Soccer Adds Mizzou Transfer Jessica Crabtree
May 9, 2011
By Patrick ClarkSoutheast Missouri State Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Southeast Missouri State head soccer coach Heather Nelson announced the addition of University of Missouri transfer Jessica Crabtree to her 2011 soccer club. Crabtree will have one year of eligibility remaining.
“I'm extremely excited about signing Jessie,” said Coach Nelson. “Our team and coaching staff are looking forward to her joining us for her senior season.”
The midfielder from Marion, Ill. played three seasons with the Tigers, appearing in 60 games during that span with 25 starts.
Sixteen of those starts came last season where she played both the midfield and forward for the Tigers. She tallied two assists in 1,370 minutes played which ranked fourth on the club.
Crabtree played 90 minutes or more in eight-straight games during the season, including three games where she played 110 minutes.
Her most productive season offensively came during the 2009 season. She tallied 11 points on five goals and one assist, helping the Tigers to their second-straight Big 12 Championship. She appeared in 22 games with eight starting nods.
Of her five goals, three were eventual game-winners including her first career goal in a 3-2 win over Iowa.
As a freshman, she played in 20 games and making her first career start in the team’s season-opener against No. 17 Illinois.
Crabtree has showed an ability to take quality shots in her attempts. Of her 54 career shots, 22 have been on goal.
As a sophomore, she was named First Team Academic All-Big 12.
She played her prep soccer at Marion High School where she scored 142 goals, assisted on 43 goals for an amazing 325 points during her four-year career. She ranks tenth all-time in Illinois High School history in career goals.
She holds Marion’s record for career goals and goals in a season (44 goals).
Crabtree is a two-time First Team All-State selection and four-time All-Sectional and All-Conference selection under the tutelage of Tony Orso.
She is the first Marion athlete to earn 18 varsity letters, lettering in basketball, cross country, track and swimming.
Crabtree was a teammate of current Redhawk soccer player Stephanie Palmer for two seasons.
“She is an elite level, experienced student-athlete and a genuine person,” commented Coach Nelson. “We couldn't be happier to have her join our soccer family here at Southeast. Her athleticism, speed, relentless work rate and pure will to attack the goal are a unique combination characteristics rarely found in the women's game. The fans and youth soccer players will certainly enjoy watching her play."