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Natrona girls vs. Kelly Walsh

Natrona's Jordan Quig (1) and Kelly Walsh's Irie Elliot (20) fight for ball possession during the first half of the game on Friday, April 15, 2016, at Natrona County High School.

The Gillette College women’s soccer team announced one of its two signings for the 2018 recruiting class on Tuesday: current Kelly Walsh senior Irie Elliott.

Elliott was a dependable centerback for the Trojans last season that allowed just 1.3 goals per game last year and recorded seven shutouts. Elliott was an all-state selection at the end of last season.

“She’s hard working, technically sound, left footed, so she’s very versatile,” Gillette College women’s head coach Nate Ulness said. “We’re excited to get another player out of a successful program at Kelly Walsh.”

Elliott joins her former teammate Bailey Neff at Gillette College. Ulness said signing Neff was big for getting the new program’s name out to Casper soccer players, noting that there is interest in prospective athletes for the 2019 recruiting class.

Ulness does hope to use Elliott further up field and get her involved in more attacking scenarios. He noted that her position as centerback fit the Trojans’ scheme well, but in his system she fits better in the midfield.

“We can play her anywhere on the field,” Ulness said. “(Kelly Walsh) plays the type of soccer we like to play. We’re excited to get Irie from there.”

The other of the known signings for the Pronghorns is senior Rock Springs goalkeeper Alyssa Vigil.

Vigil was standout in goal for the Tigers last year on her way to all-conference honors. She had 80 saves in the regular season and made more timely stops to guide Rock Springs to the top seed in the West Conference.

“She’s fearless in goal and she fits the style we want to play,” Ulness said.

Together they make up the second recruiting class of the new program at Gillette College. The Pronghorns’ inaugural seasons were in the fall and Ulness hopes these signings will help his team leave a footprint in the area.

Ulness believes the additions of Elliott and Vigil are essential to the aspirations for the program.

“We’re getting there and hoping to break the mold,” he said. “We want to compete and be a top team in the region.”

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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