Someone go call UNC girls soccer coach Anson Dorrance. He might need to know that the next megastar he needs is in Idaho.
Dorrance is the legendary North Carolina coach who holds a record 21 national titles with the school. In collegiate girls soccer, Dorrance gets what Dorrance wants, and if he wasn’t already desperate to bring Lauren Bouvia to Chapel Hill, he almost certainly is now that she has set a new national record with 127 goals in a single state-title winning season for Weiser High in Idaho. Sure, as noted by the Ontario Argus Observer, Bouvia is currently committed to play at California-Davis, where her sister is a current defensive star, but the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly may be hard to pass up.
Bouvia has earned her way into that conversation, too. Her 127 goals came across a total of 21 games, an incredible average of more than six goals per game. The total includes a 10-goal outburst in an October match up against Fruitland. In fact, Bouvia was so prolific that she surpassed the prior national record of 106, by 1989 El Paso Coronado star star Shannon Stiewart, in early October. She didn’t slow down then, either, bagging 16 goals in three state tournament games, including a second-half hat trick in a 4-1 victory against defending champion Cour d’Alene Charter in the state final.
If Bouvia does stick with UC-Davis, she could still have a bright future at an even higher level, as well; the forward is actually French, meaning that she could attempt to earn a spot on the French national women’s soccer team if she so chose. Given her stunning success so far, the sky is still the limit.