May 5, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Head women's soccer coach Ada Greenwood of the University of San Diego has announced that Mariah Hobbs (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman High School), Annie Heaton (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines High School), Erica Peeples (Las Vegas, Nev./Arbor View High School) and Caitlin Williams (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Canyon High School) have all signed National Letters of Intent to play soccer at USD beginning in the fall of 2009.
Hobbs comes to the Toreros after a stand-out career at Bishop Gorman High School and a stand-out career with the Player's Club team. While playing with the Player's Soccer Club, she helped lead the team to seven Nevada State Cup championships and to the US Soccer Club National Finals two times, and a US Youth Soccer finalist one time. While playing at Bishop Gorman, she earned four varsity letters in soccer and one in volleyball, tack and tennis to total seven letters. She helped lead her team to three consecutive league championships and helped the team advance to the regional finals twice. She led her team in both goals scored and assists in her junior and senior seasons, en rout to All-Conference and All-State recognitions during these seasons. As a senior, she led all of Nevada high school soccer in scoring with 33 goals and was second in assists with 18. She also has been named co-valedictorian for her graduation class as she has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while at Bishop Gorman.
"Mariah is an extremely versatile player and we bring quality to the team in the midfield. She is a creative player who reads the game very well," stated Greenwood.
Heaton will join the Toreros after an outstanding high school and club career. She has played for the San Diego Surf Cup club team, where she was named the Goalkeeper of the Year as a sophomore. While playing at Torrey Pines, she earned four varsity letters and led her team to three consecutive Palomar league championships and one Avocado League championship. She helped lead her team to three straight CIF championships and in her senior season, her team was a CIF finalist. She was a member of the Olympic Development Program from 2006-08 and made the regional pool camp in her junior season.
"Annie is a strong keeper with technical and tactical qualities to help make the team more competitive," said Greenwood. "She is very experience club and ODP player that will give the team added depth in the goal."
Peeples comes to the Toreros after a stellar career at Arbor View High School and a stand-out career while playing for the Player's Soccer Club team. While at Arbor View, she was a three-time All-Northwest, All-Sunset and All-Southern Nevada selection. In her senior season, she was named the Las Vegas Female Athlete Player of the Year. While playing club soccer, she helped lead her team to three state championships. Peeples was also a member of the Olympic Development Program, where she was a Region IV Pool selection in 2005 and 2006, a national pool selection in 2005, while also a member for the Nevada State team.
"Erica is a very dynamic explosive forward with great pace. She is very two footed added with her ability to get behind defenses and create high percentage opportunities for herself and the team," stated Greenwood.
Williams comes to USD after a stand-out career at Canyon High School and playing for the Irvine Strikers club team. While playing for the strikers, she helped lead her team to the California Premier League State Championship finals, the Blues Cup Championship in 2007 and to the 2007 West Coast Classic Finals. While playing at Canyon, she was named first-team All-League as a junior and helped lead her team to the CIF quarterfinals in both 2007 and 2008.
"Caitlin is a wide player with great pace and ability to play on either side of the field. She is strong defender with technical and tactical knowledge that will add to the program," said Greenwood.