Albin signs with UW, Thoreson with Northwestern

  • Enterprise staff
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2009 9:30pm

Two Shoreline area soccer players signed national letters of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 4 to play Division I college soccer.

Shorewood senior and co-captain Louise Albin was the only in-state recruit out of four incoming freshman for the University of Washington.

A four-time first team all-Wesco South selection, Albin, a defender/forward, helped lead the Thunderbirds to the state 4A quarterfinals last fall.

“Louise is a very technical player who has a great sense of the game of soccer,” UW coach Leslie Gallimore said in a press release. “She will fit in well with our possession-oriented style of play. On the other side of the ball, and what originally attracted me to Louise as a player, is that she absolutely loves to defend. She has a natural tenacity, fight and competitiveness that makes her a force defensively.”

Also signing Wednesday was King’s senior midfielder Kendall Thoreson who will play for the Big Ten’s Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Thoreson made the all-state 1A/2B/1B first team, as voted on a by a panel of sportswriters, last fall.

A third player, Caroline Towles of Seattle, a goalkeeper for Shorecrest, is an invited walk-on at the University of Idaho as a goalkeeper. Towles is part of an incoming class of nine signees plus two invited walk-ons.

“She’s is an athletic goalkeeper…She brings in a raw determination, willingness to win and a “never say die” attitude that is going to be super infectious,” Idaho coach Pete Showler said. “She’ll come in and learn a lot and progress for the future.”

Towles will play behind Liz Boyden and Anna Sandman, the Vandals two other keepers.

Towles recorded 33 shutouts and gave up an average of 0.63 goals per game while at Shorecrest.

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