Natalie Muth, Lucy Davidson commit to University of Portland soccer
Seniors won Class 4A state championships with Indians in 2013 and 2015
Scappoose seniors Natalie Muth and Lucy Davidson announced their intent to study and play soccer at the University of Portland on Wednesday at Scappoose High.
Muth, a midfielder, and Davidson, a forward, helped the Indians win their first two Class 4A state championships in school history in 2013 and 2015.
"Lucy Davidson and Natalie Muth have grown up in our youth soccer club at FC Portland Academy and we have witnessed firsthand their development throughout their youth careers," University of Portland women's soccer coach Garrett Smith said. "We have watched Natalie and Lucy develop into elite level soccer players in our local community. They have both proven to be able to compete with our countries best players in the Elite Clubs National League over the last several years."
Davidson was the Class 4A Player of the Year as she scored 31 goals and dished 14 assists in Scappooses perfect 18-0 overall, 10-0 Cowapa League run in 2015.
She was the Gatorade Oregon Girls Soccer Player of the year in 2014 and 2015, and was the OSAA Class 4A Player of the Year in 2013.
"Lucy is a dynamic offensive and defensive player who can play both sides of the ball," Smith said. "She can at times make the difficult look easy as she reads the game so well. Her reading of the game allows her to shut down other teams best players while also allowing her to initiate the teams attack from the back."
Muth joined Davidson on the all-state first-team this year and was recruited by the Pilots as a center back.
"Natalie has always been a tenacious and aggressive player growing up," Smith said. "Early in her youth club career she was the offensive threat of every team she played on, now she finds herself at the heart of the defense shutting down the opponent's top offensive threats."
Muth is yet undeclared but leaning more toward biology than engineering.
We finally get to be part of the team, and weve practiced there for club soccer, Muth said. We move in at just about the end of June. Its coming up quick, and were excited.
Davidson pursues computer science and expects to serve as a middle or outside back.
Ill play wherever they want me, Davidson said. Ive been watching U of P since I was little because its so close. It was an easy decision because of the college and schooling.
The Pilots finished 8-11 and 4-5 in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference in 2015.
"We are excited at the promise that each of these two players bring, coupled with the entire recruiting class of 2016, to our womens soccer program here at the University of Portland starting next August," Smith said.