SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s soccer has announced the signing of six newcomers for the Class of 2020. Hallie Bergford, Jessie Buselmeier, Sarah Creighton, Lexi Davis, Kaitlynn Delveaux, and Alli Smith have signed with Coach Julie Woodward’s program for next season.
Bergford is an Olympia, Washington, native. As a member of Blackhills Football Club G02 BLACK, she helped her club win the 2019 PAC NW Tournament Super League. She has been a team captain for three seasons. At Tumwater High, she won league MVP honors in 2018 and 2019, scoring 36 goals in a season. Bergford was recently called in for the Olympic Development Program National Training Camp.
“Hallie is one of those special players that just keeps getting better,” said Woodward. “Her hold-up play and goal-scoring really caught our attention and we can't wait to see her score goals on Championship Field.”
Buselmeier is a midfielder from Phoenix, Arizona. She played for SC Del Sol from 2012-2019, helping her club win the 2017 ECNL North America Club National Title and advance to the 2019 U.S. Soccer Development Playoffs. She helped Northwest Christian High qualify for the state playoffs in 2016.
“Jessie is a box to box midfielder,” said Woodward. “She covers ground, has great timing and anticipation, and understands the game at a very high level. With Holly and Olivia graduating, Jessie will compete to play right away.”
Creighton is a native of Snoqualmie, Washington. She played eight years of club with Eastside FC. At Mount Si High, Creighton was a three-time KingCo 4A all-district selection and an all-state pick in 2019.
“Sarah is so technical and smooth on the ball,” said Woodward. “She will add a great attacking element to our team right away. Sarah has a great mix of being a calm possession player and a fierce competitor.”
Davis, a Honoulu, Hawaii, native, is a goalkeeper. She played eight years for Leahi ’02 Premier, helping her club win four state championships. At Moanalua High, she started all four years and earned All-OIA East Division First Team three times.
“Lexi has incredible potential with her athleticism and natural instincts,” said Woodward. “She is going to be a great addition to the Seattle U Soccer Family.”
Delveaux is a midfielder out of Bloomington, Illinois. As a member of Team Chicago, she helped her club team qualify for regionals twice and win the Midwest Conference Premier I Title. Delveaux played three years of varsity at Normal Community High.
“Kaitlynn is super-technical, loves the game, and knows how to create for her teammates,” said Woodward. “She will fit into our system very naturally and add an exciting attacking flare.”
Smith is a goalkeeper from Sumner, Washington. She played for Pacific Northwest on the club circuit for five years. At Sumner High, she helped her team to a pair of playoff appearances. Smith tallied 11 straight shutouts in 2018.
“Alli is great shot-stopper and fantastic with her feet,” said Woodward. “She and our other keepers will work hard to make each other better every day. She is a wonderful fit for Seattle U.”
Seattle U won the 2019 WAC Tournament to claim its 10th WAC title since 2013.