Heesch will play soccer for Mustangs

Heesch will play soccer for Mustangs Southwest State women's soccer head coach Jill McCartney has announced that Kaylie Heesch, Vermillion, has signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and soccer careers at Southwest State University in Marshall, MN.

Michelle Wells of Bettendorf, IA, who has played on the Vermillion soccer club team, also has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Southwest.

"(They) will definitely make an impact on our program," McCartney said. "Along with the five we've already signed, these players add speed, experience and competitiveness to our roster."

Heesch, a 5'9'' defender at Vermillion High School, was a three year letter winner. She earned 2002 South Dakota All-State, second team honors during her senior year. Heesch also participated in golf and basketball as well as being a member of the National Honor Society, and Honors Program. She was also named a Regent Scholar.

"We are really glad to see Kaylie become a Mustang," McCartney said. "She's tall, has good speed, and is a leader on the field. She will see playing time on defense and will likely train at midfield, too. We want to see what she can do with her speed."

Heesch is the daughter of Tim and Debbie Heesch. She is still deciding on a major at Southwest State.

Wells, a 5'4'' defender from Bettendorf High School, has been on the varsity team since she was a freshman. She was named team MVP and received All-Conference Honorable Mention in 1999. Wells played for the club team in Vermillion and the Quad City United club team. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, and SADD, and achieved high honors on the honor roll. The Bettendorf, IA native also participated in swimming and track.

"Michelle is quick, physical and very smart. She's one of the best defenders I've seen. Opponents just don't get by her," McCartney said. "We're excited to have Michelle in our program, not only for what kind of player she is, but also because of who she is."

Wells is the daughter of Tom and Lisa Wells. She will pursue a major in biology at Southwest State.

"I'm really excited about working with these young women," McCartney added. "They are committed to being successful, to growing in the game. And, what is more, they're wonderful representatives for our school and our soccer program."

Southwest State, located in Marshall, MN, is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

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