Lions Land Dutch Youth National
Forward Linda Bakker brings international experience to LMU
July 19, 2011
LOS ANGELES - LMU women's soccer has made a late-summer addition with the signing of forward/midfielder Linda Bakker, a member of The Netherlands' under-19 National Team, Women's Soccer Head Coach Joe Mallia announced Tuesday. Bakker is the latest recruit to join the Lions for the 2011 season, adding to an already-impressive class that includes incoming freshmen Emily Maletis, Amanda Dudley, Brianne Medved, and Gabby Neal and freshman transfer Jacqueline Linnert.
"We are extremely excited about Linda's addition to our program for this fall," Mallia said. "She is a very athletic individual who tactically understands the game very well. She is also an outright winger, which is an area that we were specifically looking to fill both this season and for the future."
Bakker is a native of Rustenburg, Holland, where she has represented her country as a member of the Dutch youth national teams, appearing for the under-17 and under-19 squads at the UEFA U-17 and U-19 Women's Championships. In June of 2010, she came within one game of helping her U-17 team qualify for the 2010 U-17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago as her team lost to Germany 3-0 in the consolation game of the UEFA championships.
Bakker most recently competed in the U-19 UEFA Women's Championships in Italy this past June as the Dutch team finished third at the group stage. Over the course of her stints with the U-17 and U-19 teams she has made 12 appearances for her country, scoring four goals.
"One of the things I noticed immediately about Linda was the runs she makes up top; she is constantly looking to run in behind and unbalance the opponents' back line," Mallia noted. "Early on it may take her some time to get used to the American college game but I am confident that over time her experience having competed at Europe's highest youth level and women's level will be a huge asset to our program."
LMU is coming off a 2010 campaign that saw the Lions post an overall record of 10-6-2 to record their fifth straight 10-win season, a new school-record. The Lions open pre-season training camp on August 2 and begin the season August 19 at the University of Texas.