Feb. 4, 2005
LOS ANGELES - In what is expected to be one of the top-rated recruiting classes in the nation, UCLA women's soccer head coach Jillian Ellis announced the signing of nine players to national letters of intent Friday. Included in the class is Canadian National Team star Kara Lang, along with national high school player of the year Christina DiMartino and U.S. Youth National Team standout Kelsey Davis.
"This is one of the strongest recruiting classes we've had since I've been at UCLA, "says Ellis, who landed the No. 1 rated class in 2000 and the No. 2 ranked class in 2002. "I'm extremely pleased with the caliber and competitiveness of this group of players. They have collectively proven themselves to be the type of players who will come in and make an immediate impact on our program. I feel we have strengthened ourselves at every position."
Below is a list of players (by position), along with biographical information.
Kara Lang (Oakville, Ontario/Canada)
At 15, became the youngest player to ever play with Full Canadian National Team ... Also holds the world record as the youngest player to ever score in a full international match (Mar. 3, 2002 vs. Wales) ... Has scored 21 goals in 43 appearances for Canada ... Appeared in all six matches at the 2003 Women's World Cup, scoring two goals ... Scored four goals in a 9-0 win over Jamaica at the 2002 Gold Cup ... Helped her country capture the silver medal at the Under-19 World Championships in 2002 ... Also played at the U-19 World Championships in 2004 ... Plays club soccer for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Christina DiMartino (Massapequa, NY/Massapequa HS)
2004 NSCAA/adidas National High School Player of the Year ... 2004 NSCAA/adidas High School All-American ... 2003 and 2004 NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American ... 2004 Parade All-American ... Ranked as the No. 11 recruit in the country by Student Sports Magazine ... Brought into training camp with the Under-19 U.S. National Team in preparation for the 2004 FIFA World Championships ... Has also seen time with both the U-17 and U-16 U.S. Squads ... Attends Massapequa High School ... Two-time Nassau County Player of the Year.
Blake Zerboni (San Clemente, CA/Laguna Beach HS)
Scholar Athlete Award winner at San Clemente High School in 2001 and 2002 ... Second-Team All-County selection her sophomore year ... Member of the Southern California Blues Club Program since the U-10 level ... Teammate of incoming recruits McCall Zerboni (twin sister) and Erin Hardy on the Blues ... Helped the Blues capture their first-ever Surf Cup title this past November, along with League Cup Championships in 2001 and 2002, and a Region-IV Championship in 2000 ... Played two seasons of soccer at San Clemente High School ... Currently attends Laguna Beach High School.
Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, CA/Thousand Oaks HS)
Member of the Under-19 U.S. National Team ... Played with the U-19s at the 2004 World Championships in Thailand ... Has also represented the U.S. at the U-17 and U-16 levels ... Three-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American ... Ranked as the No. 9 recruit in the country by Student Sports Magazine ... Teammate of incoming recruits Caitlyn Mac Kechnie and Catherine Calvert on the 2004 National Champion So. Cal United Club Team.
McCall Zerboni (San Clemente, CA/San Clemente HS)
CIF Offensive Player of the Year at San Clemente High School her freshman and sophomore years ... First-Team All-Orange County selection ... Played with the Under-17 U.S. National Team in a match against Canada and Germany 2003 ... ODP State and Region-IV team member ... Plays club soccer for the Southern California Blues, along with incoming recruits Blake Zerboni (twin sister) and Erin Hardy ... Has played for the Blues since the U-10 level ... Helped the Blues to League Cup Championships in 2001 and 2002, a Region-IV Championship in 2000 and their first-ever Surf Cup title in 2004.
Caitlyn Mac Kechnie (Camarillo, CA/Oaks Christian HS)
Student Sports Magazine Top-100 Recruit ... Member of the Region-IV ODP Team from 2000-03 ... ODP State Team member since 2000 ... Has scored over 50 goals in just three years at Oaks Christian High School ... Helped Oaks Christian capture back-to-back CIF titles ... Two-time First-Team All-CIF selection ... Teammate of incoming recruits Kelsey Davis and Catherine Calvert on the 2004 National Champion So. Cal United Club Team.
Catherine Calvert (Malibu, CA/Malibu HS)
Three-year member of the Cal-South ODP State Team (2002-04) ... Region-IV pool player in 2002 and 2003 ... Helped her ODP team capture a national championship in 2003 ... Two-time first-team All-Marmonte League selection at Malibu High School (2003-2004) ... Teammate of incoming recruits Kelsey Davis and Caitlyn Mac Kechnie on the 2004 National Champion So. Cal United Club Team.
Erin Hardy (Costa Mesa, CA/Newport Harbor HS)
Member of the ODP Region-IV player pool ... Helped the team to a regional championship in 2004 ... Plays club soccer for the Southern California Blues, along with incoming recruits Blake and McCall Zerboni ... Has played for the Blues since the U-11s ... Helped the Blues to League Cup Championships in 2001 and 2002, and Region-IV Championship in 2000 ... Also helped the Blues to the Surf Cup title in 2004 ... All-CIF selection and first-team All-Sea View selection at Newport Harbor High School ... Newport Harbor team captain .... Team MVP in 2002.
Nicole "Coco" Kleinert (La Canada, CA/Flintridge Prep)
Team captain and MVP at Flintridge Prep in La Canada, Calif. ... Two-time First-Team All-Prep League selection (2002 and 2004) ... Named to the second team in 2003 ... Led the Prep League in goals scored in 2002 ... Also very active in Track & Field ... Three-time CIF Finalist in the 4x400 ... Plays club soccer for the Santa Anita Strikers ... Member of the ODP Cal-South State Team in 2002 ... Recruited as a defender at UCLA.
|2005 UCLA Recruiting Class (alphabetical order)|
|Catherine Calvert||MF||Malibu, Calif.||Malibu|
|Kelsey Davis||GK||Thousand Oaks, Calif.||Thousand Oaks|
|Christina DiMartino||F||Massapequa, NY||Massapequa|
|Erin Hardy||D||Costa Mesa, Calif.||Newport Harbor|
|Nicole Kleinert||D||La Canada, Calif.||Flintridge Prep|
|Kara Lang||F||Ontario, Canada||St. Thomas Aquinas|
|Caitlyn Mac Kechnie||MF||Camarillo, Calif.||Oaks Christian|
|Blake Zerboni||F||San Clemente, Calif.||Laguna Beach|
|McCall Zerboni||MF||San Clemente, Calif.||San Clemente|