Cal State Fullerton Women's Soccer Welcomes Eight for 2013

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Cal State Fullerton head women's soccer coach Demian Brown announced today the signing of eight high-school standouts to National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at Cal State Fullerton.

The class leans heavily toward the offensive side of the ball as only one defender was among the group compared to three forwards and four midfielders. Seven of the signees are native Californians with the eighth, Tara LeBaron, hailing from the state of Nevada -- only the 14th women's soccer student-athlete, and the third from Nevada, to come from outside the state of California since the program's inception in 1993.

"I am very excited about our 2013 class," Brown said. "It is great mixture of talent, athleticism and experience and, more important, they are each outstanding individuals both on the field and in the classroom. I credit the great work of our coaching staff who worked very hard, not only to find the best soccer players for our program, but the most outstanding citizens as well. With this class, our future is very bright and adds to our very talented core of returners as we prepare to set out on our goal to repeat as Big West Conference champions."

Complete individual player biographies of the newcomers, in alphabetical order, are below.

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CONNIE CALIZ (5-3, M/F, Norwalk, Calif./Cerritos HS/Legends FC)
Trained and competed with the Mexican U-20 National Team for the last two seasons… Three-year letter winner for the Dons… finished her sophomore year with 18 goals and 46 points on 66 shots as a sophomore after scoring four times in her freshman season… missed her junior year after suffering an injury… parents are Arturo and Concepcion… has a brother, Arthur.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Connie is a creative and skillful midfielder. Her vision on the field and ability to distribute is tremendous. Her international experiences are sure to help her transition into the college game."


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IVY DIEGO (5-2, F, Santa Maria, Calif./Righetti HS/Camarillo Eagles)
Three-year letter winner for the Warriors who has 12 goals and three assists mid-way through her senior year… had her best year offensively as s sophomore, finishing with 27 goals and 13 assists… scored 16 times and helped on six others as a freshman… two-time PAC 7 Division III Second-Team selection and a first-team selection as a junior… three-time second-team All-CIF choice… has helped the Warriors to three-straight league titles and a trip to the CIF Division III semifinals as a sophomore in 2011… parents are John and Jo Ann… has two sisters, Tara and Aimee… played club soccer for the Camarillo Eagles… has been an Elite Club National Team member from 2010-13…helped the Eagles to a title at the 2011 Utah Avalanche Invitational and a 2012 Coast League crown…  also considered Miami, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Northridge, Rice, Iowa, and Brown.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Ivy is a quick and deceptive forward who has great movement off the ball and is a deadly finisher in the 18-yard box. We look forward to playing her up front or at midfielder when needed."

 

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CHLOE GHARIOS (5-6, M, Long Beach, Calif./Wilson HS/Slammers FC)
Three-year varsity letter winner for the Bruins who has six goals and two assists thus far as a senior… team co-captain in 2012-13… scored a prep career best nine goals as a freshman and added eight goals and seven assists as a junior… two-time All-Moore League selection as a sophomore (second team) and junior… helped the Bruins to a CIF Division I semifinal appearance as a freshman and a Division II finals appearance as a sophomore in 2011… parents are Khalil and Nancy… has a brother, Brandon… intends to major in civil engineering… also considered Cal Poly, Cal State Los Angeles, Lamar, Carnegie Mellon, Rensselaer Institute, Washington University, Texas, Central Michigan, and Cornell… played club soccer for Slammers FC, helping the team to a 2010 Premier League crown and a 2011 Surf Cup title.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Is a hardworking and solid soccer player. Her skill level, matched with her physical ability, will allow her to play a number of roles for us. We look forward to finding out where she will make the largest impact for us."

 

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TARA LeBARON (5-7, F, Las Vegas, Nev./Arbor View HS/Heat FC)
Three-year letter winner for the Aggies who will miss her senior season due to injury… finished her junior year with 13 goals and seven assists… had her best offensive season as a sophomore, finishing with 16 goals and 11 assists… added 16 goals and two assists as a freshman… helped the Aggies to the school's first state title as a freshman and was the first freshman on the varsity squad… All-Southern Nevada, All-Sunset Region, All-Northwest League selection as a sophomore… All-Northwest League, All-Southern Nevada player as a junior… parents are Anthony and Tina… has two siblings, Tyler and Talon… also considered Arizona State, Oregon, UNLV, Saint Mary's, Dixie State, and Ohio State… played club soccer for the Heat FC.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Tara's ability to take players on 1-v-1 in the attack is very exciting.  With her speed and dangerous left foot, she will fit in very well in our attacking system."

 

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JAZZMIN MANCILLA (5-5, D, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS/Legends FC)
Three-year letter winner for the Grizzlies, who currently has tallied three assists as a defender as a senior… second-team All-Baseline League selection as a junior, finishing the season with five assists… helped lead Los Osos HS to a CIF Division II title and a CIF regional finals appearance in 2012 as a junior… honorable mention all-league selection as a sophomore, helping the Grizzlies to a CIF Division II quarterfinal spot in 2011… parents are Ed and Pat… has two brothers, Richard and Jarrod… member of the Cal South ODP pool in 2010… also considered Northeastern, Boston University, Denver, and Colorado… plays club soccer for Legends FC.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Our only defender in the class, Jazzmin is tough into the tackle and has great speed. Her ability to play on either side of the field will allow her to play at any of the four defensive positions for us."

 

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NICOLE ULRICH (5-8, F/M, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Trabuco Hills HS/So Cal Blues)
Two-year varsity letter winner for the Mustangs in both soccer and track and field… has scored twice this season in 21 matches… helped lead the Mustangs to South Coast League titles in 2009 and 2010 and a CIF Division I quarterfinals appearance in 2011, including a win over fellow signee Camila Villarino and Canyon HS in the first round… South Coast League champion in the 200m as well as a member of the league-champion 4x400m squad… also considered Northern Arizona, UC Riverside, Southern Utah, Boston University, and NYU… parents are Vic and Keri… has two siblings, Alex and Brad… played club soccer for the So Cal Blues.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Nicole will help our front line and allow us to compete better in the air. Her height and speed make her a great threat in the attack and definitely on set pieces."

 

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CAMILA VILLARINO (5-7, M/F, Anaheim Hills, Calif./Canyon HS/West Coast FC)
A three-year varsity letter winner for the Comanches, who led the team in assists as a junior… a two-time second-team All-Century League selection as a sophomore and junior… named a scholar-athlete in each of the last two years… helped Canyon HS to the second round of the CIF Division I playoffs in 2012… parents are Nestor Dizinno and Gabriela Villarino… has two siblings, Daniela and Matias… born in Buenos Aires, Argentina… also considered UC Irvine, Cal State Monterey Bay, Saint Mary's, Maryland, Boston University, and UCLA… played club soccer for West Coast FC… her cousin, Tawny Poggio, was a goalkeeper at UC Riverside from 2003-06 while another cousin, Randy Poggio, played two seasons at San Jose State before joining the squad at UCR for the 2005 campaign.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Camila is a true forward with a great ability to create and score goals. We look forward to introducing her to our core of forwards and feel that she will continue to excel."

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ALEXANDRA WHITE (5-4, M/F, Yorba Linda, Calif./Valencia HS/Fullerton Rangers)
Three-year letter winner for the nearby Tigers in Placentia, Calif., scoring 21 goals and adding five assists as a junior while helping Valencia HS to a CIF Division III quarterfinal appearance in 2012, defeating fellow signee Ivy Diego and Righetti HS in the second round to avenge a loss in the first round to her future teammate a year earlier in 2011… has 17 goals and an assist thus far as a senior, earning athlete of the week honors from the Orange County Register on Feb. 6 after scoring a hat trick against Western HS and adding both goals in a win over Yorba Linda HS… second-team All-Empire League selection as a freshman and two-time league MVP as a sophomore and junior… three-time Valencia HS Distinguished Scholar and two-time honor roll recipient… added 12 goals and two assists as a sophomore and three goals and four assists as a freshman… parents are Bruce and Julie… has two sisters, Elizabeth and Victoria… also considered Cal State San Bernardino, CSU Bakersfield, and Cal State Monterey Bay… played club soccer for the Fullerton Rangers… her father played college football at Buena Vista University in Iowa… her sister, Elizabeth, played soccer at CSU Bakersfield (2006-07) and at Fullerton JC.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Speed, strength, and skill -- Ali has all three. She is a local product and we are very happy to have her here at Cal State Fullerton. Her athleticism will allow her to play in our wide positions either in the midfield or on the backline."