Feb. 7, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Soccer is pleased to announce the addition of five student-athletes for the 2014 season - Madi Clarkson, Mariah Elmer, July Gentry, Janie Kearl and Natalie Vukic.
"Our 2014 team is complete today," head coach Rich Manning said. "We have come to know these young ladies well over the last couple of years and I am confident in saying they are true Utes. We search for players that fit our Utah values to the core: hard work, passion for soccer, great teamwork, excellent ball skills and taking care of business. Madi, Mariah, July, Janie and Natalie certainly personify those qualities. Our team is already hard at work getting ready for our 2014 season and we now have everyone on board. Here we go!"
Auburn Mountainview HS
A first team all-league section at Auburn Mountainview High School ... MVP for a Lions team that won the South Puget Sound League ... Helped Auburn Mountainview advance to the state quarterfinals for the first time ever ... Played for Washington Premier '95 of the Elite Clubs National League ... Also earned varsity letters in track ... Member of the Honor Roll ... Daughter of Mark and Karla Clarkson ... Has a sister, Ali
Manning on Clarkson:
"Madi is a physical midfielder with a good defensive presence, especially in the air. She also has very good skills and is composed on the ball, which is important with our playing style. Madi came to our summer camp last year and we were impressed with her hard work, passion and team-first attitude."
Rated as the No. 19 forward and No. 68 recruit in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer ... Led Fremont to the 2013 Region 1 championship ... Captured region titles in 2012 and `13, second-place finishes in 2010 and '11 ... Holds Fremont record for goals scored during a career ... Named FHS MVP, Golden Boot Award winner, and Fremont Soccer Athletic Award winner ... Named 2013 MVP by the Standard Examiner ... Named All-State by the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune in 2012 and `13 ... 2013 ECNL Golden Boot Winner with Utah Avalanche (top-scoring player in U-18) ... ODP All-Tournament Team for Region IV in 2013 ... Led Utah Avalanche to 2013 ODP championship ... ODP State Team (2009-13) ... ODP Regional Team Pool in 2009 ... id2 National Player Pool player in 2009 and '10 ... Daughter of Dave and Micki Elmer ... Seven siblings, including Mikayla, who also plays for the Utes.
Manning on Elmer:
"Utah fans will notice right away that Mariah is an outstanding athlete. She is fast and powerful with great balance. The more you watch her play, the more you will notice that she also has terrific ball skills and reads the game well. She can score goals and set up her teammates. Mariah enjoys a close bond with her friends and teammates, which a quality that we value."
Ranked as the No. 26 recruit in the Rocky Mountains and Southwest areas by Top Drawer Soccer ... Helped Utah Avalanche have the stingiest defense at the U-17 level, allowing only 0.33 goals per contest ... Recently included in the 2014 Girls IMG Academy 150 Player Pool
Manning on Gentry:
"July is a talented young goalkeeper. She has great physical qualities. She is mentally tough, composed and courageous. July has exceptional foot skills (she made all-state in high school as a midfielder), which is important for our 'keepers. July also leads by example through hard work. We expect her to continue the long line of quality 'keepers we have had here over the years."
Salt Lake City, Utah
Rated as the No. 16 recruit in the Rocky Mountains & Southwest regions by Top Drawer Soccer ... Three-time ECNL Player Development Program invitee (2012-14) ... 2013 First Team All-State selection by the Deseret News ... Led East HS to the state semifinals three times (2010-11, '13) ... Led East HS to the regional championship in 2010 and '11 ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... KUTV Scholar-Athlete that maintained a 3.92 GPA in high school ... Daughter of Alisa and Rod Kearl, both Utah graduates ... Has two younger siblings, Megan and Andy
Manning on Kearl:
"Janie is fast and skillful. She is an extremely versatile player. She can play on any row and still find ways to contribute. We like her passion for soccer and how quickly she picks up on concepts. She also has great character. Janie comes to us from East High School, which is the alma mater of Audrey Gibb, Katie Reineke, Lauren Porter and Megan Trabert, all great Utes."
Pacific Northwest SC
Rated the No. 16 recruit in the Pacific Northwest by Top Drawer Soccer ... Led Bainbridge HS to the 2013 Metro Mountain championship and state quarterfinals ... Named First Team All-State twice (2012-13) ... Two -time Seattle Times All-Star team selection (2012-13) ... 2013 All-Metro League MVP ... First Team All-Metro League three times (2011-13) ... 2013 All-Kitsap News Group MVP ... Led Bainbridge HS to the 2012 Metro Mountain championship and Round of 16 in state tournament ... Two-time RCL Division I Champions with Pacific Northwest (2011-12) ... 2010 All-Metro League Second Team ... Maintained a 3.95 GPA in high school ... Daughter of George and Michelle Vukic ... Has an older sister, Emma, and two younger brothers, Mario and Dominick
Manning on Vukic:
"Natalie has two qualities that are uncommon in soccer. First, she has great instincts in the attacking third of the field. She finds the weak spots of the defense and makes plays in the tight spaces in front of the opponent's goal. Secondly, she is a pure finisher. Even though there is often chaos going on, she is composed in front of the goal. Her shots are on frame and she scores often. Natalie comes from a soccer family and is passionate about the game. She is also a great teammate."