Women's Soccer Signs Three to NLI
Feb. 6, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana women's soccer head coach Mick Lyon has announced the signing of three student-athletes who will continue their playing careers at Indiana University. Ciersten Burks (Indianapolis/Brebeuf Jesuit), Molly Buynak (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) and Hanna Davidson (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis) will join the Hoosiers as freshmen in the fall of 2009.
"This is a small but talented class," Lyon said. "With all of our starters and key players returning, we knew that we would only have a few open slots, and we feel we have filled them with some of the most talented players out there. All three of these young ladies could have an immediate impact on the pitch when they get here."
Burks will head south to Bloomington after a stellar career at Brebeuf Jesuit. As a senior, Burks was named Marion County Player of the Year and first team all-state as she picked up Indianapolis Star Super Team honors. She also picked up National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region IV honors in her final campaign, as Brebeuf advanced to the sectional finals.
"Ciersten brings a proven ability to score goals," Lyon said. "Her quickness and strength on the ball will compliment a front line that will be very strong in 2009. Playing with Dynamo and Carmel has allowed her to face some of the best competition in the country and develop her game at an elite level."
Buynak joins the Hoosiers after playing two years and earning three letters for Jon Felton at Strongsville High School in Strongsville, Ohio. Buynak started at right back in both her sophomore and junior years before an injury kept her out for the 2008 season. The 5-foot-10 defender led her team to a state runner-up finish and earned Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Honorable Mention as a junior.
"Molly has tons of versatility which will allow her to compete for playing time right away at several positions," Lyon said. "A solid, strong defender, she also has the capability of playing in the midfield and recently has played some up top. Her Internationals Club is one of the best in the nation, so she will arrive in Bloomington with a tactical level of sophistication that you don't often see in freshmen."
Davidson joins IU Women's Soccer after playing four years at St. Francis High School in Sacramento, Calif. The 5-foot-9 defender served as team captain in both her junior and senior years. Much of Davidson's experience has been earned through the Olympic Development Program. She was named to the Region IV Team in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and served as the state team captain for Cal North in 2008.
"Hannah has everything you look for in a central defender or holding midfielder. She is a great communicator and organizer, can keep possession and win balls in the air. Her experience with the Region IV Regional Team will be invaluable playing in the Big Ten."
IUHoosiers.com will have more complete profiles of all three of the newest members of the IU Women's Soccer family over the next few weeks.
The Hoosiers will open their 2009 spring schedule with an indoor tournament against IUPUI and Kentucky in Mellencamp Pavilion on March 7.
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