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2008 Season Outlook

The University of Southern Indiana women’s soccer team needs to start the 2008 on the right track to propel it into the post season.

After playing well in England during an exhibition schedule, the Screaming Eagles struggled to begin the 2007 campaign. USI started the year 0-4-1, but bounced back to go 7-6 in the final 13 matches and just missed advancing to the GLVC Tournament.

Beginning her sixth season, Head Coach Krissy Engelbrecht hopes 13 returning players will mesh with 10 newcomers early this season in an effort to thrust the squad back into GLV C title contention.

In the offensive half of the field, the Eagles are led by junior Julie Vaughan. Vaughan was USI’s second leading scorer in 2007, posting 10 points on four goals and two assists. Her four goals and two assists were tied for second on the team in each category.

Vaughan’s first of goal of the year was the game-winner in the victory over the University of Indianapolis.

Returning from last fall to join Vaughan are juniors Rachel Caksackkar, Katie Teagarden, and sophomore Kaycie Hibdon. Teagarden had a pair of assists, including the pass on the game-winning goal over the University of North Alabama. Caksackkar had one assist last season, helping out on the game-winning goal over Kentucky Wesleyan College.

The Eagles have added freshmen Meagan Kempf, Lavonia Lewis, and Nancy Newcomer to increase the depth up front.

Kempf is a four-time All-State performer at Bosse High School (Evansville, Indiana), 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 High School (Evansville, Indiana), while earning three first team All-City and All-Conference honors. She also was the HHS top scorer the last three seasons for Harrison.

Newcomer comes to the Eagles 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 strength of the USI squad in 2008 will be its experienced midfield, led by junior Shauni Boudia. Boudia was the Eagles top scorer a year ago, recording 13 points on four goals and five assists. She also had one game-winning goal and distributed the game-winning assist in three of USI’s victories.

In addition to Boudia, the Eagles return four seniors – Jessica Snyder, Cara Jansen, Lauren Pineda, and Serena Lowenthal – and one junior – Kara Georgeff.

Snyder recorded a career-best five points as a junior on two goals and one assist, while Georgeff had four points on a pair of goals before being sidelined by a knee injury.

Freshmen Molly Pearson and Martha Shetler are new in the USI midfield in 2008.

Pearson comes to USI from Alton High School (Alton, Illinois) where she was a letterwinner in soccer and cross country. She was named second team All-Southwestern Conference in 2007 after finishing third on the team in scoring with 28 points on six goals and four assists.

Shetler, whose sister Alison played for USI between 2002 and 2005, was a four-year starter at Memorial High School (Evansville, Indiana) 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.

The USI defense is young with one junior, two sophomores, and four freshmen.
Leading the way is sweeper Alison Conquest. Conquest made the switch from forward to defender last season and became one of USI’s stronger backs, starting 17 of the 18 matches.

Rejoining Conquest in the USI backfield are Jenna Keusch and Ashleigh Lemp. Keusch saw action as a defender in two matches, while Lemp played in six matches between the posts as a goalkeeper.

To increase the defensive depth, the Eagles have added a pair of goalkeepers -- Stephanie Bodamer and Chelsea Connell -- and three defenders – Carrie Grochowski, Samantha Smith, and Allison Bevenue.

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

Connell comes to USI after being a four-year starter at Alton High School (Alton, Illinois) where she was the 2007 All-Alton Telegraph goalkeeper for large high schools.

Grochowski lettered in soccer at Lockport Township High School (Lockport, Illinois), where she was All-Conference the last three seasons. She also earned honorable mention All-Sectional honors in 2007 and 2008.

Smith comes to USI after lettering in three sports at Carbondale Community High School (Carbondale, Illinois). She recorded 45 career points at CCHS on 19 goals and seven assists, including a CCHS career-best 33 points as a freshman on 15 goals and three assists. Smith also was a three-time All-Conference and two-time All-Sectional award winner.

Bevenue is an all-around athlete, participating in four sports at Belleville High School (Belleville, Illinois). The outside back earned All-Area and All-Conference honors in 2006, 2007, and 2008 at BHS. She also had 25 points as a senior on seven goals, including three game-winners, and 11 assists.

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