Alex Jimenez, Megan Molina, Kayla Santacruz, Sarah Fraser, McColl Matthews, Laura Garcia, and Cheryl Kute will join the Spartans in the fall 2010 semester as freshmen.
"Collectively, we met a majority if not all our needs to get better. All seven of the girls have the potential to start and make immediate impacts," Leightman said. "Talent-wise, I look at this class and say without a doubt this could be one of the best classes to date here at San Jose State."
Alex Jimenez comes to the Spartans from Oceanside, via Vista High School and the San Diego Surf Club team. A midfielder, Jimenez played two years of Varsity Soccer for Panthers head coach Roger Leighton, and played her club soccer with the nationally-ranked San Diego Surf team.
"Alex is a very scrappy and athletic player that has the ability to run up and down the flanks all day long," said Leightman. She is very versatile and can fill a variety of roles up top and in the midfield."
Megan Molina, a midfielder, played at California High School in San Ramon, for head coach Lee Munson. Molina received all-league honors and was named team MVP in 2009. Molina played her club soccer for the third-ranked San Ramon Shock and was part of the Regional Olympic Developmental Pool.
"Megan is a tremendous versatile player. She is very explosive and athletic and has a great first step with the ball," said Leightman. "Her versatility allows us to use her in the central midfield, up on the wings and at outside back. We are really excited about Megan's abilities to play at this level."
Kayla Santacruz, a midfielder and forward, played alongside Molina at both California High School and for the San Ramon Shock. Santacruz was also part of the regional Olympic Developmental Pool in both 2006 and 2007.
"Kayla is one of the most tactically sophisticated players there are. She is very skilled, crafty, smart, and incredibly difficult to dispossess," said Leightman. "She has great feel and knowledge for the game and will play a vital role as a playmaker for us."
Molina and Santacruz will also be reunited with former Shock teammate and current Spartan, Kelsey Lord, who enters her second season at the school.
Sarah Fraser was a defender at Burlingame High School for head coach Phillip De Rosa.
"Sarah is very athletic and competitive and she is a tremendous defender. She is very competitive, clean on the ball and she hates to lose," said Leightman. "She is a fierce competitor and we can play her at center back or in the midfield."
McColl Matthews played forward at Mountain View High School for head coach Simon Cook. Matthews was the 2009 Mountain View MVP, first team All-DeAnza League and part of the 2009 San Jose Mercury News all-county team. She played her club soccer for the MVLA Storm, which is coached by Albertin Montoya.
"McColl is a dynamic forward who has tons of speed. She will slash in and out of defenders and possesses a great one v one personality," said Leightman. "She is the type of player we love to coach, because she will wreak havoc on defenses all day long. She can come in and make an immediate impact."
Laura Garcia is a goal keeper from Saint Ignatius High School in San Francisco. She played her club soccer with the 18th ranked Alpine Ruckus and was coached there by San Jose State men's soccer assistant coach Chris Behler. Garcia will also be reunited with San Jose State women's soccer assistant coach Craig Winans, her former San Francisco Tremors club coach.
"Laura is a very athletic goal keeper with very quick and cat-like resources," said Leightman. "She has a lot of potential because she already has a lot of the athletic qualities that are necessary to be a keeper at the college level."
Cheryl Kute played in the midfield at Monte Vista High School in Cupertino for head coach and father, Alan Kute, who played soccer at San Jose State in 1985 and 1986. Cheryl helped Monte Vista to the 2009 Central Coast Section Championship and she helped lead her club team, the DeAnza Force, to a state co-championship.
"Cheryl is a very athletic, smart, and savvy player that does all the little things that often get overlooked," said Leightman. "She is a great leader on and off the field. She is also a wonderful human being and can make an immediate impact for us in the center midfield."
"We are excited about the fact that this group really makes us better," said Leightman. "We have a bunch of players leaving that really made their mark and I think these players can come in and talent for talent be right at that level if not even higher."