March 1, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - Head women's soccer coach Tim Ward announced the signing of six players to national letters of intent for the 2007 season and also adds a sophomore transfer to round out the fall class. The list includes defenders Haleigh Guertin and Cammie Burke, midfielders Nicole Romanowski, Joanna Idom, Rebecca Klamser and strikers Kylie McDonald and Sage Coralli.
"To say we are excited about the incoming class of 2007 would be an understatement, said Ward. "On paper, they are arguably the most accomplished class we have ever recruited. I believe most, if not all of them have had some experience on their respective ODP state teams and most have worked their way onto their respective Regional ODP teams at one point or another."
Romanowski, a 5' 8" midfielder from Coto de Caza, Calif., comes from Tesoro High School in Las Flores where she was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year and earned the Coaches Award in 2006. In 2004 and 2006, she helped lead her high school to the CIF Division II Championships and also the Pacific Coast League Championships. Last season, she was named the CIF Division II Offensive Player of the Year and also received the MVP of the Pacific Coast League. She was named to the first team all-Orange County and the LA Times first team All-Star.
Having been rated as the 51st best prospect in the country by Soccer Buzz, Romanowski has been in the Under-16 U.S. Women's National Team pool and has played for the ODP Region IV squad.
Coralli, a 5' 8" forward from Plano, Texas, helped lead her high school, John Paul II, to a 2005 state championship and consequently was named to the first team all-district forward and earned the Offensive Player of the Year and District MVP. She also was named to the Dallas Morning News All-Area team. A three-year high school captain, Coralli has led the district in scoring for two years and was rated as a Top 100 prospect by Soccer Buzz. She plays club soccer for the Dallas Texans Red and plays for the Texas ODP state team (2004-07) and the Region III ODP team (2006-07) where she will be heading to Europe to compete later this month.
A 5' 8" defender from Corona, Calif., Guertin was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Santiago Corona High School. She was named first team All-Mountain View league, first-team All-Inland Empire and All-CIF Southern Section team for four years. Guertin was named the 2006 Defensive Team MVP and was named to the All-Academic team for three years. Guertin plays club soccer for the Slammers and is also a member of the Cal South ODP team, which in 2006 was a regional and national champion. In addition to being ranked as a Top 100 prospect by Soccer Buzz, Guertin was also a pool player for the Under-17 US national team.
Burke is a 5' 4" midfielder/defender from Torrey Pines High School in San Diego where she was named the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year. Burke helped lead her team to a CIF Division I Championship as well as a Palomar League Championship and earned second team all-Palomar league. Burke spent two years with the San Diego Surf and seven years with the Del Mar Sharks.
Klamser, a Top 200 recruit according to Soccer Buzz, is a four-year varsity letterwinner from Buena High School in Ventura, Calif. A three-time All-Channel League selection, Klamser earned the league's MVP in 2006 and was named her high school's team MVP. She was named to the first team All-CIF in 2005 and 2006 and was named to the LA Times first team last year. Klamser plays club soccer for the Eagles and was a member of the ODP state teams her freshman, sophomore and senior years.
Kylie McDonald is a Top 150 recruit from nearby Westlake High School. A 5' 7" midfielder and four-year letterwinner, McDonald was named the Marmonte League Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and was named first team All-CIF and first team AAF Coaches Selection that same season. She played club soccer with Klamser on the Eagles and has played for the Cal South ODP since 2005. She was also a member of the Region IV ODP team last year and attended the National Development Camp in 2006.
Rounding out the Waves recruiting class is sophomore transfer Idom, who played her freshman year at Cal Baptist. A 5' 2" forward from Yorba Linda, Calif., Idom was named the Offensive Player of the Year at Cal Baptist and was named the first-team All-GSAC Conference. She led the Lancers in goals and assists, scoring nine goals with seven assists. A graduate of Esperanza High School in Anaheim, Calif., Idom still holds her high school's record for most career goals (45) and most single-season goals. Idom was also a mainstay on the Cal South ODP State team during her high school years, as well as, competing for the Region IV ODP team.
"Over the last five to six years, our program has truly raised the bar in terms of our expectations on the West Coast, within the West Coast Conference and on the national scene," said Ward. "In that time, we have captured our first ever WCC crown and advanced to the NCAA tourney five times in six years with two trips to the "Sweet 16." This class has the ability to not only help us strengthen our current regional and national position, but also to propel us into uncharted waters as far as the NCAA tournament success is concerned."
"We feel that each girl in this class brings very special and unique qualities to the table. Our staff is incredibly excited to blend this mix of talent with the already highly talented group of Waves that make up the Pepperdine women's soccer team."