SEATTLE (Feb. 3) – Seattle University women’s soccer has announced its Class of 2017. Three student-athletes will join Coach Julie Woodward’s squad for the fall season.
Kelsey Eagle, Leahi Manthei, and Mikaela Morey have signed to play at SU beginning in the fall.
"I couldn't be more excited about these first three signings of our 2017 class,” said Woodward. “Leahi, Kelsey and Mikaela all represent the reasons we have been consistently successful. Throughout the recruiting process, there was never a question that Seattle U was the right fit for each of these talented student-athletes. They are all hard workers, competitive, and will always put the team first. We win because of our team culture, which will now be even more impressive with these additions.”
Eagle is an A.J. Dimond High product. The Anchorage, Alaska, native plays as an attacking midfielder in high school. She earned first team all-state honors as a junior. Eagle is a three-time first team all-conference selection and helped her team win the 2016 state title.
"Kelsey is a perfect fit for Seattle U,” said Woodward. “She is great in the air for her size, super-technical and scores goals from distance. Her movement off the ball will help her compete right away at the next level. I can't wait to see her scoring goals on Championship Field."
Manthei is from Gig Harbor, Washington. She played outside midfielder at Gig Harbor High. Manthei was a two-time first team all-state pick and picked up all-league recognition three times. She was named South Sound 3A MVP as a senior. Manthei scored over 100 goals in her four-year career.
"I would not want to play against Leahi,” said Woodward. “She is such a competitor who will run through a brick wall, or a defender, in order to help the team win. She's a creative attacker, loves to work hard and defend, and I know she will make a positive difference right away. I will always be happy that she is on our team."
Morey played at South Kitsap High in Bremerton, Washington. She was chosen all-conference four times and all-area twice. Morey also played for Washington Premier FC ’98 ECNL, along with Manthei, in club soccer.
"Mikaela is a talented defender who can play centrally or out wide,” said Woodward. “She always gets the job done because she reads the game so well. Mikaela is a great student, a competitor and a winner. Her experience with WPFC, defending the top players in the country, will help her transition to the college game very quickly."
SU made its third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years in 2016. It also won its fourth straight WAC regular season title and third WAC Championship since 2013.