BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -The Indiana womens soccer team recently signed five recruits to the 2004 class, including three in-state student athletes and one each from the state of Missouri and Illinois. This years class includes a three-time NSCAA All-American, three ODP Regional Pool players, and three Indiana High School first-team All State selections. Four of the five student athletes have played in the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship over the past three years and all of them have played at the highest regional level.
The following is a full signee roster and short biography of each:
St. Louis, Mo./Mary Institute Country Day
Markwort has earned All-State, third team and first-team honors as well as honorable mention and third-team All Metro accolades. In addition, Markwort was named Rookie of the Year and Defensive MVP during her high school campaign. Markwort was also a member of the 1985 Missouri Olympic Development Program state team from 1998-2002. The 56 defender was also a recipient of the McKelvey Award for Leadership in Athletics at Mary Institute Country Day. She hopes to have an even more effective senior season in Missouri this spring.
Markwort plays club soccer for the Busch Soccer Club, coached by Steve Parton. This Busch team won Missouri State Championships in 1997, 98, 2000, 01 and 02. Markwort also helped Busch win the Region II Championships in 01 and 02, and was pivotal in its national runner-up season in 01.
Beverly is the daughter of Martha and Glenn Markwort.
Head Coach Mick Lyon Says... Bev will be an immediate impact defender for us this fall. She is smart, quick, and hard. We are thrilled to keep our St. Louis connection going with such a quality student-athlete.
Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS
57 Center Midfielder
Kruger comes to IU with a ton of accomplishments to her name. Not only is she a three-time NSCAA All-American, but she also led her high school team, the Carmel Greyhounds, to four-straight state titles. Kruger was also chosen Super Team Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Indianapolis Star. The midfielder was named the Indiana Player of the Year is a two-time Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year. She racked up nine goals and dished out 24 assists in 25 games in 2002. Kruger also broke the single-season assists school record and holds Carmels record in career assists. Kruger also earned first-team All-State in 2001, 02 and 03. She was also earned second-team All-State honors in 2000, as a freshman.
Her club team, the Carmel Commotion, coached by Russell Gee, is a four-time state champion, has been runner-up in Region II twice and regional semi-finalists three times in four years. This past year (2003) despite losing the Indiana State Cup to Suzie Teixeiras Dynamo team, the Commotion, with Kruger and future IU teammate Katy Stewart, made it to Regionals as a Wildcard team. They then proceeded to win the regional tournament and go on to be national runners-up.
Kruger has also been very active in the Indiana 85 ODP team from 1999-2002. She made the 85 Region II team in 99, 00, 01 and 02 and was selected to the National Pool in 2001.
Molly is the daughter of Bill and Kit Kruger.
Head Coach Mick Lyon Says...Molly is one of the most recognized and lauded players to ever come out of Indiana. These awards are fully merited, and we are thrilled that she is staying in state. We know she will have a brilliant career as a Hoosier.
Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South
Kristin Radcliffe has been a varsity starter on the Wheaton Warrenville South squad for the past four years. During this time, Radcliffe racked up 34 goals and 34 assists. A two-time IHSSCA All-Conference selection, Radcliffe was also named Player-of-the-Week by the Chicago Tribune in 2001 and was a second-team All-State selection according to the Chicago Sun Times in 01 and 02. In addition, Radcliffe was named to the All-Area team by the Daily Herald and was voted Best Offensive Player by WWSHS. Kristin is currently recovering from a 2003 ACL injury and intends to make it back for her senior high school season this spring.
Her ODP experience includes being a member of the Illinois 85 State Select Team from 1998-2002, the Region II Pool in 2001 and 2002 and the Regional Team in 1999 and 2000.
Radcliffe is also an honor roll student and has been part of the Academic All-Conference team for two years.
Kristin plays club soccer for the Illinois Eclipse Soccer Association under the direction of Rory Dames. The Eclipse were 2001 Illinois State Champs, Region II Champs and placed fourth at the National Championships that year.
Kristin is the daughter of Laura and Steven Radcliffe.
Head Coach Mick Lyon Says... Kristin is a powerful and versatile athlete. She will make us more dangerous up front and has the ability to score lots of goals for us. Shell be amongst the thick of things from day one this fall.
Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South
57 Center Midfielder
A four-year varsity starter for the Bloomington South team, Katy Stewart comes to Indiana with a wealth of soccer experience. Serving as a co-captain for both her junior and senior years, Stewart was also voted to the ICSGA first-team All State in 2002 and 03. Stewart was an all-conference selection her sophomore year, was selected AM 1370 WGCL County Athlete of the Week and served as a team captain for her junior and senior years. In 2002, Stewart was fifth in the state in assists and helped her Bloomington South High School team make it to the Indiana High School Championships only to lose to future teammate Molly Krugers high school team, the Carmel Greyhounds. Stewart was also part of the USCAA All Regional (IN, KY, OH, WV) team in 03. The midfielder also received the Hardest Worker in 01 and 02 and was named Bloomington High School South Athlete-of-the-Season in the fall 03.
Stewart has been a member of the ODP State Pool from 1999-2001. Her club team, the Carmel Commotion, is a four-time state champion, has been runner-up in Region II twice and regional semi-finalists three times in four years. This past year, 2003, despite losing the Indiana State Cup to Suzie Teixeiras Dynamo team, the Commotion, with Stewart and future IU teammate Molly Kruger, made it to Regionals as a Wildcard team. They then proceeded to win the regional tournament and go on to be national runners-up.
Stewart was also was invited as a guest player with the Carmel United Cobras team on their 2000 summer tour of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, where she scored four goals in one championship round game.
Stewart excels off the soccer field as well, as she is ranked in the top two percent in her class at Bloomington South out of 450 students. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Katy is the daughter of Frances and Daniel Stewart.
Head Coach Mick Lyon Says... Katy has lived and followed IU Soccer for many years and it is a big thrill for her and for us to have her here. She can play at the back or in midfield and will bring determination, and size to our 2004 team.
Indianapolis, Ind./North Central
Teixeira was selected to the Indiana H.S. Super Team, the 2003 All-Marion County team and was named County Player of the Year by the Indianapolis Star. She was also a major part of the Panthers remarkable 22-1-1 season in 2003 after she paced the team with 47 points on 17 goals and 13 assists. Teixeira was also named to the ICSGA first-team in 2003. Each of the past four years Teixeiras North Central team has lost in the Regional high school finals to future teammate Molly Krugers Carmel team. Despite beating Carmel during the regular season last year and being ranked No. 1 nationally amongst fall-playing girls high school teams, North Central wasnt able to get past Carmel during Teixeiras career.
Born in Brasilia, Brazil, Teixeira joined the first Brazilian female club soccer club.
Teixeira is part of the ODP 86 team and plays club soccer for the Dynamo Kattner U-17 girls team. The Dynamo was Indiana state champions in 2003 after they beat Stewart and Krugers Carmel Commotion team in a thrilling final. They went 2-1 at Regionals and lost in the semi-finals.
Suzie was an Indiana 86 ODP player for the past several years, making it to Regional Pool Training in 2002.
Suzie is the daughter of Claudio and Marianne Teixeira.
Head Coach Mick Lyon Says... Suzie has played soccer in her native country, Brazil, and in several other countries. She brings a sophistication and understanding to her attacking play, which is seldom seen in players her age. Were very excited to see what she can do at the collegiate level.
Head Coach Mick Lyon is very pleased with this years signing class and he believes these student athletes will help the IU womens soccer program reach new heights.
All five of these players have competed at a very high level, said Lyon. Both their high school and club teams have produced some quality soccer teams and some great soccer players. We consider this group to be amongst the best in the Midwest.