Five Sign with Mountain Lion Women's Soccer

By Bryan Forget published February 6, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Nichole Ridenour, Head Coach of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's soccer program, announced the addition of five student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent today. Grace Ramsden (Loveland, Colo.), KK Brinton (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jess Freeze (Jackson, Wyo.), Zoe Martinez (Tempe, Ariz.) and Savannah Long (Colorado Springs, Colo.) each signed on the first day of the signing period today.

"The coaching staff and I are really excited for the incoming class," Ridenour said. "We have worked hard to make sure they all have the right mentality to join our hard working competitive team.  Each offers a different dynamic to the team in how and when they will be able to contribute, grow, learn and make a difference for UCCS. They are all great student-athletes as well as soccer players, making them all very capable of not only succeeding here but thriving. We are happy to welcome them to our team and can't wait to see what they are capable of."

Ramsden played on the Arsenal Colorado Gold Under-18 team, where she was named the Outstanding Goalkeeper at the national tournament in 2012. She was a member of the championship teams in the Trebel Cup, National Presidents Cup and Arsenal State Cup, and participated in the Las Vegas Showcase and Denver Cup. Ramsden will graduate this spring from Thompson Valley High School, where she's been a varsity starter since 2010 and named the Most Valuable Player in her sophomore season.

"Grace came into our clinic and made a big impression," Ridenour said. "She is coachable, driven and confident and wants to be a Mountain Lion. She will be joining our returning goalkeeper, Kelly Schroeder, who as RMAC Goalkeeper of the Year will be a great mentor and competitor to continue to develop Grace's already strong skill set."

Brinton is a defender for the Colorado Springs Pride Soccer team and was the team captain in 2010-11. The team was ranked as high as ninth in the state. A two-sport athlete between soccer and basketball at Pine Creek High School, the Eagles were ranked in the top 50 nationally for soccer in 2011. Brinton was also active in the Cheyenne Mountain Junior Zoo Keepers Program.

"KK is a local player who we have had the chance to see grow," Ridenour said. "She has become a leader on her high school team and has shown continual improvement as a controlling central defender"

Freeze led Jackson Hole High School in scoring in 2010 and is a two-time all-state and all-conference selection. She led her team to a third-place finish at the state 3A tournament in 2012 and back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011. Freeze also played on the Wyoming Olympic Development Team and attended the regional camp three times. She was a member of the team that won the Park City (Utah) Extreme Cup in 2010. She's also a starting varsity basketball student-athlete, a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, and volunteered with the Special Olympics soccer teams.

"Jess is a great pickup for our program and brings depth to our midfield," Ridenour said. "As one of the top Wyoming players in this class she is a great person, student-athlete and soccer player. We are excited to see what she is capable of."

Martinez led Corona Del Sol High School to the state championships in 2010 and has been active midfielder and forward in the Gilbert Soccer Club. She was the captain for the Arsenal 95 Premier Teal team in 2010-11, and played on the 95 Pros White team from 2004-09. Martinez has been involved with the Arizona ODP, with a regional camp selection in 2011 and competed at the Region IV championships with the Arizona state team in 2010-11.

"Zoe is a hard worker who we have had the privilege of getting to know over the years through our summer camps,
 Ridenour said. "She has a great skill set as an outside midfielder and the drive to continue to develop. "

Long is a two-year captain and three-year starter for Palmer High School. A member of the Pride soccer clubs, she led her team to the State Cup championship in 2008 and was the team captain in 2012, where she was coached by UCCS assistant coach Craig Decker.

"Savannah is a small but feisty forward who becomes more determined the more challenged she is," Ridenour said. "She has that competitive drive that our team expects from all players. Savannah will be a great pick-up for us and continue to develop with a lot of local support."

The Mountain Lions' are coming off their best season in program history. UCCS finished with its highest conference standing, hosted a playoff game for the first time in program history, and was nationally ranked as high as No. 11 for the first time.

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