“I am excited and grateful to announce my verbal commitment to Chico State to play soccer and further my education. I want to thank my family and my former coaches, Ron Benjamin and Placer United, for pushing me to be the player I am today. I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support! I also want to thank Coach Kim and Coach Kat for allowing me to play at the next level. Go Wildcats!”—Gabby Starr
“I started my soccer career in Kindergarten, began playing basketball at age 10, and tried out Cross Country just for kicks my Sophomore year. For me, sports were, and are, love at first sight and have always been a constant in my life. The thrill of the game and the satisfaction of getting thoroughly sweaty at practice is something that never gets old. I am very excited to announce that I have accepted an offer to continue my soccer and academic career as a Corban University Warrior! I spent a long time searching for the right college for me and am thrilled to have found my niche at Corban, located in Oregon. Firstly, I want to thank my family. I love them to the ends of the earth and back! They have always supported me and have pushed me to be not only the best athlete I can be but the best person. I want to thank all my coaches and trainers over the years and Coach Whitney. I appreciate all they have done and continue to do for me. Collegiate soccer is a big step in my life, and I feel blessed to have such amazing family, friends, and coaches. Warriors, here I come!”—Shaelee Killorn
“I am excited and grateful to announce my verbal commitment to the University of San Francisco to continue my academic pursuits and athletic dream of playing D1 soccer. I want to thank my parents and my sister for their support and God for giving me this opportunity. I appreciate my teammates and coaches, Don Finley, Ron Benjamin, Kim Gonzales, and Creed Larrucea, for always believing in me and encouraging me to improve on and off the field. I also want to thank USF Coach Jim Millinder and Coach Pinder Niijar for giving me this opportunity, and I am excited to play for them! Go Dons!” — Kiana Faucette
“I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to play soccer and pursue a nursing degree at Pacific Union College. I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches, and friends, who provided overwhelming support throughout this process. A bigger thank you to my current coach, Ron Benjamin, for pushing me to be the player I am today. Go, Pioneers!”—Leylah Echeverria
“I am stoked to announce my verbal commitment to play collegiate soccer at the University of California, Santa Cruz! I could not have achieved this without the unrelenting support from my family, teammates, friends, and coaches. I want to thank coaches Don Finley, Kara Diederichs, Ron Benjamin, and my dad, who continuously pushed me to reach my full potential. I cannot wait for this next challenge! Go Slugs!” — Cheyln Ackermananta
“I am extremely excited and grateful to announce my verbal commitment to play Division 1 soccer and continue my academic career at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I want to thank my coaches, teammates, family, and friends for their support throughout my growth as a player. I can’t wait to be a Mustang!” — Shannon Porubski
The 2022 Division 1 Women’s College Cup Soccer Championships begin on Friday, and Placer United boasts four alumna who will be competing in the event. In the first round, ’03 Kellie Pagador and the #3 seed Stanford Cardinals will take on the San Jose State Spartans. ’03 Kalia Uehara of Jackson State University will face #1 seed Alabama. ’99 Mackenzie George and the #6 seed Tennessee Volunteers face off against Xavier. Lastly, ’00 Abena Aidoo and Vanderbilt take on the #5 seed Clemson Tigers.
We are very proud of you ladies, and wish you the best of luck!
“I am very excited to announce that I just accepted an offer to play D1 soccer at Sacramento State! My soccer journey has been a great experience, and I can’t wait to continue it in college. I want to give a big thank you to some of my coaches who have made me the player I am today. Coach Andy Walsh coached me for four years, and he always believed in me no matter what. I also want to thank Ron Benjamin, I haven’t been with him for long, but I have improved a lot in the time I have been with him. Most importantly, I want to thank my family for always being there! I can’t wait to be a hornet. STINGERS UP!” — Izzy Scott
2024 Grad Caroline Souza of Placer United 04/05G ECNL Commits to the Wolfpack of the University of Nevada-Reno
“I am unbelievably excited to announce my verbal commitment to play D1 soccer and study at the University of Nevada-Reno. I have dreamed of this day since I was a little girl and can’t believe it’s happening. I want to thank my coaches and trainers for helping me get where I am today. I especially want to thank all my teammates for pushing me throughout every practice and game. I definitely couldn’t have done this without my family, who are without a doubt my number 1 fans and have pushed me to be the best person of myself on and off the field. To top it off, I can’t wait to play collegiate soccer with my best friend and sister. LET’S GO PACK!” — Caroline Souza
“I am thrilled to announce that I have verbally committed to continue my academic and soccer career at Biola University!! A huge thanks to my parents, family, friends, and teammates. Thanks to my coaches throughout the years: Janis Hurter, Gregg Thompson, BJ Glass, and Ron Benjamin, for coaching me and supporting me through this journey. I can’t wait for these next four years and for what’s to come! All the glory to God!”—Riley Brumfield