Women's Soccer Signs Two More for 2016
Defender Brittan Walley and forward Pilar Torres add more depth to the Lion lineup in 2016.
LOS ANGELES -- In continued preparation for the fall 2016 campaign, LMU women's soccer Head Coach Michelle Myers has announced the addition of Brittan Walley and Pilar Torres to the Lions' most recent signing class. The duo join eight others who will make their debut in a Lion kit in the coming months.
"We are very excited to formally announce another two additions to our 2016 incoming class," said Myers. "Both are products of very good local Southern California clubs, one is happy to be returning to her home state and the other excited to find her right fit close to home and family."
Walley, who goes by the nickname "Britty," is a defender who hails from Malibu High School and Eagles FC, where she teamed with fellow incoming freshman Jackie Fiacco.
At Malibu High School, Walley was a four-year varsity letterwinner who led the Sharks to back-to-back Tri-County League Championships in 2014-15 and 2015-16. She was a four-time All-Tri-County League selection, as well as earning 2015-16 Tri-County Defensive Player of the Year honors. She also earned her team's Defensive Player of the Year award for three straight years, as well as being named the team Rookie of the Year in 2012-13.
"Britty is an aggressive defender who plays with a ton of grit," Myers said. "Her timing and determination in her tackles are very impressive and something you don't see too often in female players. She is competitive both on the field and in the classroom. She is a great addition to our team and the winning mentality we want to continue to promote in our program."
Torres is a Encinitas, Calif., native who spent her first two collegiate seasons at Wake Forest. The 5-11 forward appeared in 25 total matches during her two seasons with the Demon Deacons. Her first collegiate goal was a game-winner in a upset of then No. 13 Georgetown (Sept. 7, 2014) and she also tallied an assist on Sept. 12, 2014 against then No. 1 UCLA.
Torres prepped at La Costa Canyon High School, leading the Mavericks to an Avocado League championship in 2010-11, a CIF Championship in 2011-12 and an Excalibur tournament championship in 2012-13. She was named a 2013 All-CIF First Teamer and was La Costa Canyon's most valuable offensive player in 2012.
Torres attended the 2013 National Camp on the ODP `96 team and captured the 2012 and 2013 ODP National Championships as a member of the Cal South team. She was also a member of the Region IV team that won the Interregional Championship Tournament in 2011 and the Regional IV Championship in Las Vegas in 2013.
"Pilar will be a great addition to our front line, primarily at center forward," said Myers. "She will bring great presence to the field with her 5-11 frame and has ability to win balls in the air while also covering ground. She is athletic and has good feet which means she can hold the ball well with her back to goal or combine to get in behind defenses. Pilar comes from a championship background as a youth and we know she will push herself and her teammates to be their best."
The 2015 Lions had a season for the records, achieving a program record 15 wins on their way to their third NCAA Tournament appearance and first-ever Sweet Sixteen berth.
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