Thursday, May 3, 2012

Whitecaps Women add two more WSU Cougars

The Vancouver Whitecaps W-League side announced that the club has brought in two more players from Washington State University, adding Alison Fenter, a native of Spokane, and Brandi Vega. They join second-year W-League player Nicole Sunderland.

Fenter, 21, joins Whitecaps FC after completing a strong four-year NCAA soccer career at WSU. Fenter holds school records with 86 career games played and started, while also having scored five goals. With her performance, she was named team MVP in 2011 and was the Cougars Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

Fenter was a Greater Spokane League All-League First Team selection for Shadle Park High School as a sophomore and junior before earning the league's Defensive MVP as well as All-State recognition as a senior. She also played youth soccer with the Spokane Shadow, earning national recognition as a member of the U15 Girls ODP Select Team for her performance with the Shadow at the 2005 USL Super Y-League North American Championships. She helped lead the team to the Final before falling in a penalty kick tiebreaker after a scoreless draw against the national power Chicago Magic. The Shadow allowed only one goal in the tournament, against the same Magic side in the opening group game, a 1-0 decision. 

Vega, 20, comes to Vancouver following a successful junior season at WSU. This past year, the Carson City, Nevada, native made 23 appearances for the Cougars, scoring six goals and recording five assists to earn All-Pac-12 First Team and NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team awards. Vega has made 60 total appearances in three years, scoring 13 goals and recording eight assists.

They are joining defender Nicole Setterlund, who announced her return to the club in early April. Setterlund, who is a member of the Canadian U20 squad, is completing her freshman year at WSU.

Vancouver’s rival Seattle Sounders Women features four players, thus far, from the University of Washington, including Richland, Wash. native and US international Hope Solo.