DURANGO, Colo. — Fort Lewis College women’s soccer coach Damian Clarke announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent today.
Committing to the Skyhawks were Brooke Milliet, Savannah Seiter, and Laura Tita.
Milliet, a 5-foot-5, versatile player, saw action at forward, midfielder, and defender at Durango High School. She was a first team all-conference selection the past two seasons for the Demons and was on ESPN’s list of Top 20 college prospects for 2011. She won a pair of Golden Boot and one Silver Boot awards at Durango and was twice chosen for the Hustle Award.
The daughter of Charlie and Janis Milliet of Durango, she was also a four-time member of the Colorado Olympic Development Program team.
“Brooke is a local Durango product, one who has numerous high school accolades. She has been a terror in the Southwest League for the last four years, and she could be one of the best soccer athletes that Durango has ever produced,” said Clarke. “Brooke really is a player who can do anything that we ask of her. She could play from right back to center forward, and be a threat from any position. She is fast, has fantastic feet, and is capable of striking a ball from distance or delivering the final pass. I think Durango is going to really enjoy watching Brooke, the same as they did watching Erika Shisler (who completed her career at Fort Lewis in 2010).
“Brooke also played for Rio Vista FC in Albuquerque N.M., and was a significant piece in a Region IV run to the finals before losing in the championship match in 2011,” he added.
Seiter is a 5-foot-4 center midfielder/defender from Durango High School. She was an Honor Roll student for the Demons and, like Milliet, a three-year starter.
“We are very excited to have signed Savannah. She is a hard-nosed, solid athlete who will bring speed and toughness to the team,” said Clarke. “Savannah is very versatile and can be placed anywhere in the midfield or defensive lines. She has grown up in Durango and is very familiar with our system of play and we expect her bright personality to immediately impact our squad in the fall.”
Seiter is the daughter of Mark and Janet Seiter of Durango.
Tita is a 5-foot-9 central defender from Highlands Ranch High School. She earned All-5A Continental League first team honors and was a four-year starter and one-year team captain for the Falcons. She led Highlands Ranch to the state quarterfinals for the first time in 15 years last spring.
The daughter of John and Carol Tita of Lone Tree, Colo., Tita also earned four academic letters at Highlands Ranch.
“Along with being a 4.0 student, Laura is a very good defender,” said Clarke. “She is able to use her size and athleticism to dominate physically and loves to win the ball in the air. Laura is the type of player who does the little things right … She is quite simple on the ball and looks to combine quickly with those around her.
“Laura has played a very high level of club soccer at Real, and is a battle tested defender,” Clarke added. “We look forward to adding Laura to our team.”
Clarke expects to add to his recruiting class in the coming days.
Fort Lewis (15-3-4 overall, 10-2-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) finished the season ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division II. The Skyhawks lose just four seniors to graduation: midfielder Sara Egbom, forward Hayley Hollenga, midfielder Jane Barden, and defender Michelle Felten.