Courtesy: Seattle University
Coming off a season in which the team posted a 10-5-3 record against Division I opponents and finished in the top half of the Division I RPI rankings, Seattle University women’s soccer has established itself as a program on the rise. The Redhawks, led by head coach Julie Woodward, have announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent who will begin competing for the school in August 2009.
Taylor Bolibol (Woodinville, Wash.) showed her versatility during the high school season, as the 5’8” senior saw action as a defender, midfielder and forward. She was named All-Area by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, as well as honorable mention All-State by the Seattle Times and All-Conference. Bolibol plays club soccer for Crossfire Premier 90, winning the Washington State Cup in 2007. The former Region IV pool player is also a standout in cross country and track at Woodinville High School.
Woodward on Bolibol: “The principles that have always made our team successful (winning attitude, motivation to improve, loyalty and competitiveness) are all qualities that describe Taylor. When her work ethic meets our training environment, she is going to develop into a fantastic college soccer player. Taylor also has a knack for putting the ball in the back of the net, and we can’t wait to put her in situations to score goals.”
Liana Heberer (Oceanside, Calif.) is a 5’7” midfielder/defender who has excelled both on the field and in the classroom. Co-captain of the varsity team at Carlsbad High School, Heberer earned midfielder of the year and second team All-League honors last season, and has won the high school scholar-athlete award four straight years. A three-time member of the San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team, Heberer has been a key player and starting midfielder for both SoCal Blues and Laguna Hills Eclipse.
Woodward on Heberer: “Liana is the type of student-athlete that any coach would love to have on her team. She contributes so much simply by being on the field, with her natural read of the game, skill on the ball and ability to compete in the air. We can’t wait to help her reach her potential. Liana is a dedicated student, a mature young woman and a fantastic soccer player who will be a great addition to our team.”
A co-captain and team MVP, Carlee Norquist (Boise, Idaho) has led Timberline High School to back-to-back Idaho 5A titles over the past two seasons. The 5’5” midfielder/defender scored the game-winning goals in both the semifinal and final in 2007. She followed that with a 15-goal, 12-assist season in 2008. A five-year member of the Idaho O.D.P. soccer team, Norquist helped her club team, Les Bois SA, win both the US Club Regional Championship and the US Futsal National Championship in 2008.
Woodward on Norquist: “It took us about five minutes of watching Les Bois to single out Carlee and decide that we wanted her to be a Redhawk. She has so many qualities that we look for, including the ability to attack at speed and create opportunities for herself and others. With the addition of Carlee, we immediately become a more dynamic team, and add another hard-nosed player who will help maintain our tradition of competing in every training session and game.”
A high school and club soccer teammate of Bolibol, Heather “Chipper” Thomas (Woodinville, Wash.) helped Woodinville High School win the 2006 4A state championship, finishing third in 2007 and runner-up in 2008. A three-year varsity starter, the 5’6” midfielder led her team in both goals and assists in 2007 and 2008, being named team MVP in each season. As a member of Crossfire Premier 90 since 2001, Thomas has won seven league titles, four state championships and a Region IV Championship. She is also a four year member of the Washington ODP team.
Woodward on Thomas: “Chipper has established herself as one of the best players in the Seattle area, and she just keeps getting better. She defends, tackles, creates, scores goals and leads by example. If Chipper continues to develop and improve like she has over the past two years, then the sky is the limit on what she can contribute to Seattle U women’s soccer.”
The Seattle University women’s soccer team finished the 2008 season with a 12-5-3 record, including a 10-5-3 mark against Division I schools, defeating teams from the West Coast Conference, the Western Athletic Conference, the Big Sky Conference, and the Summit League. The top three scorers from this past season (Jamie Coe, Kara Kuttler, Kassandra Riozzi) will return in 2009, as well as three members of the starting defense (Kate Edstrom, Nance Hill, Jordan Salisbury) and goalkeeper Madison Goverde, who played every second of every match in net for the Redhawks in 2008.
“We had a successful first year in DI,” said Woodward. “These first four signings of 2009 show that we are continuing to move in the right direction. We have put together an extremely competitive schedule for next fall, facing numerous teams that participated in the NCAA tournament. It is great to see that we are able to attract the type of student-athletes that will help us succeed at this level.”
During the 2009 season, Seattle University is tentatively scheduled to welcome Washington State, Eastern Washington, Idaho, San Francisco, and Utah State to Championship Field, while traveling to Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego, San Diego State, Pepperdine, UNLV, UCSB and Cal Poly. As a “fast track” sport, the women’s soccer program will be eligible for NCAA postseason competition beginning in the 2010 campaign.