Hurricane Women's Soccer Team Inks Seven to National Letters-of-Intent
Feb. 2, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa women's soccer team inked seven players to national letters-of-intent, as announced today by Head Coach Kyle Cussen. The 2012 freshmen class includes Roman Edwards, Elisabetta Impagliazzo, Caitlin Jancuska, Lauren King, Nikki Pokipala, Katy Riojas and Alexa Sidorakis.
"We are very excited about this recruiting class," Cussen said. "This class fits a lot of needs and adds to the depth of our program. Every one of these kids play at a high level, and with the experience they bring to TU, they will compete immediately for playing time. These young ladies have a lot of talent and athleticism which will help us be even more competitive immediately and in the years to come."
Edwards, a 5-4 defender from Oklahoma City, Okla., is a three-year letterwinner at Deer Creek High School. She has helped her team post a three-year 42-3 overall record, finishing as the Class 5A State Champions as a freshman, as the runner-up as a junior and as semifinalists as a sophomore. Edwards also earned one letter in track and field at DCHS. She plays club soccer for OFC 94 Girls.
"Roman is a solid athlete and a very good soccer player," Cussen said. "She reads the game very well and can play a number of positions, but her natural position is as a defender and she will add depth to that position."
A 5-6 midfielder from Newport Beach, Calif., Impagliazzo is a three-year letterwinner at Mater Dei High School, and plays club soccer with Slammers FC. She helped the Slammers advance to the 2010 and 2011 Cal South National Cup finals, capture the 2011 Surf College Cup Championship, 2010 Cal State Premier League Championship and 2010 Coast Soccer Premier League Championship to name a few.
"Impagliazzo is a work horse in the middle," Cussen said. "She plays at a very high level in California and nationally. She will fit in well with our other midfielders due to her competitiveness and skill set."
Jancuska, a 5-8 defender from Irving, Texas, is a three-year letterwinner at Ursuline Academy, leading the team to a 63-7-1 record the last three years and helped claim the TAPPS State Championship all three years. She is a two-time all-district and all-state performer, and was named to the ESPN Rise Winter Texas All-State team as a junior. Jancuska also plays for the D'Feeters 95 club team, which finished as semifinalists in the Region III Championship in 2009 and 2010.
"Caitlin is a talented player and a very good athlete," Cussen said. "She makes good decisions on the ball, is a good passer from the back and gives us another option for a defender to attack from the back."
A 5-9 midfielder from Tulsa, Okla., King is a two-year letterwinner at Edison High School, having missed her junior year with an injury. She tallied five goals and six assists as a sophomore, and nine goals and four assists as a freshman. For her efforts, she was selected as the EHS Freshman of the Year. King also plays for the Tulsa Soccer Club Hurricane 95, claiming the State Championship in 2010 and 2011, and the Regional Championship and National League Championship last year. Her father, Kevin, was a four-year letterwinner (1988-91) and was inducted into The University of Tulsa Hall of Fame in 2003.
"Lauren is coming off a torn ACL a year ago, and has recovered very quickly," Cussen said. "She is a very good soccer player. She reads the game well, is a great passer, is good in the air, has a strong shot and can play in the midfield or up front."
Pokipala, a 5-6 forward from Seal Beach, Calif., was a three-year letterwinner at Los Alamitos High School, helping LAHS win the Sunset League in 2010. She is also a member of the Slammers FC, which won the 2011 Surf Cup Championship (U-17).
"Nikki is a great athlete," Cussen said. "She is versatile and can play almost anywhere on the field. She has continued to improve even more since committing to us and is a very good soccer player."
A 5-6 midfielder from Parkville, Mo., Riojas was a three-year letterwinner at Park Hill South High School. She has helped lead PHSHS to a three-year 56-16-2 record, as well as to three Suburban Conference Championships, the 2011 District 15 Championship and the 2011 Missouri Class 3 quarterfinals. Riojas is a three-time all-conference, all-region and all-state performer. Riojas plays club soccer for the KCFC Heat, which won the 2010 and 2011 Kansas State Cup Championship.
"Katy has a very strong work rate and is a strong, consistent player," Cussen said. "She will add depth to our midfield position. Katy is also very strong academically and will be a great addition to our team."
Sidorakis, a 5-6 midfielder from Tulsa, Okla., is a three-year letterwinner at Jenks High School, where she has helped post a three-year 38-9 record and finish as the Class 6A District Champions as a sophomore and junior, and as the Class 6A State Champions as a freshman. She has tallied eight goals and 10 assists for 36 points. Sidorakis plays club soccer for the Hurricane Futball Club 93 Shubert, winning the Oklahoma State Cup Championship in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
"Alexa is an attacking player," Cussen said. "She can play outside mid or up front. She has a ton of experience and will help us in our attack."
2012 Tulsa Women's Soccer Signees Name Pos. Ht. Hometown (Previous School) Roman Edwards D 5-4 Oklahoma City, Okla. (Deer Creek) Elisabetta Impagliazzo MF 5-6 Newport Beach, Calif. (Mater Dei High School) Caitlin Jancuska D 5-8 Irving, Texas (Ursuline Academy) Lauren King MF 5-9 Tulsa, Okla. (Edison) Nikki Pokipala F 5-6 Seal Beach, Calif. (Los Alamitos High School) Katy Riojas MF 5-6 Parkville, Mo. (Park Hill South High School) Alexa Sidorakis MF 5-6 Tulsa, Okla. (Jenks)
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