Two athletes commit to WJU

By: Press Tribune sports staff
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Cal Pac Conference soccer champion William Jessup University added a pair of young athletes to the university roster last week. The women’s soccer team announced the signing of Gabby Leon of Southern California. Leon comes to WJU after playing one year at Moorpark Community College where she earned a spot on the Western State Conference second team after starting nearly every game as a freshman. Leon tallied eight assists and scored two goals for Moorpark. Prior to heading off to college, Leon played soccer for Santa Clarita United and CVU Pride and attended Hart High School. She led her team to a pair of Foothill League championships. "Gabby is a solid player, person and student,” said Warrior coach Jamie Howard. “She has the ability to play anywhere on the field. We plan to use her in our back line because she is a very smart player, aggressive, and will be able to dictate play from deep. Her ball control and field vision are outstanding. We are very pleased that Gabby has decided to attend WJU.” Leon is excited about the opportunity to join the reigning league champions. "I picked WJU because it's what I'm looking for in a school: small class sizes, family environment, great education, and athletics,” Leon said. “I'm really excited for the upcoming season, meeting all of the new players, and proving what I can bring to the table as a player from Southern California. I feel WJU will take me far in becoming a teacher and a great soccer player." William Jessup University cross country coach Parker Daniels announced the signing of Bentley Nunes of Sutter Union High School. Nunes, who graduated in May, was a standout distance runner for the Huskies, bringing home a divisional title this past spring in the 1,600-meter run. Nunes was a three time all-league nominee for Sutter High, competing in the 800, 1,600, 3,200, 3-mile, and 5K races. He was also a standout in the classroom, having been given the academic achievement award for four straight years. Bentley is excited to join the Warriors and their reigning Cal Pac championship squad. “William Jessup University is a Christian College that will help deepen my faith,” Nunes said. “Also getting to know the team and coach throughout the past couple of years assisted my decision.” First-year coach Parker Daniel is also happy to add the accomplished athlete to his team. “Bentley is going to be a great addition to our program next fall,” Daniels said. “It has been exciting to watch Bentley develop as a runner through high school. Bentley is a coach’s dream, an athlete that is always asking for more and willing to go that extra mile to become stronger. I look forward to coaching him over the next four years as well as witness him grow physically, academically and spiritually through college.”