Feb. 11, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa women's soccer head coach Ron Rainey has announced that eight high school seniors will join the Iowa women's soccer program next fall. The class includes players from four states and consists of three defenders, three midfielders and two forwards. The group will join an Iowa team that went 12-6-3 last season and qualified for the Big Ten Tournament.
"This group of athletes has the potential to keep the program progressing in the Big Ten and we are excited about them," said head coach Ron Rainey. "They are great students, fine players and will add to the Iowa community with their infectious personalities. We want them to have an incredible spring and summer so they can come in and help us in the 2013 season."
Green Oaks, Ill. -- Loyola Academy
High School... Tallied 29 points with 11 goals and seven assists to earn six state honors as a junior...named All-Conference, All-Sectional and All-State...NSCAA All-Mid-West American...Pioneer Press Player of the Year...Chicago Tribune All-State First Team...led team to regional championship and conference title...named All-Conference as a sophomore with 14 points (four goals, six assists)... led team to regional and sectional championship, and first place conference finish... competed varsity as freshman... led team to three Catholic Cup championships, and was named Catholic Cup MVP as sophomore... led team to Pepsi Showdown championship as a junior and sophomore... played club soccer for FC United Select... led club team to State Cup finals in 2012... played on Illinois Olympic Development Program team that won national championship in 2011... named Loyola Academy Scholar.
Personal... Born 6/7/95... parents are Bill and Heidi Burns... cousin Mike Carlson played soccer at Marquette... has three siblings; Johnny, Devin and Riley... high school and club coach was Craig Snower... major is undecided.
Rainey on Burns: "Cory is an extremely good leader and someone who will give us depth in the back. She has been very steady and consistent when we have watched her play."
Carpentersville, Ill. -- Jacobs High School
High School... All-Conference honorable mention as a freshman and junior... tallied 17 points off five goals and seven assists junior season... led team to regional championship... tallied 12 points with four goals and four assists as a freshman... started every game during freshman and junior season... played club soccer with Chicago Fire Juniors... Illinois State Cup champions in 2010 and finalists in 2011... member of Student Council.
Personal... Born 4/14/95... parents are Kathy and Brian Dennison... father was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers... has three siblings; Casey, Cory and Campbell... high school coach was Anthony Cappello... club coach was Trey Bradberry... plans on majoring in pre-business/marketing.
Rainey on Dennison: "Kylie will be able to add depth to our midfield. She is technical on the ball and plays with a lot of confidence."
Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- Kennedy High School
High School... Three time all-conference and all-metro selection... first team all-conference and all-metro in junior and sophomore seasons... led team to state championship junior season...MVC Player of the Year as junior... second team all-conference and all-metro as freshman... led team to two conference championships... played club soccer for CRSA.
Personal... Born 6/13/95... parents are Tork and Sheila Harman... mother played volleyball at Iowa State... has two siblings; Bond and Sydney... high school coach was Andrew McKnight... club coach was Alen Kudomovic... plans on being a pre-medicine major.
Rainey on Harman: "Tory is tall and solid on the ball. She can play a few different positions and has come from the same high school program that gave us Kat Lewis and Jade Grimm."
Geneva, Ill. -- Geneva High School
High School... Named all-conference and all-sectional as a junior, netting 14 goals with six assists... tallied 27 points off 11 goals and five assists as a sophomore... named all-conference and all-sectional as sophomore... earned academic all-conference accolades as sophomore... named all-conference and all-sectional as freshman... played club soccer for Strikers Fox Valley.
Personal... Born 7/26/96... parents are Tony and terry Lulek... has two siblings; Matt and Danny... high school coach was Megan Owens... club soccer coaches were Pat Fuelner, Dave King and Jim Winslow... plans on majoring in athletic training.
Rainey on Lulek: "Amanda is fast and athletic out on the field. She plays with a fearlessness that reminds us of how Dana Dalrymple played for us. She will be a great addition to our attack."
Kalona, Iowa - Mid-Prairie High School
High School... Letterwinner in junior and sophomore season... led team to two second place finishes in Cedar Valley Conference... tallied 35 points off 13 goals and nine assists as a sophomore... tallied 28 points from 12 goals and four assists as a junior... member of Iowa City Alliance club team... State Cup runner-up in 2009 and 2012... State Cup champions in 2010... member of Iowa Olympic Development Program... four-year letterwinner in basketball... four-year letterwinner in track... three-year Gold Honor Roll selection... member of National Honors Society.
Personal... Born on 8/13/95... parents are Russ and Ann Redlinger... has one sister, Meghan... high school coach was Bristol Harris... club coach was Paul Dayrell... plans on majoring in radiation sciences.
Kalona, Iowa, -- Mid-Prairie High School
High School... Earned team MVP awards three straight seasons... tallied 39 points off 17 goals and five assists as a sophomore... tallied 30 points off 12 goals and six assists as a junior... led team to two second place finishes in Cedar Valley Conference... member of the Iowa City Alliance... named team captain of club team... State Cup runner-up in 2009 and 2012... State Cup champions in 2010... member of Iowa Olympic Development Program... four-year letterwinner in basketball... four-year letterwinner in track... two-year Gold Honor Roll selection... member of National Honors Society.
Personal... Born on 8/13/95... has one sister, Kattie... high school coach was Bristol Harris... club coach was Paul Dayrell... plans on majoring in radiation sciences.
Rainey on Kattie and Meghan Redlinger: "Kattie and Meghan are Iowa products who have played on a tremendous Iowa club team. They each play different spots on the field, and we are looking forward to challenging them to get better on a daily basis and be a great part of this team."
High School... Named first team all-conference as junior... earned first team all-academic state accolades junior season... played for Colorado Rush since U11s... three-time State League winners... ECNL Conference Winner on Rocky Mountain Region... State Cup finalists in 2008 and 2010... Manchester Cup Champions... earned Youth World Cup Championship in Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden... four-time Denver Cup champions... two-time Real Cup champions... New Mexico Rush Spring Cup Champion in 2010... MVP of New Mexico Rush Spring Cup... Torch Award winner in 2011 and 2012... President of Spanish Club... National Honors Society member.
Personal... Born 8/23/95... parents are Ken and Robin Szeliga... has one sister, Olivia... high school coach was Amy Estes... club coach was Michael Gabb... plans on majoring in biology.
Rainey on Szeliga: "Whitney is also solid and consistent in the back, and is a good leader. She comes from a great club background, the same that Hannah Clark came from. We are looking forward to seeing her progress this spring and compete for time in the fall."
Centennial, Co. -- Battlefield High School (Va.)
High School... Letterwinner and all-regional selection as freshman and sophomore... earned All-Centennial honors as a freshman with 11 goals... set record for most goals scored in a season in 5A league in 2010 at Cherokee Trail High School... member of Olympic Development Program... competed in nationals with Real Colorado... won State Cup Championship in 2009 and 2010... member of club team FC Virginia Hotspurs in 2011... led team to 2012 U>S. Club Regional Championship.
Personal... Born 8/4/1995... parents are Pete and Ashley Toelle... has four siblings; Kristin, Jason, Brandon and Brooke... club coach was Paul Ellis... plans on majoring in journalism.
Rainey on Toelle: "Bri has a nice attacking mentality. She scores goals and creates foals, and we want her to be able to do those same things for us. Originally from Colorado, she has continued to play at a high level in Virginia and will do the same as a Hawkeye.