Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Evans accepted to Chapman, will play soccer

WRHS star player headed to California

Wood River High graduating senior Aimee Evans, shown here at last fallís State 4A tournament in Caldwell, plans to play college soccer for Chapman in California this fall. Photo by David N. Seelig

She's going from the Wolverines to the Panthers.

Recent Wood River High School graduate Aimee Evans of Hailey has been accepted to Chapman University in Orange, Ca. where she plans to play college soccer in the fall.

Evans said her first college choice was Chapman, an NCAA Division 3 school where she attended a soccer recruit weekend last fall. She applied there, was rejected initially, but appealed the decision and was accepted the final week of May.

She also considered Denver University, the University of Oregon, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Idaho in Moscow.

Evans will join fifth-year coach Courtney Calderon, a 2001 Chapman graduate and soccer player there. Calderon's 26-player Panther team last fall had an 8-10-1 record (5-2-1 home) with its roster of nine seniors, five juniors, six sophomores and six freshmen.

The Wood River Valley star will attend freshman orientation and soccer tryouts at the end of August. The team's 18-game season opens Sept. 5 home with Pacific Lutheran.

Evans, daughter of Rich and Juli Evans, is one of the most accomplished players in the 16-year history of Wood River's girls' varsity soccer program.

Last season she scored 24 goals, fifth-highest season total in school annals, and led Wood River to its all-time high victory total, 18-2-1, and the State 4A consolation championship. She was captain of the highest scoring team (131 goals) in Wolverine history and also the highest-scoring team (14 goals) in last year's state tourney.

Evans finished her four-year Wood River career with 75 goals, third best in Hailey history. She earned the honor of Great Basin Conference West "Player of the Year" in 2008.

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