The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has recognized BNSC U18 player and Boise High School standout, Sophia Kallas with two prestigious awards.
Kallas was named the Idaho State Player of the Year in addition to being named to the NSCAA All-Northwest Region Team. As a senior, Kallas played a part in a staggering 40 goals, scoring 23 goals and adding 17 assists in leading Boise High to the 5A State Championship game.

Having joined BNSC as a U12 player, Sophia is in the midst of her 7th year with the Nationals. "Sophia is an absolute pleasure to be around. I really enjoy her personality and particularly her sense of humor," says Associate Director of Coaching and U18 Girls Coach Matt Billings. "As a player she is head and shoulders above other players of her age. Her athleticism combined with her technical ability make her a truly special player with significant potential in college, and possibly beyond."

Over the years Sophia has also displayed great versatility. As a young player she played as a full back, before moving inside to center back, then up to central midfield, and eventually striker. The experiences she has had all over the field have helped provide a platform for her eventual success. But, more than anything else, her talent, athleticism and work ethic have helped her along the way. The next stop for Sophia is Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. While Sophia had numerous Division I opportunities, in the end she chose DII for a more balanced college experience. "I didn't want to be completely owned by the soccer program and have little time for anything else, which is the case in most Division I programs. Western is a good balance of school, soccer and fun." With that said, Western is a National power at the DII level, having advanced to the NCAA Final 4 in 2013. With the addition of a player like Sophia Kallas, their next trip may not be far away.

Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition Soph!