|Emily Spindler||D||Freshman||Helena HS||Helena, MT|
|Cassidy Walter||D||Freshman||University HS||Otis Orchards, WA|
|Christina Plank||MF||Freshman||Bountiful HS||Bountiful, UT|
|Madison Apsey||Offensive||Freshman||Timberline HS||Boise, ID
Carroll College Women’s Soccer has announced the signings of four student athletes to the 2014 recruiting class for this coming fall. Fighting Saints head coach Dave Thorvilson announced Monday that Emily Spindler of Helena, MT, Cassidy Walter of Otis Orchards, WA, Christina Plank of Bountiful, UT and Madison Apsey of Boise, ID have all signed Frontier Conference/NAIA Letter of Intent paperwork to play soccer at Carroll College.
Emily Spindler, a local Helena standout, is a three-year varsity letter winner for the State Champion Runner-up Helena High Bengals. During Spindler’s high school career she has been part of two Western Conference Championship teams, a key member of the best defense in the state the last two years and a second-place finish during her senior year. Spindler was selected as All-Conference this past fall. A three-year Academic All-State selection while maintaining a 3.94 GPA, Spindler is also a member of the National Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America and currently employed as a CAN at Aspen Gardens. Spindler plans to study Nursing while at Carroll College. Emily, the daughter of Ray Spindler and Janice Glass has been playing soccer with the local club team, Helena Arsenal from age 9 onward.
“We have been keeping our eye on Emily for the last three years during high school and club soccer games. She is a very strong defender and we are excited to keep this local product in town,” Thorvilson said.
Cassidy Walter was a two-year varsity letter winner at University High School in Spokane Valley, WA. As a starting defender she helped her team advance to the regional round the past two years and was named a 1st team All GSL Defender during her junior season. Walter played her club ball for Soccer Edge Academy FC in Spokane. Her team was the PSPL league champions two years in a row, as well as a US Club Regional semifinalist during those two seasons. Cassidy suffered a knee injury last spring that sidelined her from both high school and club soccer during her senior year. Academically, Walter is a four-year member of National Honor Society and belongs to her school’s upperclassmen mentoring program for incoming freshman. Walter has maintained a 3.96 GPA and plans to study Health Science at Carroll College. Cassidy is the daughter of Jeff and Cathy Walter and her sister Caitlin “CayCay” is currently a sophomore on the Fighting Saints soccer team.
“Cassidy is an athletic, hard-working soccer player and we expect a full recovery from her knee injury as she enters her freshman year this fall,” said Thorvilson.
Christina Plank becomes Carroll’s first women’s soccer player from the state of Utah. Plank was a four-year varsity starter for Bountiful High School. Her Bountiful team has had great success winning the Region 6 Championship the past three years and was runner-up in 2012. During her decorated high school career, Plank was voted rookie of the year during her freshman season, named to the All-Region Team the past two seasons, the 2013 Region 6 Most Valuable mid-fielder, 1st-Team All-State in 2013 and was captain of the team in both her junior and senior seasons.
Plank’s high school accolades continued into other sports including varsity cross country in 2010-2011, track and field during all four years including a second-place regional finish in Javelin in 2011. Plank is the captain of her high school basketball team that has won the Regional Championship the past two seasons. Plank also plays her club ball for Forza Futbol Club and has been the State Runner-up the last two years. She has been a three-year National Honor Society member, and President of the German club while maintaining a 3.86 GPA. Christina is the daughter of Louis Plank and Rhonda Smith; she plans to study Biology/Pre-Medicine at Carroll College.
“We first saw Christina play in a showcase tournament in Las Vegas last spring and she attended our summer camp last year. She is a very strong player and has connections to Carroll as her uncle is an alum. We feel very fortunate to get a player of Christina’s caliber, Thorvilson said.
Madison Apsey adds to the long line of great players from the Boise, ID area to join the Fighting Saints. Apsey was a four-year varsity soccer player for Timberline High School. Timberline has won third place at the state tournament in each of the past three years. Apsey helped Timberline to a 1st-place District Title during his junior year and a 2nd-place District showing during her senior season. Apsey was named team captain last year and received the team’s Offensive Player of the Year Award. Apsey started her club soccer career with Les Bois before the club merged to become FC Nova three years ago. FC Nova joined the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) last year competing against the best players in the country. Apsey has been recognized for her strong academics receiving the Southern Idaho Conference Academic Award thanks to having a 3.5 GPA or higher all four years in addition to garnering the Outstanding Individual Scholastic Award for a GPA above 3.75 all four years. Apsey currently maintains a 3.86 GPA and plans to study Nursing while at Carroll College. Madison is the daughter of Curtis and Teresa Apsey.
“I have watched Madison’s club team play quite a bit over the last few years and she has impressed the coaching staff from day one. After recovering from a knee injury her junior year her dedication and commitment to soccer has increased to such a high level that we can’t wait to get her on the field this fall,” said Thorvilson.
With twenty-two returning players and the addition of this year’s recruiting class the Saints have set their sights high for the 2014 season. Carroll women’s soccer will open up with an exhibition at home August 15th and start the regular season on the road in Idaho August 22nd. The Saints expect to sign one more player to the 2014 class.