Emilie Wallin (2020) of U17 US Soccer Development Academy Commits to Humboldt State Lumberjacks
“I am super excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Humboldt State University. I would not have been able to do this without the continuous support of my friends, family, and teammates who always motivated me to do my best. Also a big thank you to Ron Benjamin for his dedication to developing me into a better player each day, as well as helping me through this process. I would also like to thank my previous coaches: Steve Oppenheim, John Enos, Brian and Dani Adamson, Reggie Glaude, Jose Ordaz, Felix Osorio, Santi Cruz-Roveda, Kim Gonzalez, Gregg Thompson, Mo Ruiz, Alex Butterfield, Katie Burton, Sarah Fawcett, Casey Tate and Todd DeCarlo, all of whom who played a very important role in my growth as an athlete, and of course Coach Paul Karver who has provided me with this amazing opportunity! Go Jacks!”—Emilie Wallin
“I am excited to announce that I have committed to play Division 1 soccer at UClA. I want to thank my family, friends, and coaches who have helped me to get here!—Luke Bone
“I am super excited to announce that I will be continuing my education and soccer career next year at Santa Barbara City College. I want to give a huge thanks to my coaches Ron Benjamin and Todd DeCarlo for everything they have done for me and for making my final years at the Club the most memorable. I can’t wait to see where these next two years take me. Go Vaqueros!”—Molly Branigan
“I am very honored to announce that I have committed to American River College to continue my academic and athletic career. I would like to thank my family for always supporting and providing for me, as well as my coaches: Matt Scammacca and Shaun Hilton. Also, I’d like to thank my teammates and the club as well for helping me reach my goal. I cannot wait for this next chapter. Go Beavers!”—Kyle Prusia
“I am honored to announce I will be continuing my soccer career at California State University East Bay. I want to thank my family, teammates, and coach Matt Scammacca for all the help they have given me along the way. Can’t wait to play in college. Let’s go Pioneers!”—Josh Gaeckle
U17 US Soccer Development Academy and Center Back, Marli Bannai, Commits to UC San Diego
“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at UC San Diego! I would like to thank my family, friends, and teammates who have always supported me and pushed me to be my best. A huge thank you to Ron Benjamin for his incredible dedication and support throughout these past two years. Also, a huge thank you to my previous coaches: Don Finley, Katie Burton, Kevin Unsworth, and Mark Broers! Finally, thank you to Coach Jones, Coach Painter, and Coach LaPorte for giving me this amazing opportunity! Go Tritons! —Marli Bannai
“I am honored to announce my commitment to play soccer and further my education as a UC Merced Bobcat. I’d like to thank my family for always supporting me, and my coaches: Matt Scammacca, Kevin Unsworth, Don Finley, Rich Donofrio, Cory Clonce, Juan Fresquez, Jimmy Frazelle, and all of the others for building me into the player I am today. Most importantly I have to thank Placer United for giving me the ability to not only grow as a player but also to showcase my talent. Thanks to the club and to my amazing teammates, I’m proud to say I’ll be playing soccer in college and fulfilling a childhood dream.”—Josh Golka
Darian Louthan of U19 US Soccer Development Academy is Headed to Sac State Hornets
“I am excited to announce my commitment to Sacramento State University to continue my academic and soccer career. I consider it an absolute privilege to have this opportunity and am beyond thankful for all of those who have helped me while I traveled this road. Without question, my coaches Todd DeCarlo and Ron Benjamin played an integral role in pushing me to improve on the field and mentoring me off the field. Ron’s persistence and dedication in developing me as a player have paid off by providing me this opportunity. A huge shout out to all of my teammates for helping me succeed on the field and making the sport I love even more enjoyable. I cannot thank Coach Randy Dedini enough, for taking a chance on me and providing an opportunity to play collegiately. This sport has given me so much during the last 12 years, and now I get to enjoy the ride a little longer. Lastly, I would like to thank my parents for all of the time, effort and energy they have spent getting me to all my practices and games while also being my number one supporters. I am beyond thrilled to start the next chapter of my life at an amazing university. Go Hornets!” —Darian Louthan
2021 Graduate Emma Hofmann of the U17 US Soccer Development Academy Will Join the Chico State Wildcats
“I am incredibly excited and proud to announce my verbal commitment to Chico State to continue my academic and soccer career. Firstly, I would like to thank my family, friends, and teammates for helping me get this far with their continuous support, encouragement, and love. I also would like to thank Coach Ron Benjamin for his undeniable dedication and commitment to me as a player. Also thank you to all of my past and present coaches including Bashar Alsakati, Don Finley, Rachel Bernard, Katie Blough, Matt Bernard, Matt McDougall, and Craig Huft. Finally, I would like to thank Coach Kim Sutton for giving me this incredible opportunity. I am super excited for what is to come! Go Wildcats!”—Emma Hofmann
“I’m super happy to announce that I’ve verbally committed to play Division 1 soccer at the University of the Pacific! I’m ecstatic to be able to attend such a strong academic school with such an amazing soccer program.
In this crazy ride, I have had many supporters along the way whom I can’t thank enough. I want to thank Henri Currie and Oscar Galvan who have pushed me to become a better athlete. I want to thank all my coaches along the way, Coach Tim Maestretti, Coach Antonio Sutton, Coach Aklesh Singh, Coach Ro, Coach Marek, and my current Placer DA Coach, Ron Benjamin, for pushing me and developing me to become the player I am today! Thank you to my friends and family who have endlessly rooted for me and supported me. I especially want to thank my mom for all the sacrifices and long drives. I wouldn’t be where I am today or the person I am today without her! She has taught me that the hard work, perseverance, love, sweat, and tears come with this wonderfully universal sport. These amazing people have made such a significant impact on my life, and no words can describe how much I appreciate them.
A huge thank you to Coach Kerri Scroope, Coach Carmen Padilla, and Coach Lorna Brownlie for allowing me such an awesome opportunity to be part of their soccer family while attending an incredible academic program. I can’t wait to spend my four years of college at the University of the Pacific! Go Tigers!” —Isabela Ochoa