Soccer Adds Two Players

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women's soccer team has added two players to its spring recruiting class, including goalkeeper Tori Johnson from Corvallis, Ore., head coach Tara Erickson announced on Monday.

Johnson was a four-year starter in goal for Corvallis High School and was an all-state first team selection as a senior when she led the Spartans to the OSAA quarterfinals. EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women's soccer team has added two players to its spring recruiting class, including goalkeeper Tori Johnson from Corvallis, Ore., head coach Tara Erickson announced on Monday.

She also earned Mid-Willamette Conference player of the year accolades as a senior. The Spartans won the Mid-Willamette Conference three times during her career at Corvallis for coach Dan Finnen.

"We were looking to improve our depth at goalkeeper and got really fortunate in finding someone basically in our backyard," said Erickson. "Tori is somewhat of a late-bloomer, but has had a tremendous senior year in terms of her development as a goalkeeper and she's going to be able to come in and learn from Jessie (Chatfield) and continue that development."

Johnson played club soccer for the Lake Oswego Soccer Club, the same team as current Duck midfielder Megan Watson, and won three state club titles.

Erickson also announced on Monday that midfielder Jenny Baker will transfer from Central Florida and join the team as a sophomore in the fall. As a freshman, Baker played in 10 games and had one assist last season for UCF.

Baker was a prolific scorer for Eatonville High School in Eatonville, Wash. She scored 146 goals with 70 assists during her four-year career at Eatonville. She finished her career as the all-time leading scorer at the Washington 2A high school level and was third in the state overall.

Baker was twice named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Washington State High School Player of the Year and earned a spot on the NSCAA High School All-America teams in 2004 and 2005.

"Jenny is someone who we recruited two years ago, so we're very familiar with what she can do," said Erickson. "She's a tough, hard-nosed player who isn't afraid to slide tackle and mix it up, but she's also skilled enough to make things happen with the ball once she's made the play defensively."

Baker was a four time all-league selection and a three-time all-state pick. She led Eatonville to three state tournaments and won the championship as a senior in 2005. She was ranked as one of the top 150 recruits by SoccerBuzz.com coming out of high school and was named the Tacoma News Tribune's all-area player of the year in 2005.

She was an eight-year member of the soccer club F.C. Royals, which won six state club titles during her tenure. The Royals are also the former club team of Erickson, as well as two incoming freshmen the Ducks signed in February, Jill Jensen and Bree Rowe.

Johnson and Baker bring Oregon's incoming recruiting class to nine, including Jensen from Puyallup, Wash., Rowe from Federal Way, Wash., Kirstie Kuhns, from Pleasanton, Calif., Sara Plutko of Upland, Calif., Marissa "Bo" Rael from Alta Loma, Calif., and Jennifer Stoltenberg and Mercedes Walters, both from Mission Viejo, Calif.

The current Ducks end their spring season with an exhibition versus the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pape' Field.

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