The semifinals of the Women’s NCAA Division I championships are underway today, and Washington Youth Soccer is extremely well-represented on the rosters. It doesn’t hurt that three of the four semifinalists are Pac-12 schools, but even east coast powerhouse University of North Carolina has a WYS alum on its roster.
Morgan Weaver – WSU
EPD & Washington Premier
Prolific forward Weaver is a natural goalscorer, evident from her days at Curtis High School and EPD to her current home at WSU, where she’s racked up goals in the double digits in the last two seasons. Weaver has picked up individual honors throughout her career, and she just recently added another to the list when she was named to the All-American team by United Soccer Coaches.
Rose Young – WSU
Freshman defender Young has only played a few games this season, but if her talent at the high school and youth levels are any indication, she will be ready to do great things in the future.
MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson – WSU
FC Salmon Creek & Crossfire
Vancouver, WA native Frimpong-Ellertson not only excelled at the high school level, she also won numerous trophies with FC Salmon Creek during her time with the club. She’s scored four goals as a freshman so far this year, including the game winner against Virginia earlier in the tournament.
Kelis Barton – WSU
EPD & Crossfire
A three-sport athlete at Renton High School, sophomore defender Barton won trophies and championships across the board en route to WSU.
Jojo Harber – Stanford
Eastside FC & Crossfire
A regular in youth national team camps as well as starting in most of Stanford’s games this season, Bellevue native Harber racked up quite the trophy case as a youth player in Washington. She was the 2016-17 NSCAA Girls High School Scholar All-America Player of the Year, the Golden Ball winner and champion at the 2013 USYS National Championships, and a four-time state champion.
Samantha Hiatt – Stanford
After spending a season at Boston College, senior Hiatt transferred to Stanford in 2017. A key member of the Cardinal back line, Hiatt currently holds the captain’s armband for the squad and has started every match so far this season. The 2015 Washington State Gatorade Player of the Year also captained the US U-20 squad at the World Cup in 2018 and has racked up numerous individual honors in both high school and college.
Lauren Rood – Stanford
Senior goalkeeper and Camas native has been a rock in goal for Stanford this year, earning minutes in 11 games (9 starts) in 2019 so far. She was in the WIAA All-State First Team in 2014 and was named a WIAA Scholar-Athlete twice.
Madison Schultz – UNC
EPD & Crossfire
Senior winger Schultz has had a solid four years with the Tar Heels after excelling as a high school and youth player in Western Washington. She has two goals in 2019 going into the championship semifinals.