March 21, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Pepperdine women's soccer head coach Tim Ward announced the commitments of five high school seniors who will play for the Waves this fall. The 2006 class, ranked in the preliminary Top 25 by Soccer Buzz, includes Sophia Medina (Downey, CA/Los Alamitos), Kelly Reilly (Cardiff, CA/La Costa Canyon), Krysten O'Dea (Irvine, CA/Irvine), Courtney Price (Corona, CA/Colony) and Alexis Farler (Roseville, CA/Granite Bay).
"We are very enthusiastic about the 2006 recruiting class. We feel that each of the young women coming in next fall can compete for a starting position right out of the gate," commented Ward.
Adding to Pepperdine's stellar offense is Medina and O'Dea. Medina boasts 62 goals and 33 assists, including 19 assists in her junior year. The 5' 3" forward is a four-year scholar athlete at Los Alamitos High School and a member of the So Cal United club team. A member of the principal's honor roll, Medina was named the CIF `Player of the Year' in 2005 and was tabbed the `Offensive Player of the Year' for the Sunset league for the 2004-05 season.
O'Dea, a standout on the field and in the classroom, maintained at least a 4.0 grade point average all four years at Irvine High School. The four-year scholar athlete plays for the OJSC Northstars Club team. As a freshman, the "O'Dea 110% Standard Award" was created in her name and as a sophomore, the 5' 5" forward earned the Offensive Player of the Year. In her junior season, Krysten was tabbed the MVP her junior and senior seasons and served as the captain as a senior. She also served as the swimming captain and earned the "Coaches' Award" and "Multi-sport Athlete" award her sophomore year. In the classroom, O'Dea won two Heritage Awards in English and Social Science and was a member of the principal's honor roll throughout high school.
In midfield, the Waves welcome Farler, Price and Reilly. Farler, a 5' 8" resident of Roseville, Calif. will add much experience to the Waves' roster this fall. Farler was named to the First-Team All Metro league for Granite Bay High School her sophomore and junior years and earned the Academic Achievement award in 2003-04. Before attending school near Sacramento, Farler played for the Washington State ODP Team in 2002 and 2003 as well as the Region IV Pool & Team. Once in California, Farler continued her success on the field, playing for the Pacific Region (Cal North) Super Y League Team in 2004 and most recently was part of the Super Y National Team in 2005 as well as the Cal North State Team. While in Washington, Farler helped lead the FC Royals to five Club State Championships. A part of the San Juan Spirits since 2004, Farler helped guide the team to a US Club Regional Championship in 2005. Most recently, she helped lead the CA Storm to the semifinals at the Las Vegas Tournament.
A three-sport athlete at Colony High School, Price totaled 48 goals and 32 assists and was named to the First Team All League on three occasions. Price, a 5' 6" midfielder, was tabbed the MVP in 2005 and the Athlete of the Year in 2004. Price plays for the OJSC Northstars Club Team. Named the MVP in 2004 in track and field, Price captured the CIF 400 meter with a time of 59.88. In volleyball, Price earned the Offensive MVP in 2004.
Reilly, a 5'9" midfielder from Cardiff, Calif. joins two La Costa Canyon graduates on the Waves' roster. A member of the San Diego Surf Club team, Reilly was tabbed her high school's Rookie of the Year and was named to the Union Tribune County All-Academic Team as she earned Honor Roll for four consecutive years. She was a co-captain for her high school and was a part of the ODP State team in 2005-06.
"Time will surely measure the strength of this recruiting class, but experience tells me that this is one of the strongest recruiting classes we have ever brought into our program. These are talented and competitive young women that are used to winning both on and off the soccer field," says Ward.