, finishing among the top eight in 2013 … Received WIAA Player of the Week honors in both 2012 and 2013 … Helped her team to a Caribou League title in 2012 … Played club soccer for the Wenatchee Fire … Also earned two varsity letters in tennis.
Personal: Born in Renton, Wash. … Daughter of Todd and Julie Loreth … Will graduate from Cascade High School in Leavenworth, Wash. … Intends to major in business or accounting with the goal of becoming an accountant … Chose Eastern because she wanted to be part of building a successful program while achieving her academic goals.
Bodnar on Loreth: "Kendall is an athletic player who will look to gain some experience and grow in our program. We are excited to see what she brings to the table, and just how fast she can adapt to the Division I level and make an impact."
Caylah Lunning | 5-8 | Forward | Moses Lake, Wash. (Moses Lake HS)
Previous: Earned four varsity letters in soccer for the Moses Lake Chiefs … Earned First Team All-Columbia Basin Big 9 Conference honors and helped her team win the district title for the third time and advance to the first round of the Washington 4A State Tournament … Was a first-team all-league pick in 2012 and led her team to a district title and a spot in the state tournament … Named the Columbia Basin Big 9 Conference Co-Player of the Year in 2011 and was a first team all-area selection that same year, leading her team to its first-ever district title … Also earned letters in track.
Personal: Born in Tacoma, Wash. … Daughter of Patrick and Tracy Lunning … Will graduate from Moses Lake High School in 2013 … Intends to major in environmental science with the career goal of becoming an environmental researcher … Chose to attend Eastern because it was the right fit for her and it had everything she was looking for in a university.
Bodnar on Lunning: "Caylah is a very fast player who likes to get in behind backlines. She's an out-and-out striker with an eye for the goal. She's very good on the flanks and in 1-v-1 situations. She's somebody you want going forward with the ball in front of her. She's another one that I think can stretch defenses for us at times throughout the season."
Tasha Luu | 5-5 | Midfielder/Forward | Colville, Wash. (Colville HS/Spokane CC)
Previous: Named the NWAACC Player of the Year in 2013 and set a new school record with goals in a single season … Named NWAACC East Region MVP in 2013 … Led her team to an NWAACC East Region title in 2012 and was selected to the NWAACC East Region All-Star Team that year … Earned four varsity letters in soccer at Colville High School … Became her school's all-time leading scorer in 2011 and was named the Northeast League Offensive MVP … Was a First Team All-Northeast League pick in 2010 and set school records for goals in a game and goals in a season … Received First Team All-Great Northern League honors in 2009 and was a second team all-league pick in 2008 … Also earned four varsity letters in basketball and track … Won the Washington 1A state title in the 4x100 in 2011.
Personal: Born in Spokane, Wash. … Daughter of Kelly and Tamara Rose … Spent two years at Spokane Community College after graduating from Colville High School in Colville, Wash. … Intends to major in recreation management … Chose to attend Eastern because it is a good school and is confident that new head coach Chad Bodnar will create a strong team.
Bodnar on Luu: "Tasha is a player that has done extremely well at the junior college level. She is big, strong and very physical and can impact games up top or in the midfield. She has a lot of upside in several different spots and I think she'll be one of the new players that comes in and helps us right away. Tasha is the ultimate competitor and will be expected to bring that mentality with her to EWU and our program."
Monica Rowley | 5-10 | Defender | Richland, Wash. (Hanford HS)
Previous: Earned three varsity letters in soccer at Hanford High School … Earned Mid-Columbia Conference Honorable Mention honors in 2012 and 2013 … Also lettered in track and field, competing at the district and regional levels … Played club soccer for the Three Rivers Soccer Club.
Personal: Born in Federal Way, Wash. … Daughter of Steven and Katherine Rowley … Will graduate from Hanford High School in Richland, Wash. … Intends to major in elementary education with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher … Chose Eastern because both of her parents graduated from EWU and it is a great school for learning to become a teacher.
Bodnar on Rowley: "Monica is a big player and can play up top or in the back. We are expecting that she will take some time to adjust to the Division I game but definitely has some upside athletically."
Sydney Shintaffer | 5-9 | Midfielder | West Richland, Wash. (Hanford HS)
Previous: Earned four varsity letters in soccer for the Hanford Falcons … Earned first team all-state honors in 2013 and was a First Team All-Mid-Columbia Conference and first team all-area pick in 2013 … Received First Team All-MCC honors in 2012 and was a second team all-area pick that year … Named to All-MCC Second Team in 2010 … Also earned four letters in basketball.
Personal: Born in Yakima, Wash. … Daughter of Hershal and Vickie Shintaffer … Will graduate from Hanford High School in 2014 … Intends to major in nursing with the career goal of becoming a nurse … Chose to attend Eastern to further her academic career and pursue a degree in nursing while also playing Division I soccer.
Bodnar on Shintaffer: "I've watched Sydney for a couple of years now. She is a tall and rangy player with a lot of length in her stride. She can play as a centerback or a holding midfielder. She's really grown and matured over the last few years. I think she's going to be one that comes in and adapts to the level and becomes an impact player for us at some point."
Chloe Williams | 5-9 | Forward | Spokane, Wash. (Lewis and Clark HS)
Previous: Earned four varsity letters in soccer for LCHS … Received Second Team All-Greater Spokane League honors in 2012 and 2013 … Led the Greater Spokane League in scoring as a junior … Captained her school's soccer team in 2012 and 2013 … Played club soccer for the Spokane Shadow Club, leading her team to an appearance in the finals of the WYSA State Cup in 2013 … Also earned one varsity letter in tennis.
Personal: Born in Spokane, Wash. … Daughter of Larry and Eileen Williams … Will graduate from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Wash. … Intends to major in nursing with the career goal of becoming a nurse … Chose Eastern because it is an excellent fit for her both athletically and academically.
Bodnar on Williams: "Chloe is very good with her back to goal. We wanted to address our scoring needs immediately and I think between her, Savannah, Bri and Tasha, along with some of our current players, we should be more effective up top quickly. Chloe is a dynamic player in many facets of the game and can play underneath the forwards or as an out-and-out striker She'll help us in terms of connecting and finding that final pass to get players in."