T-Bird Lady Soccer players commit to universities

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
Photo of four Casper College Women's Soccer team players signing their letters of intent.

Four Casper College Women’s Soccer team members are pictured after signing their letters of intent to play soccer for NCAA teams. (L-r) Sophia Henley, Sydney Hiatt, Yissel Navarro, and Valeria Hernandez. (Casper College photo/Lisa S. Pearce Icenogle)

Four Casper College Lady Thunderbird Soccer players have signed letters of intent to play soccer at the university level. All four are three-year starters for the T-Birds.

Of the four, three will be attending Kansas Wesleyan University. Those attending KWU include Yissel Navarro, a defender from West Valley City, Utah, who played in the outside back position and was a captain for two years; forward Sydney Hiatt from Heber City, Utah, who was named Region IX’s Freshman of the Year in her first season at Casper; and Valeria Hernandez who played the center-back position and was named an All-Region IX Player.

KWU, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics affiliated school, plays in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Under head coach Henrik Sohn, the Coyotes had a record of 11-8-1 for the 2022 fall season.

Sophia Henley has committed to play with the Louisiana State University of Alexandria Generals. A midfielder from Farr West, Utah, Henley was instrumental in creating the T-Birds’ offense for the past three years.

LSUA is also an NAIA-affiliated school and plays in the Red River Athletic Conference. Under head coach Mark Hammond, the team had an 11-6-1 record for the 2022 fall season.

“All four of these ladies were an important part of building the foundation of our program and creating a winning team for the past three years. They were important to our region championship last year,” said Jocelyn Norcross, women’s assistant soccer coach.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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