Feb. 1, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- University of New Mexico head women's soccer coach Kit Vela announced today the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2006 fall season. The UNM women's soccer team welcomes forward/midfielder Markee Nobriga (Haleiwa, Hawai'i), forward/midfielder Megan Bodenheimer (Aurora, Colo.), midfielder Paige Collett (Sandy, Utah) and midfielder/forward Chelsey Norton (Orem, Utah).
Nobriga is the second Hawaiian to be inked by Vela, joining goalkeeper Kiani Wong (Honolulu), who was signed in 2005. Nobriga is currently a senior at Kamehameha High School in Honolulu. As a junior, she was named to the 2005 all-state first team. Nobriga was also an all-state honorable mention in 2003 and was named Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. She is a member of the Leahi Soccer Club.
Bodenheimer hails from Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colo. The 6-0 midfielder/forward was named to the all-league first team as a junior and earned all-state honorable mention in the same year. Bodenheimer is a four-year letterwinner in soccer and has also lettered in track and basketball. She is a member of the Colorado Soccer Academy.
Collett and Norton are both Utah natives and are currently teammates on the Celtic Storm Premier club team. Collett is a four-year letterwinner and a two-time all-conference winner from Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah. As a junior, she led the Beetdiggers with seven assists and had four goals on the season as a midfielder. Collett also helped her club team to a first place finish in the 2004 Adidas Cup, scoring two goals and earning one assist in the championship match.
Norton is a four-year letterwinner and an all-state midfielder from Orem High School in Orem, Utah. As a team captain her senior year for the Golden Tigers, Norton led the team to the state quarterfinals and was named first team all-region and was an all-state honorable mention. In 2004, Norton led her club team to a second place finish in the Utah College Showcase and was recognized on the all-tournament team.
"Although it's a small class in numbers, it is very deep in talent," said Vela. "All of them have the potential to make an immediate impact in the fall of 2006. They will each add athleticism, hard work and grit to our team and will help continue our team philosophy."
Vela, who will be entering her sixth season, also said she has 4-5 more recruits in mind who will hopefully be added by the end of this spring to complete the recruiting class.
The 2006 Lobos will return eight starters and 18 letterwinners from a team that went 8-7-4 last year and advanced to the championship game of the 2005 Mountain West Conference Tournament.
Hometown/High School: Haleiwa, Hawai'i (Kamehameha HS)
Hometown/High School: Aurora, Colo. (Rangeview HS)
Hometown/High School: Sandy, Utah (Jordan HS)
Hometown/High School: Orem, Utah (Orem HS)