SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s soccer has announced the signing of three newcomers for its Class of 2019. Valentina Bernal, Kelsey Crosby, and Emily Hartson will be a part of Coach Julie Woodward’s new class for the 2019 season.

Bernal is a native of Chandler, Ariz. She played for Basha High, starting for three years. As a member of Phoenix Rising FC Youth, Bernal helped her club win the 2018 regional tournament and advance to the national championships tournament.

“Her fitness, technical ability and work rate will help her compete for playing time right away,” said Woodward. “She always does her job defensively, is creative in the attack, and is versatile enough to play any of the wide positions.”

Crosby is a University High product out of Spokane, Wash. She was a member of Spokane Sounders and then Timbers on the club circuit. Crosby was a three-team All-GSL choice, including 2018, when she was picked GSL Offensive Player of the Year.

“When a youth player moves off the ball as well as Kelsey does, it’s impossible not to notice,” said Woodward. “She is an extremely technical player who understands the game at a high level and can cover ground against the most athletic teams on our schedule.”

Hartson is a senior at Desert Mountain High in Scottsdale, Ariz. She played both center back and center midfield as a three-year starter. On the club circuit, she played for Phoenix Rising FC, serving as a team captain for six years. She helped her club win the National League title in 2017 and 2018.

“Emily is going to push for playing time immediately at both holding mid and center back,” said Woodward. “Her ability to start the attack will add an important dynamic to our team. She reads the game incredibly well and has the work rate to match.”

Seattle U is coming off a season that saw it win the WAC Tournament for the fourth time since 2013.