Rebels Add Five More For Next Fall|
Feb. 17, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - After signing nine to its 2018 recruiting class earlier this week, UNLV women's soccer has added five additional newcomers who will be eligible to compete next fall, head coach Chris Shaw announced Friday. The group includes four transfers and a high school signee who graduated early, with all five already enrolled at UNLV for the spring semester.
The four transfers - Malika Markham, Jadyn Nogues, Mckenna Sullivan and Patty Weingartner - are all Las Vegas locals and come from Division I programs, including three from Pac-12 schools.
“We are delighted that these four local standouts have decided to return home to Las Vegas and continue their college careers with UNLV," said Shaw. "All four come from highly competitive Division 1 programs and will help us out immediately. They fit nicely into our style of play and have already enhanced the competitive level of our training sessions through the first couple weeks of this semester.
We look forward to working them into our system and the fact that they will be playing this spring is a huge bonus for our group as we work hard to get back to the top of the Mountain West Conference this upcoming fall season.”
The early enrollee - Emberly Sevilla - is also from the Las Vegas Valley and is staying home to play her collegiate ball.
"As an early-enroll student-athlete, Emberly is already with our program and acclimating herself to the rigors of D1 college soccer," said Shaw. "She is learning what it takes to be a Rebel and we couldn’t be happier about being able to keep her in town and playing for UNLV."
Markham, a midfielder transferring from the University of Oregon, attended Bishop Gorman High School and graduated in 2015. She redshirted her first year in Eugene and played in one game each of the following two seasons in 2016 and 2017. Markham started her freshman year for the Gaels, helping the team win a state championship before switching strictly to club the remainder of her prep career. She competed for the Heat FC from 2008-14 and was a member of the Nevada Olympic Development Program from 2008-11. The midfielder earned a U.S. Soccer training invitation in 2011 and attended the ECNL PDP invitational her junior and senior years of high school. She is majoring in Kinesiology at UNLV.
Shaw on Markham: “Malika fits in really well with our current group of midfielders. A technical player that wants to be on the ball, she is always moving to get open and find pockets to be an option for her teammates. A player with a high soccer IQ, Malika will earn time for us in the fall by her ability to not only be tidy when she is on the ball but for her willingness to defend when we lose possession of the ball.”
Nogues, a midfielder/forward attended Palo Verde High School and spent 2017 at Arizona State, where she redshirted. The four-year letterwinner helped the Panthers to two conference championship and appearances in the regional and state playoffs. The 2016 Gatorade player of the year nominee was also listed on the high school All-America watch list in 2016. Nogues was named to the Las Vegas Review-Journal All-State first team in both 2015 and 2016 and earned all-conference and all-region honors in 2016. She finished her prep career with 68 goals and 45 assists. The midfielder was a member of the Nevada Olympic Development Program and was selected to participate in the 2015 ODP Thanksgiving Interregional All-Star game. Nogues is majoring in biological sciences at UNLV.
Shaw on Nogues: “We feel that with the addition of Jadyn to our program, we have brought in a player that can fill a couple of different roles for us but again, Jadyn is another player that fits in really well with our style of play. A possession based player that is super confident and comfortable on the ball, Jadyn also has an exceptional understanding of the game. When you combine those two attributes with her physical presence on the field, you have a very complete and high level player.”
Sevilla attended Green Valley High School in Henderson and graduated from Odyssey Charter School in Las Vegas this fall. The keeper played one year of high school ball for the Gators in 2016, helping her team advance to the Sunrise League regional semifinals. Sevilla played extensively with club teams, including the Nevada Olympic Development Program from 2012-16 and a stint with the Utah Avalanche of the ECNL league, and was a two-time Nevada State Cup champion with the Players SC in 2015-16 and the LVSPA 99 in 2016-17. With the Rebels losing four-year starter Jordan Sallee to graduation, expect Sevilla to compete for playing time right away.
Sullivan, another Bishop Gorman High School graduate, is returning to Las Vegas after spending her first two collegiate seasons at Washington State. The forward appeared in 10 games her freshman year and two more this past fall as a sophomore. Sullivan competed for Heat FC of the ECNL, helping the club win back-to-back state championships and the 2012 Surf College Cup championship, and was a member of the Nevada Olympic Development Program team from 2008-10. Coming out of high school, Sullivan was ranked as the 11th-best player in the Rocky Mountain and Southwest region by TopDrawerSoccer.com. She is majoring in political science at UNLV.Shaw on Sullivan: “Mckenna brings valuable depth to our forward position and we know she is going to fit in very well with our current attacking players. She is not only solid technically but has a great understanding of the forward position, both centrally and from the wide position. A player who likes to pick up balls and run at defenders, she also has pace to run in behind off the ball, which makes her a tough match-up for any defender. Known for physicality, Mckenna has the ability to be impactful both in the attack and when we defend.”
Weingartner was a 2017 graduate of Green Valley High School and redshirted the 2017 season at the University of Houston. The defender played exclusively on the club circuit as a member of the Heat FC in Las Vegas from 2011-16. She also ran cross country at Green Valley HS and was named her team's incoming athlete of the year as a freshman. She is majoring in kinesiology at UNLV.Shaw on Weingartner: “Patty has the ability to play a couple of different spots on the field and we look forward to seeing how she does this spring. As with the other three transfers, Patty fits into our style of play really well and we like that she is very involved in the play when her team is attacking. Playing out wide suits Patty well, as she has the ability to make a lot of runs forward to help in the attack but has the stamina to make the recovery runs as well. She's also a good, solid 1 v 1 defender, making her a viable option for our team heading into our upcoming spring season matches.”