Incoming Women's Soccer Class Rated Third In WAC

San Jose, Calif. - The 2008 recruiting class of the San Jose State University women’s soccer program has been recognized by Soccer Buzz Magazine.

The Spartans’ current class was named the third best in the Western Athletic Conference behind Fresno State and Hawai’i, with the highly-regarded on-line collegiate women’s soccer publication describing San Jose State’s incoming group as a “solid recruiting class that could arguably be better than both Hawai’i and Fresno’s.” The Spartans were listed as the WAC’s Hot Mover 07 to 08 by Soccer Buzz.

In the conference ranking, Fresno State put an end to Nevada’s three-year grip on the top spot. The 2007, 2006 and 2005 Soccer Buzz editions all had Nevada, Fresno State and Hawai’i, in that order. San Jose State moves up to third after its four-person 2007 class was regarded as the eighth best in the WAC following back-to-back years of fourth-place rankings.

Shanelle Furner, Kira Helmer, Kelsy Holm, Jessica Ingram, Amanda Martin, Lauren Sanchez, Angela Santoro and Jordan-Michelle Santos are the eight National Letter-of-Intent signees who will be joining new San Jose State head coach Jeff Leightman and third-year assistant coach Craig Winans for Leightman’s first year in charge of the Spartan program. Emmy Belding, a junior transfer from Cabrillo College, will give San Jose State no fewer than nine new additions for the 2008 campaign.

Furner, Ingram, Martin, Sanchez and Santoro all hail from Bay Area high schools, with two of them natives of San Jose. Helmer, Holm and Santos will be coming from Southern California high schools. Ingram, Martin and Santos all have Olympic Development Program (ODP) experience, with Martin reaching the highest level, the Region IV team.

2008 San Jose State University Women’s Soccer Class
Name, Pos., Ht., Hometown/Last School

Emmy Belding, F, 5-7, Rio del Mar, Calif./Cabrillo College
Shanelle Furner, MF, 5-6, San Carlos, Calif./Carlmont HS
Kira Helmer, MF, 5-9, Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo HS
Kelsy Holm, D/MF, 5-8, Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos HS
Jessica Ingram, D/MF, 5-9, San Jose, Calif./Santa Teresa HS
Amanda Martin, D, 5-2, Fremont, Calif./Saint Francis HS
Lauren Sanchez, MF, 5-7, San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS
Angela Santoro, D, 5-7, Los Gatos, Calif./Leigh HS
Jordan-Michelle Santos, GK, 5-9, Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos HS