The University of Hawai’i soccer team and head coach Michele Nagamine announced the signing of seven student-athletes to the 2019 recruiting class on Wednesday.
This season’s recruiting class represents six states including one local product from Honolulu. Along with the vast geographical reach, the Rainbow Wahine expanded their roster with versatile players who can play multiple positions on the field.
The lone local standout to sign with the Wahine is Moanalua’s Kelci Sumida.
Sumida is a three time OIA East division first-team selection with Na Manehune where through her first three seasons she netted a total of 41 goals including a career high 15 as a junior last season.
Taylor Caporus of Roosevelt also committed to the University of Hawaii and confirmed to KHON2 that she will be attending the school but was not announced by the program officially as a member of the recruiting class to sign letters of intent.
Her twin sister Kaylee also signed her national letter of intent on Tuesday, but will be attending Hawaii Pacific University.
The 2019 Rainbow Wahine recruiting class is as follows:
Kelci Sumida of Honolulu: Center Mid
Batya Bagully of San Marcos: Forward/Midfielder
Malia Faramarzi of Encinitas: Defender/Midfielder
Lia “V” Jimenez of Chandler: Defender
Grace Pekovich of Meridian: Midfielder/Defender
Emily Cottrell of Castle Pines: Defender
Loren House of Decatur: Defender
The Rainbow Wahine worked with an intimate roster during the 2018 campaign of just 20 student-athletes, three of which were goalies, leaving 17 active position players to rotate throughout the year. The 2019 recruits will bolster a young roster looking to build off one of the more successful seasons in recent memory.