Two Spokane Soccer Club team members have signed letters of intent to play for the North Idaho College women’s soccer team. Natalie Middleton, from Spokane Valley, and Meghan Pagano, from Sandpoint, will be Cardinals next fall.
Middleton was a four-year varsity starter for Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley. She is a versatile player who primarily plays center midfield, but will player center forward and occasionally center back, according to NIC Head Women’s Soccer Coach Dan Hogan. She was part of the first ever appearance by the Central Valley Bears in the Washington State High School Championships in 2010. She helped lead Central Valley to the 2011 Great Spokane League Championship and the Elite Eight in the State Championships. Middleton also plays on one of the type-5 club teams in the state at U-18 age level.
“Natalie’s height and competitiveness will give us an advantage in the midfield over many of our opponents,” Hogan said.
Joining Middleton with the Cardinals next year will be Spokane Soccer Club Shadow club teammate Meghan Pagano. Pagano is from Sandpoint and has been a starter at forward and center midfield for Sandpoint High School for four years. She was part of two state runner-up teams and one state champion team while competing for Sandpoint. She has been on the All-Inland Empire League first team all four years winning IEL MVP as a sophomore and a senior.
“Getting Meghan and Ellie Engel, a current forward for NIC, together will bring back one of the most dynamic duos of attacking players ever produced in North Idaho,” Hogan said.