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Ducks Add Six Players as Part of National Signing Day
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 02/06/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. -- University of Oregon women’s soccer coach Kat Mertz announced the addition of six prep standouts as part of National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Joining the Ducks for the 2013 season are Allie Cummins (Bend, Ore.), Lauren Holden (San Ramon, Calif.), ShayLee Miner (Junction City, Ore.), Emmy Rodriguez (Pleasanton, Calif.), Ashlee Schulz (Springfield, Ore.) and Caitlyn Wong (Sunnyvale, Calif.).

The recruiting class features one goalkeeper, one forward and four players who can swing between defender and midfielder. Three of the players are in-state products, while another three come from Northern California.

Holden is an accomplished goalkeeper at the prep, club and Olympic Development Program level. Miner will add to the Ducks’ offensive firepower from her attacking forward position. UO filled some key slots at defender and midfielder with the addition of Cummins, Rodriguez, Schulz and Wong.

Mertz, in her first year as coach at UO, inherits a team that returns seven starters and 22 total players from the 2012 squad which went 8-10-2 overall and 3-7-1 in Pac-12 Conference play.

2013 SIGNING DAY PLAYER CAPSULES

Allie Cummins
Allie Cummins
5-5  |  Midfielder/Defender
  |  Bend, Ore. (Mountain View HS)

ODP/Club: Spent
three years with the Oregon ODP 1994 team ... Played club soccer for Oregon Rush (2005-13) ... Was a team captain for her club team ... Helped Oregon Rush to the OYSA State Cup Championship in 2007, 2009 and 2010 ... Oregon Rush competed in the Surf Cup in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 ... Played in the Manchester United Premier Cup in 2008 ... Participated in the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup in 2006.

High School: A team captain for Mountain View High ... a two-time first team all-state selection (2011 and 2012) ... Named second team all-state as a sophomore in 2010 ... A team MVP in her sophomore season ... Named team’s defensive MVP in her freshman and senior seasons ... Also an honorable mention Intermountain Conference selection as a freshman.

Personal: Daughter of Lisa Cummins and Bob Cummins.

Allie on why she chose Oregon: “The University of Oregon has always been my top choice due to the top-of-the-line facilities along with the outstanding treatment and fitness centers. I was very impressed with the dedication to improving athletes’ grades and keeping them on track academically. I can take advantage of the academic resources provided at UO to balance grades and sports which is very important to me.”

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Lauren Holden

Lauren Holden
5-8
  |  Goalkeeper  |  San Ramon, Calif. (California HS)

ODP/Club: Selected to California Youth Soccer Association ODP Regional Camp in 2011 ... Also an ODP Cal North Region IV Championship invitee in 2011 ... Selected to CYSA ODP Region Camp and picked for the CYSA-N ODP State Team in 2010 ... Was a CYSA-N ODP State Team selection in 2007 ... Participated on the CYSA-N ODP District III squad from 2006-10 ... Played club soccer for San Ramon Soccer Club (Team Azuri 1992 - 2011) ... Also played for Mustang Soccer Club (Blast - 2012-13) ... Was the 2011 Surf Cup MVP from the goalkeeper position ... Helped Mustang Blast to a U-18 Surf Cup semifinal in 2012 and a NorCal Premier State Cup semifinal in that same year ... Led San Ramon Soccer Club to the 2011 Las Vegas Showcase championship and to the final of the 2011 U17 Surf Cup ... Also led San Ramon to a North vs. South Tournament championship, NorCal Premier Spring League championship, and a U.S. Club National Cup final match in 2010.

High School: A two-time team MVP (2011 and 2012) and three-year team captain (2010-12) at California High School in San Ramon ... Named MVP of the East Bay Athletic League in 2012 ... Named to 2012 East Bay Prep Athlete of the Year – Top 125 ... Also named 2012 CHS Outstanding Female Winter Athlete ... A two-time All-East Bay First Team selection (2011 and 2012) ... Earned second team all-league honors in 2010 ... Recognized as TV30 Sports Final Player of the Week (Feb. 2, 2012) and Contra Costa Times Star of the Week (Jan. 5, 2012).

Personal: Daughter of Jim and Angela Holden.

Lauren on why she chose Oregon: “I was very impressed by the players and how they are friends and teammates. It seemed like a family to me. The university was beautiful and what I imagined college to be. After visiting several times and seeing the amazing facilities that are available to the student-athletes, I knew that I wanted to play for Oregon.”

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ShayLee Miner
ShayLee Miner
5-4  |  Forward
  |  Junction City, Ore. (Junction City HS)

ODP/Club: A three-year participant with the 1994 Oregon ODP squad ... Played club soccer with FC Willamette (Possession 2003-10), Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club (Team Ireland - 2010-12) and Eugene Metro Futbol Club (Azul - 2012 and Havoc - 2013) ... Led FC Willamette to a 2008 OYSA State Cup Championship ... Helped Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club to a 2011 NWCL U-16 title and a 2011 OPL U-16 State Cup championship ... Also part of Tualatin Hills United SC that won the 2012 NWCL U-17 championship and 2012 OYSA U-17 State Cup title.

High School: A three-time team MVP and two-time team captain at Junction City High ... The all-time leading scorer in both Sky Em League and school history with 110 career goals ... Helped lead team to a 2012 Sky Em League title ... Selected second team all-state in 2012 ... An honorable mention all-state honoree in 2010 ... A three-time first team all-league pick (2009, 2011, 2012) ... Honored as second team all-league in 2010.

Personal: Daughter of Lyle Miner and Susan Miner.

ShayLee on why she chose Oregon: “The academic support for the student-athletes and the resources that are available were key factors. I also was impressed with UO’s facilities – Pape’ Field, training facilities, nutrition, strength and conditioning.”

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Emmy Rodriguez
Emmy Rodriguez
5-8
  |  Midfielder/Defender  |  Pleasanton, Calif. (Foothill HS)

ODP/Club: Selected to the 1994 ODP state pool in 2008 ... Played club soccer for Pleasanton Rage (2004-13) ... Served as team captain for Pleasanton Rage from 2006-13 ... Selected to the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) All-Regional team in 2013.

High School: A three-sport athlete at Foothill High where she lettered in soccer, basketball and track and field ... A nominee for Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team Athlete of the Year ... Earned 2011 and 2012 North Coast Section First Team All-League recognition as part of the 4x400 meter relay squad ... Was a 2011 Northern California Meet of Champions qualifier in the 4x400 meter relay ... Named Most Improved Player on 2010 varsity basketball squad.

Personal: Daughter of Perry and Donna Rodriguez ... Sister, Allie, is a junior-to-be on the UO women’s soccer team.

Emmy on why she chose Oregon: “I fell in love with the campus, the business school reputation and the school pride and spirit. I love what resources the university has to offer its student-athletes.”

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Ashlee Schulz
Ashlee Schulz
5-5
  |  Defender  |  Springfield, Ore. (Thurston HS)

ODP/Club: A member of the Oregon ODP 1995 State team from 2010-12 ... Attended Region IV Camp in 2010 and 2011 ... A Region IV holdover camp selection in 2011 ... Also made Region IV 1995 regional pool in 2011 ... Played club soccer for FC Willamette (Possession – 2010), Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club (Ireland – 2011-12) and Eugene Metro Futbol Club (Azul – 2012, Havoc - 2013) ... Led Tualatin Hills United SC to an OYSA state championship and a semifinal appearance in the Oregon Premier Soccer League in 2012 ... Led Tualatin Hills United SC to a Northwest Champions League title and an Oregon Premier League championship in 2011 ... Helped FC Willamette to the 2010 title at the Pleasanton Rage College Showcase ... Also led FC Willamette to a semifinal appearance in the 2009 Oregon State Cup.

High School: A two-time team captain and three-time team MVP for Thurston High ... Selected as Gatorade Oregon Girls Soccer Player of the Year as a senior, the first-ever Thurston High product to earn the accolade ...
Named Oregon 6A Soccer Player of the Year as a senior ... A first team all-state selection in 2012 ... Named 6A Special District 1 League Most Valuable Player as a senior ... Earned first team all-league selection as a junior and senior ... Named second team all-league as a freshman (5A Midwestern League) and sophomore (6A Special District 1 League) ... Helped Thurston High to a 17-0-1 record and the first-ever soccer state championship in school history in 2012 ... Led team to district title in both junior and senior seasons ... Helped prep squad advance to quarterfinal round of Oregon 6A State Playoffs in 2010 and 2011 ... Also on team that won 5A Midwestern League title and advanced to the semifinal round of the state playoffs.

Personal: Daughter of Derel and Ginger Schulz.

Ashlee on why she chose Oregon: “One of the deciding factors that made me choose the University of Oregon over other schools was the level of academic support for student-athletes and the high level of expectations for success in the classroom and on the field. The excitement around Oregon Athletics is at an all-time high and the Pac-12 is the top women’s soccer conference in the country.”

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Caitlyn Wong
Caitlyn Wong
5-9
  |  Midfielder/Defender  |  Sunnyvale, Calif. (Homestead HS)

ODP/Club: Played four years with the NorCal ODP Team ... Was twice named to ODP regional pool and played on ODP regional team on one occasion ... A member of the U.S. Soccer U17 Development Camp ... Played club soccer for Mountain View / Los Altos (MVLA) Lightning from 2005-13 ... Selected as team captain of MVLA Lightning from 2010-13 ... Led club team to a national championship and regional championship in 2010 ... Also helped team become a regional champion and national finalist in 2012 ... Her club team won the 2009 and 2011 Surf Cup titles ... Also led club team to a state championship on four occasions (2007, 2009-11).

High School: Named team captain in 2012-13 for Homestead High ... Led team to the El Camino League Championship in 2011-12 ... Was selected the team’s offensive MVP in 2010-11 and the squad’s defensive MVP in 2011-12 ... Also recognized as HHS’s Junior of the Year and Sophomore of the Year.

Personal: Daughter of Linus Wong and Carolyne Wong.

Caitlyn on why she chose Oregon: “I love the student atmosphere and campus life. The athletic facilities were amazing. And the soccer program is building and I want to be a part of that. The most impressive thing is the support UO provides for student-athletes to excel on the field and in school.”

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