June 2, 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 third of six editions and we will take a look at Lara Ross (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) and Rebecca Dreher (Westlake, Ohio/Holy Name).
Upper Arlington, Ohio
Upper Arlington High School
Ross is a two-time all-conference player at Upper Arlington High School for head coach Mark Wise. She led UA to a 17-2-2 record during her senior year and was named Third Team All-District for the second time in her career. Ross was also credited with the Most Valuable Midfielder Award her final two years as she led her team to the state semifinals and quarterfinals. She holds the UA record for most game-winning assists as well as games played.
Her club experience includes seven seasons with the Eagles Soccer Club, where she won state titles in 2004 and 2006 and a national regional semifinal appearance in 2006. Ross has also been a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODF) for the past six seasons.
The daughter of Michelle Ross, she plans to major in Nursing upon enrolling at Indiana.
Coach Lyon on Ross
"The only pure defender in the group, I can see Lara having an immediate impact on the team. Her athletic ability puts her in a great position, and coupled with her tenacity to defend, I expect great things from Lara. Being a club teammate of (another IU signee) Shannon Flower should help her in the back line. One nice little addition is her ability to sneak forward when a goal is needed and produce one."
Holy Name High School
Dreher led Holy Name to a Division II state championship in 2006 under head coach Brian Michelson. She was the team captain at Holy Name each of the past two seasons and was named a "Player to Watch" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer
in 2009 and went on to be named second team All-Northeast Ohio Conference. As a junior, she was named to the All-Greater Cleveland first team.
She has marked success on the club soccer circuit, competing with Cleveland Alliance Soccer Association (CASA) and Ohio Premier Soccer clubs. With CASA, the team was the Midwest Regional League champion in 2009 and won the State Cup in 2007. In 2006, she led OPSC to the State Cup crown.
A member of the ODP State Team (Ohio North) since 2004, Dreher was selected to the invitation-only Region II camp in 2009 and was later named to the Region II team that travelled to Jackson, Miss., for the U17/U19 Winter Interregional Event.
The daughter of Joe and Ann Dreher, she plans to major in Biology upon enrolling at Indiana. She is ranked second out of 180 students in her senior class and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Coach Lyon on Dreher
"Dreher is a non-stop action kid. I am going to love working with her because I think her best years are to come. A player that could play literally anywhere on the field and she would probably play goalkeeper if asked. Rebecca is exciting to watch because she is quick, talented and impacts the game. She will begin her career as one of the midfield positions. Like so many of these newcomers, she attended IU soccer camp for three years."