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Story Last modified at 10:48 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Local soccer players make waves Outside

Several female youth soccer players have been making big names for themselves recently, led by Chugiak High School senior forward Kelly Cobb, who last month signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Division I Duke University in Durham, N.C.

"She's going to have a very good career here at Duke," predicted Blue Devils head coach Robbie Church in a release issued by the school.

Cobb, a 5-foot-9 goal-scoring machine who is ranked as the No. 62 high school girls player in the nation by, recently returned from a trip to Spain, where she led the U.S. National U-20 team to an undefeated performance at the Ten Nations Cup. Cobb had a goal and an assist in the team's 2-0 win over Norway in the tournament finale.

Cobb is set to play her senior season at Chugiak, where in 2009 she scored 36 goals and notched 14 assists.

She's not the only local product to ink a major college deal recently. Also signing on to play Division I soccer recently was Eagle River midfielder Rebecca Boggs. Boggs, who set a school record with four goals in a single game last season, was brought in to help the Buffaloes become more athletic, said coach Bill Hempen in a press release.

"Rebecca is our X factor," Hempen said. "She has outstanding athletic ability that we think can transfer into the new challenges that await us in the Pac-10."

Both Cobb and Boggs are former members of U.S. Olympic Development Program (ODP) Alaska team, which recently named five local products to its 2011 squad.

Earning their way onto the prestigious state team that will travel to the Region IV ODP training camp in July were Nikole Boggs and Tara Fisher ('96), Shayna Wolery ('97), and Kelly Casper and Molly Romero ('98). All five are members of the Chugiak Soccer Club U15 Thunder. They were picked after going through months of training and evaluation that began in September and ended with the final selection last month.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, March 17, 2011.