Women's Soccer Adds JC Goalkeeping Standout

San Jose, Calif. - Meghan Maiwald, a two-time All-American goalkeeper at Santa Barbara City College, has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to attend San Jose State University and play for the WAC champion women's soccer team next season. Spartan head coach Jeff Leightman made the announcement.

Maiwald completed her career at Santa Barbara CC the school record holder in both single-season shutouts, (13 in 2008) and career shutouts, (24 in 2008-09).  In addition to being a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Junior College All-American, Maiwald was named first-team Western State Conference twice.  Last season, Maiwald's goals against average was a miniscule 0.35 a game and she was named the #2 goalkeeper in the state by the California Community College Soccer News.  Maiwald also added team MVP honors to her accomplishments last season.

 "Meghan is a very good goalkeeper that is strong in the air. She's big, strong, dynamic and explosive and has a great presence about her and has the ability to command crosses in the box which is rare in the women's game," said coach Leightman.

Diagnosed as hearing impaired, she has also been a part of the United States Deaf National Team since 2005.

"She has all the tools to be a top notch keeper and has accrued a lot of experience having played on the United States Deaf National Team and Santa Barbara City College. We are very excited to have her join us in the fall."

Maiwald, a Santa Clara native, attended Leigh High School in San Jose and will be reunited with a number of current Spartans which include Angela Santoro, Kim Johnston, Lauren Ng-Pinkerton, Lauren Sanchez and Amanda Martin.

Maiwald is the eighth San Jose State women's soccer signing for the upcoming season and joins seven incoming freshmen, midfielder Alex Jimenez from Oceanside, midfielders Megan Molina and Kayla Santacruz from California High School in San Ramon, midfielder Sarah Fraser from Burlingame, forward McColl Matthews from Mountain View High School, goalkeeper Laura Garcia from San Francisco's St. Ignatius High School, and midfielder Cheryl Kute from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino who signed earlier this school year.