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THUNDERBIRD SOCCER 2013


Kelsee Bone 5-5 - Defender Clearfield, Utah Clearfield High School Forza FC Kelsee Bone joins the Thunderbirds from her hometown of Clearfield, Utah where she was a four-year varsity letter winner and team captain at Clearfield High School. The 5-1 defender was an honor roll student at CHS and led the Falcons to their first quarterfinal appearance in the state playoffs. Bone also competed as a member of the Forza club for the past three seasons, capturing championships at the State Cup and College Surf Cup in 2011. “Kelsee is extremely tough on the pitch. She works very diligently on her game and make a huge impact. Her pace and ball touch is goof from both sides of the field. She also anticipates very well. Don’t let her size fool you. As an outside back or wing player, she is very tough. She understands zonal and man marking tactics very well and her ability to serve a ball from the flanks into the box is fantastic. Kelsee would be a huge addition to any team, on and off the pitch.” -Ray Parkhurst, Forza FC “Kelsee is an extremely tenacious defender. Upon first glance, she appears to be smaller in stature than most of the players around her, but she is an explosive ball of fire. To many opponents, Kelsee looks like an easy target, but she thrives when people play that card. She plays at 3 times her physical size, and her low center of gravity benefits her as a strong 1 v 1 defender. I dare anybody to overlook her – more often than not, these are the players that end up on the losing end of a bone crunching tackle (pun intended!). Her determination and tenacity have held true every time we have had the chance to watch her play. Off the field, Kelsee is a funny, well-spoken young woman who will do awesome at SUU.” -Coach Hogan

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Breanna Brown 5-7 - Forward Redding, Calif./Orem, Utah Timpanogos High School La Roca FC Breanna Brown is a native of Redding, Calif., but comes to SUU from Orem, Utah where she spent her senior season competing at Timpanogos High School. The 5-7 forward was an all-league selection for a Timberwolves team that advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. She also competed for La Roca FC and the Redding-CA Missfit Bandits. As a member of those clubs, Brown took home titles at the CalNorth Association Cup in 2011 and the Presidents Cup in 2012. “Timpanogos HS nicknamed her “Sunshine” from the movie “Remember the Titans” since she came from Calif, and they had 3 Breanna’s trying out. The nickname stuck and most people at her school continue to call her “Sunshine”.” -Natlyn Lewis, Timpanogos HS “Breanna, a.k.a. Sunshine (which alludes to Remember the Titans and her originally hailing from California), is a player who recently committed to us. Her nickname is fitting, as she has a bubbly, fun-loving personality and a great passion for the game. Breanna has the talent to do very well at this level. Her quick turns and ability to find and exploit defensive gaps will benefit our attack and offensive output. She is an athletic forward with good technical ability, and a bloodhound’s nose for the goal. Sunshine has proved that she consistently finds ways to score goals – it doesn’t matter how ugly the goal is, they all count the same. Fans will love to watch her determination as she battles to beat defenders and create scoring chances. We anticipate Sunshine scoring many goals in the years to come.”at SUU.”

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-Coach Hogan


Lindsey Butts 5-7 - Defender Sandy, Utah Alta High School Utah Avalanche Lindsey Butts was an all-state selection by both the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune following her senior season at Alta High School. The 5-7 defender from Sandy, Utah was a four-year letter winner for the Hawks and twice captured state titles, first in 2009 and then again in 2011. Butts also competed as a member of the Utah Avalanche, a top ten national ECNL premier club team. “Lindsey is a blast to coach. She’s phenomenal, a very smart player, a diligent student, & adds a great personality on and off the field. I’ve had the pleasure of watching her grow into a very strong player for us as well as a responsible young woman. I look forward to watching Lindsey move on to the next level because I know with her versatility and ability she’s ready to succeed there. As a player Lindsey has a knack for always putting herself in the right spot and she is a very good 1v1 defender. She has been a fixture as an outside back for us, but has also had a lot of success as a holding mid and filled in very well as a center back when needed. Lindsey will be an excellent addition to SUU!” -Jimmie Powell, Utah Avalanche “Lindsey’s success in her club and high school history speak to her talent as a defender. She has been a big piece of the success of her Avalanche ECNL team, which competes at one of the highest levels nationally. She is physically very strong and ends up on the winning end of most the tackles she initiates. Lindsey is very tough to beat 1 v 1, and her organizational/communication skills help make her and her teammates a more cohesive and successful unit. She will indubitably help keep a tight back line and limit the number of good opportunities against us in future years. In addition to her defending prowess, Lindsey is a relentless attacker who will come flying out of the back to initiate our attack. Her decision making and technical skill make her an exceptionally dangerous player on the flank. We think that the fans will get a kick out of Lindsey – she is a gregarious person who positively affects those around her.” -Coach Hogan

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Alyssa Gomez 5-5 - Midfielder Las Vegas, Nev. Spring Valley High School Heat FC Alyssa Gomez was a Wendy’s Heisman State finalist at Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nev. where she led the Grizzlies to a an undefeated Southwest Division championship in 2012. The 5-5 midfielder led her team in assists and was named to the all-southern Nevada team. Gomez won a state title with the Las Vegas Premier SC 95 White, competed for the Heat FC 95 in the ECNL and spent three years in the Olympic Development Program. “Alyssa (or “Ya Ya” as she is referred to in close circles) is an outstanding student and an incredible talent on the field. She is very technical and has the ability to help the team make the most of every possession. Her first touch and quick release increase the rhythm and tempo of the game and keep other teams off-balance. She is going to add another dimension to our team in the final third with her vision and technical mastery. In addition to her vast array of technical abilities, she is a quietly determined competitor. We have seen her battle tirelessly when the odds are stacked against her, and this never say quit attitude is going to boost our team from day one of training camp. Ya Ya has a very infectious personality and will be a positive influence on our Thunderbird family. Her dedication to service and classroom excellence will establish her as a positive role model for years to come.”

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-Coach Hogan


Shelby Green 5-7 Midfielder Layton, Utah Layton High School Utah Avalanche Shelby Green joins the T-Birds from Layton, Utah after leading the Lancers to three straight trips to the regional playoffs. The 5-7 midfielder also spent nine years with the Utah Avalanche in the ENCL, where she competed alongside fellow SUU newcomers Lindsey Butts and Elyssa Hashimoto. “Shelby is an absolute terror of a player. We believe that she is going to have tremendous success in our conference because there are not many players like her. Her skill set is this wide array of dangerous tools - the minute you think you have one thing figured out about her she brings out a new weapon. Shelby can score a phenomenal goal off a header, and minutes later fire a laser into the back of the net from 20 yards out. We’re excited to coach such a talented young woman and can’t wait to see her bring her game to the college level. Off the field she is a hilarious and bright person who will bring a spark to our team.” -Coach Hogan

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Logan Harker 5-8 - Forward Syracuse, Utah Syracuse High School Sparta ‘95 Logan Harker was the leading scorer at Syracuse High School in each of the past two seasons. The 5-8 forward for the Titans was named to the 2012 Academic All-State soccer team and captured a state title as a member of the SHS basketball team in 2012. In club play, Harker helped Sparta ’95 to a championship at the 2011 State Cup, a 2012 Surf Cup championship, as well as a third place finish at Nationals in Florida. “Timpanogos HS nicknamed her “Sunshine” from the movie “Remember the Titans” since she came from Calif, and they had 3 Breanna’s trying out. The nickname stuck and most people at her school continue to call her “Sunshine”.” -Natlyn Lewis, Timpanogos HS “Logan is a phenomenal athlete who brings a winners attitude. She’s been a part of several championships and knows what it takes to succeed. This fall she will score a bunch of goals for us off sheet determination alone - this kid had more fight in her than almost any player we’ve ever seen. Her impressive play at our fall ID Camp made all of us stand up and take notice – this includes staff and current players! Logan’s size and competitiveness, coupled with a finishers touch, will soon be making others take notice. In addition to her physical prowess she is an outstanding student, keeping a 4.0 throughout high school carrying a very full load. She is determined to succeed in all aspects of her life.”

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-Coach Hogan


Elyssa Hashimoto 5-8 Goalkeeper Draper, Utah Alta High School Utah Avalanche Elyssa Hashimoto won two state titles while competing for the Alta Hawks and was twice named first-team all-state by the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune. The 5-8 goalkeeper set Utah high school records in fewest single season goals (4), shutouts (18) and consecutive shutouts (12). The Draper, Utah native captured three Utah State Cup competed for La Roca 94 Premier, Olympic Montreaux 94 Premier and the Utah Avalanche. Hashimoto spent five years with the Utah State ODP team and was included in the Region IV ODP pool. “Elyssa is known as “Hashi” throughout the soccer community. She is a phenomenal goalkeeper who will remind the fans of our graduating keeper Charly Booth. Hashi brings the same fearless shot stopping ability and will seamlessly transition from high school to college. Her work ethic and dedication to her sport is unparalleled and we expect that she will contend for a starting spot from opening day of training camp. Her leadership and communication skills are very advanced for a youth player and we think she brings and exciting breadth of knowledge to our team. Hashi is a great student and has been recognized in the state as an excellent citizen.” -Coach Hogan

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Katie Jones

5-6 - Defender Taylorsville, Utah Cottonwood High School La Roca FC Katie Jones was a second-team all-state defender at Cottonwood High School in Murray, Utah. The Taylorsville, Utah native was a four-year letter winner for the Colts. Jones was a member of La Roca and the Utah Soccer Alliance at the club ranks, serving as the team captain for both squads. “Katie is a fun-loving girl who really loves playing soccer. Her joking attitude and personality off the field are in direct contrast to her on-field game face. This young woman is a coaches dream. Her openness and likability will quickly translate to being a good leader on the field. When she takes the pitch, she is no-nonsense and very directive with her communication. This is a player that will do whatever it takes to win. Her ability to guide and direct others is a very strong attribute that benefits everyone. Katie is also a very dangerous defender who can take off at any moment, win balls in the air, or make statement tackles. Her dribbling abilities are outstanding as well as her ability to serve a top quality ball with either foot. She possesses an arsenal of weapons, and we are glad she’s on our side.”

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-Coach Hogan


Aurora Moberly 5-7 - Midfielder Highland, Utah Highland High School La Roca FC Aurora Moberly started all four years at American Fork High School in Highland, Utah where she earned all-region honors and was named second-team all-state following her senior season. The 5-7 midfielder also received academic allregion and all-state recognition. Moberly competed for La Roca at the Disney Showcase and the November Nights Tournament in 2012, helping the team to an appearance in the championship game at each event. She also participated with the ODP regional team in 2010. “Aurora is the type of player that every coach wants on their team. Her energy and passion for the game are only eclipsed by her ability to get her teammates the ball to start offensive possessions. Aurora is a high-motor midfielder noted for the ability to win 50/50 balls and play hard, without fear, when the game becomes physical. She possesses the ability to play wing and fullback as well as center-mid. Aurora’s tenacity, physical play, and ability in the air are dangerous weapons during free kicks and corner kicks. Finally, Aurora is the type of leader and player that leads by example. She is always at practice, always gives 100%, and continues to train on her own during breaks. She is a leader on and off the field; a leader recognized by her peers and most importantly a positive leader and positive influence on her team.” -Ariel Bravo, La Roca “Aurora is another standout on and off the field. She is a very bright young lady and pertinacious competitor. Ranked No. 1 in her class at American Fork High School, Aurora has shown the discipline and organizational skills that it takes to succeed at the collegiate level. We are very excited to add a player of her caliber to the team – her tireless workrate is second to none and pairing her in the midfield with Chandler Yost will prove to be a huge nightmare for any opponent we face. Her work capacity is absolutely amazing. One of the lasting memories of Aurora’s passion for the game is of her climbing up an opposing midfielder to win a header during Utah State Cup last spring. This young woman loves to compete and refuses to lose. Her varied skill set will benefit us anywhere we put her on the field, and she will be an exceptional ambassador for Thunderbird Soccer in the classroom and in the community.” -Coach Hogan

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Kaitlin Parkin 5-5 - Defender Salt Lake City, Utah Skyline High School Sparta Kaitlin Parkin was an all-region defender at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, helping the Eagles to three straight playoff appearances while also participating in the National Honor Society. Parkin was a member of the Utah Sparta team that took home titles at the 2012 Surf Cup, the 2012 Phoenix President’s Day Tournament and the Utah State Cup. “Kaitlin is a very stealthy player because of her demeanor on the field. She will run under the radar of opposing teams since she is not overly animated or loud, but she is a very strong outside back who gets things done. A natural lefty, she possesses the rare ability to send a particular type of pass into a streaking forwards feet – and time and time again we’ve seen her do this with pin point accuracy. In addition to her nose to the grind stone work ethic, Kaitlin shows flashes of brilliance with her speed and technical ability. She is also no stranger to success having played alongside Logan for some of their championship runs with Sparta as well as making runs at a State Championship with her Skyline High School team. In November, she had an outstanding tournament in Surf Cup and was a big part of her team’s 1st place finish. By the end of the championship game, she was still flying up the line sending in dangerous crosses and getting on the ends of others. She is a very good kid with a strong work ethic, and we are estatic to have her be a part of our team.” -Coach Hogan

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Annabelle Schwab 5-5 - Forward Layton, Utah Layton High School Forza FC Annabelle Schwab competed alongside current Thunderbird Madison Wood at Northridge High School in Layton, Utah. The 5-5 midfielder earned all-state honorable mention awards while leading the Knights to back-to-back playoff appearances. Schwab was also a member of the La Roca team that captured the Utah State championship in 2011. “Annabelle has a true gift on the pitch of enforcing her will onto the game. She is a tremendous worker on and off the ball. her ability to find a shot, a cross into the box, to win a ball just when your team needs something to spark them, is just one of the quality strengths that she has in her game. She has been the leading scorer for her club team year after year, and I know that I will have a difficult time finding another player like Annabelle that knows how to dig deep in provide a little extra when she really needs it. She is the ultimate team mate, leader, and a tremendous soccer talent.” -Ray Parkhurst, Forza FC “Annabelle Schwab is a one of a kind player. She is absolutely deadly in front of the goal and can put a shot of frame with either foot. A tireless worker, Annabelle also had the ability to create her own opportunities simply by pressuring opposing defenders. At times we have described her as quietly fierce – there is a forceful competitive side to her that refuses to be beaten. Complementing her warrior mentality is a savvy intelligence – Annabelle is a player who moves well off the ball. Her soccer IQ will help those around her be more successful and this immediate impact will help propel our attacking corps to the next level. Off the field Annabelle is a total joy to be around and will quickly become a community favorite. An easy going outdoor enthusiast, you’ll see her out in Cedar enjoying the wonders that our area has to offer.” -Coach Hogan

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Jahna Tacson 5-4 - Midfielder Waipahu, Hawaii Waipahu High School Rush Jahna Tacson is a 5-4 midfielder from Waipahu High School in Hawaii, where she also played kicker for the Marauder’s football team. Tacson earned first-team all-state recognition and was named the OIA White Player of the Year in 2011. She also spent four seasons as a member of the Rush Soccer Club. “Our most recent signee hails from Hawaii and is an embodiment of the humble and easy going island spirit. This calm demeanor off the field belies her on the field presence - on the soccer pitch Jahna is a ferocious competitor. Her ability to dominate any opponent will strike fear into opposing teams as they try and figure out how to deal with her. A fantastic arsenal of offensive weapons completes her as a total package player. Fans will quickly come to love her for her defensive power and ability to deliver perfect passes into her teammates. There are not many players out there who have the deft touch Jahna has and we think her skill set will positively affect our entire team. There is a lot of excitement surrounding her decision to become a Thunderbird.”

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-Coach Hogan


Chandler Yost 5-3 Midfielder Pocatello, Idaho Century High School FLY Chandler Yost comes to Southern Utah from Century High School in Pocatello, Idaho where she was a first-team all-state selection after leading the Diamondbacks to an appearance in the state championship game. The 5-3 midfielder played eight seasons for FLY in club play, earning a state title and qualifying for the President’s Cup. “Chandler is one of the most driven and passionate players I have coached. Whether it be game or practice, she wants to win and perform her very best. She sets the tone for the team and has the ability to make players around her better. She is a coaches dream, and I can only see her getting better as she enters her collegiate career.” -Lee Mckenzie, FLY “Chandler is one of the most driven, competitive players we have seen. This competitiveness carries over into the academic realm as well, where she is at the top of her class at Century High School. She is the player who hates to lose and will do anything she can to help bring her team a victory. One of her best attributes is her ability to exploit pockets in the defense with her penetrating runs from midfield. These runs are continuous for 90 minutes, and we still marvel at how she is able to maintain that pace for such a long time. Chandler’s competitive spirit is reflected in her relentless style of play. She pushes herself to the max all the time, and will run Big Sky opponents into the ground.” -Coach Hogan


Soccer NLI 2013