WSOC Welcomes Six for the 2018 Season

Feb. 7, 2018

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga women's soccer team announced six additions to next season's roster. This is the second recruiting class for the Zags' head coach Chris Watkins.

"This class will help our program take some big steps forward over their four years," Watkins said. "These student-athletes bring in some great experience and athleticism for what will be a very challenging 2018 schedule."
Haley Archuleta
M | Highlands Ranch, Colo. | Arapahoe | Real Colorado
Archuleta brings a successful work ethic on the field and in the classroom to Gonzaga in 2018. On the field, she was named second team All-League her freshman and sophomore seasons at Arapahoe High School. Following her junior year, Archuleta earned first team All-league honors and was second team All-State. She also played in the All-State game in 2016.
In the classroom, Archuleta has an impressive 4.192 weighted grade-point average. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She is interested in majoring in Engineering.
Archuleta plays for the Real Colorado club team. In 2014, she helped them advance to the ECNL Finals, earning second place, fourth place in 2015, and second place in 2016. This year, she was a member of their developmental academy.
"I chose Gonzaga because I feel that the coaches and professors really want to build relationships with the students and help them so that they can be successful in the classroom and on the field," Archuleta said.
"Haley's played at a very high level with a great Club team with good pace and experience," Watkins said.
Sophia Braun
M | Beaverton, Ore. | Jesuit | FC Portland ECNL
Braun played in the High School All-American game in 2017. She earned All-State honors in 2016 and 2017 and was tabbed All-Metro League first team. She was a four-year varsity starter at Jesuit High School. As one of the captains of the Jesuit, she led the team to two state championships in sophomore and senior seasons. During her senior year, Jesuit climbed to No. 2 in the USA Today and TopDrawer Soccer national ranking. Braun helped Jesuit break the OSAA record for goals scored in a single season (86). She scored 43 goals in her high school career, with 54 assists.
In the classroom, Braun boasted a 3.99 GPA and was an honor roll student for four years. She was a member of National Hispanic Recognition Program and the National Honor Society.
Braun played for the FC Portland ECNL and the Portland Thorns Development Academy club teams. She scored 13 goals and recorded 18 assists during club play.
"As soon as I stepped onto the campus I knew Gonzaga was the school for me," Braun said. "I loved the strong sense of community both on the soccer team and throughout the school. The coaches and the entire athletic staff are very supportive. I'm super excited to further myself both on and off the field at Gonzaga."
"Sophia comes to us as a High School All American," Watkins said. "She has great technical skill and shows incredible composure with the ball."
Bryanna Carson
M | Pleasant Grove, Utah | Pleasant Grove | Utah FC
Carson is a 5-2 forward from Pleasant Grove, Utah. She was named All-State First Team by the Salt Lake Tribune at Pleasant Grove High School. She was also an All-State selection by the Deseret News.
Carson led her club team, Utah FC, to the Utah state title in 2016. They were state finalists and the Utah State League Champion in 2017. Utah FC claimed the Avalanche Invitational title in 2015 and 2016.
"I chose Gonzaga because I love the atmosphere and religious focus at Gonzaga, and I feel everyone is welcome," Carson said. "I also love the closeness of the team and their dedication on and off the field. I love the focus they have on serving the community and those around them."
The daughter of Terry and Michelle Carson has a 3.986 GPA and is an honor roll student. She is interested in Human Physiology as a major and would like to be a Physician's Assistant.
"Bri is an exceptional ball winner, with great pace," Watkins said. "She is a box to box defender with iron lungs."
Hannah Hale
F | Phoenix, Ariz. | Xavier College Preparatory | Scottsdale Soccer Blackhawks
Hale comes to Gonzaga after a stellar career at Xavier College Prep in Phoenix, Ariz. Hale is a member of the Scottsdale Soccer Blackhawks. The successful club team was second place in the Arizona State Cup and NPL Champions in the Mountain Developmental League in 2015. Hale was invited to the Arizona Olympic Development Program in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She was also invited to the Region IV Camp in 2014 and 2015. The Blackhawks won the Far West Desert League in 2015 and 2016.
Hale's cousins, Calvin and Cory LeBrun are members of the GU baseball program. Cory is now a student coach, while Calvin is in his senior year as a pitcher. Hale is interested in Pre Med and would like to become an Orthopedic Surgeon.
"I chose Gonzaga because I was amazed at the student community the school has created on the field and in the classroom," Hale said. "After seeing Gonzaga's campus, getting a look into the soccer program, and meeting the coaches and my future teammates I knew I had found the right school. There was such an influential culture and everybody was so warm and welcoming. The coaches are creating such a strong program and I am so excited to be a part of it next year."
"Hannah is a quick, attack minded player who loves to go forward," Watkins said. "She will be fun to watch."
Gabriela Maas
D | San Diego, Calif. | Rancho Bernardo | Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks
Maas will be a freshman at Gonzaga in 2018-19. She was a four-year letterwinner at Rancho Bernardo High School for head coach Mark Sidebottom. She was key to the team's defensive success and received the Scholar-Athlete Award for achieving a 3.5 or better. Maas was selected to the San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team.
Maas excels in the classroom. She boasts a 4.22 GPA. She received the Silver Star Award four times for achieving a 4.0 or above each school year. She is a member of the Fraternity of Academic and Civic Excellence, and accepted the AP Scholar Award.
Maas has been the captain of the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks club team for six years. They won the Cal South National Cup, So Cal Developmental Soccer League twice, and the California Regional League, while she was a member of the team.
"The main reason why I chose Gonzaga was because of the sense of community that I felt when I visited," Maas said. "From what I observed, people at Gonzaga are genuinely committed to making the world a better place and to guaranteeing that each student has a personalized and enriching experience. Additionally, the accounting program is one of the best in the country and I have always planned on pursuing accounting in my future."
"Gabby is a lock down defender, who is clever with the ball as she transitions to the attack," Watkins said.
Kayla Thompson
GK | Spanish Fork, Utah | Maple Mountain | Utah Storm
Thompson has been a staple in the net for the Mountain Maple High School and Utah Storm teams. At Maple Mountain, she has been a four-year letterwinner, and team captain during her senior season. After leading the team to the state title, Thompson was named the Class 5A State MVP by the Deseret News following her senior year. She was also tabbed First Team All-State by the Salt Lake Tribune and to the All-Tribune Team in 2017. Thompson was an All-State honorable mention selection after her sophomore and junior seasons.
Thompson has been on the school's honor roll for four years with a 3.8 GPA. The daughter of Chad and Camille Thompson would like would like to be a Biochemistry major. Her mother Camille played soccer at Utah Valley University.
Thompson has helped her club team, the Utah Storm, find success. She was named the Utah Storm Player of the Year in 2016-17. She was tabbed the Vegas Cup Player of the Tournament in 2016, after recording a complete shutout. Thompson led the Utah Storm to a second place finish at the Regional President's Cup. She was the regional ODP starting goalkeeper in 2016, and was a member of the state's ODP team from 2014 to 2017.
"I chose Gonzaga because of the community's willingness to serve," Thompson said. "The coaching staff is amazing and was a huge part of my decision. The academic success from Gonzaga is one of the top in the nation. Gonzaga has high standards for their student athletes and students."
"Kayla is a very athletic goalkeeper who has great range," Watkins said. "She has a great work ethic and a high ceiling."



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