Ravell Call, Deseret News
Alta senior Michelle Murphy, right, is expected to sign her National Letter of Intent today to play at BYU. Murphy was the Deseret News Ms. Soccer recipient in 2011 after scoring 37 goals for the 5A state champion Hawks.

SALT LAKE CITY — Wednesday afternoon, girls around the state committed to play soccer for various universities, signing on the dotted line as part of National Letter of Intent Day.

Utah boasts an immense amount of young talent, providing in-state universities with a wide selection of recruits. There are eight schools in the state that offer NAIA and NCAA Division I women's soccer programs. With so many options, opportunity is ample for quality players to stay close to home.

56 girls signed Wednesday (or are expecting to this week) with 37 choosing to stay here in Utah.

Viewmont head coach Eric Landon commends the Utah college programs for looking at in-state talent. "The local college coaches have done a great job recruiting the local girls, and to be honest, 90 percent of the players would like to stay right here in Utah," he said.

The Weber State Wildcats' recruiting class is chock-full of local recruits, with all 14 athletes joining from the northern Utah area. Thirteen played club soccer for Utah-based LaRoca FC.

Among the WSU recruits are Kenzie Harrison of Davis — a four-time all-state selection — and Stacy Bair of Sky View — a three-time all-state selection and two-time Herald-Journal Player of the Year.

Forza Futbol Club had 11 girls sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) on Wednesday with nine going Div. I. Utah Avalanche saw success as well with 14 players signing a NLI.

Utah Avalanche is the only club in Utah accepted into the Elite Clubs National League, and resultantly provides a greater level of exposure to college coaches all over the country. Seven of the Utah Avalanche recruits will be leaving the state.

One of the seven is Juan Diego's Emily Bruder — a state standout, 3A MVP, and a member of the U17 U.S. National Team. Bruder heads to Stanford this fall while fellow club member and East High captain Audrey Gibb heads to Oregon State. Brighton star Kassidy Kellogg will take her talent to Sacramento State.

Five girls from Alta's 5A state championship team signed letters, including: Taylor Campbell (BYU), Megan Millerberg (UVU), Alexis Selman (Arizona), Megan Lloyd (Dixie State) and Michelle Murphy (BYU).

Fittingly, the 5A runners up — the Viewmont Vikings — had five athletes sign as well, including: Camille Green (BYU), Krissy Page (Dixie State), Lizzy Rasmussen (Iowa Lakes CC), Alex Cook (Utah), and 5A MVP Ali Forsberg (Utah).

The University of Utah signed four local athletes, while BYU signed five. Weber State signed the greatest number with 14.

The overall quality of play in Utah is improving as athletes are playing year round and are competing at a higher level. Standing out takes dedication from a very young age and local recruits should be praised for their achievements.

Gone are the days when an athlete could switch focus in the offseason and still go on to play at the college level. They are now narrowing their focus at a very young age, clustering around the soccer ball in oversized neon jerseys and learning the game before learning how to spell their name.

The years of dedication are paying off in Utah, as these high-caliber athletes are turning heads and filling local university recruiting classes.

The following is a list of the girls soccer players in Utah who have already submitted their National Letter of Intent today or who are expected to do so sometime this week.

Please email additions to this list to prep editor James Edward at jedward@desnews.com.


Alexis Selman, Alta


Taylor Campbell, Alta

Camille Green, Viewmont

Paige Hunt, Bountiful

Michelle Murphy, Alta

Courtnee Wood, Layton


Makenzie Empey, American Fork

McKenzie Evans, Lone Peak

Maddy Johnson, Lone Peak

Megan Walker, Springville


Taylor Ivins, Dixie

Dixie State

Kaisa Goodman, Springville

Lyndsey Haddow, Bingham

McKenna Jared, Dixie State

Megan Lloyd, Alta

Megan Marchbanks, Springville

Krissy Page, Viewmont

Idaho State

Kaitlyn Flynn, Juan Diego

Iowa Western CC

Courtney Acosta, Spanish Fork

Iowa Lakes CC

Lizzy Rasmussen, Viewmont

Oregon State

Audrey Gibb, East

Paradise Valley CC, Ariz.

Kenzie Cox, Dixie

Southern Utah

Sydney Cook, Lehi

Emma Pasley, Dixie

Madison Wood, Northridge

Sacramento State

Kassidy Kellogg, Brighton


Emily Bruder, Juan Diego


Alyssa Meinzer, Lone Peak

Alexis Peterson, Bountiful


Alex Cook, Viewmont

Ali Forsberg, Viewmont

Baylee Nielsen, Maple Mountain

Samantha Swan, Davis

Megan Trabert, East

Utah State

Samantha Curtis, Brighton

Jamie Duke, Waterford

Danielle Gaztambide, Judge Memorial

Maris Hamblin, Lone Peak

Lexie Henrie, Timpanogos

Sara Lorscheider, Viewmont

Natalie Stoven, Brighton

Jeannie Woller, Waterford

Utah Valley

Kate Balser, Orem

Alexis Felis, Brighton

Jamie Harward, Timpanogos

Megan Millerberg, Alta

Kali Stubbs, Pine View

Savannah Tesch, Bountiful

Weber State

Stacy Bair, Sky View

Olivia Bitner, Layton

Chansi Crompton, Fremont

London Crown, Northridge

Jayme Frye, Northridge

Kenzie Harrison, Davis

Brecken Holbrook, Syracuse

Dani MacKay, Davis

Joanna Matyjasik, St. Joseph

Kellyn Olsen, Clearfield

Shaylee Petersen, Bountiful

Erin Swenson, Davis

Leah Wood, Bountiful

Marissa Yamane, Clearfield

Western Wyoming CC

Maree Richardson, Bear River