Friday, May 17, 2013

Shine roster taking shape; Lindsay & Walker heading abroad

With the Spokane Shine about to begin tryout sessions Friday night and Sunday afternoon, the squad is already beginning to come together according to new head coach Dan Philp who shared a list of 14 initial players that are lined up to be on the squad this year, including five returning from last year’s division champions. In addition, INWsoccernews has learned that a trio of other area players have made commitments elsewhere with former standout Shine center back Maggie Schrader moving onto the W-League while Eastern Washington goalkeeper Jamie Walker and Spokane’s Megan Lindsay (Seattle U) are expected to be playing abroad.

Young stars Marbury & Jordan may play bigger role in 2013
Returning to play in the back line for the Shine in 2013 will be Chelsie Breen and Allison Jordan, a Central Valley graduate that impressed as a reserve last season. Graduating Eastern Washington standout Brittney Conway will be back patrolling the midfield, looking to connect with Mead star Kara Marbury, who will be heading to the University of Illinois after her senior year in the GSL. Rounding out the list is Northwest Nazarene junior Whitney Wood.

Julia Moravec
Joining Breen from the University of Idaho will be Spokane native Josie Greenwood. Lisa Clausen, a fellow freshman at University of New Mexico Highlands last fall with Jordan, will accompany her fellow Cowgirl to Spokane. Also returning to Spokane this summer is Julia Moravec, who started in 18 of 20 games for Seattle University as a freshman last fall, and Dani Eldridge, who is back after her third year at St. Martin’s.

With Philp at the helm, a number of Shadow standouts are also lined up to play for the squad this year with players such as Martha Heaps, Savannah Hoekstra, Lexi Smith and EWU-bound Laci Rennaker in the mix along with Kenna Simon, who plays with Marbury on the WPFC side in the ECNL.

For more on the 2013 Shine players, view list below.

Schrader signs with Sounders Women as Walker and Lindsay head abroad

Maggie Schrader
Center back Maggie Schrader (Lakewood, WA / Univ of Incarnate Word) will not be dominating the back line once again this season for the Shine as she has signed with the W-League’s Seattle Sounders Women. She has seen extensive time with the club in preseason and will wrap up the preseason Friday night at Starfire against Cascadia rival Vancouver Whitecaps Women, a former longtime W-League side that is currently competing in the Pacific Coast Soccer League as the Whitecaps Girls Elite.

Schrader said of the signing that she is “really excited and looking forward to some great soccer.”

The Sounders Women begin their 13th W-League campaign, which features standout opponents like two-time league champion Pali Blues and the Colorado Rapids Women on May 27.

After wrapping up her college career this past fall at Eastern Washington University, goalkeeper Jamie Walker (Graham, WA) is departing for what she is hoping to be an extended playing opportunity in Australia where she has signed with Annerley FC of the Diamond League in Brisbane and South Queensland.

“I will be playing with them for the next three months. After that league season ends, I will be looking to be picked up by a team there in the W-league for a year-long contract,” she said of her plans.

While expecting to go to Australia, Walker was in camp with the Sounders Women for their preseason along with Schrader and Megan Lindsay, but was faced a difficult decision in the past week with the club offering her a spot on the team.

“Last night, I had to make the hardest decision thus far in my soccer playing career. I was offered to sign with the Sounders Women after a great preseason and training camp experience,” she said the day after the Sounders Women played to a 1-1 draw against the University of Washington. “I was also offered to play abroad in Australia and was told I had 24 hours to choose since there was a month overlap in their schedules.

“Weighing all of my options, ultimately I have turned down my official signing day for the Sounders and will be leaving for Australia in mid-June. Sometimes people are forced to make decisions they don't want to, but are necessary in order to gain experience and reach their full potential. I want to thank everyone who has been rooting for me and supporting me all this time. I'm ready to play at the highest level possible, and that is why Australia is where I need to be.

“I loved playing with the Sounders and it was a great organization, but at the end of the day you gotta go with your gut. It was amazing playing for a team I grew up loving and being a positive female role model to little girls today. I've made my mark here and am ready to take on the next phase of my life.”

Megan Lindsay | photo: Wilson Tsoi /
Though she has been playing and training with the Sounders Women all spring, Spokane native Megan Lindsay has had plans since the conclusion of her senior season at Seattle University to go to Europe. On Wednesday those plans became more concrete as she signed a contract to play in the First Division in Finland and is awaiting confirmation of the deal back from the club, Kokkola F10.

“Honestly, I am so blessed to be put in this position,” she said, noting that she is slated to leave in mid-June if everything goes through. “Words cannot express how much this means to me.”

The Finnish side is in its third season of existence and is a rising contender in the league, going from seventh in their debut 2011 campaign to fifth last year. They are currently fourth at 4-3-1 after playing eight of their 27-match regular season schedule.

Lindsay would be the second American on the team, joining Leigh Jakes, a 25-year-old Northwestern University product from of McDonough, Ga.

Speaking of players abroad...

Lisa Robertson, star midfielder for the Shine last season, continues to excel with her new club, helping Scottish Premier League side Glasgow City maintain its powerhouse status. The team is perfect through seven games in the league and is atop the table yet again. The big surprise, at least to those in Scotland used to Robertson playing in the back, is that she is second on the team in scoring with six of the team's 38 goals, one back of the leader, from her new midfield role that she began playing in Spokane.

2013 Shine Players (College, HS, Hometown)

Breen, Chelsie – Univ of Idaho – Cheney HS – Cheney, WA
Conway, Brittney – Eastern Washington – Mount Si HS - Snoqualmie, WA
Clausen, Lisa – New Mexico Highlands – Copper Hills HS - Salt Lake City, UT
Eldridge, Danielle – St Martin’s – Mead HS - Spokane, WA
Greenwood, Josie – Univ of Idaho – Lewis & Clark HS – Spokane, WA
Heaps, Martha – NA – Mead HS
Hoekstra, Savannah – NA – Central Valley HS
Jordan, Allison – New Mexico Highlands – Central Valley HS – Liberty Lake, WA
Marbury, Kara – NA – Mead HS
Moravec, Julia – Seattle Univ – Lewis & Clark HS – Spokane, WA
Rennaker, Laci – NA – Central Valley HS
Simon, Kenna – NA – Gonzaga Prep HS
Smith, Lexi – NA – Post Falls HS
Wood, Whitney – Northwest Nazarene Univ – Coeur d’Alene HS – Coeur d’Alene, ID