Truman women's soccer head coach Mike Cannon announced the addition of nine high school seniors that will join the Bulldog program beginning in the Fall 2013 season.
Cannon's class brings in nine players all from the state of Missouri and includes three forwards, three midfielders, two defenders and a goalkeeper. Nikki Baker, Danielle Beers, Allison Lockett, Casey Maloney, Allie McDonell, Nicole Sparks and Megan Whitehead all signed National Letters of Intent, while Megan Casserly and Hollie Urbeck both completed Insitutional Letters of Intent.
Nikki Baker (Overland, Missouri)
5-foot-5 || Midfielder
High School: Ritenour Club: Tony Glavin
Bio: A four-year starter and three-time captain of her high school program â?¦ also named all-conference three times with nearly 50 goals scored through her first three seasons â?¦ two-time team MVP and offensive player of the year.
Cannon about Baker: â??Nikki is a no-nonsense player with a good engine and will make a tackle as well as a pass. She is versatile enough to play anywhere in the midfield and possible in the back as well.â??
Danielle Beers (Agency, Missouri)
5-foot-4 || Forward
High School: Bishop LeBlond Club: Futura
Bio: Part of a two-time district title team in three seasons, having received all-district and all-KC honors both as a freshman and junior â?¦ has scored 19 career goals and added 24 assists, despite missing more than half of her sophomore season due to injury â?¦ named team captain during her junior year â?¦ member of the National Honor Society.
Cannon about Beers: â??Danielle is a quick flank player with a creative flair who makes great runs to open up space for her teammates. She will probably play on the outside for us as a wing midfielder or wing forward.â??
Megan Casserly (Ballwin, Missouri)
5-foot-7 || Defender
High School: Marquette Club: St. Louis Scott Gallagher
Bio: A four-year performer both in soccer and cross country, receiving second-team all-conference honors in soccer as a junior â?¦ winner of Wendyâ??s High School Heisman Award, given to one female for outstanding achievement in sports and service involvement â?¦ a two-time member of the National Honor Society and A+ program â?¦ a first chair violinist.
Cannon about Casserly: â??Megan is a smart, solid central player with good tackling ability and keeps it simple and smart with her passing. She is very good in the air and will probably end up as a center back or defensive midfielder for us.â??
Allison Lockett (O'Fallon, Missouri)
5-foot-4 || Midfielder
High School: Timberland Club: Tony Glavin
Bio: A three-year starter in both soccer and basketball that earned first-team all-conference accolades following her junior season and second-team all-conference honors as a freshman â?¦ has led her high school team in assists and voted MVP on offense â?¦ a member of the A+ program in the classroom and named to her conferenceâ??s all-academic team.
Cannon about Lockett: â??Allison is a clever, active midfielder with good vision and passing ability. She will help us in the central midfield most likely.â??
Casey Maloney (O'Fallon, Missouri)
5-foot-3 || Defender
High School: St. Dominic Club: Lou Fusz
Bio: Helped lead her high school squad to a class 2 MSHSAA state title as a junior as well as a Missouri State Cup championship for her U18 club program â?¦ started on a conference championship, district championship and quarterfinalist MSHSAA squad as a sophomore and earned honorable mention all-conference accolades â?¦ a two-time state qualifier in cross country â?¦ a member of the National Honor Society.
Cannon about Maloney: â??Casey has won at the highest level with both her club and high school teams and will hopefully continue her winning ways here at Truman. She is a smart wing defender with good passing skills and also might play at wing midfielder for us.â??
Allie McDonell (St. Charles, Missouri)
5-foot-8 || Forward
High School: Francis Howell North Club: Tony Glavin
Bio: A four-year starter for her high school team and helped guide the program to a district championship three times and to the state quarterfinals in both 2011 and 2012 â?¦ selected as part of the Missouri Olympic Development program in 2011 â?¦ a two-sport athlete that also played basketball â?¦ named to the high school honor roll all four years.
Cannon about McDonell: â??Allie is a tall, physical attacker with a great work rate and ability to hold the ball up in the attack. She also excels in the air with her size and tenacity and will be a good target player for us.â??
Nicole Sparks (Fenton, Missouri)
5-foot-6 || Goalkeeper
High School: Rockwood Summit Club: St. Louis Scott Gallagher
Bio: Named all-conference first-team as a junior after ranking top-20 in the state in goals-against average as a sophomoreâ?¦ led her club team to an 8-0-1 record in fall of 2011 as well as a winning season in fall of 2012.
Cannon about Sparks: â??Nicole is a talented goalkeeper with solid size and athleticism. She has good hands and will look to push Emily [Bozdeck] her first year and earn playing time between the pipes.â??
Hollie Urbeck (Manchester, Missouri)
5-foot-2 || Midfielder
High School: Parkway South Club: Ajax Elite
Bio: A four-year starter in central defense for her high school program and two-time defensive team MVP â?¦ received high schoolâ??s academic athletic award three times â?¦ competed in the midfield with her club program.
Cannon about Urbeck: â??Hollie is a hard-working player who will help us on the flanks with her work rate, endurance and crossing ability. She can play at either wing back or wing midfielder for us.â??
Megan Whitehead (St. Peters, Missouri)
5-foot-4 || Forward/Defender
High School: Incarnate Word Academy Club: Mid-Rivers
Bio: A dynamic player at IWA, playing four different positions on the field â?? forward, central midfield, center back and wing back â?¦ a member of the fourth-place MSHSAA state squad during her sophomore season â?¦ also ran cross country and was a four-time state qualifier â?¦ captain of her club soccer team and was the leading scorer both in 2011 and 2012 â?¦ completed a half-marathon in 1:56 â?¦ received academic honors every semester in high school.
Cannon about Whitehead: â??Megan plays forward for her club and defender for her high school, so she is a versatile, all-around player with good skill and vision. She can play anywhere on the flank and also as an attacking midfielder/forward for us.â??
The 2013 women's soccer season is set to begin on September 6 in Minnesota with the home opener coming one week later in the GLVC opener against Maryville (Mo.) on September 13. Truman returns eight starters for the 2013 season, including five all-MIAA honorees.
Courtesy Truman State University