LINDSBORG — First-year Bethany College women’s soccer coach John Markey has announced an addition to his team for the upcoming season and she comes all the way from Hawaii.
Shelynne Rapoza recently signed her letter of intent to join the Swedes.
Rapoza began playing AYSO soccer at a young age and started competitive soccer when she was 7 as she played for a U8 club team. In her over 10 years of playing club soccer Rapoza has had the opportunity to play for all of the top soccer clubs in Hawaii— the HSC Bulls, Leahi, Hawaii Rush and Riggers Soccer Club. Her experience welcomed her to a lot of different styles of coaching and playing with all the top players in the state.
"Bethany College has picked up one of the most underrated players from Hawaii,” her former coach Adolph Samuels said. “I can personally say that Shelynne Rapoza is one of the most gifted and hard-working players that I have coached in my 20 years of coaching high school soccer. I have had the privilege of once again coaching Shelynne this past season on my club team, and I have to admit that I always wanted her to move districts just so she could play for me in high school. She will bring with her a very good attitude and work ethic along with aloha spirit that will spread to all of her teammates at Bethany College."
She lettered in each of her four years of high school. In her senior season, Rapoza's team won the OIA West Division Title and the 2015 HHSAA Division I State Championship, which was its first championship since 2002.
"Shelynne comes to us from a very high level club program, the Rush. She has played at some of the most competitive tournaments in the country for club soccer," Markey said. "With Shea's technical ability, work ethic and experience playing with and against some of the best, I fully expect her to come in and make an immediate impact on our team."
She is the daughter of Nicky and Sherrie Rapoza.