Women's soccer adds four more for 2003 campaign

Women's soccer will have nine
new faces next fall.
The San Jose State University women's soccer team announced four student-athletes have signed to attend the university beginning in fall 2003 and will join the squad this fall. The four include two transfers and two incoming frosh players.

The group includes Erica Castro, a versatile defender and forward from Salinas, Calif., who is transferring from Hartnell College (Salinas, Calif.). Castro has played both as a defender and forward in the same game on way to 35 goals and three assists last season. Her 75 points was second-best in the state.

Another transfer, Adrienne Herbst a sophomore who attended the University of the Pacific this past year and high school at Santa Theresa HS (San Jose, Calif.) will add depth at the goaltending position. She was first team all-league all four years and was named Freshman, Junior and Senior of the Year by the San Jose Mercury News during her career. She was first team all-CCS and was the CCS "Most Valuable Player" her senior season.

"Erica will join our program with a lot of raw talent. Her ability to penetrate a back line will make her an offensive threat. And her versatility to play in the back will add to our depth as a team," said San Jose State interim head coach Cris Gilmore. ""It is a pleasure to add Adrienne Herbst to our roster. She has obtained many accolades throughout her development as a keeper and has experience at the Division I level."

The two frosh players include Mariana Mesa and Jenna Eisenberg. Mesa is a midfielder from Liberty HS (Bakersfield, Calif.) where she recorded 26 goals and 10 assists in the last two seasons. She has lived in Bogota, Colombia, where she played soccer in high school.

Eisenberg, from Churchill HS (Eugene, Ore.), is another flexible player who can play at forward or in the midfield. She was named first team all-league as a varstiy starter.

"Mariana is a technically sound player with a great deal of potential. She has good speed and likes to penetrate forward out of the midfield. We look forward to her growth at the Division I level," continued Gilmore. "Jenna is an extremely aggressive and competitive player. We believe her attacking style and strong physical presence will be a great addition to our team."

With these four players, the Spartans have nine new student-athletes joining the team this fall.