The San José State women's soccer program has reloaded with a group of six talented players who have experienced success at the highest levels of high school and club soccer throughout the state of California.
Head coach Lauren Hanson is excited to announce the addition of a versatile group including three midfielders, one defender, one forward and a goalkeeper.
"We are thrilled to have this class come in," Hanson said. "We've been waiting a long time and it's finally here. We looked for players that have a lot of grit and we definitely have that in this class. These players have will, great personalities and very dynamic skill sets. We're ready for them to bring that to San José State."
|Bryanna Bartlett||Midfielder||FR||Bakersfield, Calif. (Liberty HS)|
|Joanna Fernandez||Midfielder||FR||Riverside, Calif. (Riverside Poly HS)|
|Hannah Hall||Midfielder||FR||Fresno, Calif. (Clovis North HS)|
|Caitlin McManus||Goalkeeper||FR||Riverside, Calif. (Riverside Poly HS)|
|Jada Wilson||Forward||FR||Oceanside, Calif. (El Camino HS)|
|Haleigh Wynne||Defender||FR||Canyon Lake, Calif. (Temescal Canyon HS)|
Meet The Players
Bartlett comes to San José State as a midfielder from Liberty High School in Bakersfield, Calif. Last season as a junior Bartlett scored 11 goals and had five assists on the way to earning first-team BVarsity honors. She was also a first-team All-Southwest Yosemite League (SWYL) choice. Bartlett has continued that success in her senior year, guiding the Patriots to a 17-1-1 overall record and a perfect 9-0 record in SWYL play at the beginning of February. Bartlett currently has 12 goals in 13 matches and has three assists. She will graduate from Liberty High School this spring and intends to study biomedical engineering at San José State. Barlett plays her club soccer with South Valley G99.
Head coach Lauren Hanson: "Bry is an incredibly fast and dynamic attacking player who fits best out wide. Her specialty is using her pace to drive by players and create quality scoring opportunities. We are thrilled to have such a hard working, attacking, dynamic player coming in."
Fernandez will graduate this spring from Riverside (Calif.) Poly High School where she played for seasons of varsity soccer. In 2017 Fernandez was an All-Inland Valley League midfielder who helped her team reach the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section playoffs. Fernandez was responsible for 12 goals and had 17 assists while guiding Poly to a 9-0-1 record during league play. Fernandez was later honored as an All-CIF Southern Section Division II player. She plays her club soccer for Corinthians FC which finished the 2017 ranked inside the top-15 in the state of California. Fernandez hopes to major in criminal justice at San José State.
Head coach Lauren Hanson: "Jo's technical ability on the ball is special. Because of that she has the versatility to play virtually anywhere on the field. She has a sound tactical awareness and is incredibly passionate about the game. We are excited to have a ball player like Jo to help run the midfield in the future."
Hall is currently a senior at Clovis North High School in Fresno, Calif., where she is in her fourth season of varsity soccer while also competing on the track team. Last season Hall proved she has the clutch factor when she netted the deciding goal in penalty kicks which sent Clovis North to the Central Section Division I title match. It was only the sixth time Clovis North had reached a final and the first since becoming a Division I program (Fresno Bee). Hall also experienced sustained success with her club soccer team Santa Clara Sporting G99 Green. Her club worked its way up to being ranked number one in the nation during 2017 with three tournament victories and two runner-up finishes. Most recently Hall and her team won the San Diego Surf College Cup Showcase Tournament this past November. Hall has received a number of prestigious invitations as a high school player including one to the National Identification Camp in Chula Vista, Calif,
Head coach Lauren Hanson: "Hannah is an aggressive attacking player that can play multiple positions. She has a grittiness to her game that we love and we will look for her to bring that to our team. We can't wait for her to join us and showcase her talents on the field."
McManus will join the Spartans after graduating this spring from Riverside (Calif.) Poly High School. She is currently in her fourth season as the varsity team's starting goalkeeper during which time Poly has been unbeaten in Inland Valley League play with an unprecedented record of 37-0-2. So far in 2017-18 McManus has shutout the opponent 11 times, including two straight heading into the Feb. 7 match at Canyon Springs High School. Last season McManus finished with 10 shutouts while helping Poly to an appearance in the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section playoffs. McManus plays her club soccer with the Irvine Strikers ECNL. In 2016 McManus accepted an invitation to participate in the U.S. U-16 Girls National Team Camp. She plans to major in kinesiology at San José State and is interested in speech pathology.
Head coach Lauren Hanson: "Caitlin has an incredible presence in goal. She plays with no fear and is demanding between the posts. Her vocal leadership is impressive and we are looking forward to her bringing that part of her game to our team. We are ecstatic to have such a talented goalkeeper that has the experience of playing for youth national teams, come and play for us."
Wilson will join San José State after graduating this spring from El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif. She is in her third season of varsity soccer as a forward, coming off of second-team All-Avocado West League honors last season as a junior. Wilson has tallied 19 points with nine goals and an assist throughout 14 matches so far in her senior campaign (MaxPreps). The speedster has also garnered multiple all-league honors as a sprinter for El Camino High's track team. Wilson plays her club soccer with the Oceanside Breakers which had a top-10 ranking in Southern California at the conclusion of 2017.
Head coach Lauren Hanson: "Jada has pace that is rarely seen and is extremely difficult to mark. She will come in and do some damage against opponents because of her commitment to get forward. We are excited about her potential in multiple positions and to have another attacking weapon."
Wynne brings dynamic experience to the Spartans with experience playing from front to back. She will graduate this spring from Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore, Calif., this spring before joining San José State. Despite spending the bulk of a few seasons as a defender, Wynne has managed to put up double-digit goal totals during all four years of high school. She was an All-Southwest honoree playing for Murrieta Mesa High School before transferring to Temescal Canyon High. In 2017 as a junior Wynne was an All-Area honorable mention player and selected to the All-Inland Valley Team by the Press Enterprise. Wynne plays her club soccer with Arsenal FC ECNL. She intends to major in sports management or business when she comes to San José State.
Head coach Lauren Hanson: "Haleigh has a grittiness and leadership that is very mature on the field. She is a natural competitor that wills herself to thrive in all situations. She is a very physical and composed player that we are looking to make an immediate impact on our team. We are very much looking forward to having Haleigh come in with her competitive nature and goal scoring mentality."