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February 25, 2011 > CSUEB women soccer adds four players

CSUEB women soccer adds four players

Submitted By Kelly Hayes

Head Coach Amy Gerace and the Cal State East Bay women's soccer program announced the signing of four players to Letters of Intent for the 2011 season. The Pioneers will add a trio of freshmen in Kelley Brown, Ariana Gordon and Sara Yamasaki, and one community college transfer in Breahna Berry for the fall campaign.

"I'm very excited about our overall group," Gerace said. "This group brings a higher level of club experience and will help continue to raise our level of play. As people, the personalities of these players will compliment our returning players very well and add to the current culture of the team. We are very excited to have Ari, Bre, Kelley and Sara join the East Bay family."

A native of Brentwood, Ariana Gordon prepped at Heritage High School where she is a four-year varsity starter. The versatile forward has also played at center back and midfield during her high school career. During the 2009-10 season, Gordon was named Bay Valley Athletic League Co-Offensive Player of the Year and was a first-team all-league selection at forward. As a team captain this season, Gordon has led Heritage to a 14-1-6 overall record, the BVAL title and its second straight appearance in the North Coast Section playoffs.

Gordon has played each of the last five seasons with Pleasanton Rage, where she served as team captain for both her Under-16 and Under-17 squads. Last season, Gordon helped guide the Rage U-17 team to first place at the Santa Barbara Summer Cup and first in the Rage Showcase Gold 2 Division. Currently, Gordon plays with the Rage's Under-18 Elite Club National League team, competing against top club teams from around the state and country.

Sara Yamasaki is a 5-4 defender and midfielder from Hollister. Yamasaki is a four-year varsity letterwinner at Live Oak High School, where she has collected all-league honors in each of her first three seasons. As a freshman, Yamasaki was named Tri-County Athletic League Freshman of the Year. Yamasaki also earned Team MVP honors as a junior and has served as team captain for the last two years.

For the last five years, Yamasaki has played club for Orchard Valley Sting, helping her Under-16 team reach the quarterfinals of the 2009 State Cup and finish third in the Abronzino League the same year. Yamasaki was also a 2009 District II Olympic Development Program player and played four seasons of varsity volleyball for Live Oak, helping the Acorns to four straight Central Coast Section playoff appearances and one NorCal finals berth.

Hailing from Yucaipa, Kelley Brown is a four-year letterwinner at Yucaipa High School. The 5-4 defender and midfielder helped guide the Thunderbirds to three Citrus Belt League titles and four CIF playoff appearances, reaching the CIF semifinals in 2009. Brown also lettered in both cross country and track and field, making CIF preliminaries in both sports. Brown played three seasons of club soccer with Coyotes FC before spending five years with Arsenal FC, where she has served as captain for the last two years. While at Arsenal, Brown played two seasons with the club's Elite Club National League teams, competing against top club teams from around the country.

Breahna Berry joins the Pioneers after playing one season at Las Positas College. The Tracy native was a starting forward for the Hawks, collecting Coast Conference MVP and Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2010. Berry was an explosive force up top for Las Positas, scoring 33 goals and adding seven assists in her first season.

Berry was a four-year starter at Tracy High School where she helped the Bulldogs to their first league title in 23 years. Berry collected numerous accolades as a senior in 2009-10, including Best All-Around Player, San Joaquin Athletic Association Offensive MVP and team MVP. Berry was a three-time All-SJAA honoree and collected the Tracy High Athletic Scholar Award, while participating in Tracy's International Baccalaureate Program where she graduated with Scholar Honors. Berry played her club soccer with Pleasanton Rage.

The four signees are set to join the Pioneers in the fall, when they will enter their third season playing at the Division II level. Cal State East Bay lost five seniors, but will return eight of its regular starters from the 2010 season.

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