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February 11, 2008

USI women's soccer signs three from Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana women's soccer team announced the signing of three local players to national letters of intent for the 2008 season. The three local players bring the signing total to nine for USI and Head Coach Krissy Engelbrecht.

The three local players from Evansville Meagan Kempf from Bosse High School Lavonia Lewis from Harrison High School and Martha Shetler from Memorial High School bring an emphasis on offense to the USI lineup next year.

Kempf is a four-time All-State performer at Bosse, finishing her career as the all-time leading scorer with 284 career points on 122 goals and 40 assists in four years. She also was a four-time All-City and All-District performer, while also being honored three times as an All-SIAC player.

Lewis was an honorable mention All-State player at Harrison, while earning three first team All-City and All-Conference honors. She also was the top scorer the last three seasons for Harrison.

Shetler, whose sister Alison played for USI between 2002 and 2005 was a four-year starter at Memorial and was named the team captain as a junior and senior. She led the team in scoring as a sophomore and was the second leading scorer as a junior. Shelter missed her senior season due to a knee injury.

"Kempf, Lewis, and Shetler are three very competitive players that will immediately make our offense better," said Engelbrecht. "They are three of the best players to come out of southern Indiana this year and I am very excited that they will be playing at USI next fall."

Kempf, Lewis, and Shetler join goalkeeper Stephanie Bodamer (Highland, Indiana) forwards Natalie Hellyer (McHenry, Illinois) and Nancy Newcomer (Parma Heights, Ohio) and defenders Allison Bevenue (Millstadt, Illinois), Samantha Smith (DeSoto, Illinois), and Carrie Grochowsi (Homer Glen, Illinois) in signing with the Eagles.

"These nine recruits bring a lot of balance to our team," Engelbrecht said. "They also add a lot of scoring power with five players that led their high school's in scoring."

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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