Madison’s Annalise Brunson signed her letter of intent to play soccer for Utah Valley University on Wednesday afternoon at Madison High School. One of the most decorated soccer players in the Upper Snake River Valley will begin her collegiate career next July in Orem, Utah.
In her Madison career Brunson played and started in 75 games for the Bobcats beginning in her freshman season, scoring 143 goals and making 54 assists without missing a game in four varsity seasons. Among her many awards, she was chosen as the Post Register’s All-Area Player of the Year two years in a row.
In her sophomore year, Brunson was courted by several colleges and decided to verbally commit to the UVU Wolverines because of their soccer program there
“I signed with Utah Valley because the school does not have a football program and has a soccer culture at the school,” Brunson said. “They have a winning atmosphere and that is what I was looking for in a college.”
Brunson’s father, Jeff, described her as a dedicated individual as she filled out a “I will….. so I can!” card and hung it on her bedroom wall. Starting in her freshman season she listed things like: “work hard at juggling, finishing, hit the open net, don’t hesitate, first touch, run during the summer, trapping, and work with Dad” so she could be a better soccer player.
“Through her hard work the lessons she learned were of the most valuable,” her father said.
Many of her former coaches and teammates were in attendance at the signing. “I have had some great players around me and the bunch of seniors this year were really special,” she said. “Most of us have been playing together since we were 10 years old and I will miss them.”
Her favorite game happened in the state championships in 2018 when Madison defeated Eagle, 2-1, to earn the Consolation Championship trophy for the first soccer state trophy in the school’s history.