Feb. 1, 2012
OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University soccer head coach Brent Anderson has announced the signing of 10 players to National Letters of Intent. All 10 are high school seniors and will enter UVU next fall as freshmen.
Those who signed on to be Wolverines are; Kristen Bailey-Yoo, Kate Balser, Lexi Felis, Madison Fuller, Jamie Harward, Amber Manwill, Megan Millerberg, Caitlin Mortensen, Kali Stubbs, Savannah Tesch.
"This is a very talented group of student-athletes that have signed to play here at UVU and I am very proud to welcome them to the Wolverine soccer family," Anderson said. "We had some incredible seniors graduate this year, so we knew that we would need a strong recruiting class to help keep us competitive in our conference and as we compete around the country."
Bailey-Yoo is a native of Irvine, Calif. and a senior at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, Calif. She is a four-year varsity team member and helped her team qualify for three CIF championships. She also competed in track & field at Orange Lutheran.
Balser is from Orem, Utah and Orem High School. She earned all-region and all-state honors as well as academic all-state. She was also named team defensive MVP twice and helped her team to a second-place finish in region.
Felis, from Sandy, Utah and Brighton High School, was a four-year starter in high school was a multiple all-state and all-region performer. She helped her team to an unbeaten season and a state championship as a junior.
"We are always looking for high quality athletes, in addition we strive to find those that fit with our program. I think that if you spent any time with these young women you would quickly find that they are of the highest caliber, their parents have raised them to be of good character, excellent students, and engaged in their communities," said Anderson. "These recruits come from strong club and high school programs where they have been successful and I know that they will have a positive impact for us here at UVU."
Fuller hails from Kent, Wash. and preps at Kentwood High School. She was the starting defender for three seasons and helped Kentwood to a state championship as a junior. As a senior, Fuller led her team to an SPSL North League title and received all-league and all-state recognition.
Harward preps at Timpanogos High School and is from Lindon, Utah. She was named the Deseret News 4A MVP, first-team all-state and first-team all-region after leading her team to the Utah State Championship in 2011. She also helped Timpanogos to a state title in 2009 and three region championships during her career.
Amber Manwill prepped at Parkway West High School in Ballwin, Mo. where she scored 10 goals, had six assists and scored five game-winning goals as a junior.
Mortensen attends Sandia High School in Albuquerque and is a three-year varsity letterwinner. She was a team captain and led her team - which was ranked in the ESPN Top 25 - to an 18-2 season as a senior and received first-team all-state, all-metro and all-district and was named the district player of the year.
Millerberg, from Draper, Utah, was a first-team all-region selection and a member of three state championship and three region championship teams while at Alta High School. Her team won state titles in 2008, 2009 and 2011, going 19-1 during her senior season.
Stubbs hails from St. George, Utah and Pine View High School. She was a four-year varsity starter - earning all-state and all-region honors all four years - and holds the school record for goals scored.
Tesch, from West Bountiful, Utah, was a four-year starter at Bountiful High School. As a freshman, she was a member of a team that reached the state finals. She also competes in track and field at Bountiful.
Utah Valley is coming off of its most successful season ever, setting a school record for wins while also claiming the Great West Conference's regular season and tournament titles. The Wolverines return five of the eight players to receive first or second team all conference including the Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in the league, Natalie Young and the Defensive Player of the Year, Lauren Sack.