BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Fresh off of one of the most successful seasons in CSU Bakersfield’s women’s soccer team’s history, the Roadrunners are proud to announce the signing of five young women to National Letters of Intent to compete for CSUB next year. Jeenna Bostrom, Naryia Hudson, Jordan Martinez, Jenna McLean, and Eszter Toth will all become ‘Runners this fall and will add depth to a squad with plenty of momentum after a second-place showing in the Western Athletic Conference.
“We are very excited about this class and feel that they will help us in a number of ways,” said Gary Curneen, the head coach at CSUB and the 2016 WAC Coach of the Year. “With our team culture and playing style becoming a little more defined every year, we have looked at specific qualities in certain positions, both in and out of possession. We have also targeted a type of personality that will thrive in our environment and embrace life as a Roadrunner. Clifton Bush has done a phenomenal job overseeing this process and our players have been instrumental in promoting our team and culture.”
Bostrom, a native of Surprise, Ariz., will head west to become a ‘Runner after competing for Valley Vista High School and the Sereno 99 club team in the highly-respected ECNL. The 5-foot-3 student-athlete is versatile, having played in the defense for Sereno and as a center midfielder for her high school squad.
“Jeenna fits exactly what we are looking for in an outside defender,” said Curneen. “She can press high up the field and is very aggressive with her challenges. In addition, she is comfortable in possession and is comfortable providing an attacking outlet in wide areas. We are excited to see her transition to the college level.”
Hudson, who hails from Kent, Wash., is a pacey forward who enjoyed several accolades during her time at Kentwood High School. She was named All-League twice and MVP forward from 2014-16 while with the Conquerors. Hudson was also a member of the Washington Premier FC team in the ECNL.
“Naryia is a forward who will help our program in a variety of ways,” said Bakersfield’s head coach. “Her speed and constant movement causes a number of problems for defenders. She also has a high work rate and an ability to press aggressively on the defensive side. We believe that she has the qualities to excel at the college level and look forward to working with her.”
A 5-foot-4 wing player, Martinez will travel north from Charter Oak High School in Covina, Calif. She is another All-League honoree and also added several academic accolades to her resume while with the Chargers. Martinez enjoyed great success with the Albion OC club team, earning four-straight league championships.
“Jordan is an outside midfielder with speed and an attacking mentality that will be exciting to watch,” said Curneen. “She is comfortable in possession and excels in 1v1 situations. Her incredible appetite for work allows her to press high up the field and she will provide a huge help for our program in this area.”
McLean, a native of Snohomish, Wash., will join the ‘Runners after a standout prep career at Glacier Peak High School. The 5-foot-6 midfielder earned First Team All-League during her time with the squad while also competing with the Greater Seattle Surf club team.
“Jenna is a midfielder with the ability to find a pass and dictate the speed of a game,” Curneen said. “Her work rate enables her to offer constant passing options and also allows her to cover ground on the defensive end of the game. She can play on the attacking or defensive side of the midfield and we are excited to have a player with this versatility join our program.”
Toth is the next local addition to the ‘Runners as the 5-foot-9 native of Bakersfield has chosen to stay home. Just like future teammate and WAC Freshman of the Year Sophie Freeman, Toth was a part of the South Valley SC club team and will come to CSUB after a successful career at Bakersfield Christian High School. Toth earned First Team All-SSL from 2014-16 for the Eagles and is just the next in a long line of Bakersfield’s top talent that turned down other offers to compete for the ‘Runners.
Curneen also commented on the final 2017 recruit: “Eszter is an exciting player who will be an immediate impact on the offensive end. She is a forward with a number of qualities, including speed, 1v1 ability, and can score goals. She is another Bakersfield player who we feel will make an impact on our team and one that the local community will continue to enjoy watching in action.”
The Roadrunners will be back to work with all five of the newest members of the squad looking to make impacts on a growing program. CSU Bakersfield continues to hunt for its first WAC Championship for the women’s soccer program and has already begun working to make that goal a reality with the additions of these five student-athletes another step in the right direction.