Eugene Rakaz – The Oregon football program announced seven additions to its 2022 enlistment class on Tuesday. Combined with the four signers in the fall, the Ducks are ranked 25th in the country according to Top Drawer Soccer.
Coach Graeme Appel New students added Ainsley Fink (Las Vegas), Trinity Morales (Tucson, Ariz.), Caitlyn McCulloch (Orinda, California), Rieley Petkovich (Prescott, Ariz.), Julie Richards (Portland), and Anna Solomon (Lafayette, California.) , as well as transferring USC Bel Rolley (Las Vegas) to the group of newcomers who will be taking the field for the Ducks this fall.
These seven will join fall signers Kristen Conti (Tuston, CA), Anna Emperador (Elk Grove, CA), Levi Moore (Deer Park, Washington) and Agana Ribas (Highlands Ranch, Colorado).
The midfielder, Morales, is the third four-star inductee in the 2022 Ducks class, joining Rispas and Conte. The Ducks strengthened their defense by adding Richards and Solomon, both goalkeepers, as well as defenders Fink and Rowley. McCulloch and Petkovic will join Morales in midfield.
“We are very excited to welcome the rest of the 2022 class,” said Abel. “Big credit to our staff for continuing to watch and find these outstanding student-athletes. We are thrilled to have our Top 25 classes coming to Oregon this fall.
“Our everyday environment is a very important thing to us and this group will add to that environment in so many positive ways,” Abel said. “Our 2022 squad is ready, go in August!”
Oregon is set to open the 2022 season on August 12 by hosting Corban in an exhibition game.
Ainsley Fink, DE, Las Vegas, Bishop Gorman High School, Club: Heat FC
The No. 8 Nevada player (Maxpreps) helped lead Bishop Gorman to a record 27-0-1 as a freshman in 2018 and a Nevada state title. This team was ranked seventh nationally by USA Today. He had a pair of assists on the Bishop Gorman 18-6-1 team in 2019. He competed in the Nevada Olympic Development Program in 2017-18 and was a participant in the ODP National Camp in 2019. A four-time Bishop Gorman Athlete Award winner. Club Heat FC won the ECNL Southwest Conference Championship in 2018 and 2020 and advanced to the ECNL National Quarterfinals in 2019. He was also a co-winner with Bishop Gorman. Sister Ashten plays football for Vanderbilt. Father Brian was on the Nebraska track and field team.
“I was very impressed with the UO Football coaches and their high understanding of the game. There is so much they can teach me and I can’t wait to work with them. The facilities were a plus too.”
Caitlin McCulloch, M, Orinda, California, San Ramon Valley High School Club: La Morinda FC
He scored five goals with a single pass to help lead San Ramon Valley High School to a 12-6-3 lead as the lead. Three of her five goals were match winners. Named for the second East Bay Athletic League team. National under-15 and under-16 players. Sister Lauren plays football at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
“I was amazed by the many resources that were incorporated into the athletic facilities and showed me how much the University of Oregon cares about its student-athletes. Not only that, but after I met the coaching staff, I called them right away and felt that the University of Oregon would be the best for me in the end.”
– Caitlin McCulloch
Trinity Morales, M., Tucson, Arizona, Salpoint Catholic High School, Club: SC del Sol
Quadruple starting recruiter ranked 104th nationally (Top Drawer Soccer). 2021 4A Player of the Year led Salpoint Catholic to two back-to-back 4A titles. She was the team’s first pick in all regions in 2021 and 2022. She also attended the virtual US U19 national team camp in 2021.
“I was looking for an academic program that could fit in with athletics. When I first visited the Jaqua Center, I knew this facility would help me achieve my academic goals while attending the University of Oregon.”
– Trinity Morales
Rieley Petkovich, M, Prescott, Ariz., Prescott High School, Club: SC Del Sol
Help lead Prescott High School to a record 11-1-2 and state playoffs as a senior in 2022. An honorable mention for all conferences. He has four years of experience in the Olympic development program. Uncle Donny Price played football in Arizona.
“Prestigious athletics and crazy competition drew me to Oregon at a young age. The outstanding coaching staff and next-level atmosphere in the athletic facilities, as well as the beautiful scenery that sweeps across the campus, also drew me.”
– Riley Petkovic
Julia Richards, JK Portland, Oregon, Liberty High School, Club: FC Portland
The state runner-up goalkeeper and the 2021 Pacific League Player of the Year led Liberty High School to the state playoffs in 2019 and 2021. In 44 games, he averaged 0.93 goals and 184 assists. She also ran on the track, was an all-league sprinter in the 100 and 300 hurdles, and was on the Liberty swim team. In club competition, he led Portland FC to the national playoffs in the 2019 and 2021 UEFA Champions League. Recipient of the UO Presidential Scholarship and the UO Summit Scholarship. She was named Miss Pioneer Oregon in 2022 and was a finalist for the West Portland Rose Court (2021) metro.
“I would love to see the level of dedication, competition, and empathy that the athletes and coaches have with the Oregon women’s soccer program and athletics in general. The team has been able to adapt to so many changes over the past few years and really turn the program into a competitive and successful Pac-12 factor!”
– Julia Richards
Bill Rowley, DE, Las Vegas, NV, Bishop Gorman High School/University of Southern California, Club: Heat FC
He moves to Oregon as a red jersey novice. She played in 25 games on two NCAA teams over the past two seasons while nine were in defense of USC. Two shots were attempted as a freshman in 2020 and as a sophomore in 2021. He missed the 2019 season (the red jersey season) due to an ankle injury. Prior to USC, he scored 10 goals with five assists in one season at Bishop Gorman High School. He was named Rookie of the Year, Pan Southwest League, All Southern Nevada and First Sunset District. In club action, he led Heat FC to the Southwest Conference title and advanced to the playoffs in 2017 and 2018. Heat FC was one of the national quarter-finalists in 2018 and scored 20 goals in club play. He also played for Merryweather United in Australia. She lived in Australia from 2008 to 2012, where her mother, Louise, is from.
“I’ve been surrounded by the best players in the country at USC for years now, but there seems to be something different in this group. There is a willingness to compete for everything and a situation like this can win any game. I want to work, I want to win, and I want to enjoy it. This is definitely the right place.”
– Bill Rowley
Anna Solomon, goalkeeper, Lafayette, California, Campulundo High School, Club: La Morinda FC
He helped La Morinida FC win back-to-back state titles. It was an all-district pick for Campolondo High School after maintaining a target against an average of 1.07. Campulundo won the league 9-2-1 and was 15-3-5 overall. Her grandfather, Andrew Comer, was a basketball player who set a Carnegie Mellon club record.
“Some of the things that impressed me the most about Oregon and the football program were the school’s support system for all student athletes, the facilities and the close-knit environment.”
– Anna Suleiman
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