BOISE, Idaho (2/10/09) - Boise State Head Soccer Coach Steve Lucas announced this afternoon the signing of eight prep standouts to NCAA National Letters of Intent to Boise State. Joining the Broncos for the fall 2009 season are Brianne Favatella (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Maureen Fitzgerald (Beaverton, Ore.), Lauren Hickok (Bozeman, Mont.), Becca Hoiland (West Linn, Ore.), Adrienne Lommasson (Tigard, Ore), Melanie Mohr (Lakewood, Colo.), Erica Parks (Nampa, Idaho) and Taylor Thompson (Happy Valley, Ore.).
The exceptional group looks to build on a solid 2008 season that saw a young Bronco team record the most wins in team history (11), finish fourth in the WAC and advance to the conference semifinals. Considering the depth and talent of the past two recruiting classes, head coach Steve Lucas is optimistic about the 2009 campaign.
“We are very excited about this class. Our staff worked very hard to find the right mix of players to compliment and enhance our current team,” said Lucas. “We feel that these players will have an immediate impact in every aspect of our program. We can’t wait for them to get on campus.”
Following are short bios on this year’s Bronco soccer recruiting class:
Favatella was a multi-sport athlete at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she played soccer, basketball and lacrosse. In addition, she played midfield and fullback for coach Gary Evans and the Pride Predators Soccer Club. While at Pine Creek, Favatella garnered second-team all-league as well as 2008 Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors. Favatella plans to major in kinesiology at Boise State.
Fitzgerald joins the Broncos from Beaverton, Ore., where she played midfield for Westview High School and Lake Oswego Soccer Club. While at Westview, Fitzgerald earned all-metro honors four-consecutive years as well as all-state for two seasons. In addition, she was voted team MVP the past three years and guided her team to the high school state final last fall. Fitzgerald has also played for the Oregon Olympic Development Team and was selected for the 2008 ODP regional pool. Fitzgerald is undecided on her major.
Hickok is the fourth Montana native to ever sign with the Boise State soccer program since its inception in 1998. The midfielder played high school and club soccer for the Bozeman Hawks and Blitzz respectively. While at Bozeman High, Hickok earned all-state honors three times while leading the Hawks to three consecutive state championships. Hickok also was awarded the Eastern Montana Conference Player of the Year in 2008 while leading her team in goals and assists. With the Blitzz, Hickok’s teams have won four consecutive state cup championships and hope to add a fifth this spring. Hickok plans to major in sports therapy at Boise State.
Hoiland is a West Linn, Ore., native who played fullback for West Linn High School and the Lake Oswego Soccer Club. While at West Linn, Hoiland garnered Three Rivers All-League honors as well as participated on the Oregon ODP state team. Despite sitting out her junior year due to injury, Hoiland captained the Lions her senior season and earned an Oregonian Player of the Week award. Hoiland plans to major in kinesiology at Boise State.
Lommasson joins the Broncos from Tigard, Ore., where she played for Central Catholic High School and FC Portland Sapphire. Having played the past five years for Oregon ODP, Lommasson was selected to the ODP regional pool in 2007 and 2008. She also earned first-team all-conference honors at Central Catholic while playing fullback for the Rams. Lommasson also garnered an honorable mention all-state award during her career. Lastly, Lommasson was a member of a FC Portland team that has won the past two Oregon State Cup championships. Lommasson plans to major in kinesiology or business while at Boise State.
Mohr comes to Boise State from Lakewood, Colo., where she played for Green Mountain High School and the Real Colorado Soccer Club. At Green Mountain, Mohr was a three-time all-conference and Defensive Player of the Year selection for the Rams. In addition, her club team, Real Colorado National, won the 2008 Colorado State Cup where she earned MVP honors. Mohr started in the 2008 USASA U-23 National Championship. Mohr plans to major in history or secondary education at Boise State.
Parks, becomes the first player to ever sign with Boise State from Idaho’s Canyon county where she was a standout forward for Skyview High School in Nampa. She played her club ball for the Boise Capital Soccer Club. A three-time all-league recipient, Parks guided her high school team to two straight finals as well as earning two Team MVP awards. In addition, Parks earned three academic all-state awards and played varsity basketball the past four years at Skyview. Parks plans to major in graphic design at Boise State.
Thompson comes to Boise State from Clackamas, Ore., where she played midfield for Clackamas High School and the Lake Oswego Soccer Club. One of four players from Oregon in the 2009 recruiting class, Thompson was a two-year member on the Oregon ODP state team as well as a two-time first-team All-Three Rivers League honoree. In addition, Thompson was awarded second-team all-state her junior season at Clackamas. Thompson is undecided with her major.