The Santa Clara and Stanford women's soccer teams signed eight-member classes Wednesday considered to be among the best in their programs' histories.
Santa Clara coach Jerry Smith said the Broncos addressed needs across the board that will help keep the program strong for the future.
Stanford coaches plan to announce their class once all the paperwork is completed, a school spokesman said. But the Cardinal should fill gaps after losing 10 seniors to graduation.
A Cal spokesman said the men's and women's teams will announce signings later but Orange County midfielder Kelly Fitzgerald told this newspaper she has signed with the Bears. The highly rated player had been expected to attend Stanford.
The Cardinal also lost five-star forwards Amber Munerlyn and Emily Bruder, who both signed with North Carolina.
Santa Clara expects to ease the incoming freshmen into the lineup. The Broncos have a strong squad for next season led by senior defender Julie Johnston, one of two collegians training with the U.S. senior national team.
"They're really there to fill spots in their sophomore year," Smith said of the recruits.
Santa Clara's class won't be rated as high as Stanford's but Smith couldn't be happier with the choices.
"We don't need the best players," he said. "We're now getting our share our good players again."
One of those is Mariana Galvan of Woodside Priory High. Smith said Mexico is interested in Galvan
Smith raved about Southern California midfielder Jordan Jesolva, "one of the most underrated players in the country."
Santa Clara also signed striker Jenna Roering, the Minnesota Gatorade player of the year, and Morgan Stanton, an attacking midfielder from Colorado who played in the under-17 World Cup.
Stanford, which has advanced to five consecutive College Cups, should have a stellar class. The mother of star defender Maddie Baur confirmed Wednesday night that the Newport Beach player had signed her letter.
Among the other top players who have given oral commitments is Georgian Jane Campbell, the first high school goalkeeper to get invited to the U.S. national team since Hope Solo. Another top-rated player committed to Stanford is Pleasanton defender Stephanie Amack of Dougherty Valley High School.
The Santa Clara men expect to sign a four-member class, starting with defender Alex Ligeti of Florida. Others who have given oral commitments are midfielder Steve Eneme of Minnesota, Parker Hollan of San Diego and Haru Kent of Japan.
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