(MSUB Athletics release)
BILLINGS – Introducing his first batch of recruits for the 2019 season, Montana State University Billings women’s soccer head coach Stephen Cavallo announced three high-school players for next year’s team.
Kyla Boliek of Georgetown, Texas, Kendall Lossner of Mesa, Arizona, and Kiley Sandow of Murrieta, California will each suit up for the Yellowjackets in 2019 after finishing their prep careers.
5-5 – Defender
Intended Major: Environmental Studies
Boliek is completing her prep career at Liberty Hill High School, where she is a four-year letterwinner in soccer. Playing as both a defender and forward, Boliek helped the Panthers to a cumulative record of 57-21 in her career under head coach Darren Bauer.
Last fall, Boliek was selected as the Central Texas Defender of the Year, receiving the top accolade among Class 4A, 5A, and 6A combined. It was the second time in her career she won the honor, after also claiming it as a sophomore in 2016. She was a first-team all-state pick, a District Defender of the Year, Team Defensive MVP, and a first-team all-district selection in 2018 as well.
Coach Cavallo on Boliek: “We are excited to have Kyla join our program all the way from Texas. She impressed everyone when she attended our ID camp in 2017. She is a hard-nosed defender who is not afraid to get stuck in or be aggressive. She will add depth to our back line, and we are looking forward to watching her progress both on and off the field at MSUB.”
Boliek on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB because of its environmental studies program, the tight-knit community, and the opportunity to play college soccer. Playing soccer in college has been a goal of mine for a long time. After visiting campus and getting to see the community, MSUB went to the top of my list. I am so glad that I have the chance to continue my soccer career while studying my field of interest. I can’t wait to see what MSUB has to offer me as well as what I can contribute.”
5-6 – Midfielder
Intended Major: Biology
Lossner is a two-year letterwinner in soccer under head coach and MSUB alumna Jennifer Larsen at Mountain View High School. Playing primarily as a central midfielder, Lossner has garnered numerous accolades in her career including most valuable player, first-team all-region, and team captain. She has also had success in the classroom, earning first-team all-academic as well.
Most recently, she helped her team to the State Cup title in both 2017 and 2018, and was a far-west regional finalist last year with AZ Arsenal. In 2016-17 she helped the club team to the Desert Premier League Championship, and she was a USYSA National League Finalist as well.
Coach Cavallo on Lossner: “Kendall is a versatile midfield player who can play on both sides of the ball. She is strong with both feet and possesses great technical ability. Kendall has a knack for getting forward and she puts herself in good spots in the final third to influence the game positively. I believe Kendall is a person made for our program, and will really thrive in our surroundings.”
Lossner on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB because of the close knit environment within the campus, as well as the soccer program. The small class sizes and academic opportunities solidified my educational desires. As for the athletic aspect of my consideration, the positive coaching staff and style of play were just what I was looking for in order to fully enhance my soccer career. In the next couple of years, I know that MSUB will help me grow not only as a soccer player, but more importantly as a person.”
5-8 – Midfielder
Intended Major: Undecided
The younger sister of MSUB senior-to-be Kalin Sandow, Kiley Sandow is finishing her prep career at Vista Murrieta High School. Sandow participated in soccer for four years, playing primarily as a center back under head coach Ryan Heise. Among her accomplishments are leading her team to an undefeated league championship and an overall record of 49-8-3. She is a team captain and academic all-Southwestern League selection as well.
Coach Cavallo on Sandow: “We are excited to have Kiley join our program and follow in the footsteps of her older sister. Unlike Kalin, Kiley operates at the other end of the pitch and will add a lot to our attacking depth. She has good technique and composure on the ball, as well as great vision which makes her a pass-first midfielder who will fit right into our style of play. Off the field, Kiley is a 4.0 student, and we believe that she will fit into our program’s all-around ambitions.”
Sandow on choosing MSUB: “Despite being so far away from home, the MSUB atmosphere made me feel like part of a brand new family. I am excited to see how I grow and develop as a Yellowjacket.”
MSUB went 4-12-1 in 2018 and finished in ninth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference at 1-11 in league play.