Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer announces 14-player recruiting class
FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer head coach Demian Brown announced on Thursday that 14 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the program for the upcoming 2020 season.
Our 2020 class is dynamic and exciting,” Brown said. “We needed to focus on adding some high athletic players along with skillful midfielders and players that could enhance our attacking options. I am excited to add this group of players to our family and look forward to working towards another Big West title.”
Please note that high school soccer is currently in season so all accolades noted are from previous seasons.
“I chose to attend Cal State Fullerton because I instantly fell in love with the campus and area. I also attended many camps early on and when I made my way to CSF and clicked instantly with the environment I knew it was the right place for me.”
Bersch, who hails from Lincoln, Calif., will graduate from Lincoln High School in May. She has played soccer all four years for the Fighting Zebras and was named Team MVP as a sophomore and junior while also earning All-Foothill Valley League honors. As far as team achivements, Bersch helped her squad qualify for the semifinals of the playoffs for the first time in program history.
The daughter of John and Noelle Bersch, she will be pursuing a degree in criminal justice and aspires to become a probation officer as she’s always been drawn towards law enforcment. She has two older brothers and enjoys spending free time with her friends.
“I chose to attend CSUF because of the competitive environment, elite coaching staff, and the ability of the program for developing players to continue a soccer career after college.”
Brinkman, a native of Antioch, graduated from Freedom High School in 2018 and spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. In 2019, the forward made nine starts while appearing in all 19 contests for the Gaels. She earned Student-Athlete of the Week honor and recorded two goals during the season, including one in a 6-1 win over Wagner. She tallied one assist against Portland and logged over 900 minutes of action.
In 2018, she appeared in all 19 games in her first season as a Gael and made three starts. She took nine shots during the season and four were on target.
During her four seasons at Freedom High, Brinkman scored 53 goals and had 13 assists. She claimed all-league honors in each of her first three high school seasons and earned Team Snap All-State Team honors as a senior. She is a member of the Cal North PDP program.
The daughter of Ryan and Cheryl Brinkman, Kaytlin is pursuing a degree in sociology. She has one sister and in her free time enjoys being with family, playing pick-up soccer games, writing, reading, cooking, listening to music and making art.
“I chose to attend Cal State Fullerton because of the campus, the communications department, the coaching staff and the culture of the team.”
Bugle, who hails from Rolling Hills Estates, will graduate from Palos Verdes High School in May. She has been a three-year starter for the soccer team and helped guide the team to the CIF Playoffs. She has also been a member of the National Honor Society.
She is the daughter of Brian and Kristina Bugle and was born in Torrance. She is pursuing a degree in communications and has volunteered her time at the National Charity League since seventh grade.
“I chose Cal State Fullerton because the school was a great match and the soccer program and staff are amazing.”
Foster will graduate from Grossmont High School in the summer after playing all soccer all four years. She was named Team Captain as a junior and senior. Garnered first-team all-league honors in 2017, 2018 and 2019 while also claiming second-team All-CIF honors in 2019. Foster was honored with the Division 2 CIF Championship Sportsmanship Award in 2019 as the team claimed the Grossmont Hills League Championship, Division 2 CIF Championship and made it to the semifinal round of the 2019 California State Championship.
She was born in La Mesa to Jeffrey and Melissa Foster. Foster has one older brother and has yet to declare a major. Enjoys playing volleyball at the beach, surfing or just relaxing in her free time.
“I chose to attend CSF because of its amazing campus, strong coaching staff that will develop me as a player, and because the location is close enough to home, but far enough to feel independent.”
Gough will graduate from Ernest Righetti High School in the summer after playing three years of soccer for the school. She was named team captain as a sophomore and senior (did not play for school as a junior) while also being named the team’s Best Offensive Player and Team MVP as a sophomore. She earned the Scholar-Athlete Award all four years.
She is the daughter of Jordan and Enjolee Gough and was born in Santa Maria. She also has two brothers. Gough has yet to declare a major and enjoys hanging out with friends, playing with her dogs and watching Youtube in her free time. She has volunteered her time to help First Christian Church build homes for families in need in Mexico and is a participant in Hands of Mercy and the Recovery Redemption Center.
“From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew that CSUF was the perfect spot for me. I loved the coaching staff, the positive atmosphere, and the campus as well as it’s location. CSUF offers a high level of academics and athletics which will help me grow not just as an athlete but as a person. I’m so excited to be a Titan!”
A native of Tracy, Hall will graduate from Tracy High School in May after playing soccer for all four years. She earned first-team All-TCAL honors all four years of her career and earned Scholar Athlete Award ever year as well. As a sophomore she was named Team MVP and League MVP. She led the team to a TCAL Championship as a sophomore, junior and senior years.
She was born in Stockton to Charles and Tracy Hall. She has one younger brother. Hall will pursue a degree in communications and aspires to be a public relations specialist. In her free time she enjoys listening to music and spending time with friends and family.
“I chose Cal State Fullerton because it suited my academic needs and the soccer program was by far the best from all my other options. I also liked the coaching staff. The area and campus was best for my needs and is close to home.”
Jackson, who hails from Fontana, just graduated from Rancho Cucamonga High School as an early graduate. As a goalkeeper, Jackson played three years of soccer for the Cougars. She also was a member of the track and field team for three years and was a kicker for the football team as a senior, the first female varsity football in school history. On the field, she garnered Baseline League Honorable Mention as a sophomore. She was a first-team all-league and first-team all-area honoree as a junior while helping her team claim the league championships in 2017 and 2019. She was a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years.
She is the daughter of James Jackson and Regena Weatherford and has one sister. Jackson will be pursuing a degree in childhood and adolescent development and aspires to be a pediatrician. She also plays rugby and was named Team USA’s Next Olympic Hopeful. In her free time she enjoys going to Magic Mountain, working out, taking online classes and spending time with her mother and friends.
“I’m choosing to attend CSUF because I am very excited to be a student athlete playing DI soccer while getting my degree. CSUF is special to me because it is the school where my mom played volleyball, and where she and my grandmother both graduated.”
A Brea native, she will graduate from Brea Olinda High School this summer. She played soccer all four years for the Wildcats and was named team captain as a junior and senior. She also garned Century Conference All-League honors as a junior, helping lead the team to the second of the CIF Championships. For each of the first three years of her high school career she was a Scholar Athlete and was named an AP Scholar with Distinction.
She was born in Fullerton to Brendan and Ann Marie Ledden. She has one brother and one sister. Ledden is pursuing a degree in engineering and aspires to be an engineer because of her love for math and science. Her mother, a Fullerton alumna, played volleyball for the Titans from 1992-94.
“I fell in love with the soccer program, team, and coaching staff. I also can’t wait to continue my academic journey in the schools outstanding business program.”
Peraza will graduate from Santiago High School in the summer after playing soccer for the school for three years. As a freshman, Peraza won the Coaches Award but suffered a knee injury at the end of the season that forced her to sit out until junior year. Upon returning, she garnered first-team All-Big 8 honors, was an All-SCA and all-area second team honoree while claiming the team’s Most Improved Award. She helped the team reach the second round of the CIF Championships.
She was born in Riverside to Richard and Thalia Peraza. She also has two brothers and a sister. Peraza plans to pursue a degree in business and is considering a minor in kinesiology. She aspires to own her own business one day. In her free time she enjoys drawing and painting along with going to the gym.
“There are so many reasons why I chose Cal State Fullerton. First of all, I love the coaching staff; they invested tons of time into recruiting me from the very beginning and continue to show me that they care. Also, I am a Huntington Beach girl and am looking forward to my family being at as many games as possible. I am so excited to continue everything that I love about my life at Cal State Fullerton.”
A native of Huntington Beach, she will graduate from Huntington Beach High School in the summer. She was a member of the track and field team for one year while playing soccer all four years. Earned first- and second-team All-Sunset League honors and helped lead her team to the CIF California Regional Soccer finals as a freshman. The left-footed left back played for LAFC Slammers ECNL for the past two years and helped the team advanc all the way to the ECNL National Finals in Virginia, making them one of the top two teams in the nation. She was a Scholar Athlete all four years and claimed the HBHS Scholar Award as a junior. She is a member of the National Honor Society.
She was born in Long Beach to Paul and Annalisa Phantumabamrung. She also has one younger brother. Phantumabamrung has yet to declare a major but is interested in political science and aspires to become a civil rights attorney. She enjoys reading, going to the beach, going to church and hanging out with friends and family in her free time. Has volunteered her time with Santa Fe Springs Relay for Life for the last six years. She is also team captain of her Girl Scout troop for the last four years.
“I felt that CSF was a good t for me academically and athletically. I believe that CSF’s atmosphere will contribute to any success for me in the future. I also really like Coach Brown’s coaching philosophies and the style of the team.”
Porter will graduate from Thousan Oaks High School in the summer after playing soccer all four years and track and field for her first two years. She was named second-team all-league as a sophomore and Defensive Player of the Year. She was also named Team Captain as a senior and was a member of the Honor Roll all four years.
She was born in Thousand Oaks to Eric and Marla Porter and has one younger sister. Porter will pursue a degree in kinesiology and aspires to have a career in sports medicine. She spends her free time reading, studying and hanging out with friends.
“I chose CSUF for its combination of a successful and highly competitive soccer program along with its strong academic environment.”
Raymond, a native of Menifee, will graduate from Paloma Valley High School in the summer after playing soccer for four years and two years on the track and field team. She helped lead the soccer team to the school’s first CIF Championship in 2018. The squad was also a 2018 CIF State Championship finalist with Raymond leading the league in assists. As a team they were ranked 10th in California in 2018 and 36th in the nation. She garnered first-team All-Ivy League honors for her performances. As a junior, she was a second-team all-league honoree. She was named the Team Captain as a senior. Raymond was a Scholar Athlete all four years and was a four-year member of the California Scholarship Federation.
She was born in Fresno to Dennis and Teresa Raymond. She also has a brother. Raymond has yet to declare a major but she enjoys hiking and hanging out with friends in her free time.
“I chose to attend CSUF because it is close to home and I love the environment of the campus.”
Rodriguez, a Fullerton native, will graduate from nearby Troy High School in May. The defender played soccer all four years at Troy and earned second-team all-league honors each of the first three years. She was named Rookie of the Year as a freshman and Defensive MVP as a junior. Helped the team win their league
The daughter of Jeffrey and Maria Rodriguez, Destiny is one of four children in the family. She will be pursuing a degree in biology and aspires to be a pharmacist. She enjoys watching Netflix and hanging out with friends in her free time.
“I chose to attend Fullerton because I love the coaching staff and the positive atmosphere of the team. The strong academics gives me a chance to grow as a student and the location is close to home. I am very excited and blessed to have the opportunity to attend and play soccer for CSUF.”
A native of Simi Valley, Solis will graduate from Sierra Canyon High School in the summer. She played soccer all four years as a midfielder. She was a second-team All Gold Coast League honoree and was named Los Angeles Daily News Newcomer of the Year with 16 goals and six assists as a freshman. As a sophomore, she tallied 17 goals and 10 assists while being claiming first-team all-league honors. Solis claimed first-team all-league accolades as a junior as well with 11 goals and five assists. She helped lead the team to Division 4 CIF State and Regional Championships.
She was born in Thousand Oaks to Anthony and Rebecca Solis. She has one older brother. Solis has yet to declare a major. She enjoys spending her free time with her friends and family.
This recruting class will to build on what was a historic 2019 for the Titans as they posted an overall record of 14-3-4 (5-0-3 Big West), making history in the Big West Conference as the first team to win the championship after finishing in last place the year prior. The squad also posted a 16-match unbeaten streak, the longest in program history, and went on to win both the Big West regular season and tournament titles.