Twelve Sign to Join Wyoming Women's Soccer Program

June 17, 1999


University of Wyoming head women's soccer coach Anne Moore has announced the signing of 12 student-athletes to scholarship offers.

The 12 include three college transfer athletes and nine high school players. The college transfers are Anne Maddock, a midfielder from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo., Meghan Marsh, a forward who is also from Mesa State College, and Abby Mouch, a defender from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. The high school student-athletes are: Jina Brigham, a defender from Horizon High School in Broomfield, Colo.; Rachael Brink, a defender from Cheyenne East High School in Cheyenne, Wyo.; Katie Groke, a defender from Arvada West High School in Arvada, Colo.; Sarah Kuyper, a goalkeeper from Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Lauren O'Hara, a defender from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Meredeth Russo, a midfielder from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.; Heidi Spandikow, a midfielder who is also from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Danielle Travieso, a defender who is the last of three from Glenbard West High School; and Deanna Weston, a forward from Cheyenne East High School in Cheyenne, Wyo.

"We focused on a combination of maturity, speed and size with this group," said first-year UW head coach Anne Moore. "The transfers have all played at a high level and have experience, while with the high school players, some have the speed we are looking for and the others have the size we desired. Each player was chosen for their specific attributes. We didn't want to have all the same type of player. We wanted a mix that will come together and make the team stronger overall.

"I think that this group of players will give us more options this fall. Since each player has their own strength, and with the core of players we have returning, there will be good competition for those starting 11 jobs. The program has not had large numbers of players in the past, so hopefully now the competition within the team will help bring everyone to the next level."

Following is a description of the players:

College Transfers (3)

Anne Maddock, 5'6", Junior, Midfielder, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colo.

Anne was an All-Conference and All-Region selection as a freshman on the Mesa State team that won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Her team also won the RMAC her sophomore year when she was second on her team in scoring with 21 points, four goals and 13 assists, led the RMAC in assists and was fifth among Division II players in the nation. Attended Horizon H.S. in Broomfield, Colo., where she was a four-time All-Conference selection, a three-time All-State selection and was named to the All-Colorado team her senior year.

"Anne was a major part of Mesa State's success the past two seasons, finishing in the top five nationally last year for Division II," says Moore. "She is very aggressive, strong, fast and vocal in the midfield."

Meghan Marsh, 5'6", Junior, Forward, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colo.

Marsh was also a major part of Mesa State's RMAC championship teams the past two seasons. This past year she started all 22 games and was third on the team in scoring with 16 points, seven goals and two assists.

"Meghan is a versatile player," says Moore. "She is a real workhorse with good speed and good skills. Her experience in the Division II Championships and her winning attitude should help our team get to the next level."

Abby Mouch, 5'4", Sophomore, Defender, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn.

Mouch (ma-K) started 18 of 19 games last year for the Buccaneers and had 15 shots from her position as a defender. Was named to the Southern Conference All-Second Team. Attended Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, where she was a First Team All-Conference and All-City selection as a senior, as well as team captain. Also played basketball in high school.

"Abby played for us last year at ETSU and was All-Conference as a freshman," says Moore. "She is a very tough and fiesty player who is very fast. She will help us out immensely on defense."

High School Players (9)

Jina Brigham, 5'7", Freshman, Defender, Horizon High School, Broomfield, Colo.

Brigham was a two-time All-Conference selection at Horizon H.S., where she helped lead her team to two state semi-final appearances and two conference titles. She was also twice named Honorable Mention All-Colorado. She was captain of her team as a senior and was voted Best Defensive Player on her team twice. Her club team won the premier division at the Colo. State Cup this past year.

"Jina can play sweeper, stopper, outside midfield, or just about anywhere," says Moore. "She has good size, is very good in the air and once she wins the ball she distributes it well."

Rachael Brink, 5'11", Freshman, Defender, Cheyenne East High School, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Brink was an All-Conference and All-State selection as a junior and a senior at Cheyenne East H.S. She was a member of four conference championship teams, two state championship teams and the 1999 National High School Championship Team. Brink was also named a team captain and team MVP her senior year.

"Rachael is one of the top players in the state of Wyoming right now," says Moore. "She has great size, good technical ability and is just a tough player all-around."

Katie Groke, 5'4", Freshman, Defender, Arvada West High School, Arvada, Colo.

A four-year varsity starter, Groke was named All-Conference as a senior. She was also team captain as a senior and was a two-year member of the Colorado Olympic Development team. An honors student Groke was also Arvada West's senior class president.

"Katie is a very tough player," says Moore. "She is quick and tenacious as a defender and should really help our team in the back."

Sarah Kuyper, 5'10", Freshman, Goalkeeper, Rio Rancho High School, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Kuyper was a three-year captain of her Rio Rancho H.S. team. She was named to All-District teams in both 1997 and 1998, and played on the New Mexico Olympic Development State Team from 1994-98. During high school she was named Rookie of the Year, Team MVP and Defensive MVP by her team. Sarah also played basketball for Rio Rancho.

"Sarah also brings size to the team," says Moore. "She has great ability with the high balls because she's so tall. She positions herself well, has good hands, directs well out of the goal and has a good presence."

Lauren O'Hara, 5'5", Freshman, Defender, Glenbard West High School, Glen Ellyn, Ill.

O'Hara is one of three incoming freshmen from Glenbard West H.S. A four-year letterwinner, she was an All-Conference selection as a senior, as well as team captain. O'Hara's high school team was conference champion, regional champion and sectional champion her senior year.

"Lauren has really good speed," says Moore. "She is technically very sound, but her biggest strength is definitely her speed. She is also quick to recover should someone happen to get behind her."

Meredeth Russo, 5'4", Freshman, Midfielder, Columbine High School, Littleton, Colo.

Russo was a member of the Columbine H.S. state runner-up and league champion team this past season. Her team finished the year ranked 10th nationally and was the winner of the Dick Conner 'ACE' Award. Russo was team captain in 1998. She played club soccer for the Colorado Rush, state semi-finalists in 1998, and was a five-year member of the Colorado Olympic Development team.

"Meredeth is quick with very good technical skill and background," says Moore. "Her team lost in the state finals this year, so she comes from a good high school program. She also played for a good club team and has good vision on the field."

Heidi Spandikow, 5'9", Freshman, Midfielder, Glenbard West High School, Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Spandikow is another player from Glenbard West H.S. She was an All-Conference selection as a junior and senior. Her Glenbard West team was the West Suburban Conference Champion for all four years she played. Spandikow's club team, the ELA Alliance, was Illinois State Champion in 1995, 1997 and 1998, and a State Finalist in 1996.

"Heidi is a very technical player," says Moore. "She has good size and has a strong presence on the field. She controls the ball and has the ability to hold people off. We need Heidi to distribute the ball for us and to control the pace of the game."

Danielle Travieso, 5'9", Freshman, Defender, Glenbard West High School, Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Travieso is the final member of the three-some from the dominant Glenbard West team who will play for Wyoming in 1999. She was a vital part of the four conference championship teams. Travieso played club soccer for the Glen Ellyn Lakers.

"Danielle will bring a lot of size to our team," says Moore. "She is a very, very physical player who goes in to the ball hard. Her biggest asset is her size and strength on the ball."

Deanna Weston, 5'3", Freshman, Forward, Cheyenne East High School, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Weston is one of two players, along with Rachael Brink, from the highly successful Cheyenne East program that will join the Cowgirls this fall. An All-State and All-Conference selection, she led the state in scoring as a junior. Weston scored 35 goals her final two years at Cheyenne East and was a team captain as a senior. An honors student, she also played basketball as a senior.

"Deanna is one of the top high school forwards in Wyoming," says Moore. "She is a quick, aggressive player who always seems to find a way to get the ball in the back of the net."