Five Student Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent with Wyoming Soccer

Feb. 7, 2006


University of Wyoming head soccer coach Anne Moore announced today the signing of five high school students to national letters of intent to attend Wyoming this fall.

Kerstyn Etheridge, a forward from Surrey, British Columbia; Emily Layton, a midfielder from Colorado Springs, Colo.; Janae Mack, a forward from El Cajon, Calif.; Nicole Rice, a forward and midfielder from Jackson, Wyo. and Emma Wilson, a defender from Littleton, Colo., will all join the Cowgirls this fall.

"We are very excited about this recruiting class and what they will bring to the University of Wyoming," said Moore. "Each person in this class will bring another dimension to our team and as a group they will bring a very high level of play to the field. We lost a couple of key players to graduation but these kids will come in and immediately add to what has been built here in the last few years.

"One thing that is really nice about this class is that we were able to focus on more specific needs and filled some holes we had with very solid soccer players. We have seen most of these kids play for quite a few years and have gotten to know them on a personal level, which is very nice. They are familiar with our program and we are comfortable with them as people and athletes, which will make the transition a very smooth one for everyone."

Following is a list of the 2006 Wyoming Soccer Signees:

Kerstyn Etheridge

Kerstyn Etheridge, 5-7, Forward, Surrey, British Columbia (Seaquam Secondary)

Etheridge was a soccer team captain and team MVP at Seaquam Secondary in both 2004 and 2005. She helped lead her high school to a fourth place finish in the 4A Provincial in 2005. She also excelled in volleyball and was her team's MVP from 2003-05. In addition to soccer and volleyball, she also earned letter awards in basketball, track and softball in high school.

She is a member of the Whitecaps semi-professional soccer team in British Columbia.

"The thing that I love the most about Kerstyn is that she has played at such a high level in Canada," said Moore. "She is very mature both on the field and with her academics. I think that since she has been so committed to soccer for such a long time, she will have an easier transition to the Division I level. She is very athletic, has good size, a smooth touch and is very versatile."

Emily Layton

Emily Layton, 5-6, Midfielder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (William J. Palmer High School)

Layton is the reigning Colorado Springs Player of the Year, as she received the honor last spring. She was also named First Team All-State, First Team All-Area and was selected as her team's MVP as a junior. Following her sophomore year, she was a First Team All-Area selection and an Honorable Mention All-State selection. As a freshman, she was a Second Team All-League selection and ranked fourth in the state of Colorado Class 5A in assists. She is a two-time team captain and a four year varsity starter and letterwinner.

During her career, she has helped lead Palmer High to three Metro League Championships, the Sweet-16 of the Colorado State Championships in both 2003 and 2004 and the Elite-8 last spring. Over her career, Palmer High has accumulated an overall record of 38-8-6.

She played club soccer for the Colorado Soccer Academy, which won the 2006 state championship in the under 18 year old division.

She also excels in the classroom and has been a four year member of the Palmer High School Honor Roll, a two-time National Honor Society member and a First Team Academic All-State selection.

"Emily is extremely intelligent with her decision making and she sees things two steps ahead of her opponents," said Moore. "She can play the ball anywhere on the field that she wants to and can quarterback the entire team from the midfield. She will add a lot to our attack from the midfield with her ability to score goals herself and to give her teammates opportunities to score."

Janae Mack

Janae Mack, 5-3, Forward, El Cajon, Calif. (Grossmont High School)

Mack was a First Team All-District soccer player as both a sophomore and junior. She was a team captain as a junior and is again this spring. She is a three year starter and letterwinner in soccer for Grossmont High.

Mack is an exceptional athlete and also played basketball and was a sprinter and jumper for her track and field team in high school. She was the Grossmont High School Basketball MVP in 2002 and the sprints, long jump and triple jump MVP on the track team both her freshman and sophomore years.

She also excels in the classroom and has made the honor roll all four years of her high school career. She was honored academically by the Union Tribune and named Academic First Team from 2003-05. She is a standout for the Rancho Santa Fe Attack club soccer team.

"Janae will add tremendous speed and athleticism to our attack," said Moore. "She will fit into our offense very well and will contribute immediately. She will create a lot of opportunities with her speed and power and we are very excited to have her."

Nicole Rice

Nicole Rice, 5-6, Forward and Midfielder, Jackson, Wyo. (Jackson Hole High School)

Rice was a Wyoming First Team All-State selection following her junior year. She was the top scoring midfielder in the state as she scored nine goals and dished out six assists. She helped lead Jackson High to the Southwest Conference Championship as both a sophomore and freshman. She was named First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Region and Second Team All-State following her sophomore season. She scored seven goals and had nine assists as a sophomore. As a freshman, she was named First Team All-Conference as she helped lead Jackson High to the State Cup Playoffs for the first time in school history. She scored three goals, two of which were game winners, and dished out six assists as a freshman.

She has played for the Wyoming Olympic Development Team and also played on two Salt Lake City club teams, the Celtic Storm Premier `88 and the Sparta Premier `88. She also excels in basketball and is Jackson Hole High's starting point guard this season. She currently ranks second in Wyoming Class 3A in steals (4.1 spg) and third in assists (3.2 apg). She has been a member of the honor roll throughout high school. She has earned three letter awards in both soccer and basketball.

"Nicole is one of the best Wyoming kids to come out of the state in a while and we are thrilled that she is staying home," said Moore. "She has a very high level of commitment to the game of soccer and has gone out and gotten a lot of experience by playing on different club teams in Utah. She is very solid technically, has great speed and is very athletic."

Emma Wilson signs her National Letter of Intent to attend UW, 2/1/06.

Emma Wilson, 5-8, Defender, Littleton, Colo. (Heritage High School)

Wilson was a First Team Continental All-League defender following her junior season. She was also selected as the Heritage High School defensive MVP following last season. As a sophomore, she was a Second Team All-State selection and an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection. She was also named Honorable Mention All-State as a freshman. She has helped lead Heritage to the Colorado 5A Semifinals all thee years of her high school career. She has been a member of the Colorado Olympic Development Program for four years.

She plays club soccer for the Real National team and helped guide them to the under 18 Colorado State Cup semifinals and to the under 17 Region IV finals.

"Emma is a very solid defender who will make big time contributions to our back line," said Moore. "Once she wins balls, she is very good at keeping her composure, distributing the ball and contributing to the attack."

Wilson will join Heritage High School teammates Jessica Brown, Andrea Soltau and Carolyn Clarke at Wyoming.