Women's Soccer Welcomes 10 New Faces
July 22, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana women's soccer head coach Mick Lyon is pleased to welcome 10 new recruits to the 2005-06 women's soccer team. Lyon looks forward to what Molly Beckwith, Julie Bogusz, Priya Kirpalani, Molly Kruger, Amanda Eid, Kate Nierman, Georgette Polychronos, Becky Prokopiak, Ashley Seib and Julianne Zaumseil can bring to the Hoosiers for the next fours years.
Beckwith joins the Hoosiers after being an accomplished student-athlete at Thomas Worthington High School where she played soccer and also ran track. As a freshman, Beckwith helped lead her team in goals with 14 which earned her First Team All-OCC recognition as a freshman and sophomore. Beckwith's club experience includes the Ohio Premier club team, which she helped lead to the state regional her junior year.
"Molly is fit and starting to get her true speed back," Lyon said. "It will be exciting for Molly to display her skill and speed this year in the Big Ten."
The Worthington, Ohio, native has been a member of the ODP State Pool since her freshman year and claimed a berth in the regional pool as a sophomore. Beckwith earned honor roll and National Honor Society accolades all four years of her high school campaign.
Bogusz comes to IU after playing four years at Naperville Central (Illinois) High School, where she finished third all-time in program history in career shutouts with 24.75. The Naperville, Ill., native helped lead her team to the 2003 regional semifinals and the 2004 Regional Championships and Sectional Semifinals. Her squad also won the Dupage Valley Conference Championship (7-0) and Regional Championship in 2005.
"As a goalkeeper, she has a lot of skill," Lyon said. "She will be training hard with the goalkeeping group for contention for Big Ten playing time."
Bogusz earned all-city first team goalkeeper and DuPage County Girls All-Area Team honorable mention her senior year, and wrapped up her high school campaign third in career games and fifth in career single-season shutouts in program history with 44.5 and 12.75, respectively. She also garnered all-conference, academic all-conference team, all-sectional honorable mention, all-city team and DuPage County all-area honors by the Daily Herald in 2004. She concluded her career at Central being named to the all- conference team, academic all-conference team and all sectional teams in 2005. Additionally, Bogusz participated in the ODP circuit competing for the Illinois ODP pool from 2000 to 03.
Kirpalani, who competed with the Hoosiers during the spring season, joined the team in December of 2004 after graduating from Poway High School. The Poway, Calif., native recently led her team to the 2004 League Championships, where she made it all the way to the CIF semifinals. While in high school, Kirpalani garnered a selection to the Palomar second team and all-league in 2003 and 2004.
"Priya has had a wonderful spring and has the moves to beat players," Lyon said. "She has proved that you don't have to be the fastest or the strongest player to score goals, because she did just that against teams throughout the spring season."
While at Poway, Kirpalani earned San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team recognition in 2003 and 2004. Her club experience includes playing for the San Diego Soccer Club from 1995-1999 before joining the PQ Premier Club team from 1999-2004. Kirpalani helped lead her club team to the 2003 Summer Surf Cup Championship. Kirpalani also started for the PQ Premier State Cup team, which reached the semifinals from 2002 through 2004. Kirpalani earned the San Diego Soccer Club Player of the Year and MVP San Diego Soccer Club during her stint with the program.
Kruger joins the Hoosiers after a four-year run at Carmel High School, where she helped lead it to four-straight state titles. Kruger is a three-time NSCAA All-American and captured the Super Team Player of the Year for the third-consecutive year by the Indianapolis Star. She also picked up a pair of Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year honors. The Carmel, Ind., native broke Carmel's single-season assists record and holds the school's all-time record in that category.
"We are very happy to have Molly on the squad," Lyon said. "She will be relied upon to distribute the ball all over the field. Her ability to deliver the ball on a dime will help her excel in the Big Ten."
Kruger has earned first team all state from 2001-2003 and second team all state honors in 2000 as a freshman. Her club experience includes playing for the Carmel Commotion where she racked up four state championships, has been runner-up in Region II twice, made it to the regional semi-finals three times and in 2005 are the Region II Champions and are still currently playing. Kruger has also been very active in the Indiana 85 ODP team from 1999-2002 and made the 85 Region II team from 1999-2002.
The most recent addition to the 2005 recruiting class, Eid joins the Hoosiers after playing four years as a starter at Homestead High School. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native helped lead her team to state where it was the runner-up in 2001 and a qualifier in 2003. Eid's high school squad finished as Conference Champions in 2001-2003, and runners-up in 2004. Eid was named captain of her team her senior year and got selected First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Area, Most Valuable Defender and Most Valuable Player (overall) in 2004.
"Eid is a late edition to the squad," Lyon said, " but is a very talented player and has a lot of athletic ability. She definitely is coming in with a lot of potential and we are excited to have her join the squad."
Eid earned a spot on the academic all-state team in 2003 and 2004, and claimed the Distinguished Honor Roll accolades every semester during her high school career. Eid's club experience includes playing for the U-87 Sport Club travel team since 1999, where she led the team to titles at the Fort Wayne Invitational (2003-05), Columbus Big Foot Invitational (2003, 2005) and third place in Disney's Wide World of Sports Cup in 2004.
A transfer from Eastern Michigan, Nierman now wears the Hoosier jersey after playing one year for the Eagles. As a midfielder for EMU, Nierman finished the season with three assists and 13 starts for the Eagles. The Indianapolis, Ind., product lettered four years at Lawrence North High School, serving as team captain her senior season. Nierman garnered a spot on the all-conference team in her junior and senior campaigns, and received Indiana Senior All-Star honors in 2004.
"Kate has had a year of experience at Eastern Michigan at the midfield," Lyon said. "This will be a test year for her to see if she can put that experience to use in the Big Ten."
Nierman garnered All-Marion County honors, All District honors and all-academic honors from 2002-2004, and played for the F.C. Pride Blazers club team where she served as team captain from 2000-04. Nierman led her team in goals and assists as a senior, which earned her the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player honor.
Polychronos comes to IU from Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., where she helped lead her team to a Lake Side divisional championship. Polychronos' high school team finished 2005 as conference and regional champions. During high school, she graduated with honors and the high honor roll, while serving as a freshmen mentor and member on the executive board of student council.
"She is another great athlete," Lyon said. "Jo will spend time learning the game and learning to put her skills to the test against other Big Ten players."
The Long Grove, Ill., native seized all-conference, all sectional, all area, all state, all conference academic and received a IHSA Scholastic Award during her high school stint. Polychronos was named as her high school's MVP and served as team captain her senior year. Polychronos played for the Chicago Shockers F.C. club team coached by Kevin Lesch and garnered two National 3v3 championships in as many years.
2005 recruit Prokopiak will wear the Cream and Crimson next year after graduating from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. During her freshman, sophomore and junior years, she helped lead her team to a district championship. As a sophomore, she was on the state finalist team that was the first squad in program history to make it to the finals. As a junior, the Ann Arbor, Mich., native led the team to a regional finals appearance and served as team captain her senior year. Prokopiak's club experience includes being a member of the Michigan Hawks club team.
"Becky is a very good student of the game," Lyon said. "She has a nice understanding of her role which is to develop into a Big Ten soccer player."
Seib joins the Hoosiers after a four-year campaign at Evansville Central High School. In 2004, she led her team to a sectional championship, regional championship and was part of the first team in program history to win the semi-state championship and advance to the Final Four. The Evansville, Ind., native earned numerous honors throughout her soccer career including 2002 Second Team All City, 2003 Honorable Mention All City, 2004 First Team All City, 2004 First Team All District, 2004 Third Team All State, 2004 Offensive Team MVP and high school team MVP.
"She is a tremendous competitor with great athleticism," Lyon said. "We will push to bring that athletic ability to the Big Ten."
Seib is the only player in school history to be voted Athlete of the Week by the Courier and Press as a freshman. She also played in the 2005 Senior All-Star game. Seib ended her career at Evansville Central High second all-time in goals scored (63), assists (24) and points scored (150). Seib's club experience includes being a member of the Evansville Alliance club team, where she served as the 2001 team captain. Seib set the single-season club record with the most goals and assists with 18 and 24, respectively. Additionally she led her club team to the Coco Beach Expo Championship. Seib left her club career leading her team in scoring from 2002-2004 and as the winningest player over a four year period with 53 wins.
Zaumseil, a Rockford, Ill., product, comes to IU after graduating from Guilford High School, where she served as team captain her senior year. Zaumseil snagged honorable mention all-sectionals, honorable mention all-conference and team MVP her senior year. Zaumseil also received the Prarie State Achievement Award, scholar athlete award while placing, on the honor roll all four years. Her club experience comes from playing for the Rockford Dactyls club team, which she led to the Superclub Nationals in 2005.
"Zaumseil comes from a great background of soccer," Lyon said. "With her tremendous athleticism, she is a player with a lot of potential."
In Zaumseil's final two seasons at Guilford High she scored 10 goals and had 12 assists as a junior, and 12 goals and 11 assists as a senior. She finished her high school career with 48 goals and 44 assists overall. Zaumseil's also has limited international experience as she played in the Dana Cup Soccer Tournament in Denmark, where her team placed second in 2003.
The Hoosiers will begin the 2005 season with a exhibition match against Memphis on Fri., August 19, at 7 p.m., at Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
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