Women's soccer adds five players for 2003 season

The San Jose State University women’s soccer team announced the signing of five student-athletes who committed to attending the university and play on the women’s soccer team beginning in the fall 2003 semester.

"We were looking for players who could make an immediate impact," noted interim head coach Cris Gilmore. "These athletes all posses the talent and desire to win and be successful (NCAA) Division I soccer players."

The group includes four incoming freshmen and one junior college transfer, three of which have regional or state Olympic Development Program experience.

"Our goal was to recruit student-athletes who are highly competitive, with the will to win," added Gilmore. "I think we have some outstanding players here who have the tactics, awareness and understanding of the game."

Midfielder Shannon Leslie, a transfer form Cypress College (Cypress, Calif.) is a two-time team "MVP" and first team all-conference pick. Her success also landed her into the Cypress College Hall of Fame.

The four freshmen include Kristen Childers, Marla Klein, Andrea Puljiz and Adriane Boynton.

Childers, from Bellflower, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS), is a versatile athlete who can play the forward, midfield or defender position. She was named a Gatorade "Will to Win" athlete and had regional ODP experience.

Klein, a goalkeeper from Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS), was a four-sport athlete. Besides being a three-time team captain in soccer, she lettered in volleyball, basketball and water polo.

Puljiz, a defender/midfielder form Santa Clara, Calif., was a part of the two-time CCS champion Archbishop Mitty team a three-year member of the state ODP team. She earned first-team all-CCS honors as a junior. She presently is training fulltime with her club team.

Boynton, a goalkeeper from San Jose, Calif. (Independence HS), was named the school’s "Junior Athlete of the Year" and was first team all-league and the team "MVP" as a sophomore and a junior. She also has ODP experience.