Needham Announces 2010 Aggie Soccer Signing Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State soccer head coach Michael Needham has signed eight athletes to National Letters of Intent, on the first day of the signing period, Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Midfielder/forward Dani DeLaVina, midfielder Daisy Hernandez, defender Mary Kate Koziol, forward/midfielder Kristen Powers, midfielder/defender Olivia Sierra, midfielder Megan Thompson, defender Amber Vega and goalkeeper Erin Wosick join the Aggies in fall 2010.

“This class is a lot of different things and very balanced,” Needham said. “They will provide the competition in our training environment to keep our program moving in the right direction. Each player has individual qualities that will allow us to do many different things tactically and make us a very unpredictable team to play.

“We began the process of defining who Aggie women’s soccer is in our first year, and we look forward to the leadership of our current group to bring these student-athletes into the fold right away.”

2010 NM State Soccer Signees
Player, Position, Height, Hometown, Previous School, Club Team
Dani DeLaVina, MF/F, 5-2, Gilbert, Ariz./Mesquite HS/Sereno 92 White
Daisy Hernandez, MF, 5-6, Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty HS/CVSC 92
Mary Kate Koziol, D, 5-4, Wilmington, Del./Padua Academy/FC Delco
Kristen Powers, F/MF, 5-4, Temecula, Calif./Chaparral HS/Arsenal FC
Olivia Sierra, MF/D, 5-7, La Crescenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley HS/ CVSC 92
Megan Thompson, MF, 5-7, Albuquerque, N.M./La Cueva HS/Rio Vista Sparks
Amber Vega, D, 5-4, El Paso, Texas/Eastwood HS/El Paso Storm
Erin Wosick, GK, 5-7, Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque Academy/Rio Vista 92

DeLaVina arrives in Las Cruces from Gilbert, Ariz., and Mesquite High School. She was a three-time member of the Olympic Development Program State Team. DeLaVina has started every varsity match since her freshman season, and she earned first team All-Fiesta Region honors as a junior and sophomore. In her first season with the Wildcats, she was a second team all-region selection. DeLaVina plays club soccer for Sereno 92 White.

"Dani is a pure soccer player, she finds space and exploits it very well," Needham said. "She is also a potent goal scorer and will add punch to the Aggie Attack."

Hernandez, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., led Liberty High School to an impressive 35-8-4 record as a junior and sophomore. She scored 33 goals and recorded 47 assists for the Patriots in that time. In addition, Hernandez plays for the Crescenta Valley Soccer Club 92. In 2008, she was invited to participate in National Training Camp for Mexican U20 Team.

"Daisy is a creative central midfielder, her technical ability and field vision will allow her to make an immediate impact on our young program," he said.

Koziol joins the Aggies from Wilmington, Del., and Padua Academy. She also played club soccer for FC Delco and guided the squad to the U.S. Club National Championship, Red Bull National League Championship and Region I finals in 2009. At Padua, Koziol helped hold opponents to six goals in 2009 en route to a state championship following a 17-1 record. She was a two-time third team all-state selection as a sophomore and freshman before she earned first team all-state accolades in her junior season.

"Mary Kate comes to us from one of the best club teams in the country FC Delco," Needham said. "She is technical, hard physically, extremely fit, smart soccer player with a cultured left foot. She will be a calming influence in midfield for us."

Powers is joining the Crimson and White from Temecula, Calif., and Chaparral High School. She was a team captain as a senior and directed the Pumas to the California Interscholastic Federation Playoffs in 2008-09 and 2006-07. As a junior, she earned first team All-Southwestern League honors after leading Chaparral in goals and assists. Additionally, Powers plays for the Arsenal FC that most recently collected the Coast Soccer League G17 Premier Title.

"Kristen is an explosive athlete," Needham said. "Her speed will be a lot of fun to work with. She has the ability to unbalance other teams from a number of different spots on the field."

A La Crescenta, Calif. native, Sierra becomes an Aggie after graduating from Crescenta Valley High School. She was named to the second team All-Pacific League after she guided the Falcons to the conference championship and CIF quarterfinals as a junior. In her sophomore campaign, CVHS finished third in the Pacific League and qualified for the CIF playoffs. Sierra was named rookie of the year as a freshman following a conference title and appearance in the CIF playoffs. She has scored 12 goals in her career, and she plays with fellow signee Hernandez on the CVSC 92.

"Olivia is a very consistent central defender," he said. "She is strong physically, excellent in the air and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. These tools will provide stability in the back for us in the future."

Thompson, an Albuquerque, N.M. native, travels to Las Cruces from La Cueva High School. In her career with the Bears, she has scored 29 goals and catapulted the team to an outstanding 72-4 record in four seasons. Thompson led La Cueva to the state championship match as a senior following a semifinals appearance in her junior campaign. In 2009, she was a first team all-district selection. The Bears were also Spirit Cup and NOVAR Championships in freshman and sophomore seasons, respectively. Thompson also plays club soccer for the Rio Vista Sparks.

"Megan is a very versatile player," Needham said. "She will have the opportunity to play in many different spots. She is an athletic, strong athlete that competes every time she steps on the field."

Vega joins the Aggies from El Paso, Texas and Eastwood High School. She was a three-time first team all-district selection as a freshman, sophomore and junior at Eastwood HS. Vega was also named a player to watch as a sophomore. In 2008, she played for the Chihuahua State Team that finished fourth in the Mexican National Tournament, and she was invited to participate in National Training Camp for Mexican U20 team. Vega plays for the El Paso Storm Club Team and was a member of the New Mexico Olympic Development Program Team.

"Amber is a gritty and tenacious wide defender, not just a destroyer," he said. "She is very good with her feet and connects passes very well into the midfield."

Wosick is another Albuquerque resident that heads south in the fall. She graduates from Albuquerque Academy after leading the Chargers to a pair of state championships in 2008 and 2009. As a senior, she was the Class 4A District 5 Player of the Year and she earned first team all-district and all-state honors. In 2009, she posted a 0.6920 goals against average mark in 1734 minutes while she only allowed 15 goals. Wosick garnered first team all-district and honorable mention all-state honors as a junior. She collected second team all-district and honorable mention all-state honors in her sophomore season. Wosick is also a member of the Rio Vista 92 club team.

"Erin is a great shot stopper," he said. "She has great reactions and reads the game very well. Her distribution is excellent so she can truly be the first player in the attack for us."

"The years to come are going to be very exciting in Aggie Country," Needham said. "This group of players will complement our returning group and add dimensions to our team that we don’t have right now. We will be a very exciting team to watch and be around."

"I look forward to welcoming these student-athletes to campus and Las Cruces in August, and cannot wait to expose them to the support this community has shown our program. We will play a lot of home games this coming season and I am sure everyone will enjoy getting to know our team even better."