April 12, 2007
Michaela Florio and Lauryn Koelzer both signed letters of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and play for the women's soccer team in the 2007 season.
Florio will graduate this spring from A.J. Diamond High School in Anchorage, Alaska. As a defender, she led her high school team to the state championship in 2006 and was named Player of the Game in the championship contest. She was also named to the All-State team in 2006 and earned all-conference honors.
"Michaela will be a good addition for us on the outside," said head Coach George Hageage. "She can play in the back or in midfield and possesses the ability to hold the ball under pressure. She is very poised and makes really sound decisions. We look forward to getting her in camp and watching her become a solid part of our team next year and in the future."
Koelzer graduated from Connell (Wash.) High School in 2005 and played the last two seasons at Walla Walla Community College. In 2003, Connell won the State 2A Championship and she was named the Washington State 2A Player of the Year. At WWCC, she was the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Most Valuable Player in 2005 and was an NWAACC All-Star in 2006. In her two years at WWCC, Koelzer scored 60 goals as a forward.
"Lauryn has a tremendous work rate and will be able to plug in up top or as an attacking center midfielder," Hageage added. "She was a late addition to our recruiting class; however, I am reminded about the saying, "saving the best for last." Lauren could be a huge impact on our ability to score goals and gives us the best depth up top we have ever had."