Five incoming freshman and one experienced transfer with one year of eligibility remaining make up the women's soccer 2015 recruiting class.
Freshman midfielder Melissa Lewis joins the Lions this spring after spending her fall season at Cal.
The young LMU women's soccer team opens the 2014 season Friday against New Mexico State.
Southern California natives Morgan Hilby and Callie Taylor, who spent their first two collegiate seasons at Northeastern and Cincinnati, respectively, return to their roots this fall.
The Lions will face six 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifiers including defending National Champion UCLA.
Head Coach Michelle Myers previews her 2014 squad, which includes 14 new faces, lots of youth and plenty of excitement.
Head Coach Michelle Myers
Women's Soccer vs. Cleveland State - Aug. 24, 2014 Photos by Jeff Golden
Student-Athlete reception prior to the 2013 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
Longtime assistant Michelle Myers was named head coach of the LMU women's soccer program on February 17, 2012, becoming the fifth head coach in the program's 19-year history.
Myers has been a mainstay of the LMU coaching staff for nearly two decades, as 2014 will mark her 18th season with the LMU women's soccer program.
Myers has been a key part of the Lions' success, helping the program to its first NCAA College Cup appearance in 2002 and consistently signing some of the best recruiting classes in the nation. The 2006 entering class was ranked 28th nationally by Soccer Buzz, giving LMU one of the top 50 incoming classes for the fifth straight year, and followed through with the program's second NCAA tournament berth in 2006.
In 2012, her first season at the helm of the program, Myers guided LMU to a 9-8-2 overall record and 3-5-0 West Coast Conference mark. The Lions rode a season-best four-game win streak early in the year, while memorable moments included a 1-1 draw against then No. 1 nationally ranked UCLA and a 3-0 shutout of WCC foe and then No. 15 ranked Pepperdine.
Myers has been an active member of the Cal South Olympic Development Program (ODP) since 1996. Myers has led her teams to 10 ODP regional championships and three national titles including the most recent one in March 2011 with the 94 Cal South girls. Currently, she is the head coach of the Cal South Girls '95 state team.
She joined the program in 1996 after serving one year as head coach of the women's program at Rancho Santiago Community College in Santa Ana. Myers inherited the program in its second year of existence and led a youthful squad to a 9-10-1 overall record in 1995.
Before moving to the college ranks, Myers spent three seasons guiding one of the top prep girl's soccer programs in Southern California at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. Under her helm (1992-95), the Monarchs amassed a three-year record of 46-20-11, including back-to-back South Coast League Championships in 1994 and 1995. In addition, Myers led the team to a CIF semifinal appearance in 1994 and a quarterfinal trip in 1995.
Before taking over the varsity program, Myers guided Mater Dei's junior varsity team to the 1990 and 1991 Angeles League Championships while compiling an overall record of 39-5-2. Her first taste of coaching came in the dual role of junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach at Los Altos High School in the S.F. Bay Area.
An outstanding collegiate player, Myers played four seasons at Santa Clara. As a senior, she helped the Broncos to a 10-4-3 overall record and a No. 17 national ranking, the first national ranking in program history. In her four seasons (1984-87) at SCU, the team totaled an overall record of 46-17-10.
A 1984 graduate of Rosary High School in Fullerton, Calif., Myers earned All-Freeway League, All-Orange County and All-CIF honors in both soccer and softball. As a member of the JUSA U-18 select team, she earned a bronze medal in the Norway Cup.
On the club level, Myers coached three years for the Wolfpack Soccer Club. In 2008, Myers was named the first head coach of the Ventura County Fusion of the W-league, the top professional league in North America.
Myers is a 1988 magna cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University with a bachelor's of science degree in combined sciences. Myers currently resides in El Segundo.