Feb. 18, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State Head Coach Matt Potter announced the signing of three soccer student-athletes to national letters of intent Friday.
The incoming class features a trio of Washington natives, including Alex Butler, a member of the 2004 US Club Soccer National Championship Spokane Shadow team. Natalie D'Amico, a Normandy Park native, and Megan Hyte ofPoulsbo complete the recruiting class.
"The great thing about our 2005 class is that we were able to stay close to home and fulfill our needs with three Washington players," Potter said. "These three athletes will complement the team well in areas we felt were a priority and compete from day one to play. As we continue to build on our foundation. These players already help us move closer to our goals. They will be great Cougars. I am delighted to have Megan, Natalie and Alex and their families join our Cougar soccer family."
Butler, a three-sport letterwinner at Gonzaga Preparatory in Spokane, was a Region IV Olympic Development pool and team member in 2003. In 2004 she earned All-GSL Defensive MVP accolades and was a first team All-State and all-league midfielder. Butler was named the All-GSL Offensive MVP in 2003, also earning first team All-State and all-league honors. Butler has been a member of the Bullpups varsity soccer and track teams all four years and the varsity basketball team since her sophomore year. In 2003 she was the Eastern Washington District 100m Champion and a member of the Eastern Washington District 4x400 Relay championship team. Butler earned the most valuable female track athlete award at Gonzaga Prep from 2002-2004.
"Alex is a speedy defender with great stature and has a history of competing at the highest levels," Potter said. "She has a great competitive spirit and athletically is a very talented individual who complements her athleticism well with her ability to lead and read the game from the back."
D'Amico is a four-year letterwinner at Mt. Rainier High School in soccer and track. In 2003 she was a first team all league honoree in soccer and captain of the team that finished fourth in State. As a sophomore she was named to the first team All-Seamount league, finishing second in goals and assists in the league and helping her Rams team finish first in league and districts. She was named all-city honorable mention and Seattle PI star of the week as a sophomore. In her sophomore track season she was the district runner up in 400 meters.
"Natalie is a feisty, tireless worker, who will be a huge success," Potter added. "Her boundless energy makes her a constant threat to defenses. She is a great one vs. one attacking forward and it will be fun to watch her grow in her time here at WSU."
Hyte is a four-year varsity letterwinner at North Kitsap High School and a first-team all-league selection in 2002-2004. She earned North Kistsap Harold All Star Team and Bremerton Athletic Roundtable Athlete of the month accolades in 2004. Hyte was also a Bremerton Sun top 10 players to watch selection in 2003.
"Megan is a crafty forward who has an eye for the goal," Potter said. "She is naturally left-footed and is able to lead the front line with her natural striker instincts, yet has the ability and versatility to play in the midfield. We are excited to have this talented forward join the team."