Feb. 20, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head soccer coach Anne Moore announced today the signing of five student athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend Wyoming in the fall of 2007.
Bostyn Burger, a Defender/Midfielder from Phoenix, Ariz.; Kayla Rae Davis, a Midfielder from Sacramento, Calif.; Tailor Dial, a Defender from Murray Utah; Jerrica DiVincenzo, a Forward from Fullerton, Calif.; and Jessica Smith, a Defender from Edmond Wash.; will all join the Cowgirls this fall.
"We have exceptional size and strength with our 2007 class of incoming freshmen," Moore said. "Our focus this year was to replace our backline which had been together for four years and to bring back that physical aspect of Wyoming Soccer. The 2007 class also brings speed and agility to add some offensive prowess to our lineup."
"The 2007 signees should all make an immediate impact on our program's success as true freshmen and we look forward to getting our team together and seeing what they are capable of."
Following is a list of the 2007 soccer signees:
Bostyn Burger, 5'4", Defender/Midfielder, Phoenix, Ariz. (Gilbert High School)
Burger is the reigning two-time Fiesta Region Defender of the Year and was a First Team All-Region selection her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Along with being the team's captain her junior and senior seasons, she has helped lead Gilbert High to a 46-0 record in their region during her four-year career. As a junior, she was selected to the All-State team, Dobson All-Tournament Team and was the defender of the year for Arizona Central. As a freshman, she was voted Rookie of the Year and was a Second Team All-Region selection. She also lettered in badminton as a junior.
Burger has also excelled in the classroom. As a freshman she earned the Fabulous Freshman award, two super sophomore awards, she was a Golden Scholar and is a member of the National Honors Society. She was also recruited by the University of Iowa and TCU.
"Bostyn is one of those special kids whose attitude is infectious," said Moore. "She puts 110% into everything she does and wants success for everyone on her team. She is a savvy soccer player who reads the game incredibly well and is very composed in the back."
Kayla Rae Davis, 5'6", Midfielder, Sacramento, Calif. (Folsom High School)
Davis was a First Team All-District performer the past two years and a First Team All-Region player last year. She was voted Rookie of the Year in 2003 and has helped lead her team to two first place finishes in her District and to the Region Semifinal game in 2004 and 2005. Davis participated on a club soccer team named the San Juan Spirits of 89 and won the 2006 US Club Soccer National Championship for U-18 girls. Davis was a member of the State ODP Team in Texas for four years. She also was the Cross Country MVP for the 2003-2005 seasons for Harlingen South High School where she lettered for two years in Cross Country and Track.
Davis has also excelled in the classroom by being a National Honor Society member and an Honor Roll member from 2003-2007. She was the English Student of the Year in 2003 and an FCA member from 2003-2005. She was a FHA-HERO and a member of the Interact Club from 2003-2005. She chose Wyoming over the University of Miami, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UC-Riverside.
Davis decided to attend the University of Wyoming because she knew Wyoming was beautiful, and after visiting the school she fell in love with the surroundings and her teammates.
"Kayla's biggest attribute is her skill and her field awareness," Moore said. "She is a fierce competitor and very intelligent with the ball."
Tailor Dial, 5'9", Defender, Murray, Utah (Murray High School)
Dial was the two-time Defensive Player of the Year at Murray High and was selected to the All-Region Team in 2006. She was voted Best Defender by her team and selected Second Team All-State. She scored seven goals off of free kicks and corners and will contribute to the Cowgirls offensive attack. She lettered all four years of high school.. She helped lead Murray High to a Salt Lake Region Championship and a 14-2-1 record in 2006. Murray was ranked first in the Salt Lake Region in defense and in team goals. She was also selected to the Honor Roll.
"Tailor is a tough competitor and at 5'9" uses her size well to battle for balls in the defensive end of the field," Moore said. "She has great speed and athleticism but it is her tenacity that gives her the edge over an opponent."
Jerrica DiVincenzo, 5'8", Forward/Midfielder, Fullerton, Calif. (Sonora High School)
DiVincenzo was a First Team All-Freeway League player her junior and senior seasons as well as the leading scorer and team captain for Sonora High. She earned Second Team All-League honors her freshman year and has lettered all four years.
DiVincenzo was selected to the Honor Roll. She was also recruited by Memphis and Cal State Northridge.
"Jerrica brings a new dimension to our offensive attack up top and on the wing," said Moore. "Being Italian, she definitely has the flair and skill to take on and beat defenders one-on-one but more importantly, the ability to score goals."
Jessica Smith, 5'9", Defender/Midfielder, Edmond Wash. (Edmonds-Woodway High School)
Smith was a four-year letter winner and a team captain her senior year. She was named to RISE Magazine's Greater Seattle All-Area Soccer team in 2006. She was also named Second Team All-Westco Conference in 2004 and 2005 and Honorable Mention in 2003. She helped lead Edmonds-Woodway High to the 2003 Westco Conference Championship, their first in school history, and scored the game winning goal in the championship game. She played club soccer for NW National Fusion from 1999-2007 and helped lead them to three State Championships and to a Regional Championship in 2002. She was a member of the Washington State ODP team from 2003-2005 and helped lead them to the National Championship game in 2004.
"She is tall, strong, athletic and has a smooth first touch with the ball," Moore said. "We are excited for her to come in and make an immediate impact for our team in the back."