University of Washington women’s football welcomes 7 new Huskies


SEATTLE – The Washington Huskies have announced the addition of seven new members for the 2021 season. Washington welcomes three transfers in McKenzie Weiniert, Peyton McGee, and Kyla Ferry. The Huskies will also see four freshmen join the squad in Olivia juarez, Jace holmes, Lily ramos, and Lisa johansson.

Weinert joins the Huskies after an illustrious career in the State of Oregon. She scored over 20 points in 2019, winning All-Pac-12 honors. In her last two years, Weinert has scored 11 goals, including two against Pac-12 opponents in 2020. She has started more than 30 games in the past two seasons. Weinert has excelled in the classroom as well, winning the Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll after each of the past three seasons.

“I chose Washington to compete at a high level and to be surrounded by teammates and coaches who will help me grow as a person and a player,” Weinert said. “Washington is a perfect fit for me to continue my studies by pursuing my masters. Washington women’s football has a successful history and an authentic team culture that I look forward to being a part of.

Ferry also had an impressive Pac-12 career before joining Washington, coming to the Huskies after two seasons at Colorado. She has one goal and two assists in her college career. In her first two college seasons, Ferry appeared in more than 20 games, including eight appearances during the 2020 season. She helped Colorado win the NCAA tournament as a freshman, scoring one goal and helping another in the victory over northern Colorado. Prior to entering college, Ferry was Arizona’s Gatorade High School Player of the Year, winning back-to-back state championships. She has 47 goals and 23 assists in 60 career high school games.

“Washington is an amazing school that is everything I want academically and athletically,” Ferry said. “I love the team culture and the unity the coaches have built here. With the change comes the opportunity and I look forward to training with my new teammates for the coming season. Come on friends! “

McGee has proven to be a great college defender for three seasons in Texas. Last season McGee started 12 games for the Longhorns, with Texas registering seven shutouts during that time. In fact, Texas have ten shutouts in McGee’s 17 career starts. Over 15 appearances in 2019, McGee has helped Texas allow just 1.07 goals per game. Only three times since the start of 2019 has McGee seen the pitch and the opponent has scored more than two goals.

“I chose Washington because of how the coaches and the players made me feel during the recruiting process,” said McGee. “I respected honesty and energy. I believe this is a great program with great leadership and a competitive environment which were the main things I was looking for when finding my new home. I believe that the players we have now and the staff can help me reach my full potential as a player and as a person as I continue to develop.

A triple state champion, Olivia juarez comes to the Portland, Oregon Huskies. Goalkeeper Juarez played for Jesuit High School and Crossfire United. She won the high school championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019, as well as the Surf Cup championships in 2017 and 2018. In the ECNL, Juarez took third place domestically with Crossfire United. She has been named to the ECNL All-Region team as well as to the ODP Region 4 team.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing for a Pac-12 school,” Juarez said. “As soon as I entered campus, I fell in love with the environment and the location. After attending a training session and watching a game, I knew this was the right solution for me.

The younger sister of the current Husky Shae holmes, Jace holmes brings a plethora of football experience to Washington. Holmes has a lot of national experience, having attended regional and national ODP camps. She won the DA National Championship, as well as the State Cup, earning Colorado State MVP honors.

“Washington has such a beautiful campus and a positive atmosphere,” Holmes said. “When I first visited Washington, I felt at home. I knew I would adapt well, get a quality education, and get the opportunity to attend a competitive conference. I wanted UW to be where I made my home for the next four years of my life and create my own story.

Johansson comes to Washington from her native Sweden, where she played in the second and third national levels. Most recently, Johansson played for Alingsas FC United in the Swedish Elitettan, the second highest football division. She has scored 50 goals in 59 games during her football career. Johansson also has a lot of experience with the national team, with 18 appearances for the Swedish junior national team.

“I chose Washington because from the first conversation I had with Coach Van Dyke, I got a good impression of the school and the program,” Johansson said.

Local star Lily ramos joined Washington from Bellevue. She has attended regional ODP training camps and made three national qualifiers: ECNL in 2016 and DA in 2017 and 2018.

Ramos was thrilled to join the Huskies, saying she “loves the chemistry of the team and the coaching staff, as well as the beautiful campus and great academics that Washington offers.”

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