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February 02, 2005

USI women’s soccer signs five to letters of intent for next fall

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana women’s soccer team announced the signing of a pair of backs – Cara Jansen and Jessica Snyder – and a trio of midfielders – Serena Loewenthal, Lauren Pineda, and Brittany Carnegie – to national letters of intent on the first signing day of 2005.

“I am very excited about these five players because they will make an immediate impact on the team and will all compete for a starting position,” said USI Head Coach Krissy Meek. “The three players from Indiana are three of the top players in the state.”

Traveling from within Indiana to Evansville are Loewenthal, Pineda, and Snyder. Loewenthal, a back from Bloomington, was the Most Valuable Player and an All-Conference performer at Bloomington North High School. She also was a member of the Indiana All-Star Team for three seasons.

Pineda, a midfielder from West Lafayette, Indiana, is a two-time All-Area player and a 2004 All-Conference honoree at West Lafayette High School. She had 33 career goals and 36 career assists while helping lead WLHS to three sectional titles, two regional crowns, and four conference championships.

A back from Noblesville, Indiana, Snyder has earned nine varsity letters in three different sports at Noblesville High School. The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association High School MVP in 2004 helped lead NHS to a number one ranking in the state in 2004 and to Hoosier Crossroads Conference championships in 2003 and 2004.

Snyder was an All-District and All-Conference player in 2004 in soccer. She also earned All-Ledger honors in soccer and softball.

Crossing Illinois from Fenton, Missouri, is back Cara Jansen. Jansen was a three-year starter for Rockwood Summit High School and helped the Falcons win the 2003 district championship.

Midfielder Brittany Carnegie comes to the USI program from outside of the country. The native of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, is a four sport student athlete and the top female athlete in 2004 at R.A. McMath Secondary School. She helped lead R.A. McMath to multiple district soccer championships and berths in the provincial round.

“Jansen and Snyder are both great defenders that will solidify our defense by improving our depth, strength, and quickness,” said Meek. “The addition of these two along with the returning players will make our defense among one of the most talented in the GLVC.

“Loewenthal, Pineda, and Carnegie bring a lot of athleticism to our midfield and will make an impact on both halves of the field,” continued Meek “Loewenthal will play in the center of the field because of her ability to dominate and control a game, while Pineda and Carnegie will play outside because of their great speed and ability to get behind the opponent’s defense.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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