Western recruiting class a versatile group

The women's soccer team adds four players.

MONMOUTH -- Lindsay Bauman, Erika Oliva, Julie Garcia and JoeEllen DeLeon havme signed national letters of intent to play women's soccer at Western Oregon and will be on campus in the fall.

Bauman will join the Wolves as a junior after spending the past two seasons at Clackamas Community College. The midfielder from Wilson High School in Portland was named Clackamas' most valuable player in 2010 after recording two goals and four assists.

"Lindsay is an exciting player who can play multiple positions," said first-year WOU coach Steve Ancheta. "Being a junior, I'm expecting her to come in and be a leader on and off the field. She is very skillful on the ball and has a great understanding of the game.

DeLeon is a midfielder from Centennial High School in Gresham. She was the Mt. Hood Conference co-player of the year last season as a senior.

"She can play multiple positions and reads the game very well," Ancheta said. "I like her toughness and that she doesn't mind getting into a tackle.

Oliva is a product of West Salem High School. She was the Central Valley Conference's defensive player of the year in 2010.

"It was great to find a hometown player," said Ancheta. "She is a talented left-sided player who is very skillful and is a great passer of the ball."

Garcia is a product of Arbor View High School in Las Vegas.

"Julie is a talented defender," Ancheta said. "She is a great athlete who has very good pace and is a very strong vocal leader from the back."

The Wolves will open their 2011 season on Sept. 1 at Humboldt State.


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