Idaho Elite Soccer Academy
The Idaho women’s soccer team and head coach Derek Pittman are excited to announce the newest member of the coaching staff, assistant Cameron Carter.
“We are really excited to welcome Cameron to the Vandal Soccer Family,” Pittman said. “We are constantly looking for ways to make our program better so when I had the chance to add someone with Cam’s experience and character I knew we had to jump at the opportunity. Not only was she a great goalkeeper, she is a fantastic person for our players to lean on during their careers here at Idaho.
“Her experience in helping lead the Razorbacks to the 2016 SEC Championship game and several NCAA tournament appearances in her career will be a great asset for not just our goalkeepers but all of our players. During her time at Arkansas, she helped build a struggling program into a championship culture which makes Cam a tremendous fit for Vandal Soccer. I am looking forward to the positive impact she will have on our program.”
Carter joins the Vandals fresh off an incredible career as a goalkeeper with the University of Arkansas. There, Carter set program records for wins with 45, games played with 81 and minutes played with 7,143.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Carter said. “I’m a little out of my comfort zone, coming to Idaho, but I don’t think I could’ve made a better choice. Derek and Amber and Josh are wonderful people. I can’t wait to work under Derek and learn more about the game and where I can grow.”
She recorded 20 shutouts during her time with the Razorbacks, including six during her senior campaign. Carter also continued to improve throughout her career, posting her best goals against average of her career (1.04) during her senior season.
Her best season came last year, when she started every game and posted an 18-5-1 record, the most wins in a single season in program history. The Razorbacks advanced to the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game for the first time since 1996. Arkansas also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women’s College Cup with a win over Memphis, one of Idaho’s early-season opponents in 2017.
Carter was the primary starter during three of her four seasons with Arkansas, leading the Razorbacks to the NCAA Women’s College Cup in all three. Carter and the Razorbacks were also very successful in the Cup, winning at least one game all three years and advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2013.
Originally from Waco, Texas, Carter played high school soccer at Midway High School. She also competed for Waco United SC, Revolution Premier SC and the D’Feeters Soccer Club at the club level.
“I’m looking forward to the smaller area, and getting used to that,” said Carter. “Fayetteville is a little big, and being an SEC school we got a lot of fans, so I’m anxious to see how Moscow fans are and how they support the Vandals.
“My biggest fear is just making mistakes. I know I’m not perfect, so I’m going to make mistakes, but I have to bounce back from it. It’s just like being a goalkeeper, you get scored on and you have to bounce back from it. I’m just ready to grow.”
Carter plans to study education at Idaho, allowing her to keep a consistent focus on the world of coaching. Within the team, Carter will be tasked with leading the goalkeepers, among a number of other responsibilities. Carter will also be a key contributor to the recruiting and strength and conditioning efforts of the program.
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