June 14, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Head coach Rudy Meredith, who has guided Yale to the NCAA Tournament in two of the last three years, will welcome seven freshmen to New Haven this fall, including the Connecticut Player of the Year. Players from five states and the province of British Columbia make up the Class of 2009.
Here is a look at the Class of 2009:
Kristen Anderson Forward North Vancouver, British Columbia Burnaby Central
Anderson played for the B.C. Provincial Select team for four years and was the leading goal scorer in 2004. Last March, she was invited to train in an under-20 national camp and this summer is playing in the Pacific Coast Soccer League. Anderson also played club soccer for the Burnaby Jazz for three years. The team went undefeated, won the Metro Coastal Cup and the provincial championship in two of her three years and medaled at the 2003 national club championship. Her dad played professional football for the British Columbia Lions and the Toronto Argonauts.
Crystal Howser Midfield Wilmette, Ill. New Trier Township
Howser, who also will play hockey at Yale, starred at New Trier Township High School, which was ranked No. 1 in the country the last two years and won back-to-back state championships. A center midfielder, she registered 30 goals and 18 assists last season and was named all-state for the second time. In addition, Howser has been an Olympic Development regional team member since 1999.
Natasha Mann Defense/Midfield Chevy Chase, Md. Bethesda-Chevy Chase
Mann was an all-state selection, the team most valuable player and the leading goal scorer last fall at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. She was a four-year letterwinner and helped the team to state championships in 2001 and 2004. Mann played club soccer for seven years for Bethesda Excel, which won two regional championships and was a national finalist in 2003.
Maggie Westfal Forward New Canaan, Conn. New Canaan
Westfal was the Connecticut Player of the Year at New Canaan High School last fall. She has been named All-America twice, All-New England three times and all-state three times. Her team won three state championships during her tenure, and she was the MVP of the state tournament and the state final last season. In addition, Westfal plays for the back-to-back state champion CFC Arsenal Premier team. She also will play hockey at Yale.
Emma Whitfield Forward Bow, Wash. Burlington-Edison Whitfield, a two-time team captain, led Burlington-Edison High School in goals in each of her four seasons and shares the school record in career scoring. She was the North West League most valuable player and was a four-time first team all-league selection. In addition, she was twice named the Skagit Valley Herald Player of the Year. Her club team, North West Nationals Volante, won the state championship last year. Whitfield also ran track at Burlington-Edison and holds the school record in the 400-meter run. Her sister, Claire, played soccer at Gonzaga and her other sister, Jacqueline, ran cross country at Seattle Pacific.
Terri Williamson Defense Bensalem, Pa. George School
Williamson was the 2004 Friends League and Bucks County Courier Player of the Year at the George School. She also was a member of the Southeast Pennsylvania All Star team and was the George School captain last fall. Williamson played club soccer for Bux-Mont United, which was a three-time state finalist and finished third in the USA Cup in 2002. In addition, she was a member of the under-19 EPYSA Olympic Developmental Program.
Hayley Zevenbergen Midfield Woodway, Wash. Edmonds Woodway
Zevenbergen was a two-time all-league, all-area and team MVP at Edmonds Woodway High School, which won a league title and participated in the 4A state championship for the first time in school history. She played club soccer with fellow Yale recruit Emma Whitfield for North West Nationals Volante, which won the state championship in March. Zevenbergen also played basketball, helping her team to a state championship, and ran track. Her father, John, was a member of the 1981 U.S. National Rowing team which won a bronze medal, and her mother, Nancy, played basketball at the University of Washington.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity