Myers chooses Saint Mary’s |

Myers chooses Saint Mary’s

by Christopher Kamrani, of The Record staff

As the anchor of the Park City High School girls’ soccer team, Samantha Myers’ years of hard work has paid off.

The senior has signed on to play for Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. Myers, a 5-foot-5 defender who starred for the Miners over the past few years, was also a key part of a Black Diamond Soccer Club team which also featured many other players from the Park City area.

The right outside back lettered varsity in high school for three years, was an all-state selection and a five-year member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP). She was also selected as an academic all-state candidate in 2010.

In a release by the Gaels’ athletic department, Myers’ explained her decision to head to Northern California, stating, “I know it will be a place where I will be challenged both in the academics aspect as well in athletics. I am always looking for a challenge and ways to get better and better every day, which is why I think Saint Mary’s will push me into fulfilling my goals.”

Head coach Kai Edwards, in a statement of his own, said he is looking forward to coaching Myers and is hoping to make her a part of a future backline.

“Sami is a hard working outside back who defends with great personal and team pride. She is small in stature but huge in pure heart and pride,” Edwards said. “We are very excited that Sami is coming to Moraga to grow as a player and a person. I know she will do well here because she has the ability, desire and heart.”

Myers helped anchor the Park City backline her senior year, along with goalkeeper Bethany Kanten (who has committed to play at Harvard next fall), and helped lead a stingy Miner which gave up just 19 goals in 19 matches. She helped lead Park City to the 3A state final, a game in which the Miners lost in overtime to Juan Diego Catholic High School.

Of Saint Mary’s six incoming freshmen for the 2011 season, two hail from Utah.

She will be playing alongside former Soaring Eagle star forward Vicki Shimkus, who scored one of Juan Diego’s two goals in the 3A state final.

“This group, as a whole, adds athleticism, talent, pace and the drive to be successful,” Edwards said of his incoming class. “Along with the players who have been working hard this spring, I expect our freshman class to produce a brand of soccer that hasn’t been played here in a while. They are fast, technically talented, attacking players that defend with a since of pride and urgency.”

Myers said she is thankful for the opportunity to play at the collegiate level and is looking forward to her next challenge both in soccer and in school.

“I also think Saint Mary’s will give me the opportunity to pursue my dreams and help me begin a new part of my future,” she said. “I can honestly say I am very lucky and I cannot wait to spend four years with a promising new team and coach.”