The University of South Dakota women's soccer coach Mandy Green has announced the Coyotes' 2012 recruiting class. Ten student-athletes from five different states will join the Coyote program this fall.
"We are taking another exciting step forward with the development of our program with the signing of these 10 student-athletes," Green said. "I am confident that this class will come in and add speed, athleticism, competitiveness and unique qualities that will help this program reach a new level of success.
"I think what I am most excited about is how this class will complement our current team," Green said. "They are leaders and difference makers on their current teams and are traveling playing in the best tournaments against the best teams around the country.
These new players all have the ability to come in and compete for playing time right away and will make us more competitive as we enter our second season in the Summit League," she said.
Here is a look at the 2012 Coyote recruits:
Danielle Anderson, Elkhorn, NE (Elkhorn High School)
Anderson, a midfielder at Elkhorn High School, was an Omaha World Herald second-team all-state selection as a junior in 2011, when she finished with nine assists and three goals. As a sophomore in 2010, Anderson had 12 assists and three goals. She was all-conference selection in 2011 and an all-conference honorable mention selection in 2010.
She will complete her senior season this spring.
Coach's take: "Dee is a very athletic and feisty player. We feel that she is very technical and crafty and will help us on the attack and get to the goal more frequently."
Brenna Bills, Sioux Falls (Roosevelt HS)
Bills, a midfielder/forward, was a first-team all-state selection in 2011 for Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School. She earned the Most Assists Award one year and also earned Academic Excellence honors. She was also a member of the basketball and track teams.
Coach's take: "Brenna is a very fast and creative player with the ball and has displayed her skills at the highest level regionally with the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club out of Sioux Falls. Being very competitive, she's displayed many sides of her game, including her strength and finesse and seems to get better each and every time she plays."
Teagan Eberle, Schaumburg, IL (Schaumburg HS)
Eberle, a midfielder/defender, was a member of the all-conference team in 2010 and in 2011, tied the school record with 11 assists. She also added five goals. Eberle, who played for the Sockers FC Club team near Chicago, was part of teams that finished 15-3-3 in 2010 and 18-3-2 in 2011. She was also part of two Illinois State Cup championship teams. She was a member of the team last season that finished ranked No. 7 in the nation.
Coach's take: "Teagan consistently trains and plays against players who will be signing to top 50 programs; we feel that she is very much an overlooked 'diamond-in-the-rough.' Her experience competing at the highest competitive level in club will be invaluable.
Liz Fritz, Oro Valley, AZ (Ironwood Ridge HS)
Fritz was an outside back/outside middle at Ironwood High School in Tucson, AZ, where she lettered for four years. She finished her career with 26 goals and 22 assists. She led Ironwood Ridge to three consecutive regional championships, including a state runner-up finish in 2011. She was named second-team all-state by the East Valley Tribune in 2011, and also named to the All-Southern Arizona High School Girls soccer first team by the Explorer, and also earned honorable mention honors from the Arizona Daily Star. She helped lead Tucson Soccer Academy to the Arizona State Championship in 2011.
Coach's take: "Liz is a very solid and strong athlete with a love of the game and desire that we feel can be unmatched. Her uncanny ability to read offenses and eliminate attacking options before they are started was exactly what caught our eye and we know she will add talents to our team we absolutely need! She's competed in a very difficult Region IV with her club team Tucson Soccer Academy.
Allison Giddings, Ramsey, MN (Anoka HS)
Giddings was a three-year letterwinner at Anoka High School, where she was captain her senior season. She was all-conference honorable mention during her senior year and named the Most Improved Player during her sophomore year. She was a two-time state tournament participant as well. She also competed in track and lacrosse. Giddings played for the Twin Cities Fire Soccer Club.
Coach's take: "Allie is a very versatile player that can play in the attack or the defense. She has very good speed, athleticism, and an incredible work ethic."
Abby Lindsay, Plymouth, MN (Osseo HS)
Lindsay, a goalkeeper, was a four-year letter winner at Osseo High School. She received all-conference recognition three times and was a team captain her senior year. She was part of the Olympic Development Program and represented Minnesota at the regional competition. She was part of the Eden Prairie Soccer Club and was the 2011 State Premier Champion. For her career, she finished with a .910 save percentage, 23 shutouts and a 0.78 goals allowed average. She was a 2010 all-conference selection after earning all-conference honorable mention honors in 2009.
Coach's take: "Abby has a lot of qualities about her that will make her a successful collegiate goalkeeper. She communicates well, is a good athlete, and distributes the ball extremely well. Abby has competed not only for her region at the highest level but she has helped take her club team the Eden Prairie SC Eagles to State Cup and many other tournament finals."
Kasha Meyer, Lincoln, NE (Southwest HS)
Meyer, a defender, was a three-sport athlete at Southwest High School. She was all-state honorable mention and also a four-year scholar athlete. She also competed in the Olympic Development Program in Nebraska.
Coach's take: "Kasha is another 'diamond-in-the-rough' with great strength and athleticism. Playing with the KC United Metros and CSA soccer clubs, Kasha is a very versatile and competitive with tremendous work rate."
Taylor Nivala, Andover, MN (Andover HS)
Nivala, a forward, was a two-time all-conference honorable mention selection during her career. As a senior she finished with 12 goals and eight assists, and in 2010, she finished with eight goals and five assists. For her career she finished with 20 goals and 13 assists. She also was a standout in track and field.
Coach's take: "Another member of the Twin Cities Fire Soccer Club, Taylor's background in track and her ability to find the back of the net, helps us believe that she will be a terrific addition and will bolster our offensive attack."
Rebecca Sparkman, Eden Prairie, MN (Eden Prairie HS)
Sparkman, a midfielder, was named to the all-tournament team at the state meet in 2010, and also earned all-conference honors. She was named captain as a senior and was a two-year letterwinner. Sparkman also played with the Eden Prairie SC Eagles club team.
Coach's take: "She has knack of being around the ball. Rebecca also possesses the skill of winning air balls and with the ball at her feet she has such a soft touch that she can put the ball just about anywhere she wants."
Elena Tsakakis, Edina, MN (Edina HS)
Tsakakis, a midfielder, was a standout at Edina High School. She was all-conference in 2011 and defensive MVP as well. She was captain of the 2011 Eden Prairie Club team and also named to the ESPN RISE Youth Soccer 2012 Prospects List. She was a member of the 2009 state semifinalist team and also a member of the State Cup semifinalist club team.
Coach's take: "Elena has tremendous vision and ability to place the ball exactly where she wants it. We feel she will help shore up the midfield and help get us into the attack at a greater consistency. She is a very athletic player and is fun to watch with the ball at her feet."