Women's Soccer Signs Seven

Feb. 26, 2004

LOS ANGELES - UCLA women's soccer coach Jillian Ellis announced the signing of seven players to national letters of intent Thursday. Included in the class are All-American goalkeeper Valerie Henderson, along with regional team members Brynn McGrath and Theresa Oda-Burns.

"I think this class will be an excellent complement to the caliber of players we already have in the program and I expect us to be very competitive next year," says Ellis. "It's a very balanced group and I'm looking forward to these players adding to the rich tradition we have built at UCLA. At this point we have not totally concluded our recruiting efforts and I believe when it's all said and done, we will have an outstanding freshman class."

NamePos.HometownHigh School
Lindsey AppezzatoMFDavis, Calif.Davis Senior
Valerie HendersonGKOrinda, Calif.Miramonte
Brynn McGrathDOld Brookville, NYSt. Anthony's
Theresa Oda-BurnsDPortola Valley, Calif.Menlo
Alma PlayleMFDavis, Calif.Davis Senior
Jennifer SaylesF/MFLos AngelesHarvard Westlake
Ashley ThompsonGKRancho Santa Margarita, Calif.Trabuco Hills

Player capsules are below.

Valerie Henderson (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte HS - GK)
Two-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American ... Has seen time with both the U19 and U17 U.S. National Teams ... Participated at the adidas ESP Camp in 2002 ... Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) Defensive MVP in 2003 ... Led Walnut Creek Strikers (club team) to a second-place finish at the state cup in 2003 ... Also led the Strikers to the Premier League Championship in 2002 and 2003 ... Member of the USYSA All-Star Team that toured Germany in the spring of 2003 ... First-team all-league in softball and track & field (pole vault).

Brynn McGrath (Old Brookville, NY/St. Anthony's HS - D)
Attends St. Anthony's High School ... Plays club soccer for the HBC Fury ... Played both high school and club soccer with current Bruin Bristyn Davis ... Member of the Eastern New York ODP Team since 1999 ... Member of the Region-I team ... Newsday All-Long Island selection in 2003 ... St. Anthony's HS Rookie of the Year in 2001 ... Helped the HBC Fury to a pair of top-four finishes at the national championships.

Theresa Oda-Burns (Portola Valley, Calif./Menlo HS - D)
Three-year member of the Cal-North State ODP Team (2000, 2003-04) ... Participated at the 2003 adidas ESP National Camp in Austin, TX ... Member of the Region-IV ODP Team ... Also played for the Washington State ODP Team from 2001-02 ... Played club soccer for both the FC Royals '85 (Washington) and the DeAnza Sharks ... Led the Royals to three Washington State Cup Championships (2000-02) ... Helped the DeAnza Sharks to the State Cup (CYSA-North) Championship from 1999-2003 ...Four-year letterwinner in cross-country ... Three-year letter winner in track & field (sprints, relays) ... Named team MVP in both sports ... Menlo HS Junior Athlete of the Year in 2003 ... CIF Scholar-Athlete in 2003 ... National Merit Scholarship Letter of Commendation (2003).

Lindsey Appezzato (Davis, Calif./Davis Senior HS - MF)
Member of Cal-North State ODP Team (2002-04) ... Helped the Cal-North State ODP team place second at the Region-IV ODP Championships in Jan. '04 ... First-team All-CIF selection in 2003 ... First-team all-league and league Offensive MVP in 2003 ... Davis HS Team MVP ... Helped lead her high school team to a second-place finish in the CIF Section in 2002 and to a pair of league championships in (2002-03) ... All-Monticello League ... Named an all-city selection by the Sacramento Bee.

Alma Playle (Davis, Calif./Davis Senior HS - MF)
Cal-North State ODP Team member (2001-04) ...Helped lead Cal-North Team to Regional Semifinals in 2004 ... Plays at Davis Senior High School ... Has led her club team, the Davis Impact, in scoring the last four years ... Helped lead her high school team to a second-place finish in the CIF Section in 2002 and to a pair of league championships in (2002-03) ... Plays viola in Sacramento Youth Symphony ... Has played the piano for the last 13 years.

Jennifer Sayles (Los Angeles/Harvard Westlake HS - F/MF)
Team captain at Harvard Westlake High School ... Has helped Harvard Westlake capture four-consecutive Mission League titles ... Teammate of current Bruin Jill Oakes ...Started on the varsity as a freshman ... Also helped her team earn two Co-CIF Championships from 2001-02 ... Currently plays club soccer for the Southern California Blues ... Has also played with the PCSC Rage.

Ashley Thompson (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Trabuco Hills HS - GK)
Varsity captain at Trabuco Hills High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. ... Led Trabuco Hills to a second place finish in the South Coast League ... Named to the all-tournament team at the 2003 Excalibur High School Tournament ... Member of the ODP player pool and Region-IV squad ... Plays for the West Coast Futbol Club ... Helped her club team to the Under-17 title at the Nomads College Showcase ... 2001 League Cup champions ... Brother Scot currently plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy and was captain of the 2002 NCAA Champion UCLA men's soccer team.

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