WSOC | Gaels Welcome Isabella Coombes
Isabella Coombes comes to Saint Mary's after a season at West Virginia and playing for the New Zealand international team.
MORAGA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's women's soccer will gain an exceptional talent with international experience and a background in the Big 12 Conference, as Isabella Coombes will transfer to Saint Mary's, head coach Travis Clarke announced today.
Coombes will have three years of eligibility at SMC will be available to play in the 2018 season.
"We are excited that Issy has decided to join our program," said Clarke. "She is a very technical and tactically efficient player who we anticipate will help with the graduation of Heather Seybert who played such a big role in our program in the past four years."
Coombes has an extensive resumé playing for the New Zealand national squad. In 2016, the midfielder competed with the U-20 squad on their tour with the United States and Mexico. Coombes started all three games during the 2016 U-20 Women's World Cup and scored a goal for her home country in the match against the United States.
In 2015, Coombes was a key player for the U-20 World Cup Qualifier squad. Her international experience stems back to 2014 where she competed in two different World Cup teams for New Zealand. Coombes started for the U-20 national team during the 2014 World Cup in Canada and also the U-17 team in the FIFA Women's World Cup in Costa Rica.
"I chose to come to Saint Mary's as I really like the style of soccer they play in a quality West Coast Conference," stated Coombes. "The school has a fantastic academic reputation, great atmosphere and a beautiful campus that really makes you feel at home. I look forward to getting into everything as soon as possible."
A member of the Claudelands Rovers Premier team from 2012 to 2015, Coombes helped the club win the Northern League regular season title in 2012 and 2014. She was named Claudelands Player of the Year in 2014. In 2016, Coombes claimed another title as she won the Women's National Knockout Cup with Forrest Hill Premier Team.
Coombes previously attended Massey University in Albany, New Zealand. A three-time player of the year at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls (2013-15), she also was a two-time team captain and a member of the sports council. Coombes was also honored as Young Player of the Year (2011) and was the highest goal scorer in 2015.
"She has very high level international experience and spent a year at WVU, one of the top programs in the nation," said Clarke. "In addition to the athletic side, she is a fantastic student and will fit into the academic culture at SMC very well."
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