Canes soccer team adds six players

Help is on the way for the 10-9 Hurricanes women's soccer team of a year ago. University of Miami head coach Jim Blankenship announced the signing of six players to national letters of intent for the 2002 season. All six players are members of the Region III and Region IV Olympic Development Programs (ODP) teams and pools.

The signing class is made up of Ashley Durkee, Jackie Garcia, Jessica Keller, Jyene Mack, Lindsey Yach and Brittani Zonker.

"We are extremely excited about our 2002 freshman class," said Blankenship. "This group brings speed and athleticism that will help us maintain our high expectations. I am excited about the role that each of these student-athletes will play on and off the field."

A few of the players headed for Coral Gables won't have to travel too long to get there.

Garcia, a 5-6 midfielder out of Gulliver Prep High School in West Kendall, guided the Raiders to regional championships and state finals in 1999 and 2001. The four-time All-Dade selection also made the All-State team and was selected Class 1A-4A Player of the Year as a senior. Garcia, part of the ODP state pool in 2000 and 2001, was a member of the Boca Blaze and Miami Premier club soccer teams.

Durkee, a 5-7 defender out of Western High School in Ft. Lauderdale, led her team to the state finals in the fall, was named first-team All-Broward and first-team All-State for 2001. Durkee also was selected Rookie of the Year in 1999. Durkee played on the ODP state team from 1997-99 was part of the 2000 state pool. She was also a member of the Team Boca Storm under-18 team and won the state championship in 1999 and 2000.

Keller, a 6-0 goalkeeper out of Thunder Ridge High in Colorado, led her team to state championships in 1999 and 2000. She was a three-team first-team All-Conference selection and was named to the All-State team this past season. Keller was a member of the club team Real Colorado and was a four-time state runner up and a two-time state cup MVP. She was a four-year member of the Colorado State ODP team and also a two-year member of the Region IV team.

Mack, 5-8 out of Ventura High in California, was named to the All-Channel League and led her team in goals, assists and points. Mack was a District 7 ODP player for two years and a ODP state team member for three. She led her team to a national ODP championship in 2000 and was an Adidas Cup participant. Mack also played at the age of 16 for the under-23 women's national soccer team, Oxnard Kickers. She also played for the Millennium Revolution, Millennium Falcons, Valley United Stars and CRSC Infinity soccer club teams.

Yach, a 5-5 midfielder out of Creekview High in Carrolton, Texas, holds the school record for most goals scored in a season. Yach is a current member of the ODP under-17 Region III team and the Region III champion North Texas State squad. She also plays for the club team D'feeters 84, a two-time defending champion. From 1995-2001, Yach led the Sting 84 in goals, assists and total points every season.

Zonker, a 5-3 midfielder from Arapaho High in Littleton, Colorado, was a state championship team member in 2000 and was named first-team all-league and MVP in 2001. She has also been member of the state ODP team since 1997. Zonker, six-year captain of her club team, Colorado Girls Academy, has led them to five state championship titles and regional runner-up finishes the last two seasons.

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