Boise State Signs Seven Prep Standouts to Soccer NLIs
Steve Lucas, Boise State University's head soccer coach, announced this afternoon the signing of seven standout student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent to play for the Broncos.  Joining Boise State's soccer program for the fall 2011 season are Ashleigh Anderson (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Mikhaila Bowden (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Kathryn "KT" Clayton (Renton, Wash.), Jenna Griggs (Portland, Ore.), Noelle Kolb (Moorpark, Calif.), Avery Salisbury (Federal Way, Wash.) and Shannon Schueren (Bothell, Wash.).  The strong recruiting class looks to contribute immediately as the Broncos transition into the challenging Mountain West Conference for the 2011 season. 

Considering the team's recent success and next year's change in conference affiliation, Lucas is optimistic about the upcoming campaign and incoming class.  "We've had some strong recruiting classes in the recent past, and this class is no different," said Lucas.  "With the move to the Mountain West Conference, we believe this group has the competitive spirit and drive to make an impact on our program and can help make our transition a bit smoother into the new conference."


Ashleigh Anderson

Anderson comes to Boise State from Lake Oswego, Ore., where she played goalkeeper for Lake Oswego High School and the Lake Owsego Soccer Club.  While at Lake Oswego, Anderson earned two consecutive all-league honors and was voted team captain her senior year.  Anderson also was awarded "Student-Athlete Spotlight for 2010-2011" where she was recognized for her achievements as a student, athlete, school involvement and community service.  In addition, Anderson was selected for the Oregon Olympic Development (ODP) state team three straight years.  When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Anderson said, "I liked the staff, team, soccer program and school.  It was my overall perfect fit."  Anderson plans to major in education or business.

Mikhaila Bowden

Bowden, who hails from Huntington Beach, Calif., plays fullback for the So Cal Blues Soccer Club under Coach Dido and Ocean View High School.  While at Ocean View, Bowden was a three-time Golden West All-League selection and two-time league MVP.  In addition, Bowden also earned first-team CIF Southern Section honors and was honored as the team MVP twice.  When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Bowden said, "Boise State is the whole package.  Great school, great location and amazing people.  It has everything I want in a university."  Bowden plans to major in criminal justice.

Kathryn "KT" Clayton

Clayton comes to Boise State from Renton, Wash.  A forward from Kent Mountain View Academy  and Washington Premier Football Club, Clayton was an all-league honoree and team MVP her senior year.  In addition, she was a four-year member of the Washington ODP team and an ODP regional pool selection.  Clayton's ability to play several different positions makes her a valuable addition to the program.  When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Clayton said, "I chose Boise State because of the high level athletics, the school's determination and mindset to be the best, and to expand my education at a top university."  Clayton plans to major in communications. 

Jenna Griggs

Griggs joins a large list of Boise State players who call Portland, Ore., their hometown.  A member of Wilson High School and the Lake Oswego Soccer Club, Griggs recently earned her second-consecutive first-team all-league honor.  In addition, Griggs was a member of the 2006 Oregon State Cup Champion and competed in the Far West Regionals the same year.  When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Griggs said, "Boise State seemed right for me both academically and athletically."  Griggs is currently undecided in her major.

Noelle Kolb

Kolb is the second player coming from southern California in the 2011 recruiting class.  Hailing from Moorpark, Kolb comes to Boise State from the Camarillo Eagles Soccer Club where she played both forward and midfield for coach Vince Thomas.  In June, Kolb will be competing with her Eagles team at the Far West Regional tournament in Boise.  Kolb looks to challenge and add depth to the central and wing midfield positions at Boise State.  When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Kolb said, "I loved the atmosphere of the town and school."  Kolb plans to study special education at Boise State.

Avery Salisbury

Salisbury joins KT Clayton as the second player coming to Boise State from the Washington Premier Football Club in the 2011 recruiting class.  A native of Federal Way, Salisbury earned first-team All-SPSL League honors twice and was selected for the 2010 Seattle All-Area team at Todd Beamer High School.  In addition, Salisbury was selected for all-city defender honors three-straight years and earned MVP of the SPSL League her senior year.  When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Salisbury said, "I chose Boise State because of the overall feeling of the school.  It gives off a certain spirit that pulls everyone together and creates a fun atmosphere for the college and community."  Salisbury plans to major in education while at Boise State.

Shannon Schueren

Schueren is the third recruit in the 2011 class to hail from Washington.  A versatile central midfielder and fullback, Schueren played her high school soccer at Bothell and club ball at Crossfire.  While at Bothell, Schueren started all four years and garnered honorable mention all-league honors twice and was selected team MVP her senior year.  She also was a member of the Washington Olympic Development team for four years and was selected for the ODP regional pool.  When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Schueren said, "I chose Boise State because I started my soccer career in Boise and I loved the idea of coming full circle to play my college career there too.  I love the city and campus.  The team and coaching staff were both so welcoming that I couldn't think of a better program to join."  Schueren is currently undecided in her major.


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