Caylie Etherington signs a letter of intent to play soccer at Western Washington University. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Caylie Etherington signs a letter of intent to play soccer at Western Washington University. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Etherington signs to play soccer for WWU

Oak Harbor High School senior Caylie Etherington signed a letter of intent Wednesday, Feb. 7, to play soccer for one of nation’s best Division II programs, Western Washington University.

The Vikings, who are coached by Oak Harbor graduate Travis Connell, have reached the Final Four in three of the past five years, winning the title in 2016.

Etherington won four varsity letters while playing for the Wildcats and earned All-Wesco honors her junior and senior seasons.

She was recruited by a handful of other schools but chose Western because it is “close to home and the coaches were very welcoming; so were the players.”

Etherington began playing soccer when she was 4 years old and also played basketball in her youth but chose to focus on soccer as she developed as an athlete.

In addition to playing midfield for Oak Harbor High School, she has been a member of two elite club programs, Crossfire and EPD (Elite Player Development).

Unlike a number of select players who skip high school soccer to work with their club teams, Etherington competed for the Wildcats.

“I wanted to represent my school,” she said. “I wanted to pass along my passion for soccer to the underclassmen.”

More in Sports

Wildcats whip Mariner / Boys wrestling

The Oak Harbor High School boys wrestling team picked up a non-league… Continue reading

Erikson takes 2nd at Arlington tournament / Girls wrestling

Oak Harbor’s Ella Erikson placed second at the Arlington Girls Rumble Saturday,… Continue reading

Oak Harbor monopolizes podium / JROTC

Wildcat Battalion of the Oak Harbor High School NJROTC unit gathered nine… Continue reading

Coupeville hosts Coaches for Cancer

The Coupeville/South Whidbey basketball games Friday, Jan. 18, in Coupeville have been… Continue reading

Wolves overcome setbacks to sink Sultan / Girls basketball

First the good news: The Coupeville High School girls basketball team overcame… Continue reading

Shorecrest stops Oak Harbor / Girls basketball

Excelling at both ends of the court, the visiting Shorecrest High School… Continue reading

Sultan explodes after break to beat Wolves / Boys basketball

Sultan buried the visiting Coupeville High School boys basketball team with a… Continue reading

Scots squeak by Oak Harbor / Boys basketball

In a game that was close throughout, the Shorecrest High School boys… Continue reading

Adamson earns All-American honors / College football

Tyler Adamson, a 2015 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, was named… Continue reading

Most Read