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February 07, 2008

USI women's soccer signs six on signing day
First day leans heavily on defense

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana women's soccer team announced the signing of six players to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. Wednesday is the first day soccer players can officially sign with colleges and university.

The Screaming Eagles and Head Coach Krissy Engelbrecht tended toward defense on the first day of the signing period, adding a goalkeeper, three defenders, and two forwards.

In goal, USI signed Stephanie Bodamer, a native of Highland, Indiana. Bodamer joins the Eagles after four seasons at Highland High School (Highland, Indiana) where she was second team All-District and All-Area and first team All-Conference.

Bodamer also was first team All-District, All-Area, and All-Conference at HHS as a junior.

On defense, the Eagles add Allison Bevenue, a native of Millstadt, Illinois Samantha Smith, a native of DeSoto, Illinois and Carrie Grochowsi, a native of Homer Glen, Illinois.

Bevenue is an all-around athlete, participating in soccer, golf, volleyball, and basketball at Belleville High School (Belleville, Illinois). The outside back earned All-Area and All-Conference honors in both 2006 and 2007 at BHS. She also helped BHS to a third-place finish in the 2005 IHSA State Tournament.

Smith comes to USI after lettering in soccer, basketball, and tennis at Carbondale Community High School (Carbondale, Illinois). She was a first team All-Conference selection as a freshman and junior as well as an All-Sectional performer as a junior. Smith will complete her prep soccer career at CHS this spring.

Grochowsi lettered in soccer at Lockport Township High School (Lockport, Illinois), where she was All-Conference in 2006 and 2007. She also earned honorable mention All-Sectional honors in 2007.

Up front, the Eagles have augmented their offensive abilities with forwards Natalie Hellyer, a native of McHenry, Illinois, and Nancy Newcomer, a native of Parma Heights, Ohio.

Hellyer joins USI's squad next fall after four seasons with McHenry High School (McHenry, Illinois) where she set the career record for goals in her first two seasons and finished with a school-record 65.

A three-time All-Conference performer, Hellyer set the single-season record with 24 as a freshman and 26 as a sophomore.

Newcomer makes the west-ward journey from Holy Name High School (Parma Heights, Ohio). She led HNHS to the Division II State Cup in 2006 and the Division I District finals in 2007. The 2005 first team All-Cleveland performer also had 165 career points on 55 goals and 55 assists.

"The six players bring a lot of talent and depth to our team because they are extremely athletic and read the game very well," said Engelbrecht. "Bodamer, Bevenue, Smith, and Grochowski will make an immediate impact on our defensive line.

"Newcomer and Hellyer are natural goal scorers who play with a lot of confidence," Engelbrecht concluded.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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