BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Roadrunner women’s soccer team has added another pair of talented student-athletes to its ranks as two women have signed on to transfer to CSU Bakersfield this fall. Aryana Harvey and Claire Nelson have committed to play for the ‘Runners in the 2017 season.
“We are extremely excited for Aryana and Claire to join our program,” said Gary Curneen, CSUB’s Head Coach. “Aryana and Claire are phenomenal people and we believe that they will provide a strong, positive contribution to the culture we are building here.”
Curneen went on to break down each incoming Roadrunners’ strengths: “With speed and the ability to drive forward into attacking areas, Aryana can play in a number of positions. Her competitive approach to the game and 1-v-1 defensive ability will strengthen us on the defensive side of the ball. Claire is an attacking player with the ability to get beyond defensive lines and loves to score goals. Her movement off the ball is excellent and will complement our attacking players in the team.”
Harvey, a 5-foot-7 native of Tualatin, Ore., enjoyed a great 2016 season at Pfeiffer University, an NCAA Division II program in North Carolina. The incoming redshirt sophomore sat out in 2015, then had a standout first year of competition. Harvey finished the season second on the team with nine goals and tied for first with 23 points thanks to five assists. The graduate of Tualatin High School plans to come to CSUB to study psychology.
Nelson, a forward with length (5-foot-10), hails from Bellevue, Wash. The incoming junior spent the past two seasons at Everett Community College where she earned North Region MVP honors. In just two years, Nelson tallied 27 goals and 20 assists, totaling just under 75 points for the Trojans. Nelson also enjoyed a successful prep career at Cascade High School in Everett, Wash. and will major in English at CSUB.