Cheney, Wash. – In addition to its 14 new signees from February, the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team has added three more impact players, all sophomores, to its 2015-16 roster via transfer, as announced by head coach Chad Bodnar on Tuesday, May 5.
The Eagles will add twins Lexi Klinkenberg and Abby Klinkenberg from Western Washington University, and Aimie Inthoulay from University of Texas-Pan American, as each individual accepted their respective financial aid agreements. All three players have origins in the Pacific Northwest and have critical playing experience together, competing for the Pacific Northwest Soccer Club throughout their pre-collegiate careers.
"We are very fortunate to pick up three quality athletes and people this late in the process," said Bodnar. "All three of these girls have played at a very high level and come from a good club background. With how many young players we brought in with our recruiting class, it's great to have three players who played at the collegiate level and have a year of experience under their belt."
Lexi, a forward, and Abby, a defender, played in all but one game for the Vikings this past season, as each player served vital roles in WWU's 16-1-4 campaign that resulted in a first round appearance in the NCAA II West Regional tournament. Previous to playing in Bellingham, Wash., the twins prepped at Kentridge High School, earning multiple accolades while leading the Chargers to their first-ever division title, as well as their first-ever quarterfinals appearance in the 4A state tournament.
Inthoulay, a native from Burien, Wash., started 20 of the Broncos' 21 games last season, earning the second-most points (16) on UTPA as a midfielder. She also secured a Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week award as her team went 8-9-4 last season in the WAC. Playing for Highline High School, she earned Seamount League Player of the Year honors in addition to picking up four straight years of all-league honors.
"Abby, Aime and Lexi are all kids that have won a lot of games between club and high school," Bodnar continued. "I think it just adds to the competitive nature of what we're looking to bring into the fall and where we want to go with this program. We're excited to have these three girls join the Eagle family and help us carve the path of where we want to go as a group."
The Eagles will kick off the 2015 season on the road by facing UTEP in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 21, at 7:00 p.m.