Women's Soccer Update

Overshadowed just a little bit by the announcement of the Vandal football recruits for 2002 on the same day, the Idaho Women's Soccer Team announced 6 new recruits to the program this year. The soccer program has only been a part of the U of I fabric since 1998, but the teams have done well and the recruiting classes have been strong for such a new program. This season's recruiting class looks as solid as ever, both in the classroom and on the field.

This year the Idaho Women's soccer team needed to fill several key roles, having lost a number of talented seniors to graduation. Vandal soccer coach Larry Foster believes this year's class fulfills the teams immediate needs. Brought in from as far away as Barrington, Illinois, the class consists of 2 forwards, 2 defenders, a midfielder and a goalkeeper.

Last season the Vandals finished tied for 6th in the Big West Conference, ending with a 3-5-1 conference mark and 9-8-3 overall. They struggled to a 1-3-1 record to start the season, but finished strong, including shutout victories over Nevada, Montana, Eastern Washington, and Sacramento State. They also tied the University of Oregon (1-1) and Oregon State University (3-3), and fell to Hawai'i (1-2) in overtime. Senior Jaci Pelton was named to the All-Conference Team, and the Vandals ended the season with a winning record for the third consecutive year.

Below is a quick summary of the new athletes, followed by a link to the Official University of Idaho Press Release on this class (PDF). The past accomplishments of these scholar-athletes are truly impressive, and we look forward to tracking their accomplishments on the campus of the University of Idaho.

Kayla Constable, Midfielder
Spokane, WA (Lewis & Clark High School)

Kayla was a 4-year varsity starter for the Tigers, and was a team Captain and 1st-Team All League selection this year. The team's leading scorer and offensive MVP, she led the Tigers to the district title and State quarterfinals. She's appeared on LCHS's honor roll every semester, and chose Idaho over Gonzaga and Eastern Washington.

Amanda Findlay, Defender
Barrington, IL (Barrington High School)

Amanda has been a member of the varsity soccer team since she was a freshman, and earned 4 varsity letters during her high school career. As a senior, she earned honorable mention honors on the Illinois All-State soccer team, and was also named by the Chicago Daily Herald as an All-Area Athlete. Amanda was recruited by Iowa, Ball State, and Illinois State.

Adriane Kehl, Forward
Spokane, WA (Mead High School)

Adriane was a 3-year varsity letter winner in both soccer and softball at Mead. In 2001 she was named the MVP of the Greater Spokane League (GSL), led the league in scoring (27 points), was named 1st-Team All-GSL, and led Mead to a 3rd place finish at State. She's also a member of the National Honors Society and was recognized as the GSL's Fall Female Scholar Athlete. Adriane chose Idaho over Gonzaga, Eastern Washington and Montana.

Lindsay Smith, Goalkeeper
Fort Collins, CO (Rocky Mountain High School)

Lindsay was a 3-year starter at Rocky Mountain High, and this year earned 1st Team All-Conference honors. She has been an 8 year member of Fort Collins' Premiere League (captain the last 4 years for the Fort Collins Arsenal), member of the Colorado ODP the past 4 years, and toured the Northwest with the Fort Collins Force invitational team, where she was named MVP in a game against the Vancouvar Breakers, and was ultimately named the starting goalkeeper ahead of collegiate level athletes. Lindsay was also recruited by UNLV, University of Memphis and Angelo State.

Alyson South, Forward
Boise, ID (Timberline High School)

This season Idaho's own Alyson South led her high school team to its 3rd consecutive district title. A team captain, Alyson was also named to the All-Far West team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and was named to the All-Southern Idaho Conference 1st Team. Alyson is also a member of the Boise Capitals club team, which in 2000 won the state championship and advanced to the regional quarterfinals. An honor roll student, she was recruited by Boise State, Montana, Carnegie-Mellon and Wheatan (Mass).

Caitlyn Wicks, Midfielder/Defender
Corvalis, OR (Crescent Valley High School)

Caitlyn's list of soccer honors include being named a 3-time 1st-Team All Valley League selection, Team Captain, and runner-up Valley League defensive player of the year. A member of the National Honors Society and honor roll, she also found time to play on the Southside Alliance and F.C. Willamette club teams. Caitlyn was recruited by Boise State, Loyola Marymount, and the University of Southern Colorado before choosing Idaho.

Read More:

Official University of Idaho Soccer Recruiting Press Release (PDF)

Official University of Idaho Womens Soccer Home Page

University of Idaho Soccer 2001 Review Report (PDF)

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