CHENEY, WA–– (GoEags.com) Eastern Washington University Women’s Soccer head coach Chad Bodnar has announced the signing of six high school seniors to National Letters of Intent.
Hadley Bezon (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma HS), Johanna Di Lulo (Boise, Idaho/Boise HS), Brooke Dunbar (Santa Rosa, Calif./Maria Carrillo HS), Jordan Lemieux (Bothell, Wash./Inglemoor HS), Saige Lyons (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup HS) and Erin Zetterberg (Renton, Wash./Hazen HS) will join the Eagles following impressive prep careers. The group will graduate from high school this spring and come to Cheney in time for Eastern’s 2016 season.
EWU is coming off its best campaign in school history, finishing the 2015 season with program records for total victories (12), Big Sky Conference wins (6) and consecutive matches won (8) while scoring a school-record 34 goals in 19 matches.
“We want to continue to raise the expectations and level of play in our program, and this year’s recruiting class helps us do that,” Bodnar said. “This group will make us more balanced in all areas of the field while giving us added physicality, size and athleticism. It’s a great mix of dangerous attacking players and big, strong defenders, and I expect this class to not only push our current players to be better but to fight for playing time right off the bat.”
Hadley Bezon | 5-8 | Goalkeeper | Maple Valley, Wash. | Tahoma HS
Received Honorable Mention All-Puget Sound Premier League North Division accolades as a junior … Led Tahoma High School to Washington State Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014 … Served as team captain for Tahoma High School as a senior, and earned the MVP and Coaches’ Awards at the end of the year … Played club soccer for PacNW G97 Maroon … Was a state cup champion in 2013 and 2014 for her club team, and was a state cup finalist in 2015 … Member of the Washington State ’98 EDP/ODP travel team from 2012 to 2015 … Won a Washington State EPD/ODP Region IV title in 2012 and was a finalist in 2013 and 2015.
Coach Bodnar on Bezon: “Hadley will come in and push Mallory (Taylor, the Eagles’ No. 1 goalkeeper) for playing time. She is an imposing physical presence and is a very solid and technically sound goalkeeper. You won’t see a whole lot of flash out of Hadley, but she does not make many mistakes. She’s a very good goalkeeper and will make us better in that area.”
Johanna Di Lulo | 5-8 | Defender | Boise, Idaho | Boise HS
Concluded her career at Boise High School with a 39-2-1 record, collecting two district titles, and Idaho State Tournament runner-up and third-place finishes … Led her school to a Southern Idaho Conference championship as a junior … Served as a team captain for Boise HS as a senior and helped lead her school to its first-ever NSCAA national ranking … Earned MaxPreps National Player of the Week honors twice in 2015 … Named to the Idaho Senior All-Star Team in 2015 … Received Idaho High School Soccer Coaches Association First Team All-State honors as a forward in 2015, and was a First Team All-Southern Idaho Conference pick … Was a Rotary Club Outstanding Student-Athlete in 2016 … Played club soccer for Boise Nationals SC.
Coach Bodnar on Di Lulo: “Jo gives us some much-needed size and is willing to play wherever she is needed to help the group, which we liked. She has experience playing as a forward and defender, and we envision her transitioning into a full-time role at the center back position. She is a big, physical, strong and technically solid player that is going to come in and help us with her presence in the air. She is somebody that will command bodies around her and will add size to our backline.”
Brooke Dunbar | 5-8 | Forward | Santa Rosa, Calif. | Maria Carrillo HS
Served as team captain for Maria Carrillo High School as a senior, finishing the year with 50 goals and 20 assists … Earned First Team All-North Bay League honors as a junior and senior … Helped her team to four consecutive North Coast Section titles, including undefeated seasons in 2012 and 2014 … Was a three-time MaxPreps National Player of the Week, once as a junior and twice as a senior … Received North Bay League Scholar-Athlete accolades all four years of her prep career … Was part of the NSCAA top-ranked high school team in 2012 and 2013 and the No. 4-ranked team in 2014 … Included in Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 15 Northern California/Hawaii Regional Player Ranking list … Played club soccer for Santa Rosa United Freeze ECNL … Was an ECNL Playoff semifinalist in 2013 and 2014 and a finalist in 2015.
Coach Bodnar on Dunbar: “Brooke is a big, smooth lefty who can play as a holding target up top. She is going to add to what we have in our attack because she is such a big target. She has great vision, and I think she’s someone who can come in and add an extra attacking piece to our team. We have some players right now that can really fly, and Brooke gives us a player who can play a different role and is a different type of player than what we have. I think she will end up creating goals for us and make players around her better with her vision and passing ability.”
Jordan Lemieux | 5-7 | Defender | Bothell, Wash. | Inglemoor HS
Earned First Team All-KingCo honors as a senior while playing at Inglemoor High School … Named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Combine Best XI in 2014 and the Washington Youth Soccer Golazo Best XI in 2013 … Received an ODP Region IV camp invite in 2015 and was an ODP Region IV Tournament finalist that same year … Played club soccer for Northwest Nationals SC.
Coach Bodnar on Lemieux: “Jordan is a lefty who can play on the edge in the back for us. She is very good technically, and I think she’s one down the road that can be a big piece of a backline. She is very sound in cutting angles and 1v1 defending on the edge, and she can play and get forward, which is something we like our backs to do.”
Saige Lyons | 5-5 | Forward | Puyallup, Wash. | Puyallup HS
Two-time First Team All-South Puget Sound League selection as a junior and senior while playing at Puyallup High School … Led her team to a Washington State Tournament appearance as a senior … Received The News Tribune All-Area First Team honors in 2014 and 2015 … Named Seattle Times WIAA Athlete of the Week and Tacoma Athletic Commission Athlete of the Year in 2015 … Was a second team all-state pick as a senior … Played club soccer for Washington Premier FC ECNL … Was the ECNL Mountain Division leading scorer in 2014 and won the ECNL Northwest Conference title in 2015.
Coach Bodnar on Lyons: “Saige is an explosive athlete. She can run by people and is dangerous in the attack and gets in behind backlines. She’s another player that will add another dimension to our attack. I expect her to challenge our returning forwards for playing time. She’s very hardworking and has a blue-collar attitude in that she just grinds stuff out. She’s also a player that will defend and chase when we don’t have the ball and put pressure on backs defensively.”
Erin Zetterberg | 5-7 | Defender | Renton, Wash. | Hazen HS
Earned All-Seamont League honors in 2013 and 2014 while playing at Hazen High School … Led her team to three straight Washington State Tournament appearances from 2012 and 2014 … Was a U.S. Soccer Training Center participant in 2011 and 2012 … Played club cover for PacNW G97 Maroon … Was a U-16 USYS Far West Regionals quarterfinalist in 2013 finalist in 2014 … Won a Washington State title with PacNW G97 Maroon in 2013 and 2014.
Coach Bodnar on Zetterberg: “Erin is another very solid player out of Pac Northwest Soccer Club, which has been very good to our program. She is a player with some height who can play both in the back and up top. We liked Erin’s ability to play out of the back with the ball and start attacks and retain possession. Athletically, she is very versatile, and we’re looking forward to having her in Cheney.”