Eastern Eagles bring in huge class of 14 players

Eastern Eagles bring in huge class of 14 players

Eastern-Washington-EaglesCheney, Wash. – (GoEags.com) With a total of eight seniors graduating after a milestone filled year, the Eastern Washington Women’s Soccer program has inked an extremely promising 2015 recruiting class, totaling 14 student-athletes for its upcoming 2015 season, as announced by Head Coach Chad Bodnar on Wednesday, February, 4th.

All of the new recruits for the upcoming year will join the Eagles directly out of high school. The class of 2015 is composed of players hailing from six different states; six from the local state of Washington, three from California, two from Arizona, and a single player coming from Colorado, Idaho, and Nevada.

“We are extremely optimistic with this group of players we have brought in for our first true EWU signing class,” said Bodnar, “Our staff has worked tirelessly to search out the best student-athletes we could find that wanted to be a part of what we are doing here at EWU, and that have the mentality we want to bring in. These new players all understand the importance they bring to our program as we continue to shape it in to what the vision our current players and staff see down the road our program being. We have a great mix of players that can do a lot of different things for us in the 2015 season. It’s a very large class in comparison to what most years for a Division 1 program, but I am very excited to see the competition level in the fall when we get going.  We have a lot of new faces and everyone here will start with a clean slate and have a chance to compete right away. I am very encouraged with not only the quality of athletes coming in but even more so the quality of person these student athletes are.”


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2015 Freshman Class

Player Position Hometown (High School) Club
Alexis Stephenson Forward Pasco, WA (Chiawana High School) Three Rivers SC
Maddy Boyd Forward Spokane, WA (Mt. Spokane High School) Spokane Shadow SC
Gabrielle Gines Defender, Midfield Littleton, CO (Dakota Ridge High School) Colorado Rush ECNL
Megan Spataro Defender Olympia, WA (Olympia High School) Washington Premier FC ECNL
Brenna Blaser Midfield Boise, ID (Mountain View High School) FC NOVA ECNL
Victoria Lindstrom Defender Vancouver, WA (Battle Ground High School) Washington Premier FC ECNL
Devan Talley Forward Issaquah, WA (Issaquah High School) Crossfire Premier ECNL
Josie Self Defender Vaughn, WA (Peninsula High School) Harbor FC
Emily Bringgold Defender Folsom, CA (Vista Del Lago High School) Sereno SC ECNL
Jenny Chavez Midfield Newhall, CA (Hart High School) Select Cities SC
Maia Inniss Defender Granada Hills, CA (Granada Hills Charter High School) Select Cities SC
Allison Raniere Forward, Midfield Tucson, AZ (Sahuaro High School) Sereno SC ECNL
Alexis von Schottenstein Forward Gardnerville, NV (Douglas High School) International SC
Kayla Goebel Defender Phoenix, AZ (Sandra Day O’Connor High School) SC Del Sol  ECNL

Individual Recruit Profiles

Allison Raniere | 5’6″ | Forward, Midfield | Tucson, Ariz. (Sahuaro High School)  |  Sereno FC ECNL

  • 2015 MaxPreps National Player of the Week
  • Arizona Republic: All-Arizona Team 2013, 2014
  • Arizona Daily Star 1st Team Honors – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Allsportstucson.com: All Southern Arizona 1st Team 2013, 2014
  • Arizona Interscholastic Association All-DII- 1st Team 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Laura Kea Best Field Player Award 2012, 2014
  • 2013 U16 ECNL National Champions (Sereno 97′ ECNL)
  • Arizona ODP Team 2012-2014; ODP Region IV Team 2012
  • AZ State Championship (TSA 95′)
  • Sahuaro Senior Season: 30 goals, 25 assists. Team Captain

Coach Bodnar on Raniere: “We are really excited about Allison joining our program. She is a great athlete, competitor, and a proven goal scorer. Allison is also very versatile and can play in the midfield or up top but is a very dynamic attacking presence.  She has really embraced being a part of making our program special and is such a quality person. Allison will help us raise the bar in the quality both on and off the field for the next four years at EWU. ”

Devan Talley | 5’4″ | Forward | Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah High School)  | Crossfire Premier ECNL

  • 2013, 2014 King-Co 1st Team Forward
  • 2013 WA All-State 1st Team Forward
  • 2013 King-Co 4A MVP
  • 2013, 2014 Issaquah Offensive MVP, 2014 Team Captain
  • Region IV ODP Camp 2010, 2011, WA State EPD 97′ Travel Team
  • WA EPD US Youth Region IV Quarterfinalists
  • WA State Champions 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 (Crossfire Premier ECNL)
  • 2011, 2012 Northwest Champions League Champions (Crossfire Premier ECNL)

Coach Bodnar on Talley: “We were very impressed with Devan from the first conversation we had with her. She’s played at a very high level and is a proven winner. She possesses a unique flair with the ball and is a fierce competitor. Her technical ability up top or in the midfield is going to add to our depth and give us options right away. We are excited to have Devan’s winning mentality and work rate as a part of our program.”

Alexis Stephenson | 5’4″ | Forward | Pasco, Wash.  (Chiawana High School)  |  Three Rivers SC

  • 2014 Mid-Columbia All Conference Forward
  • 2013 Mid-Columbia 1st Team Forward
  • 2013 Tri-City Herald 1st Team All-Area
  • 2011 Big 9 Track freshman of the Year
  • Mid-Columbia Scholar Athlete 2012-2015
  • 2014 WA State Final Four (Three Rivers SC)
  • 2014 SWX Academic All-Star
  • 2014 Chiawana Team Captain
  • 2014 KNDU Fall Sports Academic All-Star
  • 2014 Most Inspirational Award
  • 2013 WA State Cup Top XI
  • 2012 Mid-Columbia All Conference 2nd Team
Coach Bodnar on Stephenson: “We’ve known Alexis for a very long time and she has played under Coach Weber in a club setting. Alexis is tenacious in tracking the ball, and has an edge we really like. The work rate and fitness level she brings to a team is hard to replace. She creates goals with this work rate and is very unpredictable in how she goes at defenses. The future for Alexis is bright as she continues to refine her game and adapts to the division one level here at EWU. We are extremely happy she is going to be a part of what we are doing.”

Alexis von Schottenstein | 5’6″ | Forward | Gardnerville, Nev. (Douglas High School) | International SC

  • 2014 Northern Nevada D1 Sierra League Offensive Player of the Year (34 goals, 18 assists)
  • 2013 Northern Nevada D1 Sierra League Midfielder of the Year
  • Nevada 97′ ODP Team
  • 2013 Nevada State Champions (International SC)
  • 2011 Northern Nevada D1 Sierra League 1st Team Forward
  • High School Career: 71 goals, 34 assists

Coach Bodnar on Von Schottenstein: ” Lexi really caught our eyes with her athletic ability. She runs extremely well and is powerful in and around the goal and with the ball at her feet. Lexi is a very versatile player that I can see possibly playing in several spots for us as she gets comfortable and finds her way here. There is a huge upside to her defending and tracking of players that allows her to be valuable in multiple ways for us. ”

Maddy Boyd | 5’6″ | Forward | Spokane, Wash. (Mt. Spokane High School) | Spokane Shadow SC

  • 2014 Greater Spokane League 1st Team Forward
  • 2014 1st Team All-Area Forward
  • 2014 Mt. Spokane Offensive MVP
  • 2014 WA State US Youth Champions Finalists (Spokane Shadow)
  • 2011 WA State Finalist (Mt. Spokane)

Coach Bodnar on Boyd: “Maddy is another very athletic player that will compete for a spot in many different areas I think in the years to come. It may take her some time to adjust to the Division One level but we saw a huge upside in her.  She runs extremely well and causes backlines problems with her pace. Maddy is a well-rounded student-athlete from the Spokane area who played for very quality club coaches and she understands the game well.”

Brenna Blaser | 5’4″ | Midfield | Boise, Idaho (Mountain View High School)  | FC Nova ECNL

  • 2014 Southern Idaho Conference 1st Team Midfielder
  • 2014 Mountain View Offensive MVP
  • 2013 Southern Idaho 2nd Team Forward
  • 2012 Southern Idaho 2nd Team Forward
  • 2014 Mountain View Team Captain
  • 2014 Mountain View MVP
  • 2013 Idaho Statesman Players to Watch

Coach Bodnar on Blaser: “Brenna came on campus and was a fit in my eyes right away. Her personality, tenacity, and work rate compliment her motor and technical ability in the middle of the park. She comes from a well respected club in Boise that produces high level players and has the pedigree with her sister also being a division one player. I see Bre being a spark for us in the middle of the park or up top and pushing players right away for playing time. ”

Jenny Chavez | 5’5″ | Midfield | Newhall, Calif.  (Hart High School)  | Select Cities SC

  • 2014 All-SCV Offensive MVP
  • 2014 All-SVC 2nd Team Midfielder
  • CIF-SS DII League Champions (2014, 2015)
  • Hart High School Team Captain (2014, 2015)
  • 2014 Hart HS Athlete of the Month
  • 2014 SCV Athlete of the Week
  • 2013 MaxPreps CIF Midfielder of the Week
  • 2014, 2013, 2012 Hart Most Athletic Award
  • 2013 Foothill League All-Conference
  • 2013 CIF Southern Section Player of the Week
  • 2012 All-SCV Forward Selection

Coach Bodnar on Chavez: “Jenny is a very technical little player that is also very versatile. She can play in different roles in the midfield, in the back, or up top, depending on what is needed or where she best fits in the group. She is very unselfish as a player and just ties the game together with her passing ability. Jenny has good pace, and a tremendous ability to lead by example with her work rate and personality.”

Emily Bringgold | 5’7″ | Defender | Folsom, Calif. (Vista Del Lago High School) |   Sereno FC ECNL

  • ODP National Camp 2012, 2011
  • Sereno SC ECNL
  • CA North ODP Team 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
  • ODP Region IV Team 2012, 2011, 2010
  • CIF SJS All-Academic Team 2014, 2013, 2012
  • 2013 Folsom Telegraph Top XICIF-Sierra Valley Conference All-League
  • 2015 Girls IMG Academy 150 Player

Coach Bodnar on Bringgold: “Emily is another versatile player coming in but one we see playing in the back for us right away. She has the athleticism to deal with high level front runners and is smart in how she cuts angles and makes play predictable for those defending with her. She is also extremely competent with the ball at her feet and can direct a backline with her understanding of the game. Emily sold us with her drive to want to be a part of a program that wins right away and her competitiveness. ”

Gabrielle Gines | 5′ 9″ | Defender | Littleton, Colo.  (Dakota Ridge High School) | Colorado Rush ECNL

  • 2014 Colorado 1st Team All-State Defender
  • 2012 ECNL National Champions (Colorado Rush)
  • Colorado Rush ECNL U14-18
  • 2011 Colorado Rush ECNL Comeback Player of the Year
  • 2011 President’s Education Award
  • Girls IMG Academy 150 Player
  • 5A Jeffco Academic-All league
Coach Bodnar on Gines: “Gabby comes to us from a former National Champion Club team in Colorado.  She can play in the backline or right in front of a backline and brings size to either. She is very capable in the air and a target on set pieces in the attack. Another proven winning mentality, she impressed me with her ability to play out of the back and connect with central players. Her personality was a perfect fit for what we are looking for in our program.”

Megan Spataro | 5’8″ | Defender | Olympia, Wash. (Olympia High School)  |  Washington Premier FC ECNL

  • 2014 WA All-State 1st Team Defender
  • 2014, 2013 All Narrow’s League Scholar Athlete Award
  • 2014 Olympian All-Area MVP, Olympia High School MVP
  • 2014, 2013,  2012 Olympian All-Area 1st Team & Team Captain
  • 2014, 2013 Tacoma Tribune All-Area 1st Team Defender
  • 2014, 2013 ECNL Northwest Region Champions (Washington Premier ECNL)
  • 2013 All Narrows League MVP
  • 2013 WA All-State 2nd Team Defender
  • 2013 Olympia High School (3rd in WA State Championships)
  • WA ODP Team 2009-2013
  • 2012 ECNL National Champions (Washington Premier ECNL)
  • 2011 US Club National Champion Super Group (Washington Premier ECNL)

Coach Bodnar on Spataro: “Megan is another high level ECNL player we were fortunate enough to come across somewhat late in the process. Her club coaching staff is very good and she is very intelligent in how she defends. She’s played against some of the top front runners in the country and has experience at the highest of levels of ODP and ECNL. Megan is also a very good student and a great teammate. I look for Megan to come in and compete for playing time right away, and be a huge impact in our program over the next four years.”

Josie Self | 5’8″ | Defender | Vaughn, Wash. (Peninsula High School) | Harbor FC

  • 2014 Tacoma Tribune All-Area Defender
  • 2014 Tacoma Athletic Committee Athlete of the Year
  • 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 SPSL 1st Team All-League Defender
  • 2014 Team Captain
  • 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 PHS Defensive MVP
  • 2013 Gig Harbor Gateway Athlete of the Week (Soccer & Track)
  • 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award
  • 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 SPSL Scholar Athlete Award
  • 2014, 2011 WIAA Distinguished Scholastic Award (Soccer & Track)

Coach Bodnar on Self: “Josie is a player we watched quite a bit over the last year. She always seemed to make us want to come back and see her again. She has a great frame and is a very quality athlete that has a huge plus side down the road for us. Her personality and effort level when she plays is very enticing for any coach. She’s capable with the ball at her feet and is also versatile in what she can do for a team on the field. I think once she settles in and adjusts a bit to the speed of play she will be a big positive for our program sometime in the near future.”

Maia Inniss | 5′ 8″ | Defender | Granada Hills, Calif. (Granada Hills Charter High School)  | Select Cities SC

  • 2014 CIF Defensive MVP
  • 2013 CIF Defensive MVP
  • 2014 Granada Hills MVP
  • 2014 1st Team All-City
  • 2014 1st Team All-Area
  • 2014 CIF Champions
  • West Valley All-League Honoree
  • 2014 Valley Voice Soccer Players to Watch
  • West Valley Academic All-Conference
Coach Bodnar on Inniss: “We were fortunate to see Maia and Jenny play on the same club team in California. Maia brings size and athletic ability to a backline and is another personality that draws people near her. She has the ability to deal with balls out of the air well, which we need for the style of play a lot of teams in the Big Sky implement. Maia is a fierce competitor and another person we are excited to see how she fits in to the puzzle when August rolls around.”

Victoria Lindstrom | 5’5″ | Defender | Vancouver, Wash.   (Battle Ground High School) | Washington Premier FC ECNL

  • 2014, 2013 ECNL Northwest Conference Champions (Washington Premier FC ECNL)
  • 2010-11 Washington ODP Team, Region IV ODP Championships Finalist
  • 2014 Greater St. Helens League 1st Team All-League
  • 2014 Battle Ground MVP and Defensive MVP
  • 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 Scholar Athlete
  • 2012 ECNL  Flight National Champions
  • Washington Premier ECNL

Coach Bodnar on Lindstrom: “Vic is a quick little technical player that can do a lot of different things for a team. She comes from the same high level club team as Megan and has played in very top level games around the country. With a lot of competition in the squad in August we thought Vic would come in and push other returners and incoming freshman with her athletic ability. She has the ability to play on the flank as a fullback or wide player and test teams with her speed and attacking ability out wide.”

Kayla Goebel | 5’6″ | Defender | Phoenix, Ariz.   (Sandra Day O’Connor High School) | SC del Sol ECNL

  • 2014, 2013 Sandra Day O’Connor Defensive MVP
  • 2014 Sandra Day O’Connor Team Captain
  • 2014 Society of Female Scholars
  • SC del Sol ECNL 2014
  • 2013 Arizona State Champions (Banat 98′)
  • 2013 Horizon League Champions
  • U.S Soccer Federation Training Center AZ Invitee
  • 2014 Best Defensive Player
  • 2013 Best Defensive Player

Coach Bodnar on Goebel: “We are excited about the complete person Kayla is. There are many things she does well on the field, and she is another person we have brought in that can fill many rolls and do many different things depending on what is required. She is a player that comes from an ECNL program that has played top notch competition and knows what is required to grow and compete as a high level athlete. She also runs very well and is technically solid with the ball at her feet.”


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