Hoosiers Ink Five for 2000 Season
February 2, 2000 Hoosiers Ink Five for 2000 Season
Indiana women's soccer head coach Joe Kelley has announced the signing of five student-athletes for the 2000 season. The five future Hoosiers are Whitney Butler of Bloomington, Indiana; Shaunna Daugherty of Aurora, Illinois; and Shelly Gruszka, Erin Hesselbach, and Emily Hotz, all from St. Louis, Missouri.
"This is one of our best recruiting classes ever," says Kelley. "All of them are capable of making an immediate impact."
Gruszka, a forward at St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis, is a prolific scorer with impressive credentials after three high school seasons. (Girls' soccer season is in the Spring in Missouri.) She has 101 goals and 50 assists so far, including 43 scores and 24 assists to lead the state in goals and points her junior season. Gruszka is a two-time NSCAA All-American, NSCAA Missouri State Player of the Year, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Player of the Year, first-team All-State, and first-team All-Metro selection as well as a three-time first-team All-Conference honoree. She led her team to the Missouri State Championship during the 1998 and 1999 seasons and was named the tournament's All-Star and MVP in 1999. She has also been a member of the Missouri Olympic Development Program team for six years and the Region II team for the last four years.
"I always wanted to attend a highly respected academic university with a successful women's soccer program," says Gruszka. "Indiana fits all my desires."
Hotz is a midfielder at Cor Jesu Academy, which is the same high school as current Hoosier Tricia Butler. Hotz is a three-time first-team All-Conference and three-time All-State selection, making the first team her junior year. She played for the BUSCH Soccer Club team the last nine years, winning the state title every year. The club also won the region in 1998 and finished third in the nation that year. Hotz is also a two-time first-team All-State selection in field hockey and a two-time letterwinner in basketball.
"Indiana will give me an excellent balance of academics and athletics," says Hotz. "IU will challenge me to fulfill my potential."
Daugherty is the goalkeeper at Waubonsie High School. She was named All-State, All-Sectional, All-Conference, and Team MVP as a junior and looks to add to that her senior year. Daugherty also received the "Toughest Player" and "Unsung Hero" awards from her team after her sophomore season. She has played for the Windy City Pride club team in Chicago and has two state titles and a regional championship to her credit.. She is also in her third season on the varsity basketball team at Waubonsie.
"I chose Indiana because I fell in love with the campus and I really like the coaches and players," Daugherty says. "The facilities at IU are second to none, making it a great place to play."
Hesselbach is the the third member of the St. Louis trio. She is a defender at Incarnate Word Academy. Hesselbach made first-team All-Conference, first-team All-State, and second-team All-Metro her junior year as she led her team to the 3A State Championship. She can also score from the defender position, picking up 17 goals during her career including nine her sophomore year. Hesselbach also plays volleyball and was named All-State once, All-Conference twice, and an AAU All-American twice.
"I chose Indiana because of Coach Kelley and the players," says Hesselbach. "I also liked the campus and all of the administrators."
Whitney Butler is a back from Bishop Luers H.S. in Ft. Wayne,
Indiana. She is transferring from Connecticut after two seasons
with the Huskies. Butler played in 16 games her freshman year
before making the move and is a member of the Region II Olympic
Development team. Butler was a three-time All-State selection
in high school and was named to the All-Midwest region team as
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