Eight Sign With Rebels For The Fall
Feb. 6, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Eight players have signed national letters of intent to play women's soccer for UNLV starting in the fall of 2012, head coach Jen Klein announced on Monday. UNLV signed two local recruits, two from Utah, and one each from California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington.
"We are very excited about this incoming class," said Klein. "It is a great group that I think will help to continue to raise the standards here at UNLV."
The first recruit is Hayley Wilson, a 5-6 athlete from San Jose, Calif. A two-year starter at both Archbishop Mitty High School and most recently Leigh High School, she played in two Central Coast Section Playoff matches as a freshman and a junior. Currently she is in the midst of her 2012 campaign at Leigh. Wilson is also a member of the Santa Clara Sporting club team, who is ranked No. 1 in Northern California and No. 4 in the Nation in 2010. "Hayley has a great presence as an outside back," Klein said. "Her aggressiveness and ability to get forward will be a great addition to our back line."
Alexis Peterson is a 5-6 forward/midfielder from Bountiful, Utah. A two-sport star, she was both all-region and all-state while helping her team to three fifth place finishes in the state tournament, as well as a regional championship in 2011. Peterson has also run track for the past three seasons, and was named all-state in the 400m and the 300m hurdles, and is captain of this year's cheerleading squad. She is a member of the Utah Avalanche Premier team in Salt Lake City since 2008. The Avalanche earned a top 15 national ranking in 2009, as well as on state championship and two runner-up finishes. "Alexis will be a great forward," Klein said. "Her ability to put teams under pressure on and off the ball will really helps us to be more dangerous in the attacking third."
Meaghan Pasbrig, a 5-7 forward from Chandler, Ariz., is a two-year starter at Hamilton High School. She helped the Huskies to a 21-3 record as a sophomore and earned an honorable mention on the Fiesta Region team. Her junior year the Huskies were state champs, but she missed some action due to a broken leg. She is currently in the middle of her senior season. Her club team, 94' Girls Soccer took second in the State Cup in 2010-11, but she missed half of the season with her injury. "Meghan brings great experience as a forward and defender," Klein said. "She is very athletic and will be a great asset to our team. She will give us some depth in a couple of our spots which is exciting for a coach to have."
Alyssa Meinzer is a 5-5 defender from Cedar Hills, Utah. A three-year starter at Lone Peak High School, she helped the Knights reach the state quarterfinals in her sophomore season. She was named to the first team all-region, second team all-state and the Utah Valley Team. As a junior, she earned first team all-region, all- state and was the region's MVP defender. As a senior, the Knights were Regional Champions and Utah State Semi-Finalists, and Meinzer would earn second team all-region and all-state honors. She is a teammate of Peterson on Utah Avalanche since 2008. "Alyssa brings a great work ethic and drive to the team," Klein said. "She will be a great addition to our midfield - a real blue-collar worker"
Gaby Vazquez, a 5-5 forward from Woodburn, Ore., is a four-year starter at Woodburn High School. She earned second team all-league honors as a freshman and a sophomore and earned first team all-league as a junior. She was also a standout in track, as she broke the school record in the 400-meter dash as a sophomore and the 300-meter hurdles. Vazquez is a three-year member of the track team as well, and made the all-state track team as a junior, and has broken two school records, in the 300m and 500 m. She helped her Oregon Rush 95' club team to two state titles in 2010 and 2011, and has been a part of the Salem-based squad since 2008. "Gaby will be a great addition to our team," Klein said. "She has great speed and ability to get in behind teams, and that will really help us stretch our opponents."
Nicole Candioglos, a 5-5 midfielder from Sammamish, Wash., is a four-year player at Skyline High School. She was a part of three state championship teams. A three-time conference honorable mention selection, Candioglos earned the 2011 coaches award from her team as well. She is a member of the EFC 93 Red in Redmond, Wash., and the club has been state finalists the last three season and while also earning top-20 national rankings in 2010 and 2011. "Nicole brings great experience as a holding midfielder," Klein said. "She is a strong ball winner and will be huge in helping our team keep possession."
Susie Bernal, a 5-5 midfielder/forward from Las Vegas, is a four-year starter at Clark High School. As a freshman she earned all-district and all-state honors after scoring 28 goals, and was also the team's MVP. She earned team MVP honors as a freshman and was first team all-district and was an all-state selection. Bernal plays for the Newsport Las Vegas Club team, and helped them to two state championships, in 2008 and 2010. Her brother Salvador Bernal was a freshman for the men's soccer team at UNLV this past fall. "I am really looking forward to having Susie part of the team," Klein said. "She is very fast and will give our team a different dynamic up top."
Addy Guida, a 5-7 center midfielder from Henderson, Nev., started at Coronado High School in 2009 and 2010 before concentrating on club soccer. While with the Cougars, she helped them to two regional and divisional championships as well as two state runner-up finishes. Both seasons she earned All-Southeast Region, All-Sunrise Division and All-City honors, while also being named team MVP in 2010. Has played for LV Premier '94 since 2006, and been a part of four state championship teams with the Premier. She is the younger sister of Adrianna Guida, who recently completed four years as a defender on the UNLVS squad. "We are very excited to have another Guida on the team," Klein said. "Addy will be a great addition to our midfield, she brings great size and athleticism and can really be a ball winner in the middle.
"Overall I am very happy with this recruiting class," Klein said. "They all have the work ethic and determination to make UNLV women's soccer the best that it can be."