"I love my teammates," Maddie Bauer said. "We have a core of nearly 10 players. My confidence level of communicating to my team has gotten better. I've kind of been an organizer, telling them where to go."
For Maddie Bauer, committing to Stanford over UCLA was nearly a no-brainer. Born in Newport Beach, her family moved to the Bay Area, then they moved back to Newport Beach when Maddie was in fifth grade. Her grandfather who she's never met, Gale Whiting, attended Stanford. In addition to that, a few former members of her soccer team, Slammers FC, went on to star at Stanford. One of them is former Soccer America Player of the Year Christen Press, a forward who played in two straight NCAA championship games.
At Stanford, Press set school records with 71 goals and 41 assists during her four-year career. Press won the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's most prestigious award, and was the No. 4 pick for the Women's Professional Soccer League draft, later winning the league's Rookie of the Year award. Camile Levin, whose younger sister, Savannah, played with Maddie Bauer on the Slammers FC team, and Mariah Noguiera are others who Bauer idolized while growing up.