Twin sisters Tayler and Amber Lennier and teammate Adaurie Dayak, all 17, first bonded on the soccer field as under-6 players on Troy’s Angels, a Tracy Youth Soccer League team named for their coach, Troy Dayak, Adaurie’s father.
They have played together since, on teams including the Tracy Futbol Club U11 Dynamite and West Coast Soccer U16 Kryptonite, a U.S. Soccer national championship team.
All three were also members of the original Kimball High girls soccer team, including one year as a junior varsity team and three at the varsity level.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, they signed their letters of intent to play soccer at the college level.
Their signing ceremony at Kimball High was bittersweet. Tayler read only a couple of sentences from her speech acknowledging her coaches before she was overcome by emotion. Amber finished the speech for her.
“I’ve always had her back,” Amber said afterward.
They’ll have one more season together at Kimball before they head off to different colleges. Dayak said she knows it will be a difficult transition.
“I’ve known them forever. We’re like triplets,” she said. “Once we got to Kimball we got even closer.”
Tayler, who will play goalie at Holy Names University in Oakland, chose the Hawks after she checked out the school and the team.
“What appealed to me was the girls,” she said. “They’re very close, just like my team since I was little.”
She plans to study nursing at Holy Names on an academic and athletic scholarship.
Amber, a midfielder, became interested in Corban University in Salem, Ore., after exchanging email messages with the school regarding Corban’s premedical program.
But she had to know about the soccer program, too, and she let the coaches know about Kryptonite’s showcase tournament schedule. She met coaches at a tournament in Las Vegas in March.
“I wanted to go to a private school, a Christian college,” she said. “It’s not super-big. It’s small and everyone is nice there.”
She will attend on an academic and athletic scholarship.
Dayak, a fullback and forward, sat down with a list of schools she wanted to check out at the start of her junior year of high school.
“Sac State was my very first email to a college ever, and I wasn’t thinking that I would go there,” she said.
Though she contacted eight other colleges, Hornets coach Randy Dedini got back to her and invited her for a tryout.
“I went and visited the college and it’s beautiful,” she said. “I fell in love with it instantly.”
She hasn’t confirmed her major yet, but she has a full athletic scholarship and expects to focus in the medical or physical therapy fields.
Her father, a former Olympic and San Jose Earthquakes soccer player and director of coaching for West Coast Soccer, said eight other girls from West Coast Soccer also signed letters of intent this week.
“Seeing these kids develop over the years and being in charge of their development is something I take great pride in,” Troy Dayak said. “They’re the ones who put in the work and have the discipline to go through the program.”
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