Lucas adds 14 newcomers to soccer roster for 2008 season...

BOISE, Idaho (2/7/08) - Boise State’s Head Coach Steve Lucas announced today the signing of twelve players to NCAA National Letters of Intent to Boise State and two transfers students. The 12 current high school seniors joining the Broncos for the Fall 2008 season are Megan Blanchard (Fresno, Calif.), Brandy Hickcox (Boise, Idaho), Tiffany Hall (Boise, Idaho), Janelle Jin (Castro Valley, Calif.), Kimberly Koeppen (Boise, Idaho), Catherine Leewaye (Boise, Idaho), Serena Montoya (Centennial, Colo.), Mandy Nader (Orange, Calif.), Lindsey Roberts (Richland, Wash.), Chelsea Robinson (Portland, Ore.), Elizabeth Ruiz (Boise, Idaho) and Ashley Walsh (Vancouver, Wash.). The two transfers are returning to their hometown and are enrolled at Boise State for this spring’s semester, they are Katie Derden (Boise, Idaho) transferring from the University of South Carolina and Malia Hendrix (Boise, Idaho) is back from the University of Montana.

The impressive class boasts not only strong athletic credentials, but also excellent academic backgrounds. This marks the largest recruiting class in Bronco history that hopes to replace 11 graduating seniors and build upon last season’s second place finish in the WAC (5-1-1).

"We are extremely excited about this incoming class. We knew we had a big class to replace. The departing seniors are the most successful class in this program’s history. These new players have some big shoes to fill, and that is a challenge that they know is ahead of them. They all have the ability to make an immediate impact and are excited to come in and get things going. We can’t wait for them to come in and get to work," said Coach Lucas.

 

Following are short bios for each new recruit...

Megan Blanchard

Blanchard hails from Fresno, Calif. where she was the starting goalkeeper for San Joaquin Memorial High School and California Odyssey Soccer Club. She earned first team all-league and second team all-valley for the past two seasons as well as Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Defensive Player of Year honors while at San Joaquin. Blanchard plans to major in business management while at Boise State.

Brandy Hickcox

Hickcox decided to remain in her home town after an impressive high school and club career at Capital High and Les Bois. While at Capital, Hickcox earned Idaho’s 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year by scoring the most goals in a season in team history (43) before sitting out her senior season recovering from a knee injury. Hickcox also earned first team All-State and District III Player of the Year honors during her career. Hickcox plans to major in physical therapy while at Boise State.

Tiffany Hall

Hall, another native of Boise, joins the Broncos as a three-time Academic All-State member, Defensive MVP and Player of the Year at Boise High School. In addition, Hall earned second team and first team all-league honors the past two seasons. Hall also played for the Les Bois Soccer Club. Hall plans to major in journalism and broadcasting at Boise State.

Janelle Jin

Jin, one of three California commitments, resides in Castro Valley where she played midfield for Castro Valley High School and the Pleasanton Rage Soccer Club. While at Castro Valley, Jin earned second team all-league honors for two straight years. She also was recognized as the Offensive and Team MVP for the Trojans. Jin is undecided with her major.

Kimberly Koeppen

Koeppen is another local product who comes to Boise State from Eagle High School and the Les Bois Soccer Club. Koeppen participated on two state championship teams at Eagle and earned all-league honors in 2006 and 2007 primarily as a fullback. In addition, she was voted Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons. Koeppen hopes to become a physician assistant.

Catherine Leewaye

Leewaye played midfield for Centennial High School and the Boise Capitals Soccer Club. At Centennial, Leewaye earned all-league honors for two seasons as well as SIC All-Academic recognition. For the Capitals club, Leewaye’s team won two straight Idaho State Cup championships and advanced to the Far West Region quarterfinals in 2007. Leewaye plans to study graphic design while at Boise State.

Serena Montoya

Montoya resides in Centennial, Colo. where she played fullback for Cherry Creek High School and the Littleton Soccer Club. In addition, Montoya participated on the Colorado ODP team last year. Montoya earned second team all-league honors while at Cherry Creek and was an AP Scholar her junior year. Montoya is undecided with her major.

Mandy Nader

Nader is a southern California product hailing from Orange Lutheran High School and the Laguna Hills Eclipse Soccer Club where she played midfield and fullback. Nader was a second team all-league honoree and CIF champion her sophomore before injuring her knee the following season. Nader is also a three-time scholar athlete at Orange Lutheran and plans to major in health science at Boise State.

Lindsay Roberts

Roberts, a native of Richland, Wash. has built quite a resume while at Richland High School and the Spokane Shadow Soccer Club. She has earned first team all-league and first team all-area the past two years as a midfielder and fullback. In addition, Roberts was recognized with all-state accolades her junior and senior seasons. Roberts also won CBL Player of the Year and All-Area MVP last season at Richland High. Roberts plans to major in health management.

Chelsea Robinson

Robinson comes to Boise State from Portland, Ore. where she played midfield and forward for Sunset High School and the FC Portland Soccer Club. She also represented the Oregon ODP team the past three years. While at Sunset, Robinson earned first, second and third team all-league honors in the Metro Conference. Robinson also was a State Cup champion for FC Portland and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Far West regional tournament. Robinson’s major is undecided.

Elizabeth Ruiz

Ruiz honed her goalkeeping talents at Capital High School and the Boise Capitals Soccer Club. While at Capital, Ruiz earned first team all-league honors the past two years, and was recognized as Southern Idaho’s Player of the Year in 2007. In addition, Ruiz was MVP and Player of the Year for Capital for two seasons. Ruiz also minded the nets for the Boise Capitals team that won two straight State Cup championships and advanced to the Far West regional quarterfinals in 2007. Ruiz plans to major in physical therapy at Boise State.

Ashley Walsh

Walsh comes to Boise State from Vancouver, Wash. where she played midfield and forward for Central Catholic High School and FC Portland Soccer Club across the river. Walsh helped lead Central Catholic to the state finals last season and earned first and second team all-league as well as all-state honors for the Rams. Walsh also was recognized as the 2006 OregonLive Player of the Year and Team MVP. While FC Portland, Walsh’s team won one State Cup championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Far West regional tournament. She also belonged to the Oregon ODP team for two consecutive years. Walsh plans to major in nursing at Boise State.

Katie Derden

Derden, a native of Boise, transferred from the University of South Carolina where she played two seasons for the Gamecocks. At South Carolina, Derden was awarded SEC All-Academic honors her sophomore year. Prior to college, Derden was a standout player at Bishop Kelly High School and the Boise Capitals Soccer Club where she earned three All-SIC awards as well as Team MVP. Derden was also a member of the Capitals team than won four straight State Cup championships. Derden is majoring in exercise science.

Malia Hendrix

Hendrix is returning to her hometown after spending the first semester playing for the University of Montana. While at Montana, Hendrix played in 17 games and started 10 for the Grizzlies. Hendrix recorded one goal and one assist for the year. Prior to Montana, Hendrix played for Timberline High School and the Boise Capitals Soccer Club where she won four straight State Cup titles and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Far West regional twice. At Timberline, Hendrix earned 2006 Player of Year, first team All-SIC and Academic All-State for three straight years. Hendrix is majoring in business marketing.

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