Spartans Ink Two to the signing class

SAN JOSE, California Two San Jose State recruits sign National Letters of Intent (NLIs) to join the SJSU women’s soccer team as part of the signing class of 2022. Tatiana Cunningham and Bente Pernot will join the Spartans women’s soccer program in the fall for the 2022-23 season.

Bente Pernot

Hometown: Geleen, Netherlands

High school: Sint-Joris College

Why I chose SJSU: “I chose SJSU because I immediately felt a connection with the staff and team, their aspirations and goals for the women’s soccer program and the behavioral science program they offer.”


  • Four-year-old starter in the Dutch national team (U14-U17)
  • Played in six international friendlies
  • Member of the first-place Dutch team that won the 2020 UEFA Development Championship

head coach Tina Estrada says: “Bente is a great goalkeeper who will be a great addition to our team. She is athletic, has good spread with her feet and is able to communicate and run a line of defence. Her international experience will be immediately noticeable and we look forward to having her as a Spartan.”


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Tatyana Cunningham

Hometown: San Jose, California

High School: Silver Brook High School

Why I chose SJSU: “I chose to continue my academic and athletic career at SJSU because I felt like I belonged there after my first visit. The team culture is exactly what I wanted – the perfect combination of family and always working towards individual/team goals. I knew this environment would allow me to thrive and I can’t wait for the next four years!”


  • Scouted and invited to three US Soccer Girls Training Centers in 2017 and 2018
  • Two-year captain on the Developmental Academy team coached by Brandi Chastain, former USWNT player and two-time Olympic gold medalist
  • Played ECNL for De Anza Force from 2015-16 aged 13
  • Played at Development Academy (DA) for the California Thorns from 2016-2020
  • From 2020-22 he played ECNL with De Anza Force

head coach Tina Estrada says: “Tatiana is a huge talent in the area. She has an extremely high footballing IQ, great attacking vision and is every coach’s dream when it comes to work ethic and passion for the sport. She has been well coached by Lloyd Grist and Brandi Chastain at DeAnza Force and we look forward to her immediate impact in offense.”


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