A sudden burst of energy threatens the hush of an early morning . The Lady Vandals have arrived . These gladiators, armed in black and gold, have come for one purpose : to triumph . Eagerly, they step onto the field for a day s battle, backed by their skill and strength , and protected from the brutality of the playing field by little thin jersey, spiked feet , and that look too skimpy for Vandals truly are "Wonder n", complete with aggressive attitudes and bodies of steel ; machines that grind out the magic that makes the soccer field (Guy Wicks Field) seem to explode with lectricity and light up the Palouse . Splashed across the backs of the players' shirts is the team' s motto , which reads , "Tikkun," or " Gathering of Sparks ." This slogan is truly fitting of the brand-new program here at the university, and the shining energetic team members . Led by head coach Larry Foster , the cluster of women , mostly freshmen and sophomores , make for a relatively young arsity team . The youthfulness of the the team however , gives the Univers i ty of Idaho' s new soccer program a hip, playful , and promising outlook, and leaves plenty time and opportunity for it to be molded into one of the top soccer organizations the conference .
Enduring long grueling practice sessions the norm for these ladies, who often spend over 15 hours per week training in the off season alone . The fall season brings the omen onto the field or into the gym six days a week , and though the policy only allows twenty hours per week of practice , including scheduled games , these gals get their fair of workouts and sweat sessions . ~~-~,A~,,.~cs are stressed and two hours of study are required for team members at least Severa l of the women were honored for their excellence to the team and the University . The years Most I mproved award was snagged by Maegan Levinthal , while Most Inspirational player went to Freshman Jenny Frazier , who was also given the tit l e " Iron for being the player with the most time on the field . Kathy Clark was commended for her academic excellence , and Sophomore di Lee was chosen as the teams "Most aluable Player . " With the team pract i cing and playing their hearts out , and the new recruits already eing lined up for the coming seasons , the future of the ladies' soccer program at the the U of I looks bright . For these amazing , women , it' s heads up and fu ll speed
Des iree Hafliger yout by T- Jay Cl evenge r
1999 Gem of the Mountains, Volume 97 - University of Idaho Yearbook