BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--CSU Bakersfield women's soccer coach Melissa Phillips has signed five players to the program as the Roadrunners begin Western Athletic Conference play in 2013.The incoming class consists of two goalkeepers and three field players from California, Arizona and Sweden who will join 20 returning players and help the 'Runners build off of the momentum from the 2012 season when they set a Division I team record for goals scored in a season.
"The 2013 incoming class is very specific to our needs as a program moving forward," Phillips said. "Our goal is to be a competitive presence in the WAC and a serious post season contender. I couldn't be more excited about how this class fits into our plans."
The following is a closer look at each member of CSU Bakersfield recruiting class;
Korey Cline, GK, Quincy, Calif., Feather River College
Korey Cline is a 5-10 goalkeeper who is transferring to CSUB from Feather River (Junior) College. Cline was a two-time first team All-Conference selection for the Golden Eagles. She was a four-time All-League and three-time team MVP selection for Quincy High School.
Korey is asuperbly athletic and explosive goalkeeper," Phillips said. "She has a dominating presence that demands respect in the box. She has a great technical base, very good shotblocking reflexes and we are looking forward to the experience she will bring to this position."
Tasha Coleman, MF, Cave Creek, Ariz., Horizon HS
Tasha Coleman is a native of Cave Creek, Ariz. where she maintains a 4.3 GPA at Horizon High School. Playing for the Sc Del Sol Club program, Coleman, a midfielder, helped lead the team to five state championships. She was a member of the Region IV 94 ODP Pool from 2008-11), the Region IV 94 ODP Arizona State team (2009-11), and was a part of the Region IV ODP Region Camp in 2009 and 2010.
"Tasha is a defensive minded center mid that can run the midfield from box to box.," Phillps said. "Her work ethic and desire to be successful are like no other. She also has a keen sense of how to spark an attack with her vision and ability to drop a ball in behind the opposing defense. Tasha has played for a high level club team and we are excited about the savviness she will bring."
Hedda Regefalk, F, Stockholm, Sweden, Blackebergs Gymnasium
Hedda Regefalk hails from Stockholm, Sweden where she will be graduating from Blackebergs Gymnasium this Spring. As a member of her club team, IF Brommapojkarna, Regefalk helped the team earn a bronze medal in the 2009 Gothia Cup, a silver in the 2011 Swedish Championships, and a gold in the district championships in both 2009 and 2011. She was selected to the Stockholm regional team.
"Hedda is technically gifted forward with loads of pace and a knact for goal. She is composed with the ball and has a game knowledge well beyond her years which will help us create dangerous opportunities in front of goal. These qualities, along with her tenacity, will allow her to make an immediate impact in our program."
Cassidy Swift, D, Bakersfield, Calif, Garces HS
Cassidy Swift moves across town from Bakersfield's Garces High School. Swift was named first team All-League and first team Bakersfield Californian All-Area as a junior. She served as the team captain as a sophomore, junior, and as a senior. She was a member of the South Valley Club program.
"Cassidy is a tough, hard working wide back with the versatility to play in the middle of the field as well," Phillips said. "She has a very good understanding of the game coupled with the abilities to execute on the field. Her tenacity is an incredible spark to any team and we are looking forward to having that trait."
Megan Vina, GK, McKinleyville, Calif., Arcata HS
Megan Vina rounds out the 2013 recruting class. Like Coleman, Vina is a member of the National Honor Society. Playing in the field for Arcata High School, Vina scored 48 goals. Moving to goal as a senior, she made 64 saves and recorded 12 shutouts, allowing only five goals in 755 minutes of play. She was named All-League as a junior and as a senior for Arcata High. Vina played goalkeper for the Humboldt United and Mad River United Club teams.
"Megan is anincredibly athletic goalkeeper and eager to fine tune her technical abilities in the college setting," Phillips said. "Her reactions and instincts are on par with those of top goalkeepers and she has a distinct confidence that will take her a long way. It is difficult to find goalkeepers that are courageous above all else and that is what I believe we have in Megan."
The five signees, who could possibly be joined by a few more late additions in the spring, figure to help form a solid mixture of talented newcomers and experienced returners who will aim to help CSUB make a strong impression in its inaugural season in the WAC