Utah Soccer announced the completion of its 2020 incoming class with 10 newcomers in total. McKenna Baillie, Avery Brady, Erin Bridges, Kennedy Carter, Kaylee Coatney, Ragan Fuller, Harper Hughes, Taliana Kaufusi, Hailey Povilus and Megan Quiggle will join the Utes this fall.
McKenna Baillie | Forward | Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Mountain Vista HS | Colorado Rush
Baillie won a CHSAA 5A state title with Mountain Vista High School. Invited to the US Soccer training facility, she was also an ODP State Team selection and team captain at Mountain Vista, as well as her club team, Colorado Rush. She also played for the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club.
Baillie is the daughter of Kristy & Mike and has two siblings, Kelly and Ashlyn. She plans on majoring in architecture and design with the intention of becoming an interior design. An honor roll student, she was a member of the Link Crew and also served as a peer intern. She also enjoys skiing and hiking.
Baillie on Utah: “I loved the coaches, climate and level of play.”
Manning on Baillie: "McKenna is fast and crafty forward. She has many of the tools of a traditional winger. She works hard on both sides of the ball. She is a good dribbler, can provide dangerous crosses and has a good eye for goal.”
Avery Brady | Midfielder | Grain Valley, Mo.
Grain Valley HS | Sporting Blue Valley
Brady was a Missouri Class 3 All Region First Team, MRVC All-Conference and Missouri Class 3 All-State selection. She helped Grain Valley High School capture a MHSAA Class 3 district title and ranks second in goals and assists. Brady was also selected to the ODP State Team and Academy Select Team for her performances.
Brady is the daughter of Shawn and Crystal and has two siblings, Jackson and Amelia. A member of the National Honor Society, she is also involved with DECA
Brady on Utah: “ I love Salt Lake City and the atmosphere. I wanted to play in the Pac-12 and the coaches were very welcoming.”
Manning on Brady: “Avery is a creative attacking midfielder. She can control a game with her vision and skills. She is a triple threat and can hurt the defense with her dribbling, passing and shooting.”
Erin Bridges | Forward | Salt Lake City, Utah
East HS | Utah Soccer Alliance | Utah Avalanche
Bridges was invited to train with US Soccer at the Rocky Mountain combine and was a member of the US Youth Soccer program in the west region. A member of the ODP State Team, she led Utah Soccer Alliance to a Western Regional Championship. She also traveled to Costa Rica with USA and at East High School, she led them to a UHSAA 5A state championship appearance
Bridges is the daughter of Wendy and Mike, Utah graduates, and has a brother, Samuel. She earned honorable mention at the state fair photography show for youth professionals and graduated with honors
Bridges on Utah: “Utah is a beautiful campus and a great school for academics and sports”
Manning on Bridges: “Erin is skillful and fast. She scores goals and has a lot of tools that can create chances.”
Kennedy Carter | Defender | Viejo, Calif.
JSerra Catholic HS | LAFC Slammers
The Top Drawer Soccer All-American led JSerra to a pair of state, CIF and Trinity League titles en route to earning the status as No. 1 team in the nation. Carter was an All-Trinity League selection and a member of the TDS All-State Stars. With LAFC Slammers, she led them to an ECNL National Finalist spot, as well as a DA Championships Final Four. Carter was also invited to the US Soccer Market Training Centers and was a member of the JSerra track team.
Carter is the daughter of Steve and Christine and has a brother, Hayden. She plans on majoring in communications with intentions to become a sports broadcaster. The honor roll student was a member of Lion Report, her high school’s television show, and Caritas Christi, that involved the 25 senior leaders in her class. She also took part in student government and Fellowship of Lion Athletes
Carter on Utah: “I chose Utah because of the Pac-12, its location and the coaching staff.”
Manning on Carter: “Kennedy is a tough, physical defender. She can neutralize dangerous opponents. She also has a strong attacking game herself and is creative going forward.”
Kaylee Coatney | Midfielder | Bonney Lake, Wash.
Bonney Lake HS | Washington Premier
Coatney, a Top Drawer Soccer High School All-American, scored 31 goals during her senior season, pushing her career total to 113. She was also named the Tacoma Athletic Commission Athlete of the Year, Pierce County League Offensive Player of the Year, Washington’s 3A State Player of the Year, All-State, All-League and All-Area. With Washington Premier, she captured a pair of ECNL Northwest Conference Championships and made four appearances at the national tournament.
Coatney is the daughter of Kadee & Mark and has two siblings, Kilee and Gavin. She plans on majoring in nursing to become a practitioner and is a member of the National Honor Society. Coatney also enjoys photography and hiking.
Coatney on Utah: “The moment I stepped on campus I knew it was the place for me because it was so inviting and felt like home. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming so that made me very comfortable and happy.”
Manning on Coatney: “Kaylee is a hard-working two-way midfielder. She is a super competitor, covers a lot of ground in the midfield and dangerous going forward.”
Ragan Fuller | Defender | American Fork, Utah
American Fork HS | Utah Avalanche
An All-State selection by the Deseret News, Fuller was also named all-region, academic all-region and won a pair of UHSAA 6A state titles at American Fork. She played club with Utah Avalanche which produced current Utes Haley Farrar, Holly Daugirda. Hanna Olsen and Ireland Dunn
Fuller is the daughter of Jana & Erik, BYU graduates, and has six siblings, Whitney, Dallin, Maria, Tori, Coleman and Brooke. Her grandfather Roger attended Utah and her sister Whitney played soccer at Utah Valley. She plans on majoring in nursing, was a member of the National Honor Society and the Latin club. Fuller also enjoys crafts and puzzles and ran track at American Fork.
Fuller on Utah: “I chose Utah because of its medical program and the chance to play in the Pac-12. It has amazing resources and an awesome coaching staff.”
Manning on Fuller: “Ragan is an aggressive, physical defender. She competes for every ball and is a good leader in the back.”
Harper Hughes | Midfielder | Carlsbad, Calif.
Sage Creek HS | LA Galaxy San Diego
Hughes was an All-Conference performer at Sage Creek High School and was named the Team MVP. She was also invited to the US Soccer Market Training Centers and was a member of the Cal South ODP
Hughes is the daughter of Devin & Suzanne and has three siblings, Bailey, Skylar and Finlay. She plans on majoring in communications or marketing to pursue a career in sports journalism. Hughes was the sports editor of her school publication, The Sage, a member of the Bobcat Buddies Club, a group that helped teach sports to children with special needs, and the Champions League, a group that helps teach soccer to people with special needs.
Hughes on Utah: “I chose Utah because of its beautiful camps, amazing coaches and the ability to compete at the highest level, both on the field and in the classroom.”
Manning on Hughes: “Harper is a smooth midfielder. She is an excellent passer and reads the game well.”
Taliana Kaufusi | Forward | Salt Lake City, Utah
Highland HS | La Roca FC
Kaufusi has scored 17 goals for La Roca FC in the D.A. this season and 38 over the last 3 years. Prior to joining the D.A., her club team won a Utah State Cup. La Roca has produced current Ute standouts Lulu Borges, Haylee Cacciacarne, Courtney Talbot, Sidney Roberts and Anna Escobedo
Kaufusi is the daughter of Jason and Tenille, both Utah graduates, and has three iblings, Ammon, Malia and Kimaki. Her dad and uncles Henry, Jeff and Doug played football at Utah, while 10 of her cousins have also played collegiately at Utah, BYU, Oregon State and Stanford. An honor roll student at Highland High School, she plans on majoring in nursing because she wants to help others in need.
Kaufusi on Utah: “I have always wanted to play at a high level. Competing in the Pac-12 will give me that opportunity and allow me to continue the strong Utah legacy of my family.”
Manning on Kaufusi: “Taliana has the skills of a true center forward. She is physical and uses her size to hold the ball and create chances. She also has good vision and soft feet with the ball.”
Hailey Povilus | Defender | Salt Lake City, Utah
East HS | Utah Soccer Alliance
Povilus played in the US Youth Soccer National League and reached the USYS National Championships as Utah Soccer Alliance was ranked No. 1 in the nation for eight months. The Utah Soccer Alliance Player of the Year led her squad to a pair of Utah State Cups, a Region IV title and a Surf Cup championship. Povilus was invited to the US Soccer Market Training Centers and is part of ODP, winning USYS Regionals and playing internationally in Costa Rica and France. At East High School, she was named All-State after scoring 15 goals, dishing out 29 assists and leading her squad to a UHSAA 5A state championship appearance.
Povilus is the daughter of Eric and Kim and has a brother, Blake. Her grandfather, grandmothers and uncle are all Utah graduates. She plans on majoring in kinesiology to become a sports physician. An Honor Roll student, she was also a Utah Regents Scholar and enjoys skiing, boating, hiking and playing tennis.
Povilus on Utah: “ I chose Utah because of its medical program, academic resources, athletic facilities, membership in the Pac-12 and great coaches.”
Manning on Povilus: “Hailey is a versatile player. She can play in the back or in midfield. She is smart and a good leader.”
Megan Quiggle | Goalkeeper | Irvine, Calif.
Mater Dei HS | LAFC Slammers
With LAFC, Quigz won a pair of DA Southwest Conference Championships and a ECNL Southwest Conference Championship, while finishing among the top five teams in the nation on three occasions. She was also invited to the US Soccer Market Training Centers and was a standout at the Girls DA Winter Showcase
Quiggle is the daughter of David Quiggle and Staci Rossi and has a sibling, Ryan. She plans on majoring in communications and would like to become a sports broadcaster. In addition to being the sports broadcasting club president and providing analysis for multiple sports, Quiggle also volunteered with campus ministry and the ASB Club. She was also a member of the Quill and Scroll International Honor Society for High School Journalists.
Quiggle on Utah: “Utah felt like home when I first stepped on campus. I absolutely love the coaching staff and support. I feel Utah is the best school for me to pursue my dreams.
Manning on Quiggle: “Megan is a talented goalkeeper. She covers the goal with her size. She has good command in the back and is excellent with her feet.”