March 11, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -- - The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer program signed five players to join the Titans squad in the 2005 season Head Coach Ali Khosroshahin announced Friday. Fullerton inked four freshman to National Letters of Intent and added a transfer from 2004 California State JC Champion Cypress Community College.
Cathi Dragna (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Canyon HS/Cypress CC) scored twice in the championship game to help the Chargers to the state title. A first-team All-Orange Empire Conference selection in 2004, she finished her sophomore season with 11 goals and five assists (27 points) in helping Cypress to a 22-1-1 overall record and a 14-1-1 mark in league play.
"With the career-ending injury to Allyson Lem, Cathi finally addresses the lack of depth that we have had in central defense," Khosroshahin said. "She is a very athletic player who will be a force in the air for us."
The incoming freshman class features three players from Southern California and a player from New Jersey.
Erica Peschken (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury HS), the lone forward in this year's recruiting class, helped lead her team to a berth into the NJSIAA Group IV State Championship game. She scored 21 goals and had 27 assists for the Gaels, who finished 21-3-2. She was named an NSCAA Regional All-American, earned All-State honors from the Associated Press, Star Ledger, and Daily Record, while also being named the Daily Record's Player of the Year.
"Erica is very exciting, fast player that will bring some scoring punch to our team," Khosroshahin said. "She has good skills and has a lot of composure in the box. We are very excited about bringing a forward of her caliber to our program."
Jenna Oltmanns (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) was a first-team All-CIF Division I First Team selection as a junior and was named to the All-Sunset League Second Team. She helped Esperanza HS to a CIF Semifinal berth in 2003-04 and was also a second-team All-County member as voted by the Orange County Register.
"Jenna is a solid, steady defender who is very versatile and can play anywhere in the back," Khosroshahin said. "She was very fired up to become a Titan, and we always seem to do very well with local kids that want to wear the `F' on the jersey."
Casey Schostag (Valley Center, Calif./Valley Center HS) has earned all-league honors in the past two seasons, including CIF Second Team honors and first-team All-League laurels in 2004.
"We stole one here," Khosroshahin said. "She reminds me of former Titan, Tennli Ulicny (1998-2001), with the way she plays the game. Casey is a central midfielder with an unbelievable work rate and is awesome in the air. Casey likes to touch every blade of grass on the field. She is a very versatile player and will probably play alot of different positions as a freshman."
Jenesa Bradshaw (Bellflower, Calif./Gahr HS) helped lead Gahr to a CIF title as a freshman and holds school records in the 800m (2:18) and the mile (5:25). She was named the school's Athlete of the Year and MVP of the track team in 2004.
"We finally have a natural left-footed player with alot of pace to be play the left back position," Khosroshahin said. "She has a lot of experience playing in some very big games already. We are very happy to have signed a player of her caliber."