University of Oregon announces seven additions to top-25 ranked recruiting class
EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon soccer program announced seven additions to its 2022 recruiting class. Combined with the four signees in the fall, the Ducks’ have the No. 25 class in the nation according to Top Drawer Soccer.
Head coach Graeme Abel has added freshmen Ainsley Fink (Las Vegas), Trinity Morales (Tucson, Ariz.), Caitlyn McCulloch (Orinda, Calif.), Rieley Petkovich (Prescott, Ariz.), Julie Richards (Portland) and Anna Solomon (Lafayette, Calif.), plus USC transfer Bel Rolley (Las Vegas) to the collection of newcomers who will take the field for the Ducks this fall.
Those seven will join fall signees Kristen Conti (Tustin, Calif.), Anna Emperador (Elk Grove, Calif.), Livvy Moore (Deer Park, Wash.) and Ajanae Respass (Highlands Ranch, Colo.).
Morales, a midfielder, is the third four-star recruit in the Ducks’ 2022 class, joining Respass and Conti. The Ducks bolstered the defense with the additions of Richards and Solomon, both goalkeepers, as well as defenders Fink and Rolley. McCulloch and Petkovich will join Morales in the midfield.
“We are so excited to welcome the rest of our 2022 class,” said Abel. “A huge credit goes to our staff for continuing to watch and find these quality student-athletes. We are thrilled to have a top 25 class coming to Oregon this fall.
“Our day-to-day environment is something that is so important to us and this group will add to that environment in so many positive ways,” said Abel. “Our 2022 team is set, roll on August!”
Oregon is scheduled to open the 2022 season on August 12 by hosting Corban in an exhibition match.
Ainsley Fink, D, Las Vegas, Bishop Gorman High School, Club: Heat FC
The No. 8 player in Nevada (Maxpreps) helped lead Bishop Gorman to a 27-0-1 record as a freshman in 2018 and the Nevada state title. That team was ranked seventh nationally by USA Today. Had a pair of assists on Bishop Gorman’s 18-6-1 team in 2019. Competed for Nevada’s Olympic Development Program in 2017-18 and was an ODP national camp attendee in 2019. Four-time recipient of Bishop Gorman’s scholar-athlete award. Club team Heat FC won the ECNL Southwest Conference championship in 2018 and 2020 and advanced to the ECNL national quarterfinals in 2019. Was also the co-valedictorian for Bishop Gorman. Sister Ashtyn plays soccer for Vanderbilt. Father Brian was on the track and field team at Nebraska.
“I was most impressed by the coaches of the UO soccer program and their elevated understanding of the game. There is so much they can teach me and I cannot wait to work with them. The facilities were a plus, too.”
– Ainsley Fink
Caitlyn McCulloch, M, Orinda, Calif., San Ramon Valley High School, Club: Lamorinda Soccer Club
Scored five goals with one assist to help lead San Ramon Valley High School to a 12-6-3 record as a senior. Three of her five goals were game-winners. Named to the East Bay Athletic League second team. U-15 and U-16 national team pool player. Sister Lauren plays soccer for UC Santa Barbara.
“The many resources that are incorporated in the athletic facilities blew me away and showed me how much the University of Oregon cares for their student-athletes. Not only that, but after I met the coaching staff, I immediately connected to them and felt that the University of Oregon would ultimately be the best fit for me.”
– Caitlyn McCulloch
Trinity Morales, M, Tucson, Ariz., Salpointe Catholic High School, Club: SC Del Sol
Four-start recruit who is ranked No. 104 nationally (Top Drawer Soccer). The 2021 4A Player of the Year led Salpointe Catholic to two consecutive 4A state titles. Was a first team all-region selection in 2021 and 2022. She also attended the U-19 U.S. Virtual National Team Camp in 2021.
“I was looking for an academic program that can match its athletics. When I first visited the Jaqua Center, I knew that this facility would help me reach my academic goals while attending the University of Oregon.”
– Trinity Morales
Rieley Petkovich, M, Prescott, Ariz., Prescott High School, Club: SC Del Sol
Helped lead Prescott High School to an 11-1-2 record and the state playoffs as a senior in 2022. All-conference honorable mention. Has four years of Olympic Development Program experience. Uncle Donnie Price played football at Arizona.
“The prestige athletics and insane competition attracted me to Oregon at a young age. The elite coaching staff and next-level atmosphere in the athletic facilities, as well as the beautiful scenery engulfing the campus also drew me in.”
– Rieley Petkovich
Julia Richards, GK Portland, Ore., Liberty High School, Club: FC Portland
The all-state second team goalkeeper and 2021 Pacific League player of the year led Liberty High School to the state playoffs in 2019 and 2021. In 44 matches, had a 0.93 goals against average and made 184 saves. Also ran track, where she was an all-league runner in 100 and 300 hurdles, and was on the varsity swimming team at Liberty. In club competition, led Portland FC to the ECNL national playoffs in 2019 and 2021. Was Liberty’s valedictorian. The recipient of a UO Presidential Scholarship and a UO Summit Scholarship. Named Miss Pioneer Oregon in 2022 and was a Portland Rose Court Metro West Finalist (2021).
“I love to see the level of dedication, competition and compassion of the athletes and coaches with the women’s soccer program and Oregon athletics on the whole. The team has been able to adapt to so many changes over the past few years and really turn the program into a competitive and successful factor in the Pac-12!”
– Julia Richards
Bel Rolley, D, Las Vegas, Nev., Bishop Gorman High School / USC, Club: Heat FC
Transfers to Oregon as a redshirt junior. Played in 25 matches on two NCAA Tournament teams over the last two seasons while making nine starts on defense for USC. Attempted two shots as both a freshman in 2020 and as a sophomore in 2021. Missed the 2019 season (redshirt season) due to an ankle injury. Prior to USC, scored 10 goals with five assists in one season at Bishop Gorman High School. Was named rookie of the year, All-Southwest League, All-Southern Nevada and All-Sunset Region. In club action, led Heat FC to a Southwest Conference title and advanced to the 2017 and 2018 ECNL playoffs. Heat FC was a national quarterfinalist in 2018. Scored 20 goals in club play. Also played for Meremether United in Australia. She lived in Australia from 2008-12, where her mother, Louise, is from.
“I’ve been surrounded by the best players in the country at USC for years now, but it just feels like there is something different about this group. There is a willingness to compete for everything and an attitude like that can win any game. I want to work, I want to win, and I want to enjoy it and this is certainly the place.”
– Bel Rolley
Anna Solomon, GK, Lafayette, Calif., Campolondo High School, Club: Lamorinda Soccer Club
Helped Lamornida Soccer Club win back-to-back state titles. Was an all-district selection for Campolondo High School after holding down a goals against average of 1.07. Campolondo won the league with a 9-2-1 mark and was 15-3-5 overall. Her grandfather, Andrew Komer, was a record-setting basketball player at Carnegie Mellon.
“Some of the things that impressed me the most about Oregon and the soccer program were the support system the school has for all of their student-athletes, the facilities and the close-knit environment.”
– Anna Solomon