INDIANA WOMEN'S SOCCER SIGNS FIVE
February 11, 1999
INDIANA WOMEN'S SOCCER SIGNS FIVE
Bloomington, Ind.-- Indiana University women's soccer head coach Joe Kelley has announced the signing of five student-athletes to letters-of-intent. Signing with the Hoosiers were Kristen Sprunger (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette), Kate Kastl (Oakville, Mo./Oakville), Jenny Mann (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove), Emily Markwell (Evansville, Ind./Memorial) and Lisa Tecklenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill). "I am very pleased with the quality of individuals and the overall athletic ability of this group," states Kelley. "Not only are they excellent soccer players, but they also excel in other sports. This group is highly competitive and very motivated to be the best. All of these players are versatile has to where they can play on the field and I expect them all to make immediate contributions."
Sprunger, a four-year starter at Lafayette, led her team to a state championship in 1997. She was also a first team all-conference performer. Sprunger also played for the Olympic Development Regional team the past two years. Says Kelley, "Kristin is extremely fast and aggressive and capable of playing anywhere on the field. She has tremendous potential to become a dangerous offensive threat."
Kastl started four years for Oakville and was named first team all-conference all four years. Kastl has also been named to the All State Eastern Region Team, All-Metro, and was named team MVP. She was also captain for the Olympic Development Regional team the past two years. States Kelley, "Kate has very good speed, but her best attributes are her field awareness and ability to distribute the ball. She's played at a very high level, which will make the transition to Division I collegiate soccer easier."
Mann is a two-time first team all-state selection for Center Grove High School and was named to the academic all-state team as a junior and senior. A four-year varsity letterwinner, Mann totaled 121 career goals and 117 career assists (both school records). She also set a school record with 41 goals in a season as a junior. Recently competed with the u-18 Regional team in Florida. Says Kelley, "In my opinion Jenny is the best high school player in the state of Indiana. She's very competitive an outstanding athelete, very versatile, and technically strong. Jenny will make an immediate impact."
Markwell, a two-time all-city selection, has been named first team all-state as a junior and second team all-state as a senior. She led Memorial in goals and assists during her junior season and senior seasons. In Markwell's fours at Memorial, the team won the state championship her junior year and was state runner-up her freshman and senior campaigns. Markwell has also earned three letters playing basketball and her team is currently 19-0. "Emily is a winner...whatever team she's played on has been very successful. She's a very good athlete that is strong and fast who will be an outstanding defensive player," says Kelley.
Tecklenburg is a National Soccer Coaches Association of America 1998 All-American and 1998 All-Mideast First Team in addition to being named first team all-state. She holds the school record for assists in a season (22 in 1998) while netting nine goals. Tecklenburg has 16 career goals and 44 career assists. She was also named Team Defensive MVP. "She's a tough defensive player, but also has the ability to start or join the attack. Lisa is a leader on the field and is someone who takes charge," comments Kelley.
In 1998, its sixth season of competition, the Hoosiers posted a 14-8-1 overall mark and a 6-3 record in the Big Ten Conference. Indiana placed second in the Big Ten Tournament and went 1-1 in the NCAA Championship.
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