NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Head coach Keith West has announced the signings of Katie Coulas (Thousand Oaks, CA/Thousand Oaks HS), Kimberly Culver (Honolulu, HI/Punahou HS), Sonia Espitia (Paramount, CA/Saint Joseph HS), Heidi Farran (San Pedro, CA/San Pedro HS), Erin Kelly (Woodland Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS), Michelle Moore (Canyon Country, CA/Canyon HS), Jasmine Pratt (Mililani, HI/Mililani HS), Candice Schlecht (Tehachapi, CA/Tehachapi HS) and Salma Tarik (Rosamond, CA/Rosamond HS) to national letters of intent.
“This year’s recruiting class adds much needed athleticism and overall depth to every position,” West said. “With our returning group and this year’s recruits, it will put us in a great position to win the Big West Conference for next season and beyond.”
Coulas, a midfielder from So Cal United and the Camarillo Eagles club teams, was named Marmonte League MVP last season after helping the Lancers reach the CIF Division I semifinals. She was also named All-Ventura County and All-CIF.
“Katie is a strong power midfielder, who is good in the air and can play well with both feet,” West said.
Culver, a midfielder from the Leahi Soccer Club, helped Punahou High School to Hawai’i state championships in both 2004 and 2005. She was also a star track athlete for the Buffanblu.
“Kim is extremely fast and is a great outside threat any time she is on the field,” West said.
Espitia, a midfielder from CRSC Infinity, earned All-Del Ray League and All-Area honors from the Daily Breeze following her senior year, helping the Jesters reach the CIF quarterfinals.
“Sonia is a technical, quick midfielder who can create problems for a lot of opposing defenses.”
Farran, a midfielder also from CRSC Infinity, received Marine League Most Valuable Player and All-Daily Breeze first-team honors as a senior, scoring 22 goals and adding 19 assists in her final season with the Pirates.
“Heidi has great potential and a good vision on the field. She will be a great addition to the midfield.”
Kelly, a midfielder from Real So Cal, was on four straight City Championships teams with the Conquistadors. ECR also won West Valley League titles each year, as Kelly was named all-league every season.
“Erin is a feisty, determined soccer player with a big heart. She is a great team player with championship experience.”
Moore, a defender from Real So Cal, helped the Canyon Cowboys to a playoff berth last season after CHS posted a 15-3-3 overall mark and a 6-1-2 Foothill League record.
“Michelle is a strong, physical and tough defender who will add much needed depth to our team,” West said.
Pratt, a defender from the Honolulu Bulls club team, was named first-team All-State and O'ahu Interscholastic Association each of the last two seasons, helping the Trojans to an OIA title and state runner-up finish in 2006.
“Jasmine is a fast, strong defender who can play any of the four positions in the back,” West said.
Schlecht, a forward from the Palmdale Thunder club team, helped the Warriors to a CIF Division III title last season after scoring 36 goals with 24 assists. Tehachapi’s all-time leading scorer with 113 goals was named Player of the Year and earned her third straight first-team All-Area honor.
“Candice is a very smooth and crafty player. She is very offensive minded and can score goals or make great passes.”
Tarik, a forward also from the Palmdale Thunder, scored 30 goals last season for the Roadrunners, helping RHS to a spot in the postseason. She twice earned All-High Desert League honors.
“Salma is an offensive threat and will bring instant offense to our team next season,” West said.