STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific Women's Soccer team added another trio to their strong 2017 signing class as they added defender Nikki Leishman, forward Nòtt Jònsdòttir and defender Kayla Pak, head coach Kerri Scroope announced today. These three will join Alexis Vilarino, Kristín Eva Gunnarsdóttir and Kay Jones in the Tiger's 2017 recruiting class.
Nikki Leishman (Lynnwood, Wash.) is a two-time All-Wesco District First Team honoree as a starter for Lynnwood High School. The defender also played for Crossfire Premier of the Elite Clubs National League, registering one goal in 22 appearances during the 2015-16 season.
"Nikki brings skill and speed to our backline," said coach Scroope. "We expect her to step right in and not only help shut down the opposing team's scoring chances but also create them for us in the attacking third."
Nòtt Jònsdòttir is from Hafnarfjöròur, Iceland and played for FH of the Úrvalsdeild league. Last season the forward logged 970 minutes in 13 appearances, eleven of which were starts. Jònsdòttir joins fellow Icelander Kristín Eva Gunnarsdóttir in this year's recruiting class.
"Nòtt brings a lot of pace and skill to our team," noted coach Scroope. "She will create a lot of a havoc for team's backlines with her ability to run at them and putting herself in one-v-one situations. We expect her to step right in and become a goal scorer for us."
Kayla Pak (Chino Hills, Calif.) comes to Pacific after being a three-year starter at Diamond Bar High School, scoring 12 goals and adding five assists in 82 career appearances. The defender played club soccer with Legends FC and helped her team secure eight shutout victories during the 2016 season.
"Kayla will be a great addition to our backline," said coach Scroope. "We're looking forward to her development and seeing her improve throughout her career."
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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