The San José State women's soccer team has reloaded with a group of nine talented players who have experienced success at the highest levels throughout the state of California and the western region.
Head coach Lauren Hanson is excited to announce the addition of six strikers, a pair of midfielders and a local center back for the NLI signing.
"There is a lot of athleticism in this class," Hanson said. "This group has a really good mix of kids with composure, athleticism and they are feisty. They have all played at a very high level and we can't wait for them to bring that here to San José State."
|Lauola Amanoni||Defender||FR||Palo Alto, Calif. (Palo Alto HS)|
|Jamilecxth Becerra||Forward||SO||Modesto, Calf. (Modesto Junior College)|
|Bella Bowers||Forward||FR||Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta HS)|
|Natasha Harris||Forward||FR||Mountain View, Calif. (Mountain View HS)|
|Gabriella Hurtado||Forward/Midfielder||FR||La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada HS|
|Kiara Parker||Forward||FR||Gilbert, Ariz. (Perry HS)|
|Karlee Pottorff||Midfielder||FR||Clovis, Calif. (Clovis North HS)|
|Darrian Reed||Midfielder||FR||Riverside, Calif. (Eleanor Roosevelt HS)|
|Arnise Williams||Forward||FR||Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)|
Meet The Players
Amanoni is a center back for Palo Alto (Calif.) High School, which has only allowed one goal all season long. The 10-0-3 Vikings surrendered that goal to Gunn High back on Dec. 1, and has since peeled off 11 consecutive shutouts. With Amanoni anchoring a staunch defense, MaxPreps currently has Palo Alto High ranked 19th in the state and 39th in the country. Amanoni tasted success early in her varsity career when Palo Alto High finished 17-2-1 her sophomore year and reached the Central Coast Section Division I final for the first time since 2009. Falalauola Lytoria Amanoni plays club soccer for the Palo Alto Soccer Club.
Head Coach Lauren Hanson: "Laoula is a smooth, composed and athletically gifted defender that comes from a local club in Palo Alto. Being a local player she understands where our program has come from and where we want to be. We are thrilled to have her as a part of that growth."
Becerra comes to San José State after being fifth overall in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) for her 27 goals and 61 points at Modesto Junior College. She netted seven game-winning goals throughout the year, and added a team-leading seven assists. In her senior year at Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, Calif., Becerra registered 18 goals and six assists in 13 matches played. She was named First-Team All-Modesto Metro Conference. Becarra played club soccer for Ajax United Elite 99G.
Head Coach Lauren Hanson: "Jamie comes from a fantastic program at Modesto JC where she proved herself to be a prolific goal scorer by leading her team in goals and being selected as all American, the most elite honor you can receive. There is no doubt she is a threatening goal scorer who has a knack for goal that is unprecedented. We look forward to getting her integrated with our program this spring to provide a great boost to our attack!"
Bowers is a senior forward at Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High School where she captains a currently undefeated (6-0-0) team during Southwest League play. Last season Bowers and her team won the Southwest League outright with a 2-0 victory over Temecula Valley HS (2/11). Bowers plays her club soccer with Arsenal FC. She captained the California Regional League championship team and scored a goal to lift her squad to a 2014-15 Cal South National championship victory.
Head Coach Lauren Hanson: "Bella has a soccer pedigree that is fantastic. She comes from an extremely competitive club in Southern California, Arsenal, where she helps lead the attack. Some of her gifts are her vision, composure on the ball and her height in the attack."
Harris is a senior forward for at Mountain View (Calif.) High School. She has totaled 88 points (MaxPreps) during her three-year varsity career with double-digit goal totals in all of them. As a sophomore she helped lead Mountain View High to Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) and Central Coast Section (CCS) championships. This season she has registered 26 points in 14 matches and has the Spartans rolling with a 12-1-2 overall record and 5-1-1 in SCVAL play. MaxPreps has Mountain View High ranked seventh nationally and third in the state of California. Harris has played her club soccer with MVLA of the Elite Clubs National League.
Head Coach Lauren Hanson: "Natasha has played and excelled at the highest youth level throughout her club career. I love her grit and personality that she brings to the game everyday. In addition we are excited to add her athleticism, pace, speed and skill set to our attack."
Hurtado is a senior at La Mirada High School vying for a 3-peat as the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Division 4 champion. Hurtado helped lead the Matadors to back-to-back championships last year, scoring a goal and assisting another in a 4-1 win over Moorpark High in the title match. She was a Press-Telegram first-team choice following the season. Her team continues to roll this year with a perfect 7-0 record during league play. Hurtado plays her club soccer with Albion SC of Orange County.
Head Coach Lauren Hanson: "Gabriella has incredible vision, ball control and size. She is fantastic in the air and we look forward to her making an impact for our program in all of these areas. She comes from Southern California where she has competed and played consistently against the best teams, and we can't wait for her to bring that competitive drive day in and day out."
Parker is a senior forward for Perry High School in Gilbert, Ariz. She is currently the second-leading goal scorer for an offense that is ranked second in the country by MaxPreps for it 387 points, 130 goals and 127 assists. Parker is responsible for 59 of those points on 20 goals and 19 assists. MaxPreps currently ranks the Pumas No. 17 nationally and No. 2 in the state of Arizona at the conclusion of the regular season. Parker has scored multiple goals in six matches this year, including three in the 6-2 win over Campo Verde HS (12/29). She registered a season-high seven points with two goals and three assists in the 14-0 win over Cibola HS (1/17). Parker plays her club soccer with SC del Sol of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).
Head Coach Lauren Hanson: "Kiara has an extreme amount of pace and fantastic ability to get around the corner out wide. We can't wait for her to come in and make an impact on our team's 1-v-1 attacking ability. She comes from a talented club team, SC del Sol, that has competed at the highest level. We look forward to seeing that experience come out here at SJSU."
Pottorff is a senior midfielder at Clovis (Calif.) North High School. She has assumed the role of team captain for the 2016-17 season, during which the team was ranked No. 1 in the December 22 edition of the Fresno Bee. Pottorff and Clovis North were winners of the Harold S. Young Tournament this past December in Fresno, Calif. It took knocking off two division champions from a year ago in Clovis East and Madera South. As a sophomore Pottorff scored the game-winning goal to lift her team over Central High School, 1-0, in the Central Section Division I semifinals. Clovis North would return to the semifinals again in her junior year. She was invited to the All-Valley game following both her sophomore and junior campaigns and was an All-TRAC honoree in 2015-16. Pottorff plays club soccer with the San Juan Soccer Club ECNL and the Fresno Freeze WPSL.
Head Coach Lauren Hanson: "Karlee comes from an elite Northern California club, San Juan, where she has competed and played at the highest level. She comes from a soccer family and has a fantastic knowledge of the game and the expectations at this level. She is a composed central player with great vision and passing ability that we look forward to having in our program."
Reed is a senior team captain at Eleanor Roosevelt High School Eastvale, Calif. The two-way midfielder registered 40 points during her junior year in 2015-16 with 19 goals and a pair of assists (MaxPreps). This year she has helped the defense register seven shutouts on the year and has only allowed multiple goals twice during the 2016-17 season. Reed plays club Soccer for Total Futbol Academy Barca G99, which was recently the champion of the Albion SC Girls National Showcase, and has worked up to a No. 11 rank in the California South Region.
Head Coach Lauren Hanson: "Darrian is a talented player that is gifted both technically and athletically. One of her greatest gifts is her versatility to play any position and we look forward to seeing her make an impact in our program."
Williams will graduate this spring from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School. She helped the jackrabbits capture back-to-back Moore league championships as a sophomore and a junior. She also experience great success playing club soccer for LA Premier FC. Her team was the LA Premier Showcase, Man City America's Cup and CSL Premier Division Champion in 2015.
Head Coach Lauren Hanson: "Arnise is extremely athletic and gifted with pace and an incredible drive to beat players in the attack. She has played for a very competitive club, LA Premier, and we are thrilled to add her to our program. We expect her to come in and make an immediate impact."
In three seasons as San José State's head coach Lauren Hanson, the 2015 Mountain West Coach of the Year, has guided the program to unprecedented success including a Mountain West Championship title and an NCAA postseason appearance.
Since her arrival there have been 13 All-Mountain West selections and 37 Academic All-Mountain West honorees. Among the All-conference selections was keeper Zoe Makrigiannis, who ended the 2015 regular season with seven shutouts and was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.
Other outstanding indivudal accomplishments for Hanson's players include Dorthe Hoppius' invitation to compete for her native German Women's National Team at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, and Darriell Franklin's invitational to train with the United State's Women's National U-20 Team. Hoppius also became San José State's first player to become an NSCAA Scholar All-American, one of 33 Division I players in 2016 to do so.
Hanson, the winner of NCAA Women's College Cup championships as a coach and player, was made the sixth head women's soccer coach at San José State University on December 18, 2013.
The 2015 Mountain West Tournament title, won against San Diego State at the SDSU Sports Deck, was the first MW championship for any sport at SJSU since aligning with the conference in 2013. It was just the second time in program history (16 years) that San José State had reached the postseason.
The Spartans blew the seventh-place MW preseason prediction out of the water that year by finishing 8-3-0 in conference play. Eight wins in conference play are the most in program history, one of many records broken during the team's run in 2015.
The Spartans finished 3-14-1 overall the year prior to Hanson and her staff's arrival. In the first year under Hanson's direction, the team had a marked improvement in a number of statistical categories that led to an 8-8-3 overall record. That year, the Spartans doubled their offensive output, scoring 22 goals after just 10 went into the net in 2013. The defense also saw a huge lift, allowing 18 goals when the year before it gave up 33.
Hanson won both of her NCAA Women's Cup championships with the University of Portland. In 2005, she was an assistant coach with the Pilots and in 2002, was the team captain of Portland's championship team. Her college coaching career began at her alma mater in 2004.
In 2005, Portland completed an undefeated season (23-0-2) en route to its second NCAA Women's College Cup championship. In 2006, Hanson was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Portland earned a berth to the NCAA Women's College Cup in four of her five seasons on the Pilots' staff.
As the University of Oregon's Associate Head Coach during the 2009 through 2011 seasons, she coached the Ducks' backline and was the program's recruiting coordinator.
As Lauren Orlandos, Hanson enjoyed an illustrious playing career as a four-year centerback for Portland. She was a member of three Pilot teams to play in the NCAA Women's College Cup. The 2000 and 2001 clubs reached the semifinals, and she captained the 2002 Pilots to the program's first NCAA Women's College Cup championship.
Hanson also has national team playing experience. She was a member of the United States Women's National Team in 2001 and competed on the U-18 and U-21 U.S. women's national teams.
Hanson played one season professionally after she was the ninth-overall selection in the 2003 Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) draft by the New York Power.
A native of Lake Forest, Calif., Hanson graduated from Portland in 2003 with her Bachelor of Arts degree. She and her husband, Travis, have two children, Cole and Taylor.