Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Clark have not seen action on the field in well over a year. This season, that is changing for both teams as they welcome a new class of athletes who will be allowed to play.
The women’s recruitment class is one to look out for this upcoming season.
“This year’s recruitment class is the best this program has seen,” said head Coach Peter Picket.
Emily Langdale is an 18-year-old from Camas High School who is signing with Clark this season. Langdale said she was attracted to Clark because of the few teammates she already knew and the great coaching staff.
Langdale has been able to stay competitive while playing with her club and high school teams. The outside back is looking forward to playing with her new team though, while furthering her education and making new friends in the classroom.
Another new addition to the women’s team is Kelli Huskic. Huskic is a center midfielder/forward that comes from David Douglas High School in Portland.
Huskic said the soccer program’s atmosphere is what really drew her in. She added that the team has developed a great reputation in the sport.
“They are a really talented team and I’m thankful to be headed into Clark,” said Huskic.
Huskic is looking to get recruited from Clark and continue playing soccer for another program. The 18-year-old is also pursuing a career in teaching and is excited to see how Clark can influence her in that journey.
Reagan Griffith is also part of this year’s women’s recruitment class. Griffith is a midfielder from Columbia River High School who plans to study physical education at Clark.
A new member of the men’s soccer team is 18-year-old Payton Childers. The outside back is coming to Clark all the way from Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Idaho.
Childers says Clark was the right answer for the current situation he is in. He said he was lucky enough to get in touch with head coach Ivan Basquill.
“After a few talks with him, I was pretty confident that Clark would be the best place for me to get better as a player,” Childers added.
Childers will be studying digital media arts at Clark. He hopes to transfer to a four-year university and continue playing soccer once his time here is done.
You can get to know one of the newest additions to the men’s team, Brendon Leach here.