Women's Soccer Adds Transfer
Whitney Sharpe enrolls at LMU in January 2011, will be eligible in 2012
Jan. 10, 2011
LOS ANGELES - LMU women's soccer has added to its recruiting class with the transfer of Whitney Sharpe from Texas Tech, Head Coach Joe Mallia announced on Monday. Sharpe will enroll in classes at LMU in January of 2011 and train with the team throughout the spring and fall seasons before completing her final season of eligibility in fall 2012.
"We are really excited to add Whitney to our program," Mallia said. "She brings a wealth of experience from her time at the Division I level as well as being involved in the US youth national team program. Additionally, she is a dedicated student-athlete on and off the field. We look forward to her contributing to our program over the next two years.
Sharpe, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, spent the 2010 season at Texas Tech, where she earned Second Team All-Big 12 team honors and was selected to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. Sharpe, a 5-7 defender, started 13 of her 16 appearances and played every minute in 10 matches, helping the Red Raiders to an 11-8-1 record. Prior to arriving in Lubbock, Sharpe spent two years at UCLA, where she appeared in 34 matches, making six starts including five as a freshman in 2008. Her play aided the Bruins in reached the NCAA College Cup in both of her campaigns and the defense posted 31 shutouts over the two seasons.
On the international level, Sharpe has been involved with the U.S. National Team since the under-15 level, including traveling to Spain with the under-20 national team in March 2009. Her prep career was dotted with accolades, including earning First Team Parade All-American honors and twice being named the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year at Valley High School, where she went 78-0 overall and won the state title in each of her four seasons. She graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer with 58 goals and 36 assists and was the 16th-ranked recruit nationally according to SoccerBuzz.