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Clackamas Soccer sends seven players to Div I & Div II programs

Seven Cougs move on to NCAA DIV I & II Programs

May 25, 2011


OREGON CITY, OR -- Seven Cougars have singed or committed to continue their academic & playing careers at 4-yr programs next season.

The seven commitments represent the second time in the program's nine year history that this many Cougars have been recruited to 4-yr programs. CCC soccer also sent seven student-athletes on in 2008, following the NWAACC title season of 2007. All seven of the 2010 signees will be going on to NCAA Div I or II programs.

"I'm so proud of these players for what they have accomplished at CCC," said head  coach Tracy Nelson. "They will go on to represent the school and soccer program in a very positive way. I look forward to seeing them move on to the next level and we will dearly miss them all."

Sophomore keeper Melissa Ferguson was the first to sign, opting to stay close to home with Portland State University. Ferguson was a first team All-Southern Region selection and helped lead the Cougars to the 2010 NWAACC title game.

Two time Southern Region Player of the Year Jennifer Jackson, freshman centerback Aryn 'Ry' Rayford and sophomore midfielder Lindsay Bauman closely followed with signings to Minnesota State University, the University of Houston and Western Oregon University.

Jackson will be reunited with 2009 CCC grad Marissa Santana, now a senior at MSU. Rayford, a freshman all-region defender, was the anchor of the Cougars' back line in 2010 that recorded 11 shutouts while Bauman helped set up a CCC offense that recorded 57 goals last season.

Sophomores Bianca Brambila, Emily Fadenrecht, and Kahyra Ramirez are the most recent to announce their signings.

Brambila, also a 2010 all-region selection, played midfield for the Cougars 2008 Southern Region title team and was a defender in 2010, following a medical redshirt in '09. She will be headed to New Mexico Highlands University along with Ramirez who was a midfielder. Fadenrecht, a center forward, will be taking her skills to Eastern Washington University next year.

Rayford, as are all the recruits on their choices, is stoked about her future next season, "I'm very excited about going to Houston - it's division 1 and the coach has a great reputation - also the fact that UH is ranked #2 in the nation for my major."

Several other sophomores with solid resumes could potentially land spots on 4-yr rosters next year.

Forwards Jennifer Almond and Rachel Nevell, midfielder Gabby Nevell (2010 all-region) and defender Aubrey Cribbs each played a role in the Cougars two year record of 24-7-4. Almond and both Nevell sisters started every game. Gabby Nevell is planning to walk on at UNLV next season as is Cribbs at Linfield College.

Starter Bailee Sanders, a very talented freshman defender, has completed all her degree requirements and is enrolling at Oregon State University next season. Sanders has the skills to play at the next level but is opting to devote her time strictly to academics while at OSU.

The ladies attributed much of their success to to head coach Tracy Nelson's program at CCC. "Tracy is an amazing coach and I feel like she did a really great job preparing me for the next level, said Ferguson. "I had taken two years off of soccer and by the time she was done with me, I felt like I had never stopped.

Added Jackson on her two year experience, "She {Nelson] has taught me so much to prepare me for the next level both athletically and academically."

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