|Soccer welcomes six signees|
MOSCOW, Idaho - University of Idaho women's soccer coach Pete Showler announced the addition of six new student-athletes to the Vandal family on Wednesday, National Letter of Intent signing day.
Idaho added three midfielders, one forward, one defender and one goalkeeper during the signing period. The high school signees hail from Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada.
At the forward spot, Idaho added Nicole Adams of Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista HS). Emily Ngan is a defender from Portland, Ore. (Cleveland HS), and Marissa Fehrman is a goalkeeper from Las Vegas, Nev. (Faith Lutheran HS). At the midfield, Idaho signed Lilly Archer (Portland, Ore./Grant HS), Katie Baran (Nine Mile Falls, Wash./Lakeside HS) and Annie Millard (Spokane, Wash./University HS).
"We're bringing in a nice blend of very good technical players and feisty players," Showler said. "They're all tactically aware, bring a very good level of understanding of the game, and then in our goalkeeper we have someone who understands the game very well."
Ngan and Archer were club teammates with the Eastside United FC, which has won multiple Oregon state titles, while Millard and Baran have helped the Spokane Shadow club team to a good deal of state and regional success. Fehrman helped Neusport FC claim four consecutive Nevada state titles, while Adams' Sereno Soccer Club has won three Arizona state titles in a row.
"All these girls have played in the big tournaments and have been exposed to high levels of pressure and competition," Showler said. "They understand what the game means at the top level."
While Idaho soccer has had a strong footprint in Oregon and Washington, Fehrman and Adams are the first Vandal soccer players to hail from the states of Nevada and Arizona.
"It shows that we're going everywhere that we need to be, to bring in the best players that we can," Showler said about expanding further into the West region. "More people see what we're doing. Winning brings the exposure, and obviously, the last couple seasons have gotten our name out there."
Idaho lost three players, Mel Canite, Jennifer Eugenio and Jenn Hull, to graduation following its record-setting 2010 season, and Showler said the addition of the six newcomers is going to add even more to the team's solid depth and talent base.
"It's only going to improve the quality and depth that we have with the team, and the competition for each place is going to get better and better," Showler said. "That's what is going to make us more competitive, day to day."
Showler also said he was glad to recognize the achievements of the team's newcomers on Tuesday, which is National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
"It's National Girls and Women in Sports Day, so it's a fitting time that we are able to announce the addition of these quality student-athletes who are going to make us better all around the pitch," Showler said.
All six new Vandals will join the team in August for the 2011 season. Idaho's current roster is in the midst of offseason training, and will open its spring season in one month with a road game at Seattle University on March 5. The spring schedule also includes matches against Washington State, Gonzaga and Oregon, as well as the team's annual Alumni Game.
2011 Idaho Soccer Signees:
Nicole (Nikki) Adams
Lillian (Lilly) Archer
Baran helped lead Lakeside High School to four consecutive Northeast A League titles from 2007-10, as well as four straight Washington 1A district titles ... led the Eagles to a third-place state finish in 2010 and helped Lakeside earn state tournament berths all four years ... was the 2010 NEA Most Valuable Player, as well as a first-team all-state selection ... was twice honored as the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Athlete of the Week ... was a first-team Academic All-Conference honoree in 2009 and a second-team honoree in 2010 ... voted team captain and team MVP in both 2009 and 2010 ... played on the Spokane Shadow club team for six years, along with fellow signee Annie Millard ... helped lead the Shadow to the Washington State Cup semifinals in 2009 and 2010 ... the Shadow also advanced to the U.S. Club Soccer regional semifinal and the Denver Cup semifinal ... in 2007, helped the Shadow earn a U.S. Club Soccer Region G Premier title, as well as the Super Y League Northwest title, which gave the team a berth to the Super Y League National Finals ... an honors student at Lakeside HS ... she is the daughter of Jeff and Lynn Baran ... plans to major in Psychology at Idaho
Fehrman has Faith Lutheran High School off to a strong start in the 2011 spring season ... the Crusaders are 14-5-1 already this year ... led Faith Lutheran to a 17-2-1 overall record and perfect 10-0 record in 2009-10 for a Nevada 3A Southern League title ... also earned all-state and all-conference mention at Faith Lutheran ... played with the Neusport FC club team for four years ... helped lead Neusport to four-straight Nevada State Cup titles from 2007-10, as well as a Region IV quarterfinal appearance in 2009 ... was named MVP Goalkeeper at the 2009 Summer Surf Cup ... named to 2010 Nevada state Olympic Development Program pool ... she is the daughter of Tom and Lisa Fehrman and has two siblings, Andrew and Jordan ... her intended major at Idaho is Biology with a Pre-Med option
Millard was a four-year varsity starter for University High School, and played nearly every position on the field, from defender through forward ... she was a two-time all-Greater Spokane League honorable mention pick in 2009 and 2010 ... earned the GSL NECA/IBEW Fall Female Student-Athlete honor ... was also a three-year varsity performer in track and field ... competed for three years with the Spokane Shadow club team, along with fellow signee Katie Baran ... helped lead the Shadow to the Washington State Cup semifinals in 2009 and 2010 ... the Shadow also advanced to the U.S. Club Soccer regional semifinal and the Denver Cup semifinal ... holds a cumulative 3.95 GPA and is the president of the U-Hi National Honor Society ... she is the daughter of Dave and Bev Millard ... has one brother, Wes, and one sister, Lauren, who is a sophomore at Idaho ... intends to major in Food & Nutrition
Ngan helped lead Cleveland High School to a 5-7-1 overall record and a 4-1 record in the 5A Portland Interscholastic League as a senior ... named first-team all-PIL and first-team all-city in 2010 as a senior ... also a 2009 first-team all-state and first-team all PIL honoree as a junior after helping lead the Warriors to a state quarterfinals appearance ... was voted team MVP for soccer in 2010, and was voted Best Defender for the team in 2009 and 2010 ... played eight years with the Eastside United club team ... helped lead Eastside to five Oregon state titles ... daughter of Ben Ngan and Julia Wong-Ngan ... intends to major in Sports Medicine at Idaho