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Prep soccer: Weiner verbals to Fresno St.

Saugus junior makes her collegiate decision

Posted: April 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Another local soccer standout has made her college decision.

Saugus’ Angie Weiner verbally committed to play soccer at Fresno State University in 2014, the junior confirmed to The Signal on Friday.

Weiner received the scholarship offer after finishing a season as Centurions’ second-leading scorer with 35 points this season, scoring 15 goals and five assists for the Foothill League champions.

She said the process started shortly after her high school season came to an end, and after a couple visits to the campus, she was sure Fresno State would be a good fit.

“They have a nice staff, I loved the program and I went up a week ago to spend the night wit the girls,” she said. “It’s a really good program. I love the way (head coach Brian Zwaschka) runs his training. The girls are super nice and really connected.”

Weiner, who also plays center defender and forward for the club soccer team Real SoCal — the same team as her Saugus teammate and Texas Christian University commit Serena Smith-Banas — expects to play in a defensive position when she arrives in Fresno in two years, and feels she fits in well with the program’s style of play.

“They like to play a lot of pass-ball possession,” she said. “And I feel that’s the style I like to play.”

Before making her decision to play for the Bulldogs, Weiner said she was considering Sacramento State, Cal State Fullerton and San Diego State.

But after receiving scholarship offers from Sacramento State and Fresno State, she decided to commit to Fresno.
Fresno State is an NCAA Division I institution that plays in the Big West Conference and is a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Last season, the Bulldogs finished 11-5-5 overall, 3-1-1 in league.

Before she gets there, though, she has one more season at Saugus — where she is the school’s football kicker, a leader on the soccer team and runs track.

And while she intends to participate in all three sports next season, the soccer team is where her impact will truly be felt.
This season, the Centurions became the first Foothill League school to win a CIF-Southern Section Division I playoff game.

Now, with the loss of league Most Valuable Player Serena Smith-Banas, Weiner will become the undeniable leader of the team.

“I’m really excited (to have made my decisions),” she said. “It’s a nice relaxer so I can focus on the game and improve myself as a player. I think there’s always room for improvement, and I will always give 100 percent.”

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