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ISU Soccer add exciting new players to roster

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Head coach Debs Brereton hopes the new players will spark a change of fortune from last season

Mia Cartwright

Cartwright joins the team from Meridian, Idaho where she played for Bishop Kelly High School and the Boise Timbers Thorns club. While at Bishop Kelly, Cartwright won four 4A soccer championships as well as the Idaho State Championship for clubs in 2017 and 2019. In 2017 she was an invitee at the Generation Adidas Select/Olympique Lyonnais Camp.

“Mia made a great first impression on me and my staff at one of our first ID Camps and recently came to another ID camp in June and showed us all again why we need her on our team,” Said Head Coach Debs Brereton. “She has an eye for goal and seems to find herself in the right place at the right time. She is composed in front of goal and works relentlessly for her teammates. We are so excited to be adding such a wonderful person and player to our team as the 2021 approaches. “

Nicolette Scarduzio

Scarduzio comes to Idaho State from the east coast and her hometown of Vorhees, New Jersey.

During her time at Eastern Regional High School Scarduzio was named to the All-State team by the NJGSCA. She also won the New Jersey Group IV High School state championship and was a two-time New Jersey Club Soccer State Champion. Off the field, Scarduzio excelled in the classroom and was a member of the National Honor Society.

“Nicolette comes to us from one of the best clubs on the East Coast,” said Brereton. “She is a very tough center back and does a great job organizing the back line. Her ability to defend 1v1 and initiate counter attacks with her vast passing range will strengthen our team and complement our style of play.”

Kylee Atkins

Atkins joins the Bengals as a grad transfer after finishing a strong undergraduate career at the College of Idaho. During her career with the Yotes, Atkins earned a number of awards including a two-time Cascade Collegiate Conference player of the week. In April of this year, Atkins was named the NAIA national Defensive player of the week after shutting out then No. 9 ranked Eastern Oregon. Atkins was also named a first-team All-Conference goalkeeper. During her time at the College of Idaho, Atkins averaged a .96 goals allowed percentage with a save percentage of .833 on 80 saves. Off the field, Atkins excelled while earning her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Digital Media. Because of her work in the classroom, Atkins made a member of the All-Conference Academic team and the 2020-21 United Soccer Coaches NAIA All-Region Scholar Team.

“We are very fortunate to be adding a seasoned goalkeeper who has just finished a stellar career at College of Idaho,” said Brereton. “Kylee was a huge part of their historical season in the spring and I know she will bring a lot to our team. It is very exciting to have 4 quality goalkeepers who will be each other’s biggest fans while creating a competitive environment to push each other daily to be their best.”

The Bengals retake the field August 14 as they face Salt Lake Community College in an Exhibition match before they then Officially open Davis Field August 19th against Utah State.