On Feb. 3, 2016, Redlands East Valley’s star soccer player, Danika Bowman, signed with Brigham Young University for the upcoming season.
Having already announced her decision as a sophomore, the Wildcat would make her commitment with the university official on this year’s National Signing Day.
Bowman, who has been playing soccer for 14 years, stated, “once I started playing, I never wanted to stop.”
She will now get her opportunity to continue with the sport on to the next level at a school that has been at the top of their conference for four consecutive years.
Bowman explained that she made the decision to commit with the help of her parents as well as her club team coaches. When visiting BYU her sophomore year, she recalls having a “different feeling on the campus,” while she also “loved the coaches, program, and high level of academics.”
She currently serves as REV’s captain and standout defender, as she helped lead the team to a Citrus Belt League Title this season.
In addition to playing for her high school, Bowman also plays for Albion SC, based in San Diego. She gives a great deal of credit to the club team for helping her prepare for soccer at the collegiate level.
When asked of her biggest inspiration, the future Cougar answered, two-time Olympic gold medalist and retired U.S. women’s legend, Abby Wambach, “because she is a great leader for her team.” The senior captain looks to have a similar effect on her teammates both on and off of the field.
Bowman hopes to earn a starting position on the Cougars’ team during her freshman year in addition to helping them win their conference for the fifth straight year in a row. She would also like to value her education highly when attending the top university.
Bowman’s high school soccer career officially ended on Feb. 18, in REV’s first-round playoff loss to Roosevelt High School. She now looks to get herself ready for the high level of competition with her new team at BYU.