POCATELLO — Aubrey Hymas traveled far and wide searching for the right fit.
As it turns out, her next home isn’t that far away.
The Highland High senior culminated her prep soccer career Monday, signing to play at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Hymas picked the NCAA Division II program over several other suitors, including some Division I schools.
“This is something I’ve dreamed of my entire life,” Hymas said. “Finally knowing that it’s set in stone and that I get to go live my dream is super exciting.”
Some of Hymas’ recruiting visits took her on daylong drives. It was Westminster, which has been courting Hymas since she was a sophomore, that provided the most natural transition.
Hymas was drawn to the methods of Griffins coach Tony LeBlanc, who has led the program since it started in 2007. The Westminster alumnus owns a career record of 139-86-23 (.607), including a 53-26-11 mark in five seasons at the Division II level. The Griffins competed in the NAIA from 2007-15.
Westminster beat Idaho State in exhibitions in 2018 and ‘19 and hasn’t had a losing season since 2009.
“I really like the way he coaches, the way he runs his program,” Hymas said.
“In season, it’s super focused, but then in the offseason, you’re allowed to have a job and do what you want.”
Hymas was a four-year varsity player at Highland, leading the Rams in scoring as a junior and senior. The forward was a first-team all-conference pick in 2019, when she set Highland’s single-season goal record with 33 (1.7 per game).
MaKenzie Van Sickle previously owned the record at 25 goals (2013).
“Aubrey strikes the ball better than anyone on my team,” Highland coach Korbie Vaughan said. “She’s good with the ball at her feet, she possesses well, she can move the ball with her teammates. ... She’s a leader on the field.”
Hymas had several people to thank, including her family, teammates and coaches. Her advice to her teammates: enjoy high school soccer while you can. It goes by fast.
“It’s always sad to see them go,” Vaughan said. “It’s joyous, because that’s really exciting for her and our program, but sad to see her go.”