PROVO, Utah – Joining the BYU women’s soccer family this fall are Josie Manwill, Ellie Smith and Makaylie Moore.
Manwill, a Layton, Utah native, is a recently returned missionary after serving for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kobe, Japan. Before her mission, she played a spring season with the Cougars.
“I want to really improve just coming off a mission,” she said. “I really want to push myself to be at a point where I’m better than I was before my mission.”
As a goalkeeper, Manwill played for La Roca FC and Northridge High School. She was a four-year Utah ODP player and a four-time Utah State Cup champion. She has known from a young age that BYU was the school she wanted to play for as she desired to play for a competitive team that did not play on Sunday.
Smith, a midfielder from Alpine, Utah, joins her sister Cassidy Smith as a member of the team. “I’ve wanted to come to BYU since I came to Cubs Camp,” she said. “I’ve always loved the coaching staff and the girls and my sister is here so I wanted to come with her.”
She was a member of Celtic and attended Lone Peak High School where she was named to the Deseret News 5A All-State second team and the Daily Herald All-Valley honorable mention in 2014.
“[The seniors] all have a really good vibe of doing their very best and leaving it all here at BYU, and so that really helps the incoming freshman and everyone to just feel motivated,” Smith said of this year’s outlook. “So that’s a high expectation of just not letting them down and not letting the school down.”
Moore comes to Provo from Auburn, Washington. She played for Eastside and Thomas Jefferson High School. She was a four-time club state champion and in 2013 she was the UYSA national champion. BYU is the school everyone in her family has attended so she is grateful she has the opportunity to play for the Cougars.
“I liked the spiritual environment that it brought and not playing on Sundays was a really big deal,” she said. “It was also at a super competitive level and I wanted to play on a really good cohesive team.”
The midfielder is recently coming off an injury and hopes to improve this season and help the team in whatever her role may be.