Feb. 26, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head soccer coach, Anne Moore, announced today five high school seniors who have signed national letters of intent to play at UW. This year's freshman class include Darci Ferrell, of Laramie, Wyo., Mari Gomes, of San Jose, Calif., Meghan Racette, of Sheridan, Wyo., Sarah Skinner, of Sedalia, Colo., and Lindsey Vossbrink of Littleton, Colo.
"We're very excited about the group of players we've signed this year," said Moore. "We lost five very strong seniors so our main focus was replacing our two center midfielders and our forwards. I think we've done a great job bringing in players from different parts of the country with strong club backgrounds. Overall, I think all of the girls will impact the program immediately. They will bring a lot of excitement and hopefully a lot of scoring for the team next year."
Laramie, Wyoming (Laramie)
At 5-4, Ferrell will probably be a forward on the Cowgirl squad. A native of Laramie, Ferrell lettered in soccer all four years of her high school career. She also lettered in basketball, and was team captain of the tennis team her senior year. Ferrell had the honor of being selected All-Conference and Second Team All-State during her years at Laramie High. She was pulled up to play in Wyoming's Olympic Development Program her junior year, an accomplishment usually reserved for seniors.
Ferrell also excells in the classroom having several accomplishments academically. She has been on the honor roll and was a delegate for Girl's All State. She plans to major in psychology at the Wyoming, and aspires to become a psychologist.
"Darci is extremely fast," said coach Moore. "She's a natural-born finisher who has scored many goals for her high school teams. She's done very well and we expect a lot from her."
San Jose, California (Archbishop Mitty)
Gomes comes to Wyoming from California, where she has had a strong background and many successes on her high school and club teams. As a 5-4 forward, captained several club teams and helped lead her team far into the season. Her junior year, she was a First-Team All-League Boston Valley Athletic League Division selection. She made the San Jose Mercury News Honor Roll in soccer and was named to the All Tournament team at the St Mary's of Stockton California Classic. Gomes also participated in the Olympic Development Program District II team. Her senior year she was named the San Jose Mercury News Player of the Week and helped her team win the BVAL Championship. Gomes lettered in basketball her freshman and sophomore years, receiving several honors. She's also been very involved in civicactivities, including tutoring and being an assistant coach for youth soccer teams.
"Gomes will add a lot to our attack," said coach Moore. "She's very athletic,fast and will hopefully be very aggressive and score a lot of goals for us."
Sheridan, Wyoming (Sheridan)
A Wyoming native, Racette is expected to make an immediate impact on the Cowgirl squad.
A four year letterwinner, the 5-6 midfielder earned All-Conference and All-State honors. In 1999, she helped Sheridan High School to a conference title and a second place finish at the Wyoming State Championships. Racette also lettered in volleyball her senior year for which she was a team captain.
Academics are important to Racette as well. She was on the Honor Roll, won a Summit Award, was on Student Council, was elected senior class secretary, participated in SADD and was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students and Athletes. She plans to major in psychology while attending Wyoming.
"Meghan is very composed with the ball," said coach Moore. "She's very smart, she reads the game well and makes good decisions. She's also very vocal and is a strong leader in the middle. She'll do a good job organizing the center and controlling the game."
Sedalia, Colorado (Douglas County)
Skinner comes to Wyoming from neighboring Colorado. The 5-3 midfielder was a four-year letterwinner in soccer where she had considerable successes. Her sophomore year she was named Second Team All-Conference and helped her team to a conference championship. She also received All-State Honorable mention. As a junior, Skinner was named to the All-Conference Team and received the Huskie of the Month Award. Her senior year, she was selected to the All-State Team. Skinner was an All-Tournament selection throughout high school and was a team captain her last two years. She has coached youth soccer camps in her free time and also lettered in softball her senior year. Skinner plans to major in education at UW and hopes to become a high school teacher.
"Sarah's a very quick, technical player," said coach Moore. "She has good vision and very good speed. We'll look to play her up top and possibly as an offensive midfielder because of her ability to hold the ball and distribute it."
Littleton, Colorado (Dakota Ridge)
Vossbrink joins the Cowgirl team as a 5-6 outside midfielder from Colorado. She lettered in soccer all four years of high school and was named First Team All-Conference her sophomore and junior years and Second Team All-State her junior and senior years. She was also a team captain as a junior and senior. Last fall, she helped her team through regionals and to a placing at the state championships. Vossbrink also participated in club soccer, the Colorado Rush, which won the Under 18 State Championship. During her sophomore and junior years she lettered in basketball as well, and was a member of Dakota Ridge's 1999 State Basketball Championship Team.
Vossbrink has been on the Honor Roll and plans to major in communication while attending the UW.
"Lindsey is extremely fast and very athletic," said coach Moore. "She has good size and is very solid technically. She should also provide some attack from the outside, we may look at pushing her up top."