Saint Martin’s Women add five new Saints

LACEY, WA –– (school release) Director of Soccer Rob Walker announced the National Letter of Intent signees to the Saint Martin’s University women’s soccer program. Those signed were Lauren Allison, Shea McKnight, Madison Walker, Joslin Lindsey and Sara Christensen.

Allison graduated from Stanwood High School and is currently at Everett Community College. While at Stanwood, her freshman year, she was named second team all-league and was the leading scorer on the team. During her sophomore and junior year, she was named first team All-League and MVP as a junior, while leading the team in scoring. At Everett, she helped her team win the NWAC Championship in 2014 and was named MVP of the tournament. She was the North Region MVP in 2015 and the second leading scorer in the league. She was named the Snohomish Country Collegiate Female of the Year.

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“Lauren is a real threat with the ball in and around the attacking third,” said Director of Soccer Rob Walker. “She is a very good ball striker and can score goals from distance and by breaking down defenders on the dribble. We are projecting her to play as a forward or attacking midfielder and think that she could have a great two year run here as a community college transfer.”

McKnight will graduate from Graham-Kapowsin High School this spring and is a two-time second team SPSL. She is a three-time Offensive Player of the Year and also plays basketball. In 2015, she helped her team to the SPSL 4A playoffs. McKnight played club ball for the Washington Premier FC in their ECNL program.

“Shea is a very skillful midfielder who plays with touch and understands the “chess match” that is midfield,” said Coach Walker. “She will play as a central midfielder (a runner) in a 4-3-3 system and she will also work on her ability to play defensively in midfield and will also play as a target up front. Shea will cover a ton of ground for us over the next four years.”

Walker will graduate from St. Lucy’s Priory High School this spring as she was named to the honor roll and a scholar athlete. She is a two-year letter winner in soccer. She played club ball for Fullerton Rangers and helped her team win two league champs.

Coach Walker said, “Madison will come in and compete as a center-back and may also play wide in her first year as well. She is a disciplined player along the back line and is adept in her aerial play and tackling; all-in-all, she is a very steady player who can organize which is what we are looking for from a central defender.”

Lindsey is a two-time 2A All-state second-team forward at A.G. West Black Hills High Schools in Tumwater, Wash. She is also an All-area Olympia MVP, two-time 2A EvCo Offensive MVP and scored the most goals in BHHS. Her freshman year she was named honorable mention and is a three-time first team all-league member. She helped her team to four league championships and helped her team to a second round of state. She is an all-academic member and played club ball for Blackhills FC.

Coach Walker said, “Joslin has a reputation as a tough as nails goal-scoring forward. We are excited about her ability to play in a variety of roles and partnerships up front (lone-striker, 2 player forward line and in a front-3). Joslin is well suited for the college game as she is good at getting behind defenses with well -timed running and is a better than average finisher of service on the ground and in the air. As a player coming from our local area, we are excited for Joslin to be able to contribute to our fans here at home.”

Christensen is a three-time varsity letter winner from Bothell High School. She is also a three-time WIAA Outstanding Scholastic Individual member and named honorable mention all-conference in 2013. During the 2015 season, she helped her team to the KingCo 4A playoffs. She played club ball for Northwest Nationals.

“Sara has worked hard to establish herself as a competent goalkeeper, polishing her shot-stopping skills and getting her angles right,” said Coach Walker. “She has put herself in a good position playing on several good club teams in Washington State and has shown that she has the balance between courage and good decision making skills. The college game will bring out all of her hard work and dedication to improving herself over the last few years.”

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