Women's Soccer Gets Defensive With 2012 Class

Feb. 9, 2012

FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton women's soccer head coach Demian Brown was on the defensive Thursday, but in a good way, as he announced the addition of six players to the Titans' roster for the 2013 season.

The class is made up of a pair of transfers and four high school standouts that should bolster the Fullerton defensive third as three goalkeepers, two defenders, and a midfielder will join the Titans for the fall campaign.

"This year's recruiting class is small, but extremely important as we took the opportunity to solidify our defensive core," said Brown, who recently completed his fifth season at the helm of the program. "We felt that was very important to prepare our program for the departure of some very influential players at the end of the 2012 season when we graduate eight seniors.

"We have brought in two extremely strong defenders, a very versatile midfielder, and three goalkeepers. The incoming players all have the potential to have a positive impact on our season as we begin our quest to regain the Big West Conference championship."

Two of the three goalkeepers are transfers as Savannah Wood comes to Cal State Fullerton after playing the 2011 season across the street at Hope International University while Katie Pulliam is a junior college transfer from Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Wood will have to sit out the 2012 season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2013 campaign. Pulliam will be immediately eligible as a junior in 2012 and will also have two years of eligibility remaining.

The four incoming freshmen include goalkeeper Jennifer Stuart (Cave Creek, Ariz./Pinnacle HS/Sereno Soccer Club), midfielder Amanda Howard (San Diego, Calif./Patrick Henry HS/San Diego Surf White), and defenders Courtney Jacobs (Elk Grove, Calif./Laguna Creek HS/Davis Legacy) and Morgan Batcheller (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS/San Diego Surf).

Complete individual player biographies of the newcomers are below.

SAVANNAH WOOD (5-9, GK, Covington, Wash./Kentlake HS/Hope International Univ.)
2012 Savannah Wood Signing Started all 16 matches for the Royals as a sophomore in 2011, posting a 1.84 goals against average and 92 saves to earn All-Golden State Athletic Conference honors... spent her freshman year at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Wash., in 2010, finishing with 95 saves in 10 matches and was named the Eagles' Athlete of the Year... prepped at Kentlake HS in Kent, Wash., playing two varsity seasons for the Falcons and twice earning All-South Puget Sound League honors, including first-team laurels as a senior... played club soccer for the HPFC Eagles '91... parents are Joseph and Taree and she has a sister, Ashlann.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Savannah is very strong and explosive keeper. Her aggressiveness in the box will intimidate any attacking player. Due to NCAA transfer rules she will not be able to compete until the spring of 2013 but definitely keep your eyes open for her."
 
KATIE PULLIAM (5-9, GK, Grass Valley, Calif./Del Oro HS/Sierra College)
2012 Katie Pulliam Signing Played two seasons at Sierra College in Northern California, finishing her sophomore season with a 1.03 goals against average in 1,313 minutes to go with seven shutouts while helping the Wolverines to a 9-9-3 overall record and a 5-6-3 mark in Big 8 Conference play... as a freshman in 2010, Pulliam posted a 0.64 GAA in 1,265 minutes and eight shutouts en route to a 10-5-7 overall record and a 5-3-6 conference mark... prepped at Del Oro HS in Loomis, Calif., playing basketball, volleyball, and soccer... parents are Donna Pulliam and Kevin Montague and she has three brothers, Shaun, Eric, and Chad.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Katie is very solid goalkeeper with great hands. Her length allows her to get to balls that others might not get to. Her comfort level with the ball as well as her distribution is very good. I look forward to working with her and helping her develop her skills further this spring."
 
JENNIFER STUART (5-10, GK, Cave Creek, Ariz./Pinnacle HS/Sereno SC)
2012 Jennifer Stuart Signing Played only one season for the Pioneers before concentrating on competing with her Sereno Soccer Club team... earned all-state second-team honors as a freshman, helping the Pioneers to a state finalist appearance... also considered St. Edwards University, Charlotte, and Campbell before selecting Cal State Fullerton... played club soccer for the Sereno Soccer Club, helping her team to a state championship and a regional berth in 2010... her mother is Nancy Stuart, a Cal State Fullerton alumna (Class of `92), and she has three siblings in sisters, Rebekah and Tamara, and brother, David.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "As a keeper, one of Jennifer's greatest strengths is her athleticism. With her height she has a strong presence in the goal and the ability to cover the entire box. Jennifer has the ability to start attacks or help us maintain possession with her distribution. Her command and organization will be great additions to the Titan program."

 
AMANDA HOWARD (5-7, MF, San Diego, Calif./Patrick Henry HS/San Diego Surf)
2012 Amanda Howard Signing Three-year letter winner for the Patriots... second-team All-CIF and first-team All-Eastern League honoree as a freshman, scoring six times and assisting on two others... scored 17 times and assisted on seven more goals as a sophomore to earn Eastern League Player of the Year honors, first-team All-CIF, and first-team All-Eastern League laurels... scored six times and tallied eight assists as a junior... also considered UC Irvine, South Carolina, NYU, Miami, and Indiana... played club soccer for the San Diego Surf, helping lead them to an ECNL title in 2011 and a Blues Cup championship in 2010... her parents are Don and Grace and she has three brothers, Chris, Donald, and Shawn.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Amanda has played for one of the best teams in the country winning multiple National Championships over the last several years. Her experience in playing at the top level will help her make a smooth transition to the college ranks. She is technically gifted, has great vision on the ball, and adds an athletic presence in the midfield showing equal ability to attack and defend."

 
MORGAN BATCHELLER (5-9, D, Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS/San Diego Surf)
2012 Morgan Batcheller Signing Three-year letter winner for the Lancers... named the team's Defensive Player of the Year and second-team All-Palomar League honors as a sophomore in 2010... North County Times All-Academic Team honoree as a junior, finishing with four goals... also considered Penn State, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Pacific, Indiana, and Gonzaga... played club soccer for the San Diego Surf, helping her club to a Surf College Cup title in 2010 and a So Cal National Cup championship in 2011... parents are Jerry and Tina and she has a sister, Brooke... her father played soccer collegiately at San Diego State.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Morgan brings with her a number of high-level experiences at the youth competitive level. She has great awareness, she can see the game very well, and is rarely found out of position. Her communication skills on the field and her tremendous athleticism will allow her to play in the center back or defensive midfield role as a Titan."

 
COURTNEY JACOBS (5-6, D, Elk Grove, Calif./Laguna Creek HS/Davis Legacy)
2012 Courtney Jacobs Signing Three-year letter winner for the Cardinals... two-time team varsity MVP as a sophomore and junior, earning All-Delta Valley Conference honors both seasons... led the team in scoring all three seasons... finished with 11 goals and four assists as a junior in 2011... also considered Southern Oregon and UAB before selecting Cal State Fullerton... played club soccer for Elk Grove Everton and Davis Legacy... her parents are Jake and Shelly and she has a brother, Josh.

Head Coach Demian Brown: "Courtney is an incredibly strong and talented defender. She has a level of calm and maturity on the field that is extremely rare for club or high school aged players. Courtney has great defensive instincts and her timing with tackles and balls out of the air is solid."