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Soccer Adds Three to its 2009 Roster


MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine head women’s soccer coach Tim Ward today announced the addition of three more student-athletes to his 2009 roster: Jennifer Karson, Kasey Kanada and Terah Parker.


This trio of incoming student-athletes gives the Waves 10 freshmen and 17 veterans heading into preseason training camp.


“The coaching staff and I feel that with the addition of these three young women, we’ve assembled a diverse, strong and driven 2009 recruiting class from whom we expect great things,” said Ward, who is heading into his 12th season as head coach.


Earlier this year, Ward announced a winter signing group that included Roxanne Barker, Ashley Correa, Katherine Crosland, Anisa Guajardo, Michelle Manning, Callie Payetta and Ana Pontes.


Boston College-transfer and sophomore-to-be Michelle Spacciapolli joined the Waves during spring semester.



Jennifer Karson (Frazier Park, Calif./Frazier Mountain HS)

Position: Midfield

Karson is an honors graduate from Frazier Mountain High School, where she was a two-year varsity letterwinner at center midfield for head coach Sharon Lemburg. From her position, Karson exploded for 69 goals and 51 assists over the past two seasons and helped her school reach the second round of the CIF Division 6 Playoffs.

A two-year team captain and MVP, Karson twice was named to the High Desert League Fist Team and was tabbed to a pair of All-CIF teams. She also lettered in basketball and served as student body secretary.


“I’ve seen Jen play over a number of years both at the Malibu Soccer Academy and also with her club teams; she is a highly versatile player who keeps getting better and better,” Ward said. “Jen is a fantastic midfielder and has a tremendous knack for scoring goals, so we’re incredibly excited to have her as part of this team.


Karson has played for several club teams since 2001, including the Santa Clarita United Comets, Firestorm and Kaos, SoCal United and Real SoCal Blue.


Karson and her club teammates have won four tournaments together, and with Real SoCal Blue's U17 team, advanced to the 2008 National Cup quarterfinals last summer. They also traveled to Mexico City to battle the Mexican U17 National Team at Azteca Stadium.


Karson is considering a major in broadcasting at Pepperdine.



Kasey Kanada (Tigard, Ore./Tigard HS)

Position: Forward


In only two years at Tigard High School, Kanada established herself as a force on the field and in the classroom, claiming 55 career goals, two Pacific Conference League Championships and a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.


Her rate of performance was so well-known at Tigard, that it earned her an invitation to compete for a roster spot with Portland Rain FC of the Women's Premier Soccer League.


Kanada transferred to Tigard after missing her sophomore season at Westside Christian High School due to an injury. The year previous, Kanada scored 26 goals and was named to the All-League West Valley Conference First Team.


“Kasey’s going to be a wonderful addition to our team and will most likely be playing out on the flanks since she’s equipped with a tremendous pace and incredible work rate,” Ward said. “Kasey is easy to coach and we feel more than fortunate that she has chosen to continue here athletic and academic career at Pepperdine.”


A member of the National and Japanese National Honor Societies, Kanada collected more than a handful of individual awards, including two selections to both the All-League Pacific Conference First Team and All-State 6A Second Team.


She also has received her school’s “Most Inspirational Player” award, and as a junior, was named Player of the Week by The Oregonian and


Kanada has been an Oregon ODP participant for four years with three regional camps under her belt and has competed for the Lake Oswego Soccer Club Soul Crew since 2006. Kanada won the 2009 State Cup with the Soul Crew and advanced to the regionals based in Lancaster, Calif.


Kanada is considering a major in business administration at Pepperdine and says her career goal is to run a non-profit organization.



Terah Parker (Houston, Texas./Cypress Creek HS)

Position: Forward


Parker recently graduated Cum Laude from Cypress Creek High School where she was a four-year letterwinner and goal-scoring machine from the forward position. Parker totaled 53 goals and provided 23 assists during a scholastic career that also included an undefeated 2009 campaign and a District 15-5A Championship.


While serving as team captain, Parker’s senior-season squad went on to finish as the state regional runner-up and was ranked as high 27th in the nation by ESPN RISE.


“Terah is a great young lady with huge upside,” Ward said. “We’re not only excited about her athleticism and left foot, but she also brings a high level of character that’s going to be invaluable as we move this team forward.”


Parker’s individual accolades include back-to-back Cypress Creek Offensive Player of the Year awards in 2008 and 2009, two all-region and district citations, and a spot on the All-State All-Academic Team.


Following her sophomore year, Parker received an Honorable Mention All-District Award for scoring 19 points on eight goals and three assists.


Parker currently plays club soccer for Dynamos U-19. Last season, she was named Offensive Player of the Year for the U18 Pursuit Soccer Club.


Parker is a scholar alumnus for both the LEAD in Business Program and The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, and has volunteered for CATSS (Champions Area Teen Service Society). She is also a member of the National Honors Society and was elected Class President.


Parker is considering a major in both sports medicine and natural science. Her career goal is to become a cardiothoracic surgeon and work with Doctors Without Borders.



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