On November 17, 2022, two Bear Creek seniors participated in a ceremonial signing of their National Letters of Intent, indicating their intent to play next fall for Regis University and Biola University.
Izzy Jones Heading to Regis University
Izzy Jones' soccer career began in kindergarten when she played on a rec team coached by Javier Parámo. In second grade, she joined Crossfire Premier to begin her club journey. Izzy played for Crossfire Elite Club National League (ECNL) in seventh and eighth grade and again as a junior and senior, traveling across the country to play in tournaments. During her sophomore year when COVID-19 pandemic hit, her Crossfire 2004 Regional Club League (Division 1) team went undefeated, winning the division title and sparking her interest in playing soccer at the colligate level. As a junior, Izzy helped lead her ECNL regional team to the Northwest Pacific U19 Region title, qualifying for ECNL Regional National Finals which were held at 60 Acres in Redmond in June 2022. The team finished 11-1-0 in the regular season, scoring 48 goals, and allowing only 6 goals against. Izzy, as center back, scored six of those goals off set pieces, earning her a spot on the ECNL All-Regional League Northwest Team.
Izzy received invitations and offers from several Division II and III colleges, but it was Regis University in Denver that rose to the top. After being invited by the coaches to a camp last summer, Izzy fell in love with the campus, program, and team. The Regis Rangers just finished a stellar 2022 season, going 9-2-1 in conference play and competing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) championship, and next year Izzy looks forward to contributing to their pursuit of the College Cup. #RangerUp! Coach Parámo commented, "I’m very proud to see the little seed we planted several years ago grew in you. You got your immediate goal, now go on and enjoy your college years. Stay true to yourself, play with heart, intensity, and conviction and be a humble and empathetic leader on the field and out." Congratulations Izzy, and good luck at Regis!
Sophie Kosted Heading to Biola University
Sophie Kosted started playing soccer when she was five years old through her local rec program. Even as a young player Sophie's enthusiasm for soccer and competitive spirit energized her teammates and coaches. While in Middle School, Sophie's interest in the sport and desire to grow as an athlete took flight. Sophie started playing select soccer with Cascade FC in the spring of seventh grade. In 2020, Sophie joined Eastside FC while also committing to dive deep into her passion to be the best player she could be. During Covid, Sophie made the most of her time completing daily workouts, studying the game, and honing her skills. Her dream to play collegiate soccer gave her focus and determination.
Sophie has consistently been willing to move across the field to play any position and to learn the game from different viewpoints to grow as a player and teammate. As her speed, endurance, and technical skills have grown, she has become a dynamic midfielder who creates scoring opportunities for teammates, as well as regularly scoring goals herself.
Because of her motivating and encouraging spirit and ability to lead others, Sophie has served as captain on almost every team she has played on. This fall at Bear Creek, Sophie was recognized with Emerald Sound Conference Coho Division All-Conference Honors. Teammates describe Sophie as humble, fun, spirited, energetic, fast, and "always a party." Coaches describe Sophie as, determined, reliable, strong, focused, committed, smart, dependable, and consistent. Bear Creek Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Ryan Byram says, "Sophie has worked hard and led her team well both on and off the field. She will be a great addition to the Biola University Women’s Soccer Program, and we look forward to seeing her continue to have a great impact playing at the collegiate level." Sophie is committed and signed to play for the Eagles at Biola next fall. Congratulations Sophie! We wish you all the best at Biola.
About The Bear Creek School
Founded in 1988, in Redmond, Washington, The Bear Creek School provides a challenging academic curriculum taught from a Christian worldview. Our graduates qualify for acceptance into the finest colleges and universities and are prepared to engage the world with wisdom, compassion, and courage.
Celebrating over 30 years and recognized as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School, Bear Creek serves students from the greater Eastside and is housed on two campuses. Redmond Campus on Union Hill serves kindergarten to grade 12 students. Valley Campus, also in Redmond, serves preschool students. The Bear Creek School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools and Cognia (formerly AdvancED).