January 31, 2012
Placer United to send record number to college soccer programs

Placer United Soccer Club, which will have a record 29 high school seniors from their program move on to play at four-year colleges, will hold a signing ceremony and celebration 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Loomis.

Those moving on are:

• Mikaela Arnstein, Tahoe-Truckee, Colorado
• Miranda Bailey, Del Oro, BYU
• Kendall Boshart, Oakmont, Point Loma Nazarene-San Diego
• Shelby Brown, Marin Catholic-Kentfield, North Carolina-Greensboro;
• Mary Mae Caldwell, Whitney, Cal State Fullerton
• Emily Chalfant, Woodcreek, Point Loma Nazarene
• Christy Cooper, Granite Bay, Air Force
• Bert Corona, Union Mine, Sacramento State
• Kelcey DeCarlo, Roseville, Humboldt State
• Rachel Dortch, Woodcreek, Sonoma State
• Tim Fairley, Vista del Lago, UCLA
• Cody Giddings, Granite Bay, Army
• Lauren Gollnick, Del Oro, Dominican-San Rafael
• Devon Hamersley, Rio Americano, Kansas Wesleyan
• Joey Haug, Rocklin, Air Force
• Lauren Hayano, Woodcreek, San Francisco State
• Emily Huska, Rocklin, Humboldt State
• Avery Hutchinson, Granite Bay, William Jessup
• Sam Hutchinson, Carson HS-Nev., Colorado Mesa
• Dorien Johnk, Granite Bay, Loyola Marymount
• Caitlin Jones, Carson HS-Nev., Chico State
• Kayla Karlsson, Granite Bay, Cincinnati
• Caitlyn Kretzchmar, Folsom, San Diego
• Jennifer Lum, St. Francis, Sacramento State
• Mike Mazzoni, Rocklin, William Jessup
• Jesse McGinley, Truckee, North Carolina-Greensboro;
• Madeline Schiffel, Cornerstone Christian, USF
• Connor Swartz, Ponderosa High, Virginia Tech
• Ty Thompson, Granite Bay, Stanford

"I have had the privilege of working with these extraordinary young people and seeing them not only grow as exceptional players, but as exceptional people," said Ron Benjamin, Placer United's director of coaching in a press release. "They are driven individuals who thrive by seeing their teams succeed. They love the game and their hard work both on and off the field will no doubt take them far in their college careers."

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