Women's Soccer Signs Three For 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Three high-energy players, including two midfielders and a defender, became the first members of the San Jose State women’s soccer team’s 2012 recruiting class Monday, each signing a National Letter-of-Intent on the first day of the official signing period.
Midfielders Maire Rooney of Presentation High School in San Jose and Mireya Wathen-Mayorga of Consumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove both join the Spartans as in-state recruits. Defender/midfielder Becca Spangler of Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, rounds out the first group of players to sign with San Jose State.
Rooney is a three-time letterwinner at Presentation High School in San Jose and is currently in the midst of her senior season with the Panthers. In her sophomore season of 2010, she helped lead the Panthers to a West Catholic Athletic League and Central Coast Section title as one of the team’s starting midfielders. She has played her club soccer with the De Anza Force, coached by San Jose State head women’s soccer coach Jeff Leightman.
“Maire’s an attacking personality,” said Leightman. “She loves the ball, she runs with the ball, and has a flair in her game. We were impressed with her penchant for the ball.”
Rooney helped lead her club team to a first-place finish in the Abronzino League in 2010, a league that is part of the highest level of competition offered by the California Youth Soccer Association-North. She was also a member of the De Anza Force team that took first place in the 2010 Juventus Tournament of Champions.
“Maire is a great person, she’s very liked,” said Leightman, who has coached Rooney in club soccer since summer 2010. “She’s very much a good teammate, and her versatility will be good for us.”
Mireya Wathen-Mayorga, a midfielder from Elk Grove, is a senior at Consumnes Oaks High School. She has played her club soccer with the San Juan Spirits.
“Mireya is an absolute spark plug of energy,” said Leightman. “She covers every blade of grass on the field. She is a constant annoyance to the opposing team.”
In her sophomore season of 2009-10 at Consumnes Oaks, Wathen-Mayorga scored 10 goals and had five assists in leading her team to a second-place finish in the Capital Valley League and a 14-5-2 overall record. Mireya’s San Juan Spirits ’94 U-18 club finished as the 27th-ranked team in the nation in 2010-11.
“Mireya is smart tactically, very feisty, and plays bigger than her size. She is a magician with the ball.
“She brings a lot of leadership. She is a constant voice on the field, an energizing voice, and that’s something that will be good for the team.”
Becca Spangler, a defender who recently made the move from center midfield, comes to the Spartans from Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. She has played her club soccer with the Sparta United soccer club. The four-year letterwinner at Brighton was part of the Bengals’ 2010 Utah 5A state championship team, which also finished ranked 14th in the nation that year.
“Becca is a strong, smart defender,” said Leightman. “She’s good on the ball, very calm and poised. She has the tools to be a very good Division I player.”
Spangler’s club team, Sparta United, is a three-time state cup finalist and two-time state semifinalist while she has been a member. She also attended the 2011 USA Soccer Association National Cup as a guest player with Sparta United.
“Becca will have the opportunities to step in,” Leightman said about Rooney’s opportunities to make an immediate impact for the Spartans. “I see her competing for one of those (starting) spots.”