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Women's Recruiting Nov 12, 2020

University of Utah inks five women’s soccer recruits for 2021 campaign

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah women’s soccer team inked five players to National Letters of Intent head women’s soccer coach Rich Manning announced.

The five-player class includes a couple of Utahns in Maryn Granger and Megan Lusher, an Idahoan in Kasey Wardle, a Californian in Baylie Jackson and Eugene native Sahve Beller.

“Our incoming Class of 2021 will impact our team right away,” Manning noted. “It’s a group of players that bring character, experience, personality and a lot of great skills to our program. They are coming to Utah because they will get a great education, they love our fantastic support system and they are ready to ride with us on our drive to the top. We welcome them and can’t wait for them to join us this summer!”

Of the five players, three play on the offensive side of things while the other two are on the defensive side of the ball.

SAHVE BELLER
Forward • 5-10
Eugene, Ore. • South Eugene HS
Eugene Timbers FC

High School

  • Four-year letterwinner at South Eugene HS
  • Led Axemen to three-straight OSAA playoffs, including quarterfinals (2017) and semifinal appearances (2019)
  • Guided SEHS to a pair of 6A District titles (2017, 2019)
  • 6A First-Team All-Conference honoree (2017-2019)
  • Portland Thorns FC (Oregon) ODP Girls Player of the Year (2018)
  • Five-time Oregon Region IV ODP Champion
  • Two-time US Soccer Training invitee

Personal

  • Daughter of Byrke and Klarissa Beller
  • Has an older sister, Aanika
  • Father played football at the University of Grenoble, mother played volleyball at Penn and sister Annika is a sophomore on the crew team at Penn
  • Speak French as part of dual immersion schooling at SEHS
  • Volunteers at Positive Community Kitchen and Foot for Lane County Youth Garden
  • Undecided on major

BAYLIE JACKSON
Forward • 5-5
Fair Oaks, Calif. • Bella Vista HS
San Juan SC

High School

  • Three-year letter winner at Bella Vista HS
  • Had a breakout junior season, scoring 19 goals with seven assists
  • Two-time scholar-athlete (2018-20)
  • First-Team All-Capital Valley (2019-20)
  • Second-Team All-Capital Valley (2018-19)

Personal

  • Daughter of Dwayne and Beth Jackson
  • Mother played water polo at UC Davis
  • Has three siblings, Reid, McKenna and Delaney
  • Plans on majoring in environmental studies

MEGAN LUSHER
Forward • 5-7
Park City, Utah • Park City HS
Utah Avalanche • Utah ODP

High School

  • Four-year letterwinner at Park City HS
  • 3-star recruit according to TopDrawerSoccer.com
  • Been a part of the US Girls Training Center since its inception
  • ECNL Player to Watch (2018-20)
  • Led Miners to UHSAA postseason play all four years (2016-20)
  • UHSAA 5A Academic All-State (2020)
  • Led PCHS to regional championship (2018)
  • Deseret News 4A All-State Honorable Mention (2018)
  • 4A Second-Team All-State (2017)
  • Led ECNL team to regional championship (2017)
  • Member of UYSA State Cup Championship squad (2016)
  • High Honor Roll recipient all four years
  • National Honor Society member

Personal

  • Daughter of Chad and Lara Lusher
  • Has a younger brother, Logan
  • Grandfather, Neil Medoff, swam at Columbia
  • Volunteers as a pianist at Park City Hospital
  • Undecided on major

MARYN GRANGER
Defender • 5-11
Draper, Utah • Corner Canyon HS
Utah Avalanche • Regional & National Team ODP

High School

  • Three-sport athlete at Corner Canyon HS, lettering in soccer, cross country and track & field
  • Three-year team captain with soccer team
  • Helped Chargers to three UHSAA 5A Quarterfinal appearances (2017, 2019, 2020)
  • Guided CCHS to the 2018 UHSAA 5A State Championship
  • Named 6A UHSAA Academic All-State (2020)
  • Member of 4×400 team that won the 5A Track & Field Regional Championship (2019)
  • Placed second as part of the medley relay team at the 5A Track & Field Championships (2019)
  • West Regional National ODP Tournament Champions (2019)
  • 5A UHSAA First-Team All-State honoree (2018)
  • Team rookie of the year in cross country (2017)
  • Honor Roll recipient

Personal

  • Daughter of Steven and Kimberly Granger
  • Has two older sisters, Madison and Molly, and a younger sister, Macie
  • Great grandpa, Joseph Elroy Jones, played soccer at Brown
  • Undecided on major

KASEY WARDLE
Goalkeeper • 5-10
Meridian, Idaho • Rocky Mountain HS
Boise Thorns

High School

  • Two-sport athlete at Rocky Mountain HS, lettering in soccer and track & field
  • Led Grizzlies to three-straight Idaho 5A State Championships (2018-20)
  • Helped team to back-to-back 5A District III titles (2019-20)
  • Two-time State Cup Champion with FC Nova (2017, 2019)
  • Two-time Idaho 5A All-State honoree (2018-19)
  • Three-time Idaho 5A All-Conference honoree (2018-20)
  • Recorded 238 career saves with 32 shutouts and a 45-6-7 overall record
  • Led RMHS to a 62-12-6 overall record and 30-7-2 league record during her career

Personal

  • Daughter of Rob and Jami Wardle
  • Mother Jami is a Utah alumnae
  • Has two older sisters, Ashley and Bailey
  • Grandpa, Paul Jeppesen, played basketball at Utah State
  • Undecided on major