Feb. 12, 2002
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The Southeast Missouri State Otahkian soccer team, coming off the most successful season in school history, has completed its roster for the 2002 season by signing six incoming freshman and one transfer as announced by head coach Heather Nelson.
Jamie Derleth, Ashley DeRoy, Lauren Fabbro, Erin Hartmann, Megan Hejlek, and Mary Kalinowski are the six incoming freshmen that will join the Otahkian next season while Amanda Wzros is a transfer from Eastern Michigan University.
"As a whole, our 2002 class will add both experience and depth to our team, in particular to our midfield and defensive units," Coach Nelson said. "And for the first time in the history of the program we will have two scholarship goalkeepers contending for the starting spots which should give us an advantage. I expect all of the incoming players to earn significant time and for some to earn starting positions throughout the course of the season."
Midfielder ... St. Louis, Missouri ... St. Pius X High ... member of successful Busch Soccer Club in St. Louis coached by Steve Pecher... club teammates with current Otahkians Marla Gianino, Lisa Schweppe and Erin Slattery ... won a state championship with Busch three times and a regional championship once ... intends to major in physical therapy at Southeast ... chose Southeast over Evansville, Saint Louis University and Benedictine.
Coach Nelson Says: "Jamie is a take-on artist who knows how to find the back of the net. She plays outside-midfield and forward. Jamie will re-join her teammates (Gianino, Schweppe and Slattery) from the nationally recognized Busch team coached by Steve Pecher."
Midfielder ... St. Louis, Missouri ... Bishop DuBourg High School ... member of talented J.B. Marine Soccer Club ... teammate since age nine with Megan Hejlek, another 2002 Otahkian signee ... chose Southeast over SMS and Alabama-Birmingham.
Coach Nelson Says: "Ashley is a dominant left-footed player. Her shear speed, physical strength and size make her a formidable threat to create and score goals from the wing-mid or back positions."
Goalkeeper ... Carmel, Indiana ... Carmel High ...won state championships during 2000 & 2001 seasons with national ranked team under coach Frank Dixon ... named to all-state team during senior season ... played for Carmel Cobras club team ... team won Indiana State Championship five straight seasons ... also participated on varsity swimming team, which won state championship in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was nationally ranked ... high school scholar athlete ... chose Southeast over Western Kentucky, Drury, Ball State, Indiana State and Kent State ... intends to major in sports management in college.
Coach Nelson Says: "Lauren is a product of the elite Carmel United Soccer Club. She has a strong history of competing at the highest level in both Indiana and the Midwest region. Her strengths as a goalkeeper are shot-stopping, distribution and communication. She is also recognized as a fierce competitor."
Defender ... Jackson, Missouri ... Jackson High ... first-team all-conference and district and all-state honorable mention as a junior under coaches Zack Walton and Bonnie Knowlan... MVP of defense during sophomore season ... high school teammate of current Otahkian Julie Wunderlich ... played for Southeast Missouri Soccer Club and for Roadrunner club where she served as captain ... also participated in varsity volleyball where she was a tri-captain and won 'Most Outstanding Athlete' award for a 2001 sectional champion team ... member of National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America ... undecided on college major ... chose Southeast over Evansville, Southern Indiana and Benedictine.
Coach Nelson Says: "Erin is a local area standout who has great athleticism, in particular speed and ball-winning ability. She is a difficult defender to beat one-on-one and will add depth to our strong defensive unit."
Midfielder ... St. Louis, Missouri ... played for the number one ranked Nerinx Hall team that went undefeated until sectionals ... was named team MVP as a freshman and all-conference honorable mention as a junior ... has been a member of the dominant J.B. Marine Club team coached by Mike Gauvain for eight years ... member of the Missouri ODP team for five consecutive years ... chose Southeast over Ball State, Purdue, Western Illinois, Illinois State and Louisville ... plans on majoring in nutrition at Southeast.
Coach Nelson Says: "Megan has the ability to dominate central-midfield. She possesses a great combination of speed, work-rate, ball-winning and technical ability. Megan is the type of player that is either directly involved in the play or looking to get involved."
Defender ... St. Louis, Missouri ... Oakville Senior High ... coached by Dave Robben ... named second-team all-conference in 1999 and first-team all-conference in 2001 ... high school teammate of current Otahkian Kori Marchi ... member of Busch Soccer club team coached by Denny Hearne ... chose Southeast over Murray State, Saint Louis and Cincinnati ... planning on majoring in pre-medicine at Southeast.
Coach Nelson Says: "Mary is an extremely talented defender. She has experienced success at the state and regional level and is the most tactical of the incoming freshman class. This 'no prisoner' type of defender is also solid in the air and dangerous on free kicks."
Amanda Wzros (pronounced Ross)
Goalkeeper ... Hoffman Estates, Illinois ... transfer from Eastern Michigan University ... will have sophomore eligibility ... attended St. Viator High ... broke high school records for shutouts in a season and in a career ... tallied 19 shutouts and a 0.41 goals allowed average during senior season ... named all-conference and all-area ... member of powerful Eclipse Select club team coached by Rory Dames who was also her high school coach ... plans to major in business at Southeast.
Coach Nelson Says: "Amanda brings a tradition of winning and a wealth of goalkeeping experience from her dominant Eclipse team. Her strengths are her distribution and shot stopping. She also does an excellent job of dominating her goal area."