Boise State women's soccer head coach Steve Lucas recently announced the signing of eight student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent. Alison Clarkson (Auburn, Wash.), Gabriella Garcia (Murrieta, Calif.), Mackenzie Hickel (Federal Way, Wash.), Tylyn Hughes (Portland, Ore.), Maddy McDevitt (Edmonds, Wash.), Kallie Neimann (Portland, Ore.), Katy Oehring (Littleton, Colo.) and Rebe Wolverton (Portland, Ore.) will join the Broncos in the fall for the 2010 season. The exceptional group looks to build on a solid 2009 season that saw a young Bronco team win their first WAC championship in team history and advance to the NCAA tournament as well as record the most single season wins (13). With the team's recent success, Lucas is optimistic about the 2010 campaign.
"We're extremely excited about this year's class and what they bring to the program," said Lucas. "We've taken major strides over the last year and we believe this group can continue to build upon the team's recent success. They have an opportunity to grow a tradition established by previous Bronco players."
Clarkson comes to Boise State from Auburn, Wash. where she played midfield for Auburn Mountainview High School and the Washington Premier Football Club. While at Auburn Mountainview, Clarkson earned two consecutive all-league honors and was voted team MVP her senior year. When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Clarkson said, "I chose Boise State because the size of the city and location of the school fits my lifestyle. Boise State's soccer program is the best fit for me, and the academic offerings will help me achieve my long term goals." Clarkson plans to major in communications.
Garcia, who hails from Murrieta, Calif. played midfield for the So Cal Blues Soccer Club under Coach Randy Dodge. In addition, Garcia is currently on roster with the Puerto Rican U17 National Team and competed in the team's qualifying campaign for the 2009 U17 World Cup. Garcia played in the past four USYSA National Championships and placed second and third in the last two years with the Blues. When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Garcia said, "I chose Boise State because I fell in love with the campus, town and weather of Boise. Also, because Boise State's athletic program and coaches are so awesome and the team seemed very cool, nice and close." Garcia plans to major in sports medicine.
Hickel comes to Boise State from Federal Way, Wash. A fullback from Todd Beamer High School and Eastside Soccer Club, Hickel was a two-sport athlete in track and soccer where she earned all-league honors her senior year. In addition, she was a three-year member of the Washington ODP team. Hickel was also a state qualifier in track and owns the 300m hurdles record at the Bremerton Relays. When asked why she chose to become a Bronco, Hickel said, "Boise State has every major I would consider going into and has an amazing energy on campus that just fills you. When I arrived the first time, I knew I wanted to become a part of the Bronco Nation and feel that energy every day." Hickel plans to major in biology or kinesiology.
Hughes joins a large list of Boise State players who call Portland, Ore. their hometown. A member of Westview High School and THUSC Neon Soccer Club, Hughes recently earned first team all-league and all-state honors her senior season. In addition, Hughes has played midfielder for the four-time State Cup Champions and two-time Regional Quarterfinalist soccer club from Oregon (THUSC Neon). Lastly, Hughes earned Oregon Academic All-State honors the last two years. When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Hughes said, "I chose to go to Boise State because I thought the campus was perfect and the team was really nice. I really enjoyed my time on my visit." Hughes plans to study health sciences while at Boise State.
McDevitt, the lone goalkeeper in the 2010 recruiting class, joins the team from Edmonds, Wash., where she played at Kings High School and the Eastside Soccer Club. A five-time member of the Washington ODP team, McDevitt earned first team all-state and all-league as well as two all-league honorable mention awards. McDevitt also won three consecutive State Cup titles with Emerald City Football Club before moving to Eastside. When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, McDevitt said, "I decided to go to Boise State because it has everything I am looking for in a school and soccer program. I love the campus and am excited to be a part of Bronco athletics." McDevitt is currently undecided with her major.
Neimann is one of three players coming from Portland, Ore. in the 2010 recruiting class. Neimann was a high school and club teammate with fellow Bronco recruit, Tylyn Hughes, and was also a member of five-time State Cup champion THUSC Neon Soccer Club. Also, Neimann earned Academic All-State honors the last two years at Westview High School. Neimann looks to challenge and add depth to the central midfield positions. When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Neimann said, "I like the small, not too far from home, Division I aspect it provides. Also, the variety of academics available will help me pursue my future career goals." Neimann plans to study health sciences at Boise State.
Oehring is the lone player from Colorado in the 2010 recruiting class. A first team all-league and honorable mention all-state honoree, Oehring developed her soccer prowess at Heritage High School and the Real Colorado Soccer Club. In addition, Oehring was a member of the Colorado Olympic Development team for one year. Oehring is a versatile player and can play both the fullback and midfield positions. When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Oehring said, "I decided to go to Boise State because the area is great and it's so much like my home town in Colorado." Oehring plans to major in health sciences while at Boise State.
Wolverton is the third recruit in the 2010 class to hail from Portland, Ore. A versatile central midfielder, Wolverton played her high school soccer at nationally-ranked Jesuit High School and club ball at FC Portland. While at Jesuit, Wolverton started all four years and garnered second team all-league honors her senior year and guided the team to the 2009 State Championship. She also was a member of the Oregon Olympic Development team for two years. When asked why she decided to become a Bronco, Wolverton said, "I decided to come to Boise State because I felt welcomed by the coaching staff and players when I visited. It is a good atmosphere to play Division I soccer, and I loved the support the city gives to the university." Wolverton plans to study exercise science at Boise State.