Women's Soccer Adds Four to 2012 Recruiting Class

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Four players, including a forward and midfielder from California, and a forward and goalkeeper from Canada, have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the San Jose State women’s soccer team in 2012.
Midfielder Megan Rauschnot of Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill and Alyssa Montejo, a forward, of King High School in Riverside come to the Spartans from California. The Spartans also signed two international players from Canada with forward Mikaella Meibock of Calgary, Alberta, and goalkeeper Zoe Makrigiannis of Surrey, British Columbia, joining the 2012 recruiting class.
“I think this group is a very, very talented group,” said San Jose State women’s soccer head coach Jeff Leightman, who has now signed seven players for 2012. “We’re excited. We’ve addressed a lot of our needs.”
Rauschnot is a three-year letterwinner playing in her senior season at Live Oak High School. The first team All-Blossom Valley League player tallied the most points in the Central Coast Section her sophomore season (12 goals, 13 assists, 37 points) and was named the 2009 San Jose Mercury News and Morgan Hill Times Freshman of the Year with 10 goals and 20 assists.
“(Rauschnot) is a very strong, crafty, take-on sort of player,” said Leightman. “She is very creative on the ball. She’s dominant. She can take over any game.”
Rauschnot plays her club soccer with the De Anza Force, coached by Leightman. She was a 2007 US Club National Champion with the Los Gatos Metro soccer club and made the CYSA North State Cup Finals with her club, Almaden United, in 2008.
“Megan is a personality player,” added Leightman. “She can really do it all, and now it’s a matter of refining her skills at the collegiate level.”
Montejo comes to the Spartans from King High School in Riverside. Currently in her senior year, Montejo was part of King High School’s Southern Section Division II championship team in 2009. Montejo helped lead King to the section playoffs this season, scoring the team’s lone goal in the opening round.
“She is fast as anything,” said Leightman. “She’s dynamic, a great attacking player. She loves to take on, loves to score goals. She is explosive.”
Montejo has played her club soccer for Legends FC, based in San Dimas, Calif.
“(Montejo) brings more speed (to the team), which is great. We’re always looking for players who can take on and score goals,” said Leightman. “We always want to play attack-minded soccer and use our speed going forward.”
Meibock has been in the national training pool in Canada and plays her club soccer with the Calgary-based Blizzard Threat. The Threat competed at the BMO National Cup in 2010 and earned a Bronze medal after going 3-0-0 in the preliminary round. Meibock’s team lost to eventual champion Ontario in the quarter finals before beating New Brunswick to finish 3rd.
“(Meibock) is an explosive player with very, very good speed,” Leightman said. “She is dynamic, creative on the ball, and she has a cannon of a shot with both feet.”
Leightman said that the addition of fleet-footed players like Montejo and Meibock will give the Spartans more scoring opportunities in the seasons to come.
“(Speed) is already what we’re playing,” said Leightman. “I think we get a little more dangerous up front next year with our returners and freshmen. It should open some opportunities to attack and score goals. We should be deeper up front.”
The Spartans also add a goalkeeper for 2012 in Makrigiannis. Makrigiannis is a member of the girls’ elite development team for the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer. She has also been a part of the national training pool in Canada.
A two-time athlete of the year at her high school, Makrigiannis minded the net for back-to-back high school regional championship teams.
“(Makrigiannis) is big and strong, has a big net presence, and is very good in the air,” said Leightman. “She is almost intimidating (with her presence). There aren’t many goalkeepers that have the stature and presence that Zoe has and the abilities to go along with it.”
Makrigiannis will compete immediately for the Spartans’ starting goalkeeper spot next season.
“I think (the goalkeeper competition) is going to be wide open,” said Leightman. “I think Zoe definitely has a chance to compete for a starting spot. She certainly has the pedigree and ability to do so.”
The players signed since Feb. 1 bring a lot of versatility and athleticism to the team for next season, according to Leightman.
“I think this class brings the ability to change our system or play in different systems,” said Leightman. “I think we’ll score more goals.”