The Stanford women's soccer program signed seven to letters of intent, including U.S. under-20 national-team captain Andi Sullivan, and the recruiting class has been recognized as No. 1 in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
The top class also includes Gunn senior Sarah Robinson, Menlo School senior Jaye Boissiere and Menlo-Atherton senior Zoe Pacalin. All three are club members of the Mt. View/Los Altos Lightning.
Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe also has signed Kyra Carusa (San Diego), Alison Jahansouz (Huntington Beach), and Mariah Lee (Covington, Wash.).
"We are very excited to sign seven outstanding student-athletes for our 2014 recruiting class," Ratcliffe said. "We are confident that they will be valuable contributors to the team and help us compete for another national championship."
The class includes four members of U.S. Youth National Team player pools. They will strengthen a program that has reached five College Cups in the past six years, made 16 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, and had 26 consecutive winning seasons.
The Cardinal returns nine of 11 starters from a 15-6-1 team that reached the third round of the NCAA tournament for the eighth consecutive season.
The following is a closer look at each member of the Stanford class of 2018:
Andi Sullivan, MF (Lorton, Va./South County HS/McLean YS): Sullivan, TopDrawerSoccer.com's No. 1 recruit, captained the United States in its CONCACAF Under-20 championship final victory over Mexico in January despite being, at age 18, the youngest player on the roster. Sullivan, whose nicknames are Sunny and Sunshine, is the reigning NSCAA national Youth Player of the Year and is a three-time Youth All-American. Sullivan has excelled with the U.S. national team program since the U-15 level. She helped the U.S. to the U-17 World Cup in 2012 and has the U-20s headed to their World Cup this summer. The daughter of Coast Guard Academy student-athletes, Andi is among three kids in her family to play NCAA Division I soccer.
"Andi Sullivan is considered one of the top recruits in the country and brings a wealth of experience to Stanford," Ratcliffe said. "Andi will be a great leader and has the potential to make an immediate impact as a defender or midfielder."
Jaye Boissiere, MF (Los Altos Hills): Boissiere is a member of the U.S. Under-18 national team pool and was among 24 at the team's most recent camp, in December. Boissiere is among three recruits from the MVLA Lightning club team that won a national title in 2010 and reached the final in 2012. Boissiere was born at Stanford Hospital and attends nearby Menlo School in Atherton, where she earned West Bay Athletic League MVP honors in 2012 when she led the Knights to the Central Coast Section Division III title.
"Jaye Bossiere will be a solid addition to our defensive midfield position," Ratcliffe said. "She has excellent technical skills and a strong soccer IQ. Jaye has the ability to retain possession of the ball and change the point of attack from the midfield."
Zoe Pacalin, MF (Portola Valley): A member of the U.S. U-18 player pool, Pacalin can play central midfield or in defense. Dedicated to both her athletic and academic pursuits, Pacalin anticipates majoring in biochemistry or bioengineering. Pacalin has served as a U.S. U-18 national team captain and won national and regional championships with MVLA, where she was coached by Erin and Albertin Montoya.
"Zoe Pacalin has incredible technical skills and a strong work-ethic," Ratcliffe said. "She will add creativity and intelligence to our midfield. Zoe will be a great addition to the squad."
Sarah Robinson, MF (Los Altos): The tireless Robinson is a three-time youth soccer All-America and a member of the U.S. U-18 national team player pool. She helped the U.S. to the U-17 CONCACAF soccer title in 2012 and was the USYSA national Golden Ball winner the same year. There is another side to Robinson as well. She holds school track and field records at Gunn High in the 1,600 (4:47.58) and 3,200 meters (10:26.65), finishing third in California in the latter. Last fall, she became only the sixth girl to break 17 minutes on the rugged 40-year-old 2.95-mile Crystal Springs championship cross-country course and was 11th at the Nike Cross Nationals.
"We needed an attacking midfielder and Sarah Robinson is an exceptional fit for our team," Ratcliffe said. "She has excellent skill, vision and speed. Sarah will bring creativity to our midfield and allow us to play a fast-paced attacking style of soccer."
Kyra Carusa, F (San Diego): Carusa has been a prolific scorer for San Diego's Del Norte High, with 58 goals and 50 assists in three varsity seasons. In the Nighthawks' second varsity season, Carusa scored 26 goals and had 34 assists to lead them to the 2012 Valley League title and into the CIF-San Diego Section Division III final. Carusa broke her femur that spring, but rebounded with a 22-goal season for Del Norte and has been a team captain for her San Diego Surf club team for the past four years.
Alison Jahansouz, GK (Huntington Beach): With the graduation of two goalkeepers, Stanford reinforces the position with the signing of Jahansouz, a member of the U.S. U-20 player pool. A scholar-athlete, Jahansouz led Edison High to two Sunset League titles while earning NSCAA All-West Region honors. She also was a member of the 2012 Olympic Development Program national champion with the Cal South team.
Mariah Lee, F (Covington, Wash.): Lee, a speedster from the Northwest, brings outstanding scoring abilities as well as a well-rounded background. A concert violinist and ASB President, Lee was part of Kentwood High's school-record setting 4x400-meter relay team, and won state titles in track and field as well as soccer. Lee has led Washington Premier FC into the Elite Clubs National League and a state title.