SALT LAKE CITY -
Utah Soccer Head Coach Rich Manning
announced the addition of three new players for the 2018 season. The Utes add goalkeeper Jamie Goodwin
, defender Alexis Rushlow
and forward/defender Ali Schinko
"Jamie, Ali and Alexis are talented players that have all played at a high level. They come from successful programs and bring a winning mentality. They also are great young ladies that fit our team's culture. They will bring even more quality and competitiveness to a class of recruits that we feel will help our team significantly."
Jamie Goodwin – Goalkeeper – Rocklin, Calif. – Rocklin HS – Sierra College
A team captain at Sierra College, Goodwin was a two-time All-Big 8 Conference selection as a goalkeeper and even scored four goals, all on free-kicks. Despite missing half of the 2017 season with a torn shoulder ligament, Goodwin still captured Big 8 Defensive Player of the Year Academic All-American honors. Already a Rocklin High School Hall of Fame inductee, Goodwin played her club soccer with Galaxy Blues
Jamie is the daughter of Barry and Nancy Goodwin and has four siblings, Jason, Julia, Kristian and Chris. She plans to major in kinesiology and hopes to become an athletic trainer. Diagnosed with leukemia at an early age, Goodwin went through two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy
Goodwin on Utah:
"I chose Utah because it is a complete change for me. I have lived in a small town for most of my life and I am just excited to try something new.
Manning on Goodwin:
"While at Sierra College, Jamie has been one of the top goalkeepers in California. She is quick, has great range and distributes the ball well. We also love her composure. She has a quiet confidence that spreads to her teammates on the field. She will team with Carly and S.J. to give us a very strong corps of goalkeepers."
Alexis Rushlow – Defender – Glendora, Calif. – Glendora HS – Texas Tech University
Rushlow appeared in five matches as a freshman at Texas Tech this past season after earning First Team All-League honors at Glendora High School. She racked up 33 goals and 21 assists during her career, 17 and 7 respectively as a senior, to garner All-CIF and MVP accolades. Rushlow also helped her club team, Legends FC 99, claim three national championships.
Alexis is the daughter of Jason and Chelsea Rushlow and has one sibling, Haden. At Glendora, she was a member of the National Junior Honor Society
Rushlow on Utah:
"I felt this was the place where I could be the most successful and the campus is beautiful."
Manning on Rushlow:
"Alexis is a stalwart defender who can also start the attack with her passing skills and vision. She is also a threat to score on set pieces. As a youth player, she was a leader on a Legends club team that won championships and played at a high level. We are excited that she decided to resume her college career with us and feel she will contribute right away."
Ali Schinko – Defender/Forward - Baden-Württemberg, Germany – Max-Weber-Schule Sinsheim – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Schinko was one of the youngest players on her TSG 1899 Hoffenheim team as it captured consecutive 2nd
Bundesliga Sud titles. Prior to that she netted 42 goals in two seasons with the Hoffenheim youth team and was the team captain as her side was crowned champion of south Germany.
Ali is the daughter of Johannes and Susanne Schinko and has one sibling, Madlen. She plans to major in business after graduating with honors.
Schinko on Utah:
"I chose to attend Utah because of the soccer team's quality. The school is in a great location and provides me with many opportunities. I have always wanted to come to the United States and I enjoy skiing and snowboarding so Salt Lake City seems like a great place to be."
Manning on Schinko:
"We are excited to welcome Alicia to our team. She has been on a championship team in the 2nd
Bundesliga for the past two seasons, which is a very high level of play. She is a versatile player, a very good athlete and a fantastic young woman. Her game reflects qualities that are important to us. She works hard on both sides of the ball and has excellent skills to go with fantastic vision. She can play in the back, midfield or up front. Her experience will be a welcome addition to our team."