Idaho Soccer Update

Football isn't the only sport taking advantage of some spring training. The Vandals soccer team took to the road this past weekend to scrimmage Seattle University, and despite being undermanned for the contest lost just 2-1 in a game played on Mercer Island.

The Idaho soccer team visited Seattle University this past Sunday in the second of four scrimmages planned for this spring (Idaho next takes on Washington State this Saturday at Lowler Soccer Field in Pullman, Wash.). Despite being undermanned, the Vandals fell 2-1 to SU in a hard-fought match. Down 0-1 early in the match, Idaho tied the score at 1-goal apiece before the first half expired. The game remained tied until mid-way through the second half. But constant pressure by Seattle U, coupled with numerous substitutions by the 20-member Seattle team, resulted in Idaho giving up a second half goal and an eventual 2-1 loss for the Vandals.

Heading into the scrimmage Idaho lost two key players to injury, giving Idaho a 10-member squad for the match. Also factoring into the reduced roster for Sunday's match is the fact that Idaho head coach Pete Showler is beginning just his second year at the helm of the Idaho program and is rebuilding the team's roster. In February Showler announced a recruiting class of six High School signees and two transfers from Portland State University who will be joining the program this fall, giving him 15 underclassmen going into next season to build the team around for the future.

From the University of Idaho official website, Showler was quoted as saying the following: "There will be a lot of learning and the enthusiasm and work ethic from the players we have coming in will only enhance the work rate we currently have. The program will go from strength to strength. It's an exciting time, but we will have a lot of youth and inexperience. Time will tell how that will affect us this season, but I am excited where it will put us in the future."

As has been the case with several of Idaho's athletic programs since the move to the more competitive Western Athletic Conference, rebuilding is in order. Idaho soccer is no different and Showler, a native of England with 17 years of coaching experience (most recently as an assistant with Portland State's Big Sky Championship team), is enthused about the direction the program is going.

Below is a photo gallery from Sunday's action.

#21 COURTNEY EVANS, F/MF, Freshman
Marysville, WA (Marysville Pilchuck High School)

AIMEE GOSS, Midfielder, Sophomore
La Costa, CA (La Costa High School)

MICHELLE JORDAN, Goal Keeper, Freshman
Tumwater, WA (Tumwater High School)

Head Coach PETER SHOWLER completed his first season at Idaho and led the Vandals in their inaugural season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. With the rebuilding effort underway, the Vandals struggled to a 1-6 WAC record but look to rebound next fall.

KAYLA CONSTABLE, Midfielder, Senior
Spokane, WA (Lewis and Clark High School)

LINDSEY KIHM, Midfielder, Sophomore
Snohomish, WA (Snohomish High School)

MEGAN DUNN, Midfielder/Defender, Junior
Portland, OR (Central Catholic High School)

#18 JENNY SPRINGER, Forward, Junior
Yakima, WA (West Valley High School)

#15 BRITTA RUSTAD, Midfielder, Freshman
Salt Spring Island, B.C. (Gulf Islands Secondary School)

#21 COURTNEY EVANS, F/MF, Freshman
Marysville, WA (Marysville Pilchuck High School)

MEGAN DUNN, Midfielder/Defender, Junior
Portland, OR (Central Catholic High School)


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