VSN (admin) Posted on Friday, June 17, 2022 – 5:00 PM
COSTA MESA – Vanguard Women’s Soccer Head Coach Lauren Mascaro announced seven newcomers to the class of 2022.
“This class of recruits has enormous potential,” Mascaro said. “In the field they make us better and deeper in every line, in the classroom they are high achieving students, and all of them will be fantastic fits into the Vanguard community with their faith and servant leadership. Last spring was a period of remarkable growth for our program where we saw a shift in our team culture, discipline and commitment to the common goal, and day-to-day competitiveness between players. This group of women will only add to that with their energy, passion and skills.”
KENNEDY CYPHER • 5-7 • FORWARD • LAKE TAPPS, WA/SUMNER HS
As a senior, she was named All-League First Team, All-Region First Team, and South Puget Sound League (SPSL) Offensive Player of the Year, in addition to several team accolades. She brings leadership experience as captain of her high school and club teams. Kennedy played club football for the Washington Premier and attends Calvary Community Church.
Why Kennedy chose VU: “I wanted the opportunity to start a new journey with Christ and to be able to study kinesiology in a welcoming environment! “
Coach Mascaro says: “Kennedy’s recruiting story at VU has the work of God woven through every part, and I’m excited to see what the fruition of this process will be. She’s a tenacious southpaw who likes to score goals.”
JORDIN HOLMQUIST-WILDER • 5-7 • GOALKEEPER • WINCHESTER, CA/GRACELAND UNIVERSITY
Jordin transferred to Vanguard from Graceland University where she was awarded Coach’s Player of the Year in 2021. In her freshman season, she racked up 85 saves in 15 games. She recorded three double-digit saves, including a career-high 14 against Culver-Stockton. Also played four years of high school football at Chaparral HS in Temecula and club football for Murrieta Surf. Jordin has been actively involved with the Our Nicolas Foundation and Kick with Nick for three years. Jordin will major in kinesiology at VU.
Why Jordin chose VU: The incredible environment and the great opportunities it offers.”
Coach Mascaro says: “Jordin is a very athletic goalkeeper who makes diving and flying through goal seem effortless. I anticipate his college-level playing experience will bring a veteran mentality to this position even in his freshman year at VU.”
FRANCESCA LINDSTROM • 5-5 • FORWARD • IRVINE, CA/WOODBRIDGE HS
Played for Pateadores Football Club and was a varsity player for 4 years for Woodbridge HS and was part of the 2020 Pacific Coast League Championship team. She attends St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Irvine and has volunteered at the Vacation Bible School there.
Why Francesca chose VU: I chose Vanguard because of the faith community it brings and the values it conveys. I like being able to play soccer while concentrating on my studies. When I visited the school, I immediately felt at home!”
Coach Mascaro says: “Fran has a formidable combination of technical skill and speed, which is key to making our front line deeper and stronger for this year’s edition of the team.”
MADALYN MORRIS • 5-11 • GOALKEEPER • EL CAJON, CA/WEST HILLS HS
Played for West Hills HS, where her accolades included Defensive Player of the Year, two-time team MVP, and two-time All-League First Team. Part of the 2022 West Hills Wolfpack League Championship team. Member of the Rebels as a football club. She also played high school volleyball. She frequents Our Lady of Grace and is very involved in Girls Supporting Girls as an advertising curator.
Why Madalyn chose VU: “The academics, in addition to the inclusive football team and community environment, are what really brought me to Vanguard University. I know that at Vanguard, I can strengthen my faith while making progress towards my future goals. “
Coach Mascaro says: “Maddie is a physical presence in goal. She is very athletic with good hands and great potential.”
SAMANTHA PELLETERA • 5-3 • DEFENDER • RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA/ALTA LOMA HS
A dual-sport athlete for four years, playing soccer and tennis at Alta Loma HS. Samantha was a 2021 CIF South Section Division 3 member and regional runner-up with the Braves. She attends Water of Life in Fontana and is actively involved with Link Crew, AVID and volunteers at church and youth soccer programs.
Why Samantha chose VU: “As soon as I walked onto campus, I felt at home. God called me there and told me that was where I was supposed to be. The environment, the students, the teachers have already had a big impact on me. I can’t wait to be a student at Vanguard in the fall and play soccer at the next level!”
Coach Mascaro says: “Sam is a hard worker who has great service. She has already proven that she can overcome adversity and rise to the challenge.”
RACHEL PENICK • 5-8 • MIDFIELDER • SAN DIEGO, CA/CAL STATE LOS ANGELES
A transfer from Cal State Los Angeles who signed up for Vanguard in the spring of 2022. Played football at Mater Dei Catholic High School in San Diego and competed for Rebels ECNL at the club level. At Mater Dei she was a dual sports athlete, also on the track. As a football player, she was a four-year-old starter who was named Mesa League Player of the Year and the school’s Female Athlete of the Year. She attends St. Therese Catholic Church and served in campus ministry for two years.
Why Rachel chose VU: I wanted to continue my religious education. I loved the community and how welcoming everyone was. I also wanted to stay close to home and be near the beach!”
Coach Mascaro says: “Rachel came to us last semester and she was a wonderful addition. She is ultra-competitive and a natural leader who pushes others to do their best too. She is a distributor with a solid goalscoring IQ and is very strong on the ball.”
MORIAH WHORTON • 5-7 • DEFENDER • SAN DIMAS, CA/WESTERN CHRISTIAN HS
An outside defender, she played for Western Christian HS and Los Angeles Soccer Club. During her LASC career, she played a vital role in the team’s SCDSL Championship and the Finals. She was very involved with American Heritage Girls and attends Calvary Chapel Chino Hills.
Why Moriah chose VU: “To be completely honest, I feel like Vanguard chose me. Practical reasons piqued my interest, such as the size and location of the campus, but the strong Christ-centered fellowship I felt on each visit reinforced my choice.”
Coach Mascaro says: “We’ve had the pleasure of signing Moriah for a few years, and watching her grow over that time, we’re extremely excited about her speed, composure on the ball and versatility.”
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