Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
|Soccer signs another mid|
MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho soccer added another key piece to the midfield on Monday with the signing of Elexis Schlossarek of Delta, British Columbia.
Schlossarek (pronounced Sh-loss-ah-reck) is a 5-5 central midfielder. She led Burnsview Secondary to back-to-back British Columbia provincial titles and district championships and is the youngest player to ever be named MVP of the Canadian Provincial Tournament. She was a three-year varsity captain for the team.
“She can play the holding position, she can play the attacking position and she scores goals,” Idaho head coach Pete Showler said. “She’s a box-to-box midfielder and a great organizer who settles the ball and distributes it with great vision. She’s got a lot of very good upside, very good quality and very good personality and leadership skills.”
Schlossarek was selected as a member and voted team captain of the TSS Academy U19 Elite team, which competes in the Metro Women’s Premier League in British Columbia – a league that features former collegiate- and national-level players. She played every field position for the team and program director Brendan Quarry said her versatility and leadership stood out immediately.
“Elexis is a major impact player for the TSS team, a fierce competitor in every respect,” Quarry said. “She has wonderful vision, threading passes into channels or making one-touch passes into supporting midfielders. More than anything, Elexis has a presence on the field that can be seen and heard – she changes games for TSS.”
Schlossarek is the third midfielder for Idaho in the 2012 class, along with Meli Cortez (Salem, Ore.) and J.P. Burgess (La Center, Wash.), and while Showler said he’s excited to see the future of the Vandal midfield, he’s eager to see what the group can add to an already-strong group.
“Each individual has her own nuances to add to what this team has and also bring in a different dimension that we may not already have, to compliment what we’re doing,” Showler said of the newcomers. “Every person at those positions we’re recruiting is going to find the competition more intense and that raises the level at practice every single day.”
Along with the three mids, Idaho has also already added forward Reagan Quigley (Woodinville, Wash.) and defender Josie Greenwood (Spokane, Wash.). All five will join the Vandals in the fall as freshmen.