STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific Women's Soccer team have inked goalie Kay Jones, defender Kristín Eva Gunnarsdóttir and midfielder Alexis Vilarino to their 2017 squad, head coach Kerri Scroope announced today. The trio is the first batch of recruits for the upcoming season.
Kay Jones joins the Tigers from Indianapolis, Indiana where she played between the posts for FC Pride of the Women's Premier Soccer League. In 2016, Jones led the Elite to the USYS Indiana State Finals and this past season she helped her squad finish third in the Valley division standings.
"Kay is a goalie that will bring leadership to the back line, not only with her shot stopping abilities but also her ability to lead," boasts coach Scroope. "We are expecting her to step in and guide the defense and the team with her vocal abilities and knowledge of the game."
Kristín Eva Gunnarsdóttir comes to Pacific from Garoabær, Iceland and joins a slew of other international players already on the Tiger's diverse roster. Gunnarsdóttir played club soccer for Próttur Reykjavík of the Icelandic Premier League.
"Kristín is a very good athlete with good size. She's a defender that makes crushing tackles and is a very physical player," said coach Scroope. "I expect her to step right into our backline and use her leadership skills and defensive abilities to help shut down the opposing team's scoring chances."
Alexis Vilarino joins the Tigers after being a four-year varsity starter for Saint Mary's High School here in Stockton. During her first three years, Vilarino scored 38 goals and added 37 assists in just 71 games played. The midfielder also plays for San Juan Soccer Club of the Elite Clubs National League.
"Alexis is a local talent that we were happy to have sign with us," said coach Scroope. "She will be a strong midfield player for us and will help us between the 18's. Alexis is able to see the game well and will be able to help get our forwards good scoring opportunities."
The Orange and Black open up spring play March 31st at 7 PM when they take on Stanislaus State at Knoles Field.
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