SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's soccer team has inked six newcomers to National Letters of Intent, head coach Randy Dedini announced Wednesday.
"We are extremely excited about our 2014 class," Dedini said. "Packed with talent, this group will impact our program immediately with their athleticism and versatility. Every player we signed has the ability to play and make an impact on our team right away."
All six newcomers are from the state of California, including two players from the Greater Sacramento area. Five of the six signees are expected to play in the midfield or at forward and have the ability to play multiple positions. The group also has one goalkeeper to compete with returning junior keeper Kimberly Mata.
The Hornets lost five seniors following the 2013 season but will return 10 starters in 2014, including all-Big Sky second team selections Alyssa Anderson and Jennifer Lum. Sacramento State will also bring back 2012 all-Big Sky selection Kassidy Kellogg after she missed most of the 2013 season due to injury, as she and the incoming class will make a big impact along with the team's 10 returning starters.
Here are the six women's soccer newcomers:
Chelsea Arnold – 5-4 – MF/F – San Ramon, Calif./California HS
Coach Dedini: Chelsea comes from the Mustang soccer club, arguably the top club in Northern California. She has a lot of experience and has a very high soccer IQ which allows her to be versatile and play just about anywhere on the field. A true midfield/forward, Chelsea has great vision and soccer instincts that will give us creativity and depth. Chelsea will be a valuable asset to our program for the next four years.
Andrea Boehm – 5-6 – MF/F – San Ramon, Calif./Amador Valley HS
Coach Dedini: Club teammates with Arnold, Andy also comes from the Mustang soccer club. She has had excellent coaching and has played against the country's top club teams on a weekly basis. A midfielder/forward, Andy has all the tools to be an impact player for us right out of the gates. She has great speed, physicality, skill and a powerful shot. She'll have no problem dropping the shoulder on someone to win a 50/50 challenge and she'll be a force to reckon with.
Destiny Butcher – 5-4 – GK – Roseville, Calif./Granite Bay HS
Coach Dedini: Destiny has been the top goalkeeper in Sacramento forthe past couple of years playing for a strong Placer United soccer club. Although smaller in size for her position, Destiny is explosive. She more than makes up for her height in every other category; she has great hands, solid footwork, phenomenal reflexes and understands how to manage a game. Destiny is college ready and will push for the starting spot.
Amanda Mielke – 5-6 – MF/F – Bellflower, Calif./Mayfair HS
Coach Dedini: Amanda is another versatile attacking player who has the physical qualities to excel as a Hornet. A hard-nosed and blue-collar competitor, Amanda will not shy away from a tackle. Amanda comes from the Strikers FC, a strong southern California soccer club with outstanding coaches. Amanda is fast, athletic and strong. She's another player who can play in almost any position on the field and it will be exciting to see where she can help us the most.
Kylee Smith – 5-8 – F/D – Brentwood, Calif./Heritage HS
Coach Dedini: Kylee is a player I've liked and watched come through the club system for the past five years. She comes to us from a strong Rage ECNL team out of Pleasanton, CA. I was thrilled when she decided to commit to Sacramento State as she's an incredible talent with speed, stamina and skills. A versatile attacking player, she'll compete for time immediately in multiple positions. Although typically used in wide areas to take advantage of her pace she has the skills and vision to play centrally as well. Kylee adds another attacking threat and will do great things as a Hornet.
Bianca Tabuso – 5-6 – F/MF – Antelope, Calif./Antelope HS
Coach Dedini: Bianca is a local product of Sacramento and another player I've had my eye on for several years. She played for Placer United on the top team in Sacramento with exceptional coaching. A naturally left footed goal scorer, Bianca is a threat in and around the goal. She has a powerful shot and precision crosses. Bianca can mix it up physically and beat you with skill and she will compete for time on our forward line and in the midfield.