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UVU soccer: NSCAA Player of the Year joins Wolverines

By Clint Burgi

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Jan. 19 2014 1:40 p.m. MST

Kasandra Anderson looks to pass the ball. She was the NSCAA junior college player of the year and will play for Utah Valley University this season.

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Utah Valley University women’s soccer coach Brent Anderson announced the signing of Kasandra Anderson, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America junior college Player of the Year. Anderson led her team at Iowa Western Community College to its first national title in November.

She is enrolled at UVU and began attending classes in January, and she joins an incoming class that will be part of the Wolverines’ second WAC season in 2014.

“We are very pleased to have Kasandra join us here at UVU. She is a very accomplished player, coming off of a National Championship season and being recognized by the NSCAA,” Anderson said. “I am grateful to coach Brad Silvey at IWCC for his help in making this happen. I can't wait to incorporate Kasandra into our team. She has a history of hard work and success wherever she’s been and I'm looking forward to what she will bring to the Wolverines.”

Anderson was also named an NSCAA/Continental Tire First Team All-American and an NJCAA Division I First Team All-American as a sophomore at Iowa Western. The midfielder finished with 13 goals and 14 assists (40 points) on the season for the Reivers. She also led IWCC to a third place finish nationally in 2012 and was selected first team All-Region in each of her seasons there.

Anderson hails from Nibley, Utah. She prepped at Mountain Crest HS and was a four-year letterwinner. A team captain in 2011 and 2012, she was named first team All-State as a senior. She was also a three-time All-Valley selection and a three-time Offensive Player of the Year for the Mustangs.

She played club for CV Soccer Academy and LaRoca FC, where she was a team captain. She played five seasons with LaRoca and in 2011 led the team to the Presidents Cup state, regional and national titles.

Anderson is the daughter of Brian and Nhora Anderson and was born in Logan, Utah. She is majoring in exercise science at UVU.

Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.