Genevieve Sauers will complete her education at Idaho State University, thanks in part to two years spent developing her soccer skills and physical fitness at Northwest College.
A Cody High School grad, Sauers was a midfielder and defender as a Trapper. Idaho State, however, “recruited me as a center-back,” she explained.
How did it all come about?
Sauers went to a talent search campus at the Idaho State campus in Pocatello “and tried out for the team,” she said in answer. Simple as that.
As a result of her performance, “they’re paying for my school and books,” she added.
Sauers has plans to pursue dentistry, though she admitted “I’m not 100 percent sure” about her major course of study as a Bengal.
A soccer player since age 3, Sauers grinned as she related how her passion for the sport began so early in her life.
“When I was little, I did ballet,” she said. “Driving home from ballet I saw a soccer field and asked my mom, ‘What is that?’”
“I hated ballet,” she said, so soccer quickly — and permanently — took dancing’s place.
Sauers’ development has been nurtured by many people from a soccer sprite to becoming an NCAA Division I athlete-to-be.
“I’m very grateful for the coaches I’ve had along the way,” she said. “I’m grateful for Northwest” which helped develop her “so I could play at the Division I level.”
“It’s a very important thing, being able to move on to the Division I level,” stressed Aaron Miller, head coach of the Trapper women.
From skills to fitness, academics to attitude, “Genevieve has done a good job with all of it,” Miller said.
Sauers, the daughter of Bruce and Joel Sauers from Cody, said the Bengals have a July pre-season for soccer, which will begin in earnest the following month.