Wednesday Jun 09 2010
Lincoln's Fraser headed to Creighton
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
Soccer star led Zebras in goals, was voted team MVP this season
Shonna Fraser, a recent graduate of Lincoln High, will attend Creighton University on a soccer scholarship beginning in the fall. The scholarship will pay 75 percent of Fraser’s fees for her freshman year and it will be a full-ride scholarship in the following years. “This is a big deal for us – Creighton is one of the top 10 women’s teams (in the country),” Lincoln varsity girls soccer coach Jason Treanor said. Creighton went 13-6-2 last season. Fraser didn’t play soccer for Lincoln as a junior because she had surgery on her ankle. Playing in the midfield as a senior, Fraser led the Zebras with 11 goals this spring and she also had six assists. Fraser was named first-team all Pioneer Valley League and the varsity team also voted Fraser as the team’s MVP. Bill Fraser, Shonna’s father and as assistant girls soccer coach at Lincoln, is excited to see what his daughter can do at the college level. “The college level will be an adjustment physically and (the change is mainly) with the speed of play and the physicalness of the game,” he said. “She is a very smart player and a very physical player and reads the game well and is two footed and has a high soccer IQ. At Division I it is a job – you have to balance school and soccer.” Shonna is thrilled that she can continue her soccer career in college. “I have been playing soccer my whole life and the experience has left me with many memories that I will never forget,” Fraser said. “I would like to give thanks for every club and coach that has helped me along the way, but more then anyone my dad for always encouraging me throughout this whole journey. From the start my dad and coach Many Ibarra (coached Shonna in Santa Rosa and has been a mentor to her) have always been there to help my development as a soccer player and as a young lady.” Fraser moved from Texas to Lincoln with her family in 2007. She has played club soccer for the San Juan Soccer Club, the Dallas Texans Soccer Club, the Santa Rosa United Soccer Club, the Windsor United Soccer Club and the California Development Academy over the years. “These clubs allowed me to play in some of the finest tournaments in America,” said Fraser, who was on the academic honor roll for all four years of high school. Fraser will play for the San Juan Spirits ’91 team (based in Folsom) this summer before heading to Creighton for a soccer camp in mid July. She has to be at Creighton for school by Aug. 2. Creighton head coach Bruce Erickson is excited about adding Fraser to his team. He was quoted talking about Fraser in a press release on gocreighton.com. “Shonna is a physical presence on the field who will contribute in the midfield or at the back for us,” Erickson said. “She is a great ball-winner and will make a successful transition to the physical part of the college game.” Fraser has also impressed her San Juan club coach Billy Wiskel. Wiskel was quoted in the same press release as Erickson. “Shonna Fraser is a great all-around player who has all the physical tools to complement her knowledge of the game,” Wiskel said. “She is versatile and can play anywhere in the midfield or defensive back and make an impact. “She has been a well-seasoned and successful youth player playing with the San Juan Spirits and Dallas Texans at some of the most competitive forums in the country. “We look forward to watching Shonna’s college career and helping a great program like Creighton.” Fraser wasn’t the only member of the Zebras to be honored by the PVL this season. Mariel Iniguez joined Fraser on the all-league list while four teammates earned an honorable mention (received one vote) for all league (Kathryn Treanor, Carly DeWeese, Shannon Snook and Fernada Ruiz). Iniguez was voted as the offensive MVP for the team, Ruiz was the defensive MVP and Treanor won the team spirit award. Lincoln’s junior varsity team MVP was Celina Maldonado while teammates Myrabel Guzman (MVP offense), Ashley Piwkiewic (MVP defense) and Jasmine McCoy (coaches award) earned the other JV honors.