Reed wraps up prep career as All-American
June 6, 2007
When Elli Reed receives her diploma on Friday, she will walk away with a high school athletic career most people only dream of numerous state championships, numerous nods from state and national organizations for her athletic accomplishments and a Division I soccer scholarship. Topping it all off, Reed has been named to the PARADE All-America High School Soccer Team an honor bestowed on only 78 players nationwide, and one of only two in the state of Utah.
Coming in as a freshman soccer athlete, Reed may have been a smaller player, but she packed a powerful punch. Darting around defenses like a deer, her quick footwork made her nearly impossible to catch.
Much of her speed and agility can be attributed to her accomplishments off the soccer field. Equally as talented as a distance runner and sprinter, Reed helped the Miners to state championships in both cross-country and track and field. In track, she won single event state titles in the 3A 4×400 meter and medley relays in 2006.
Reed’s PARADE selection came after Soccer Buzz Magazine ranked her as the 11th best recruit in the country, based on three all-state selections, two state soccer titles, being a former member of the U.S. U-17 U.S. National team, a current member of the U-20 U.S. player pool and a member of the multiple state title-winning Utah Avalanche club team.
Still, the humble Reed wasn’t expecting such an honor.
"A lot of people congratulated me," Reed said, but when asked if she thought she would be named to the team
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"I didn’t think so," she said.
In fact, she was more pleased that she and Alta High School’s Hailee DeYoung were both picked which Utah more prominently on the national soccer map.
"Over the past couple years, people have realized there’s good players in Utah," Reed said.
Both players will head to University of Portland this fall to play together. Reed may have been able to run collegiately as well, but she seems content to be a one-sport woman.
"I liked soccer, so I always hoped it was soccer. Think I worked harder at it," Reed said.
Reed said that she knew many of the other All-Americans from national competitions and tournaments, and says that talent-wise Utah soccer is slowly, but surely getting to the level of states like California and Texas. She played with national players and All-Americans at Park City High School and says that she owes a lot of her success on the field to them.
"It’s really cool," Reed said. "Definitely playing with them has helped me get to that level."
She also says she owes a lot to her parents, Rusty and Gail, who have supported her athletic talents since she was a little girl.
Still, Reed is keeping things in perspective. She is aware that collegiate soccer is much more difficult and is heading to Portland, Ore. this summer to get a jump on her academics and training for the fall.
Even after big names like Santa Clara, Pepperdine and Notre Dame came knocking on her door offering college scholarships, Reed stayed true to the University of Portland, and committed to play for them as a junior in high school. She says that she likes the possession style of ball that head coach Garrett Smith plays and wants to be as prepared as possible when she ties on her cleats this season.
"I’m excited to have him coach me," Reed said.
But until she boards the plane to Oregon or at least until the graduation festivities die down, Reed has some time to bask in her accomplishments.
A quick read on Reed’s accomplishments:
Parade All-American team member
U-20 National Team Player Pool member.
Soccer Buzz Magazine, No. 11 ranked college recruit
NSCAA Youth All-American team member
U-17 National Team member.
Olympic Development Program (ODP) region IV team member
Utah U-18 State Champion Team (Avalanche Club)
West Region Championship Finalist (88 Avalanche Club)
ODP Utah State team member