(Photo by Dave Broberg)
PROVO, Utah – Seven players signed with BYU women's soccer on Thursday to join the team this fall for the 2017 season.
The newly signed players will replace one of the most accomplished classes in program history and one of the 10 winningest groups of seniors in the nation.
Among the new signees are four players from Utah; including two from Lone Peak High School, and players from Idaho, Washington and California. The position breakdown of the new class is three forwards, three midfielders and one goalkeeper.
The following players are now officially part of the BYU soccer family:
Fruit Heights, Utah/Davis High School
Club: La Roca
Utah high school assists record with 35 in 2016 and 37 in 2015 . . . Utah's Ms. Soccer in 2016 . . . All-American High School Team . . . All-American Team West captain . . . Invited to U-17 U.S. camp . . . All-UYSA (Utah Youth Soccer Association) Team . . . Gatorade Player of the Year finalist . . . Salt Lake Tribune 2015 MVP . . . U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships Best Eleven . . . First Team All-State 2014-2016 . . . ODP Region IV team captain in 2015 . . . High school state champion 2014-2016 . . . Cousin of BYU soccer great Cloee Colohan.
Eagle, Idaho/Eagle High School
Club: FC Nova ECNL
Regional Qualifiers with FC Nova from 2011-2013 . . . Invited to ECNL Player Development Program in 2014 . . . Part of ECNL National Qualifiers in 2015 and 2016 . . . Idaho High School All-State all four years in high school . . . Athlete of the Year at Eagle High School in 2016.
Alpine, Utah/Lone Peak High School
Deseret News 5A All-State Second Team in 2014 . . . Daily Herald All-Valley honorable mention in 2014 . . . 5A All-Region Team . . . 5A region champion . . . Runner-up at Utah State Championships . . . Runner-up club state championships . . . Academic All-Region . . . ODP region camp . . . National league champions . . . Sister of current BYU goalkeeper Cassidy Smith.
Highland, Utah/Lone Peak High School
NSCAA All-America Team in 2016 . . . NSCAA 2016 Utah Player of the Year . . . UYSA All-State Team in 2016 . . . ODP Interregional All-Star in 2015 and 2016 . . . ODP Tournament of Champions All-Star in 2014-2016 . . . Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune 5A All-State in 2015 and 2016 . . . Daily Herald All-Valley Team in 2015 and 2016 . . . Daily Herald Striker of the Year in 2015 . . . LPHS Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015 . . . LPHS Player of the Year in 2016.
Lehi, Utah/American Fork High School
All-UYSA Team in 2016 . . . Academic All-State in 2016-17 . . . Two-time Academic All-Region . . . All-Valley MVP Goalkeeper in 2016-17 . . . Two-time MVP Goalkeeper of Region IV . . . Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune 5A All-State Team in 2016 . . . Region IV champs in 2016 . . . 12 shutouts for AFHS . . . AFHS team captain . . . 2016 State and Region IV Finalist with Celtic FC . . . Daughter of BYU football offensive line coach Mike Empey.
Murrieta, California/Vista Murrieta High School
Club: Arsenal ECNL
VMHS team captain 2015 and 2016 . . . VMHS goal leader in 2014 and 2015 . . . First Team All-League 2013-2016 . . . Southwestern League Player of the Year in 2015 . . . Second Team All-CIF Southern Section Division II in 2014 . . . First Team All-CIF Southern Section Division II in 2015 . . . Team captain for Arsenal ECNL 2013-2017 . . . ECNL/id2 National Training Camp in 2016 . . . ECNL Player Development Program in 2015 . . . 2016 IMG Academy 150 Player Pool . . . Sister of BYU basketball's Davin Guinn.
South Auburn, Washington/Thomas Jefferson High School
Club: Eastside FC
Three-time club state champion . . . Two-time UYSA Region IV champion . . . UYSA national champions in 2013 and third place in 2014 . . . Far West Regional League champions in 2016 . . . Washington State Championships Best XI in 2014 and 2015 . . . Six-year EFC club captain . . . Region IV ODP finalist in 2013 and 2015 . . . Pro ID camp in 2013 . . . TJHS Offensive MVP in 2013 and 2014 . . . TJHS leading scorer in 2013-2015.