SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s soccer has brought on five freshmen for its Class of 2019. Michele Adam, Ava Beneditti, Mylan Daniels, Lindsay Hubbard, and Madison Waguespack will be Redhawks starting next fall.
Adam is a senior at Ann Sobrato High in Morgan Hill, Calif. She played for De Anza Force ECNL from 2012-16, helping her club win the 2014 state cup. Adam spent the last two years with California Thorns Academy, serving as a team captain.
“Michele’s soccer IQ is off the charts,” said Coach Julie Woodward. “She is an incredibly smart and skillful player. She possesses so many intangibles and she’s a natural leader-both vocally and by example. Michele is going to contribute greatly to our program.”
Benedetti, a senior at Central Catholic High, is from Happy Valley, Ore. The midfielder was first team all-conference twice in her high school career. She has played for Portland Thorns Academy since 2016, earning team captain honors for two years. In 2016, she helped the club advanced to nationals.
“We couldn’t be more excited for Ava to join our team, in part so we’ll never have to play against her,” said Woodward. “Ava is a complete player with all qualities to play beyond college. Her competitive attitude sets her apart and will be a great fit at Seattle U.”
Daniels is a Perry, Utah, product. At Box Elder High, she was a four-year starter. As a member of La Roca Futbol Club, she helped her team win the 2014 state championship. Daniels also played for Avalanche ECNL for the last three years.
“We know what we are getting with Mylan,” said Woodward. “She’s a connector who rarely turns the ball over, reads the game at an incredibly high level, and works hard to defend.”
Hubbard, a product of Xavier College Prep, is from Scottsdale, Ariz. She teamed up with Hartson and Bernal on Phoenix Rising FC, helping the club to terrific success in her time.
“Lindsay is going to be a big-time attacker in the WAC,” said Woodward. “She can hold up the ball, combine at a high speed of play, and score goals in a variety of ways. Lindsay has a bright future at Seattle U.”
Waguespack is a senior at Cedar Ridge (Texas) High. The Round Rock, Texas, native played goalkeeper for Lonestar Soccer Club for the last four years.
"Madison comes to Seattle U with a lot of experience competing at a high level,” said Woodward. “She has a great technical base and knows how to organize her back line. Madison will add great depth and competition to our team.”