Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
|Soccer adds German keeper|
MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho women’s soccer coach Pete Showler capped off his class of 2012 signees this week with the addition of German goalkeeper Marina Siegl on Tuesday.
Siegl is a five-foot, six-inch tall goalkeeper from Uffing, Germany, who comes to the Vandals as a freshman with three years of experience as a member of the prestigious FC Bayern Munich club program.
“It is the best team in the country and she’s been playing with elite athletes for the last few years,” Showler said. “She’s had fantastic training and it’s finely honed into many individual skills from a goalkeeping perspective that really stood out to us.”
Siegl has earned Top Goalkeeper honors at several tournaments and has additionally helped her teams in two Bavarian championships in 2009 and 2010 and helped the Bavarian All-Star Team win a German national title. She attended Staffelsee Gymnasium Murnau, where she participated in handball and swimming in addition to soccer. She intends to study mathematics at Idaho.
“She has a bubbly and energetic personality and her English is fantastic, so communication will not be an issue when she comes in and starts working with the girls,” Showler said. “When you break down her film, the fundamentals are all there, the athleticism is there and she has great communication and she does a great job organizing.”
The addition of a freshman keeper was key for the Vandals, who were slated to enter the 2012 fall season with just two seniors, Liz Boyden and Caroline Towles, on the roster. Showler said he expects Siegl to add to the team’s depth and competition right away, and that both returning keepers can help her along in her development.
“She has a lot of upside in terms of her skills, so now she just has to get used to the level of play and the different styles of play here, but we possess the ball and the team she plays for does the same. To get a keeper of this quality to come in this late is a huge coup for us, and she’s going to push Caroline and Liz, which is going to be great for our team competition,” Showler said. “She’s going to learn from two keepers who have been here three years, know how we play, know our communication and know what our expectations are, so they can pass on a lot of that experience to her.”
Siegl wraps up a 2012 class that already includes forward Reagan Quigley (Woodinville, Wash.), defender Josie Greenwood (Spokane, Wash.) and midfielders JP Burgess (La Center, Wash.), Meli Cortez (Salem, Ore.) and Elexis Schlossarek (Delta, British Columbia).
“What’s exciting is that all of these incoming freshmen are going to be pushing the returners and it’s going to greatly improve our competition and our depth in quality,” Showler said. “It’s going to make my decisions a lot harder about who travels and who plays – as a coach, it’s a nice headache to have.”