Schoales decides to stay local for college

South Kitsap standout Becca Schoales has decided to stay local for college.

Schoales, generally regarded as the state’s top girls soccer recruit in the Class of 2013, committed to the University of Washington. After visiting the University of North Carolina, Schoales said she nearly made a commitment to that school in late September.

But she said she was swayed by the proximity of UW, and the success the Huskies have had in recent years. UW finished with a 7-8-5 record last season, but went 13-9-2 and reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in 2010.

“I’m hoping by the time I get there we’re in the championship,” said Schoales, who also considered Connecticut, Miami and Portland. “With the players we have, it sounds like we might be able to do it.”

Schoales becomes the latest player to sign with a Division-1 program in coach Julie Cain’s three years with the Wolves. Goalkeeper Bri Smallige signed to play with Seattle University next year, while midfielder Christina Boddie recently completed her sophomore season at Idaho. Another former South standout, midfielder Riley Dopps, was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference co-Freshman of the Year at Division II Seattle Pacific.

Schoales, who scored 13 goals and six assists during the season, helped the Wolves reached the Class 4A state quarterfinals. South finished with a 12-4-2 record.

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