MOSCOW - Idaho women's soccer coach Pete Showler announced his 2010 signing class on Wednesday and emphasized that while the class is small in size, it is heavy with talent and success.
Idaho welcomes six new Vandals, five of which are national letter of intent signees, and one more who is an invited walk-on who signed an acceptance of admission form.
Among the NLI signees are Chelsie Breen (Cheney, Wash./Cheney HS), Mary Condon (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep), Kelsey Corney (Bend, Ore./Bend HS), Breanna Wilson (Bend, Ore./Summit HS) and Nitalia Zuniga (Ventura, Calif./Buena HS). Idaho's invitee is Christina Boddie (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap HS).
The class is heavy with defenders, as Breen, Condon and Zuniga all play on the back line, while Wilson and Boddie are midifielders and Corney is a forward. Idaho lost just four seniors from the 2009 team that went 9-10 and put together the team's best record since 2001.
"I am delighted to welcome six quality young student-athletes to our program," Showler said. "We are excited to have Nitalia, Bre, Kelsey, Christina, Mary and Chelsie, and their families, join our Vandal soccer family."
Showler said that, similar to the larger 12-player freshman class from last year, he expects all six players to have an immediate impact on the team and to play important roles for the 2010 season.
"The girls all come from top-drawer club programs with a tradition of success, from winning high school championships, club championships and garnering regional team recognition - winning is key," Showler said. "All of these players are capable of making an impact on our program and will help further cultivate the competitive environment we have developed here, as well as giving us added quality and depth to an already strong group of players."
2010 National Letter of Intent Signees
Cheney, Wash. (Cheney HS)
Spokane Shadow (Coach: Matt Stueckle/Kevin Moon)
Showler says: "Chelsie is very athletic ... I see her athletic qualities helping both in a center back or outside back position to get up and down the line, connect with the mids and forwards, and get into the attack ... She's a smart player who plays simply and effectively and will be a big asset for our future"
High School/Club: Breen was a three-time first-team all-Greater Northern League selection for Cheney High School. As a senior, she led the Blackhawks to a Washington 2A state runner-up finish and earned honorable mention all-state accolades in the process. She led CHS to four state tournament appearances, including a third-place finish in 2006 and quarterfinals appearances in 2007 and 2008. She was also a three-year varsity track and field competitor. As a member of the Spokane Shadow club team, Breen helped the Shadow 91 Navy to a 2007 Super Y League Northwest title and National Finals appearance, as well as Rimland Cup titles in 2005, 2007 and 2008, Pleasanton Rage Showcase titles in 2007 and 2008, a 2008 Portland Showcase title and a 2007 U.S. Club Soccer Region G Premier title. She was a member of the team for seven years and a team captain for two of them. She was joined on the team by fellow 2010 signee, Mary Condon.
Personal: She is the daughter of Jonathan and Deborah Breen. She has one brother, Benjamin. She was a four-time first-team Academic All-State selection and carried an impressive 3.95 high school grade-point average. Her intended area of study at Idaho is Pre-Physical Therapy.
Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep)
Spokane Shadow (Coach: Matt Stueckle/Kevin Moon)
Showler says: "Mary is a very smart player. She's a center back who reads situations very well, communicates and organizes and brings a maturity level on the pitch not often found in a freshman ... She has a lot of good qualities that you look for in a center back in terms of organizational skills, communication, and technical skills"
High School/Club: Condon was a three-year varsity starter for the Bullpups. She was a Washington 4A all-state honorable mention pick as a senior after leading Gonzaga Prep to a 6-4 record. As a junior, she earned first-team all-GSL honors after the team finished fourth in the league and earned a state tournament bid. She was a team captain for the Bullpups as a senior. She was also a high school teammate of current Vandal, Erica Hart. Condon helped lead the Spokane Shadow 91 Navy team to a 2007 Super Y League Northwest title and National Finals appearance, as well as Rimland Cup titles in 2005, 2007 and 2008, Pleasanton Rage Showcase titles in 2007 and 2008, a 2008 Portland Showcase title and a 2007 U.S. Club Soccer Region G Premier title. She was joined on the Shadow by fellow 2010 signee Chelsie Breen.
Personal: She is the daughter of Mark and Carole Condon. She has two sisters, Colleen and Katie. She was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gonzaga Prep. She is undecided on a major.
Bend, Ore. (Bend HS)
Nike Oregon Rush (Coach: Kyle Steinbaugh)
Showler says: "Kelsey is a very 'go-to-goal' type of player ... She has good technical skills and she's very strong in the air ... She has played either as an attacking mid or a forward ... She works well with her back to goal and also has good technical skills to take players on in one-v-one situations and create goal-scoring opportunities"
High School/Club: Corney saw tremendous success during her four years at Bend High School. She helped lead the team to four Oregon 5A state championship games and three titles, four Intermountain Conference crowns, and a 63-3-5 overall record. In her final three seasons at Bend, she scored a combined 58 goals. As a senior, Corney helped lead Bend to a 16-0-2 overall record and third state title and netted 17 goals. She was a first-team all-Intermountain Conference selection and a second-team all-state honoree. After the state championship game went into penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation and overtime period, it was Corney who connected on the deciding kick to give the Lava Bears the title. Her junior year, she scored 21 times, earned first-team all-Intermountain Conference and helped lead the Lava Bears outscore opponents 59-2 on the season in achieving a pristine 18-0 record and state title. AS a sophomore, Corney scored 20 times to help lead the Lava Bears to a state title appearance. Corney was a member of the Nike Oregon Rush club team for 12 years. She helped lead the team to an Oregon Youth Soccer Association semifinals appearance in 2009 and a finals appearance in 2006. She was joined on the team by fellow Idaho signee, Breanna Wilson.
Personal: She is the daughter of Darren Corney and Lisa del Giudice. She has two sisters, Mikaela and Noelle. Her intended major at Idaho is Art.
Bend, Ore. (Summit HS)
Nike Oregon Rush (Coach: Kyle Steinbaugh)
Showler says: "Bre is a very good athlete. She is strong, left or right side, and will bring a good attacking dynamic to the outside mid position ... She works hard on both sides of the ball - offense and defense - and I see a huge upside from her learning from the players we have now, and then pushing them athletically. She's going to be a big asset"
High School/Club: Wilson was a second-team all-state and first-team all-Intermountain Conference honoree as a senior after leading Summit to 12-0-4 regular-season record and Oregon 5A state quarterfinal appearance. As a junior, she garnered second-team all-IMC accolades after leading the Storm to a 14-3-2 overall record, 5-2 IMC record and state semifinal appearance. She was also a strong track and field athlete, and was elected team captain for both soccer and track. In 2008, she helped the Summit girls 4x100m relay team to a state runner-up finish at the Oregon 5A championships. She was a member of the Nike Oregon Rush club team for two years and helped the team to a 2009 OYSA state semifinal appearance.
Personal: She is the daughter of Steve Wilson and Brenda Audia. She has one brother, Michael, and one sister, Rachelle. Her intended major at Idaho is Psychology.
Ventura, Calif. (Buena HS)
Real So Cal (Coach: Kristy Walker)
Showler says: "Nitalia is a very tough-tackling, feisty, strong defender ... She's versatile - she can play either center or outside back. She has good technical skills and is very tactically aware ... She's been on a club team that has had a lot of success and both she and (current Vandal) Amber Pimley were invited to and played in the U20 Mexican national team camp .... She's played in regional and national tournaments and every high-level tournament around ... I'm very excited to get someone of her quality"
High School/Club: Zuniga has seen a large amount of success both at the high school and club level. She has helped lead Buena to three straight Channel League titles, back-to-back CIF tournament appearances, including a quarterfinal finish in 2008 and a semifinal finish in 2007. Her senior season, 2009-10, has already started strong, as the team is currently 7-0. As a junior in 2008-09, she was honored as a third-team all-California Interscholastic Federation and first-team all-Channel League pick, as well as the Channel League Defensive MVP. Her teammates also voted her team captain. Her sophomore season in 2007-08, she helped lead the team to a Buena Holiday Tournament title and Channel League title. As a freshman in the 2006-07 season, she helped lead the Bulldogs to a school-record 20-game shutout streak, state semifinal and Excalibur Tournament title. She earned all-Channel League honorable mention honors and was named Rookie of the Year for the team. She was a member of the Real So Cal club team for 10 years, eight of which were with current Vandal soccer player, Amber Pimley. She helped lead Real So Cal to 23 tournament titles and 38 tournament finals appearances. The team won the 2006 Gothia Cup world championship, as well as the Manchester United Premier Cup title and Cal South National Cup title. She was selected to the U20 Mexican national team pool in 2009. She helped lead the team to six Surf Cup titles between 2002 and 2006.
Personal: She is the daughter of Jesus and Gina Zuniga. She has one sister, Nikita, and one brother, Zayden. Her intended major at Idaho is International Business.
Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS)
Washington Premier FC (Coach: Brian VanBloomenstein)
Showler says: "Christina is very athletic, she's a strong runner ... She plays an outside or central mid position ... She's played at one of the more successful Washington clubs that competed at the highest level at the top tournaments. She's played with and against some of the top players ... She has very good athletic qualities, reads the game well, and has the potential to excel at this level"
High School/Club: As a four-year varsity player for the Wolves, Boddie was a 2009 second-team all-state honoree, a 2009 all-area honoree, a two-time all-Kitsap selection and four-time all-Narrows League honoree. She led the team to a Washington 4A state quarterfinal appearance and Narrows League title in 2009 and was named co-MVP of the league. The team went 14-1-3, 7-0-3 in the Narrows League, and outscored opponents, 39-5 in 2009. As a junior in 2008, she led the team to a 12-5-1 overall record and 7-2-1 Narrows League record and fourth-place finish and earned first-team all-NL honors after outscoring opponents 40-12. She was a second-team all-NL honoree in 2007 after leading South Kitsap to an 11-4-1 overall record, 7-3 league record and fourth-place league finish. The team outscored opponents 30-8 that year. She was a second-team all-NL pick as a freshman when the team went 8-5-3 overall and 6-2-2 in Narrows League play, and outscored opponents 32-8 in a third-place league finish. She played with the Washington Premier FC club team for two seasons.
Personal: She is the daughter of Tony and Susanne Boddie. She has two sisters, Chantal and Kylen, and one brother, Dominic. Her father played football at Montana State and professionally with the Denver Broncos of the NFL and the Los Angeles Express of the USFL. Her intended major is Chemistry with a Pre-Medical emphasis.