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Carroll Women's Soccer Announces Signing of Four Players

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Carroll College Women's Soccer announced the signing of four student-athletes to the 2015 recruiting class, including three Montana prep stars, head coach David Thorvilson announced Thursday.

Devan Murfitt, of Bozeman, MT; Talya Vaira and Payton Netz of Great Falls, MT; and Holly Anderson of Spokane, WA have all signed Letter of Intent paperwork to play soccer for the Saints.

Devan Murfitt

Murfitt was a three-year varsity starter for Bozeman High School. She received All-Conference honors in 2012 and 2014, was the State AA Champions in 2012 and the State runner-ups this last fall. Devan played club soccer for the Bozeman Blitzz, was a member of Montana Olympic Development Program (ODP) and played on a select teams that traveled to tournaments outside the state with Montana United and Rocky Mountain FC.

Murfitt is a National Honor Society member, three years in Speech and Debate, Academic All-State for three years, a member of the Principals Summit all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in school. Murfitt plans to major in Nursing while at Carroll College and is the daughter of Marc and Peggy Murfitt.

"I have gotten to watch Devan play quite a bit over the last few years. She is a vocal goalkeeper with great athleticism," Thorvilson said. "Last summer she came to camp and played with a few of our college ladies and I think she will do very well at the next level."

Vaira is a standout student athlete for CMR high school. Currently she is the team co-captain for the basketball team; she has been a two-year letter winnerTalya Vairain Track and a four-year varsity member of the soccer team. She helped lead the Rustlers to their first ever high school state soccer championship this last fall. She named All-State each of the last two seasons.

She played club soccer for Great Falls Thunderbolts has been a member of the Montana ODP and traveled with the Rocky Mountain FC select team. Vaira is a National Honors Society member, three-year academic All-State winner and received the Academic Excellence Award this year all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She plans to be a pre-Med student at Carroll College and is the daughter of Rusty and Becky Vaira.

"We have been very lucky to have the CMR high school team at our camp for the last few years and that has given me a chance to watch Talya grow as a player and a person," Thorvilson said. "Her hard work and determination makes those around her better players. I am excited to see her career unfold here at Carroll College."

Payton Netz

Netz comes to Carroll as a legacy. Her brother and sister being recent grads and mom and dad both attended Carroll College. Another CMR product that helped lead her high school team to a first ever State championship. As a four-year letterwinner she has earned Honorable mention All-Conference as well as All-State honorable mentions. Netz played club soccer for the Great Falls Thunderbolts from U-8 on and well as playing for the Montana ODP program. Payton has maintained a 3.5 GPA and plans to major in Health Science at Carroll College. She is the daughter of Jim and Mary Netz.

"We are excited to have Payton playing for us, she has good size and you can put her as a target up front or slide her into the defensive line," said Thorvilson.

Anderson was a three year varsity player for Mead High School and was a team captain her senior year and helped leadHolly Anderson them to be the 4A district Champions. She earned Frist Team All-League and received the Kimmel Athletic Shining Star Award in October 2014 recognizing her for both academic and athletic abilities. Holly also run varsity track and place 4th in regionals her junior year in 800 meter. Anderson has maintained a 4.0 high school GPA and plans to study in the Science fields at Carroll College. Holly is the daughter of Steve and Barb Anderson.

"Holly is a very athletic soccer player that should come in and strengthen our midfield. She is a very determined, hardworking, and coachable player that should have a great colligate career," said coach.

This next year will be the inaugural season in the Cascade Collegiate Conference for the soccer programs at Carroll College.

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