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February 11, 2004

USI women’s soccer signs three local players
Two from Memorial One from Castle

The University of Southern Indiana women’s soccer team announced the signing of three local players to national letters of intent for the 2004 season. USI Head Coach Krissy Meek has signed nine new players during the signing period.

Forward Katie Barisano (Newburgh, Indiana) signed with USI after earning four varsity letters in soccer at Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana. She was the CHS most valuable player in 2002 and was first team All-SIAC and All-District in 2003. CHS won the sectional and regional championships this past fall.

Barisano, who plans to major in elementary education at USI, played select soccer for the Evansville Elite U18 soccer club.

“Barisano’s work ethic is unbelievable,” said Meek. “She will give you everything she has from the momement she steps on the field. She is an exciting player that will create a lot for us on the attacking end.”

Signing from Memorial High School in Evansville are back Lauren Finn and forward Katie Grossman. The pair helped MHS to four city championships two SIAC titles two sectional and regional crowns and two appearances in the Indiana State Finals.

In 2003, Grossman was the Player of the Year in Evansville and was named first team All-City, All-District, All-SIAC, and All-State. She also led the team in scoring.

Finn was the 2003 MHS Most Valuable Player and team captain. She also was named the Best Defensive Player in 2000 when MHS went to the state finals.

Grossman and Finn also played locally for the Evansville Alliance where Finn was the team captain for four seasons. They helped Evansville Alliance to the 2001 Cocoa Beach College Expo championship and finalist showings in the Volvo Germantown Invitational and the Louisville Invitational Tournament.

“Finn and Grossman are two very solid players,” state Meek. “They are both well rounded players that will bring a physical presence that our team was missing last year.

“Finn is a confident player that will help bring a lot of leadership and organization to a very young back line,” continued Meek. “Grossman is a unique forward that can dominate a defense with size and strength or speed and agility. She is a natural goal scorer and can do things on the field that cannot be taught.”

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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