Idaho State soccer head coach Debs Brereton has announced the signing of Caitlin Gerrard, Jessica Rawstron and Josefin Jonasson for the 2019 season. Gerrard and Rawstron join the program from their homeland of England while Jonasson hails from Sweden.
Gerrard, a 5-foot-2 center midfielder, graduated from Fishermore High School in 2017 and went on to compete at Nelson and Colne College for two years. In 2017, Gerrard won the Player’s Player of the Year Award. In 2018, she earned the Manager’s Play of the Year and helped lead her team win the 2018 Dallas International Cup.
“I looked at a number of universities and Idaho State gives me the platform to develop my soccer and studies further and be a part of a team that really cares about player development and education,” Gerrard said. “The future plans for the team are exciting and Debs’ experience and commitment is something I cannot wait to benefit from.”
In 2019, Gerrard was awarded five Player of the Match Awards while leading her team to win the 2019 Women’s Premier League as well as the 2019 National Premier League Cup.
“Caitlin is a very crafty player who reads the game very well,” Brereton said. “Her composure on the ball and ability to combine is tight areas is excellent. She has been a solid center midfield player for Blackburn Rovers Ladies Reserves and her experience will give us an edge in central areas.”
Rawstron, a 5-foot-8 defender, graduated from Park High School in 2016.
“Gaining a scholarship to the U.S. has always been a childhood dream for as long as I can remember,” Rawstron said. “I’m so grateful to been given the opportunity to be involved in the outstanding Idaho State University athlete program doing what I love the most. I’m excited to get started and see what the upcoming season brings.”
The defender will be transferring from Burnley College where she played from 2016-18. She will continue her studies in civil engineering during her time at Idaho State.
“Jess is an experienced and quality defender, her athleticism allows her to play anywhere along the back line,” Brereton said. “She has a brilliant passing range and is an excellent 1-on-1 defender. She has been a part of a very successful Blackburn Rovers Ladies Reserves team and I am really looking forward to having such a seasoned player a part of our program.”
Jonasson comes to Pocatello from Savedalen, Sweden. The 5-foot-9 midfielder graduated from Göteborgs Högre Samskola High School in 2017 and will transfer to Idaho State from the University of Gothenburg.
“Josefin is coming to ISU from Gothenburg University, in Sweden. She is a very strong attacking player who can player anywhere in midfield,” Brereton said. “Her ability to take players on and movement off the ball is excellent. Her work ethic and team first attitude will be a wonderful addition to the program.”
Jonasson will continue her studies in economics during her time at Idaho State.
The Bengals kickoff the season with an exhibition game against Salt Lake Community College on Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. at Davis Field. Admission is free to the public.