Women's Soccer

    A Look at the 2010 IUWS Newcomers: Rebecca Candler and Shannon Flower

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    May 18, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Over the next couple weeks, IUHoosiers.com will be taking a more in-depth look at the newcomers to the IU Women's Soccer program for the 2010 season. Today is the first of six editions where we take a look at each of the newcomers to the IUWS program. Today, we feature Rebecca Candler (Medina, Ohio/Medina) and Shannon Flower (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington).

    Rebecca Candler
    Medina, Ohio
    Medina High School

    Rebecca Candler

    Candler has received national acclaim during her career at Medina High School for head coach Doug Coreno. As a senior, the awards came pouring in after she led her team to the Division I State Championship and was named to the all-state team with 18 goals and 13 assists on the year. She was named an all-american by ESPN Rise as well as a NSCAA Scholar All-American. Four separate newspapers, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, named Candler the Player of the Year in the area and she also received all-conference and all-district honors in her final two years.

    A three-year veteran with the Olympic Development Program (ODP), Candler has made a pair of international trips with the program and has played in three inter-regionals. As a member of the Cleveland Internationals club team, she won the USL Super Y-League national championship in 2007 and 2009 and two Ohio North State titles.

    The daughter of Brett and Barb Candler, she plans to major in Business upon enrolling at Indiana.

    Coach Lyon on Candler
    "Candler is going to do some great things at IU. She has talent, athletic ability and the skill to impact games. She is just as comfortable setting up the goal as she is scoring it and will also play the role of "whatever needs done so the team wins". Her upbeat and fun personality will be a great mix with the returning players and Hoosier fans will be excited to watch her play."

    Shannon Flower
    Columbus, Ohio
    Upper Arlington High School

    Shannon Flower

    Flower led Upper Arlington to conference and district championships and an appearance in the regional finals. In her senior campaign for head coach Mark Wise, she allowed just three goals and posted 16 shutouts on her way to First Team All-OCC and Second Team All-State honors. Her teammates voted her the most valuable player on the team and she garnered Academic All-Ohio accolades as well and is a member of the National Honor Society.

    Also a member of the ODP for four years, she traveled with the Region II team to Brazil last year. With her club team, the Eagles SC, Flower won two Ohio South State Cup championships and was a 2006 Region II semifinalist.

    The daughter of Jim and Joan Flower, she is undecided on a major.

    Coach Lyon on Flower
    "I really like how Shannon performs in games. She is a take-charge type of goalkeeper who will dominate her area. With good experiences behind her playing for the very strong Eagles Club and OH South State team she will push the returning goalkeepers to perform at their highest level. She has attended our camps in the past, so we have seen her play quite a bit."




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