Women's Soccer Signs 10 to National Letter of Intent and Transfer from Florida State
Feb. 11, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - - Indiana women's soccer head coach Mick Lyon announced the signing 10 student-athletes that will join the Hoosiers at the start of the 2010 season. Lyon also announced that Margo McAuley, a transfer from Florida State University, has also enrolled in classes and will join the team starting with the spring schedule.
"I am very excited about this incoming class and the spring addition of Margo," Lyon said. "They are talented, athletic and full of personality. When you put those qualities together with 15 returning players, you have an opportunity for success."
The signing class includes Rebecca Candler (Medina, Ohio/Medina), Rebecca Dreher (Westlake, Ohio/Holy Name), Shannon Flower (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), Kristin Leist (Mason, Ohio/William Mason), Kate McCusker (Valparaiso, Ind./Shattuck-St. Mary's [Minn.]), Monica Melink (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy), Lisa Nouanesengsy (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne), Lara Ross (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington), Bekah White (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) and Rebecca Zambon (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad).
McAuley is originally from Noblesville, Ind., and attended Noblesville High School. She then signed with Florida State and played a total of 11 games during the 2007 and 2008 seasons before enrolling in classes for the Spring 2010 semester. As a freshman at FSU, she appeared in the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament and registered one assist on the year. She led her club team, Carmel Crossfire, to six Club State Championships and was a member of the Indiana Youth Soccer ODP.
In the coming weeks, IUHoosiers.com will have more information on the recent signees, but below are brief bios on each of the newcomers.
Candler played forward and midfield at Medina High School, where she led the team to the Division I State Championship as a senior while scoring 18 goals and assisting on 13 others - both team highs. She was also a NSCAA Scholar All-American, ESPN Rise All-American and First Team All-State as a senior. The Cleveland Plain Dealer named her the 2009 Player of the Year, along with three other publications in Northeast Ohio. She has also been a three-year member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region II team. The daughter of Brett and Barb Candler, she plans to major in Business at Indiana.
Westlake, Ohio/Holy Name High School
Dreher is a midfielder and a member of the ODP Region II team while also attending the 2009 Invitation-Only ODP camp. She was a twice named team captain at Holy Name and the Cleveland Plain Dealer listed her as a player to watch during her senior year. As a freshman at Holy Name High School, she led her team to the Division II State Championship. The daughter of Joe and Ann Dreher, she plans to major in Biology at Indiana.
Flower allowed just three goals during her senior year at Upper Arlington High School and posted 16 shutouts. She was named First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State. She led her team to conference and district titles and an appearance in the regional finals. Flower was also a four-year member of the ODP State team and traveled to Brazil with the ODP Region II team in December 2009. The daughter of Jim and Joan Flower, she is undecided on a major.
Leist played midfield and forward for William Mason High School and scored 20 goals and assisted on 16 others for a total of 56 career points. She had four goals to go along with three assists in the first five games of her senior year before a knee injury ended her season short. As a junior she had eight goals to lead the team and was second with 21 points. On two occasions, Leist led her team to victories over the top-ranked team in the country, including a 1-0 victory over No. 1 St. Ursula Academy in the first game of her senior year. The daughter of Scott and Pam Leist, she intends to major in Education at Indiana.
McCusker played her first three season of high school at Chesterton (Ind.) High School before transferring to Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.) High School for her senior year. In three years at Chesterton, she scored 61 goals and handed out 18 assists and she kept that going with 20 goals and eight assists at Shattuck so far this season. As a junior at Chesterton, McCusker led her team to a semi state appearance for the first time since 2002 and was rewarded by being named Second Team All-State. She was a three-time all-conference selection and was named team MVP following her sophomore and junior seasons. The daughter of Paul and Vanessa McCusker, she plans to major in Sports Marketing at Indiana.
Melink played forward and midfield for Ursuline Academy and was a three-year starter. She led Ursuline to back-to-back league titles her first two seasons and took them all the way to an appearance in the regional finals as a sophomore. For her career, she finished with 36 goals and was a Second Team All-Star in the GGCL as a junior. Melink was the leading scorer on CUP White for two years and also participated on the ODP Ohio South State Team and Regional Camp as a junior. The daughter of Steve and Mary Frances Melink, she plans to major in Marketing at Indiana.
Nouanesengsy played midfield at Wayne High School and tallied 17 goals and 21 assists in her career. She was named first team all-state on two occasions and was named Athlete of the Year in the GWOC Central. She also led her team to a district championship and an appearance in the regional finals of the state tournament. She helped her Ohio Elite club team win a state title each of the past two seasons and a spot in the national finals as a senior. The daughter of Bouavanh and Sam Nouanesengsy, she plans to major in Biology/Pre-Optometry at Indiana.
Ross was a standout defender at Upper Arlington High School and helped her team to a 17-2-2 record as a senior. A two-time first team all-conference performer, she earned third team all-district accolades on two occasions and was the most valuable midfielder her final two years at Upper Arlington. Ross led her team to a state semifinals appearance as a junior and holds the school record for most game-winning assists. She also played on the ODP State team from 2004-09. The daughter of Michele Ross, she plans to major in nursing at Indiana.
White played midfield at Blue Valley Northwest and earned Second Team All-State honors as a junior. She also garnered First Team All-Eastern Kansas League and was Second Team All-Sun. As a junior, she led Blue Valley Northwest to a regional championship. White led her club team to six state titles and three regional appearances. The daughter of Mike and Fi White, she is undecided on a major at Indiana.
Zambon is currently playing her fourth year at Carlsbad High School, but already has an impressive list of accomplishments. Entering this season, she had 48 career goals and was named the team's Offensive Player of the Year as a junior. She was named to the California Interscholastic Federation Hall of Champions team and is a three-time all league selection. Zambon was also an ODP Cal-South team member for three seasons and led the team to a Region IV ODP title in 2008. The daughter of Pete and Regina, she plans to major in Sports Management with minors in Spanish and Coaching at Indiana.
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