Women's soccer signs 13 including three Olympic Development Players

San Jose, Calif.----San Jose State University women's soccer head coach Dave Siracusa, announced the signing of 13 players to The National Letter of Intent for the 2004-05 season. California Olympic Development Program (ODP) members, Kristin Krale and Nicole Irwin, and regional ODP player, Meaghan Norbeck are among the 13 signees.

"This is a very good recruiting class," said Siracusa, who is in his first season with the Spartans. "Our main empahsis was to bolster our defense and increase our scoring. With the signing of these 13 players, I believe we've accomplished that."

The 2004 Spartan recruiting class by position:

Karin Karlsson of Foothill College was the 2003 Coast Conference "Midfielder of the Year" and a first team all-conference selection as a freshman in 2002.

Julie Zabek played at Dana Hills High School in Laguna Niguel, Calif. She was a second team all-league selection her sophomore and senior years. She played club soccer for the West Coast Premier team.

Jackie Cruz, of Notre Dame High School in Belmont, Calif., has six years of club soccer experience. She played for the WASA Lady Diplomats in 1998 and 1999 and the California Northstars from 2000 through the 2004 seasons. She helped the Northstars claim the 2003 California Cup and Nomads Championships.

Samantha Kinneman, was a team captain at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, Calif. She was her league’s "Most Valuable Defensive Player" and her team’s "Defensive Most Valuable Player" in 2003. Kinneman was a two-time first team all-league selection.

Kristin Krale played four varsity seasons at Independence HS in San Jose, Calif. She was a three-time all-league selection. Krale was named her team’s "Most Outstanding Player" as a freshman and "Most Valuable Player" as a junior. Her sister, Kara Krale, is on the San Jose State University women’s soccer team.. Kristin has participated in the California Olympic Development Program since 2000.

Kelly Madej, played her high school soccer at Archibishop Mitty HS in San Jose, Calif. She was the "Most Valuable Player" for the DeAnza Clash club soccer team.

Erica Ng-Pinkerton played four years of varsity soccer at Santa Teresa High School. A three-time first-team Blossom Valley Athletic League choice, she was the 2004 league "Senior of the Year." Ng-Pinkerton also played on the four-time Northern California State Cup champions DeAnza Sharks club team.

Tasha Vandixhorn, played her high school soccer at Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High School. She was voted her team’s "Offensive Player of the Year" in 2002 and "Defensive Player of the Year" in 2003. Vandixhorn played club soccer for the So Cal United under-17 team that won the 2002 and 2003 Coast Premier Championships.

Amanda Villa of Notre Dame High School in Belmont, Calif., was a teammate of fellow signee Jackie Cruz. She was a two-time all-league selection and a first-team choice her senior season. Villa was named her team’s "Most Inspirational Player" her junior and senior seasons.

Jennifer Domencini is a transfer from DeAnza College. She was a first-team all-conference pick and the "Offensive Most Valuable Player" of her team. At the high school level, she was a two-time all-league choice.

Nicole Irwin was a four-time, first-team all-league selection for Dublin (Calif.) High School. Irwin helped Dublin High win league championships the last three years. The Contra Costa Times named her one of its 2003 "Top 100 Prep Athletes." She was a defender for the three-time state champion Dublin High Energy club team. Irwin was a member of the 2000 and 2001 California Olympic Development Program team.

Meaghan Norbeck is transferring to San Jose State from Palomar College. Norbeck was the Pacific Coast Conference scoring leader in 2003 and was the conference’s "Offensive Player of the Year." As a freshman, she shared the team’s lead in goal scoring and was a first-team all-conference pick. The graduate of Poway (Calif.) High School, played club soccer for two teams in the San Diego area and was the number-one goal scorer three years in a row. Norbeck was on the California Olympic Development Program regional teams from 1999-2001.

Cynthia Pinkney was the team captain at Cypress College in Anaheim, Calif. She set school records for assists and points scored in a season. The graduate of Esperanza High School played club soccer for OJSC Ultimate.