Cowgirl Soccer Inks Five New Players

Feb. 19, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head soccer coachAnne Moore announced today the singing of four incoming freshmen to nationalletters of intent and one international transfer student to play for theCowgirls next fall. The new players include Carolyn Clarke, of HighlandsRanch, Colo.; Kristin Gurrola, of Mesa, Ariz.; Lauren Hawthorne, of Mesa,Ariz.; and Christine Nagel, of Littleton, Colo.; Doreen Thompson, of Oslo,Norway.

"This is one of the best recruiting classes we have had in the history ofthe program," said Moore. "These girls bring valuable experience and talent,and they all have the ability to make a positive impact on our team veryquickly."

Carolyn Clarke, 5'5", defender/midfield, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Heritage)

Clarke was a four-year letterwinner in soccer at Heritage High School inHighlands Ranch, Colo. As a defender and midfielder, she received SecondTeam All-Conference honors her junior season and Honorable MentionAll-Conference honors her sophomore season. She also was named theContinental League's defensive MVP her freshman year. Carolyn was coached inhigh school by Tony Hurt. One of three children of Brian and Joan Clarke.

"Carolyn is a great player who will bring strength and stability to thecenter of the field," said Moore. "She has the talent and composure to builda solid attack out of the back."

Kristin Gurrola, 5' 2", defender, Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain)

As a defender, Gurrola brings great talent and leadership to the Cowgirlprogram. As team captain for Red Mountain High School, she helped lead herteam to the 2002 East Valley Region Tournament Championship. She was namedAll-Region for the third consecutive year in 2002 and was a key player onthe Sereno Golden Eagles soccer club that was ranked sixth in the nation.Off the field, Gurrola was on the academic honor roll throughout her highschool career and was a member of the National Honor Society. She wascoached in high school by Heather Osborne, and is the daughter of Paul andSabrina Gurrola.

"Kristin is a very quick outside defender that will make a significantimpact on our back line," commented Moore. "She is very tough to beatdefensively and also has the talent to become a big offensive threat."

Lauren Hawthorne, 5'5", goalkeeper, Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain)

One of the best goalkeepers in all of Arizona during her four years at RedMountain High School. Lauren was named 1st team All-Arizona her senior yearand 2nd team All-Arizona her junior year. She was voted the East Valley andSoutheast Player of the Year along with being named to the All-ArizonaRepublic team. As team captain, she helped led her team to the 2002 EastValley Region Championship. Lauren was on the academic honor roll throughouther high school career and was also a member of the National Honor Society.Also coached by Heather Osborne in high school. The daughter of Stephen andKathleen Hawthorne.

"We are very excited that we won the recruiting battle against some biggerschools to get Lauren to come to Wyoming," said Moore. "She is an aggressivegoalkeeper who is able to step up and dictate the flow of the game."

Christine Nagel, 5'6", forward, Littleton, Colo. (Arapahoe High School)

Nagel will be a great addition to the Cowgirl soccer team, as she letteredin soccer all four years at Arapahoe High School. She is an All-Conferencehonoree as well as an All-State Honorable Mention selection during hercareer. She was voted team offensive MVP her junior year and was a valuablemember of the Arapahoe High School soccer team that won the Colorado State5A Championship her freshman year. Christine was coached in high school byKirk Bast and is the daughter of Greg and Ruthanne Nagel.

"Christine should come in and be a major offensive threat as a freshman,"added Moore. "She has the speed and skill to get in behind just about anydefense. We are very excited to have such a quality player coming to Wyomingnext year."

Doreen Thompson, midfield/defender, Oslo, Norway (Oslo NursingSchool/Strommen Soccer Club)

As a transfer student to UW, Doreen will bring a great deal of talent tothe Cowgirl roster. Thompson plays for Team Strommen, which is in thePremier Women's Division in Norway, where she has been a starter in thebackfield. She comes from the Oslo Nursing School and will have four yearswith the program. She plans to major in nursing while attending theUniversity of Wyoming.

"Doreen is a quality soccer player, who has the ability to play in avariety of positions," said Moore. "She is technically gifted and has agreat deal of soccer experience playing in the top division in Norway. Weare excited to have a player of her caliber, who will come in and raise thelevel of team play."