June 16, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's soccer team received an added boost for the upcoming 2011 season on Thursday, as head coach B.J. Snow announced that Canadian National Team player Chelsea Stewart (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) has decided to join the Bruin program. Stewart, who is a transfer from Vanderbilt, will have three years of eligibility remaining.
"We are extremely excited to have Chelsea join the Bruin Family," said Snow, who is in his first season as head coach at UCLA after serving five seasons as an assistant in Westwood. "Chelsea is a perfect example of the type of player and person we want representing our university. She has had success at all levels of the Canadian National Team system, moving up from the youth squads to now the Women's National Team. Her ability, experience and versatility will be a tremendous addition to our team."
Stewart started 18 games as a freshman at Vanderbilt in 2009. She was named to the SEC All-Freshman team, tallying seven points on three goals and an assist. Two of her goals on the season were game winners. Stewart was also named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll. She did not compete at Vanderbilt as a sophomore due to commitments with Canada's Women's National Team.
Stewart was recently chosen to represent Canada at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany this summer. She also represented Canada at the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Chile in 2008, scoring two goals. Prior to the U-20 World Cup, she helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2008 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 World Championships in Puebla, Mexico. Canada defeated the USA, 1-0 in the championship match. She was added to the Women's National Team in the summer of 2008 and traveled with the team to the Beijing Olympic Games. In all, she has earned 22 caps with Canada's full team.
"I'm extremely excited to become a Bruin and represent UCLA next year," said Stewart, who earned NSCAA Youth All-America honors in high school and was teammates with Bruin junior Chelsea Cline at Shattuck St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn. "I'm looking forward to working with a great group of coaches and to play with a team that has proven itself as a top competitor in college soccer."
Stewart is the Bruins' 12th incoming player for the 2011 season, as UCLA signed an outstanding recruiting class of 11 players during the February signing period.