Caitlin Akeman and Graceanne Rettig, longtime teammates and friends in the Breakers soccer club, have each signed a letter of intent to play college soccer. Caitlin is a senior at Harbor High School and Graceanne is a senior at Aptos High. They just concluded an extremely successful final year with the Breakers, having won the Norcal Regional Academy League, The West Regional tournament and placing 3rd in the National Cup.
Caitlin Akeman committed to Hawai’ i Pacific University( NCAA DII) in the PacWest conference. Caitlin fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands at a young age while visiting her family, which led to one of her decisions to play for HPU. From the age of seven Caitlin has lived soccer and dreamed of playing college soccer. She is excited to take her soccer to the next level.
Caitlin gives a lot of credit to her older brother Evan, who played on the Breakers 89′ team for her on field personality. He taught her how to be physically and mentally tough. He was big and she was small, but Caitlin never backed down in their backyard battles.
Reflecting on her youth soccer experience Caitlin said,” The Breakers has been apart of my life for years, I think of them as my second family. I will always be thankful for the memories I’ve made and the amazing teammates who became some of my best friends. I would like to thank all my Breakers coaches – Mike Arzabal, Devvyn Hawkins, Ashley Edgar, and Mark Hogenhout- who believed in me and helped make me the player I am today. I would like to thank all the managers – Ponce, Phil, and Tom for all the hours of hard work you put in to make a team successful. Most of all, I would like to thank my number #1 fans, my mom and dad for all you have done”.
Caitlin will be majoring in Public Relations and Advertising: Creative Program. She plans to work for a professional sports team. She also plans to give back to youth soccer.
Graceanne has decided to commit to San Francisco State University (NCAA DII) for next fall. Grace was named Midfielder of the Year by the coaches of the SCCAL, and named a member of the Sentinel’s All- County team. Graceanne had looked into many schools before deciding where to go, but she always knew soccer was going to be part of the equation.
“As my college career began to approach, I knew I could not excel to the next chapter of my life without soccer. I have been playing soccer since the age of six, and a member of the Breakers since age nine. I am so thankful for all the opportunities that the Breakers club has provided me with. I want to give a special thanks to Mike Arzabal, Devvyn Hawkins, Jessica Perkin, and Ashley Edgar for creating a great soccer environment as I developed as a player. A major reason why I chose San Francisco State was because their elite nursing program. I am so thrilled to be able to pursue my dream career and continue to play soccer in college. I have worked very hard to be where I am today, and I am very excited for my future at SF State.”
The girls signed their letters at the office of Mike Arzabal, coach of Cabrillo Women’s Soccer, flanked by their mothers and current Breakers coach, Ashley Edgar.