With the 2010 season two months away, the Cal State Stanislaus women's soccer team earlier this week announced the late signings of three additional players to this fall's lineup. The newest members to the Warriors are defenders Salina Ortiz (Santa Ana College) and Ashley Webb (Saugus High) and forward Elizabeth Scherrer (Sierra College in Rocklin).
Warriors coach Gabriel Bolton said his recent pickups will add speed, physical presence and scoring to his team — which kicks off the new season with an exhibition match at Fresno Pacific on Sept. 2 before welcoming Western Oregon to Warrior Stadium at 7 p.m. on Sept. 4.
“We are very lucky to pick up these three late additions to our team,” Bolton said. “I was very impressed with all three and I'm confident they will make an impact on our program.”
After playing at Los Alamitos High and for the West Coast Soccer Club, Ortiz's time at Santa Ana College was highlighted by her becoming a first-team member of the Orange Empire Conference in 2009.
Her new college coach says Ortiz is “very technical with very good skill on the ball.”
“Salina is a very strong center defender that will bring a physical presence to our team,” Bolton said.
Also joining the Warriors from the junior college level is Scherrer, a Big 8 Conference first-team member in 2009 while at Sierra College. As a forward, she led the Wolverines with 14 goals, finishing up her career with 24 goals (the second most in school history) and nine assists.
Scherrer's arrival continues the strong relationship between Rocklin and Stanislaus. Bolton jump-started the women's soccer program at Sierra College in 1998, and Warriors assistant coach Adrienne Sorenson played there for two years.
The third player to join the Warriors program is Webb, who will reconnect with former Saugus High teammate Emily Relles, an incoming freshman. Webb helped lead her high school squad to the CIF South Section Division II title her junior season.
Webb was recommended to Bolton by local soccer guru Dave de Hart.
“Ashley has terrific size and speed,” Bolton noted. “She is also a very scrappy defender who isn't afraid to mix it up. She has the ability to play any position in the back line and play them all very well.”