Women’s Soccer Announces New Recruits, Reveals 2006 Schedule

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 7th, 2006


Westmont women’s soccer head coach Rebecca Mouw has released the 2006 schedule and announced five new recruits set to join the team this fall. Among the entering freshmen are two local high school players, Caitlin McDermott of Santa Barbara and Brenna Zimmerman of San Marcos. Both were All-CIF Southern Section Division II first team selections.

“If I had to pick one word to describe Caitlin,” said Mouw, “it would be ‘gamer’. She is competitive and when it comes down to the wire, she will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Whether it’s going up front and scoring goals, getting an assist on an overtime goal, or stepping in the goal during a shoot out, she can do whatever needs to be done to win. That classifies a Westmont women’s soccer player.”

A four year varsity player for the Dons, McDermott was assessed by Mouw as a versatile player. “Caitlin can play every position including goalkeeper. She is good in the air and good on the dribble. Her athleticism takes her far. Caitlin doesn’t get beat on the dribble when she is defending – she is skilled with the ball at her feet.”

McDermott and Zimmerman may be cross-town rivals on their respective high school teams, but as club soccer players, they were teammates for the Riptide of the Futbol Club of Santa Barbara.

“Brenna is a back and a very strong tackler. She strikes the ball really well,” said Mouw. “As part of the CIF co-champion team at San Marcos, Brenna has a lot of championship game experience.”

Zimmerman earned Santa Barbara News-Press Female Athlete of the Week honors on March 7 after spearheading a defense that kept top ranked Tesoro scoreless in the CIF Southern Section championship match.

“Brenna strikes the ball well and is good at distributing it to her teammates,” added Mouw.

Also expected to play back is Amanda Barret of Chaparral High School in Temecula.

“Amanda is a strong back and a good tackler with a good sense of the game,’ said Mouw. “She comes from an athletic family – her dad is a baseball coach and her brother plays arena football. Amanda is super competitive and will definitely look to push for some playing time,” continued Mouw.

Midfielder Breanne Mason of Bakersfield High School will also join the Warriors squad this fall. “Breanne has been playing in the center midfield. She is a great passer who has a great sense for seeing the field. She also has a good touch on the ball. She reminds me of Kylea [Kangles] when she plays.” Kangles (’06) played defense for the Warriors from 2002-2005.

A four year varsity player, Mason was named first team all-league and second team all-area as a senior. Team captain in both her junior and senior seasons, Mason’s team won the Valley Championship in her junior year.

“Breanne has been coached very well in both high school and on her club team. We are always looking to bring that into our team.”

Another midfielder, Lauren Burtis of Grandview High School in Aurora, Colorado, makes the fifth recruit for the 2005-06 season.

“Lauren is a good passer who could play either in the center midfield or outside,” noted Mouw. “She moves off the ball very well and sees the field well. She was a varsity starter last year on a very good team. Her high school coach highly commended her for her commitment, excellence and effort put out on the field.”

The new recruits, along with the Warriors’ returning veterans, will begin the season with a mission trip to Rwanda which is scheduled for August 5-20. While the team will play the Rwandan National team in an exhibition, the main purpose of the trip is to participate in Christian missions. Players and coaches will team up with the Good News Team, a group of Rwandan Nationals who work with the Sports Outreach Network. Activities will include visiting and ministering to refuge camps, churches, hospitals and prisons. They will also help to rebuild towns that have been broken by civil war. The trip is being organized by former Westmont men’s soccer coach Russ Carr (1966-1982).

Upon their return, the team will find a beefed up fall schedule. The 2006 campaign begins with an August 24-25 trip to Portland where the Warriors will face two national tournament teams in Simon Fraser (B.C.) and Concordia (Ore.). Simon Fraser reached the semifinals of last year’s tournament with a 2-1 victory over Azusa Pacific while Concordia lost 2-0 in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Martin Methodist. Westmont defeated Houghton (N.Y.) 3-2 to make the NAIA final four.

“It’s going to be tough playing those big games early and right after we get back from Africa,” said Mouw. “We’ll have about four days after we get back to prepare mentally and rest our legs. To play those two high level teams early is important in terms of our experience. The only thing we are concerned about is being healthy coming back from Africa.”

The Warrior’s home opener will take place on Saturday, September 2, against Oklahoma Baptist. The game will be the third of the day on Russ Carr Field as the men’s team will participate in the final day of the Heritage Club Classic preceding the women’s contest.

“I know the Oklahoma Baptist coach, Marcelo Galvao, pretty well and I am excited they are coming out to play,” said Mouw. “When I played at Wheaton, Marcelo, who is Brazilian, took our team on a mission trip to Brazil.”

The Warriors will take a break before hosting Graceland (Iowa) on September 14. “That will be helpful in our recovery,” said Mouw. “Graceland will be another tough opponent for us.” Graceland reached the quarterfinals of the 2005 championships before falling to Lee (Tenn.) by a score of 2-1.

On a trip to the bay area, the Warriors will take on Menlo (Sept. 16) and Notre Dame de Namur (Sept. 18). “Those games will be helpful in terms of our region,’ said Mouw.

Westmont will conclude the non-conference with a home match-up with Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) on September 23 before starting Golden State Athletic Conference play on Tuesday, September 26 at Concordia (Calif.).

“We play the GSAC teams in the same order as we played them last season,” said Mouw. “The GSAC is always a strong schedule – there aren’t any easy games. Ending our season at Point Loma will be challenging. We will have to get up for that one.”

The homecoming game is scheduled for Saturday, September 30 as part of a men’s-women’s doubleheader against Azusa Pacific. The other GSAC home games are against San Diego Christian (Oct. 7), Vanguard (Oct. 10), Fresno Pacific (10/21) and Hope International (10/24).

[2006 schedule]