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Vermillion, S.D. –- South Dakota women’s soccer head coach Mandy Green has announced the Coyotes’ 2011 recruiting class. The 19-member group features student-athletes from seven different states.


“We spent a lot of time on the road this last summer watching games, communicating with student athletes about what we think this program could be, and getting them to campus so they could see how they would fit in,” Green said. “Our hard work paid off by getting 19 student-athletes for our 2011 roster. Obviously bringing so many players in for one class is not typical but we needed to create more competition for playing time and add more depth to our roster. We are excited to see how this young group will rise to the occasion of building USD into a competitive D1 program. I am confident that this class will come in and add speed, athleticism, competitiveness, and bring in attitudes and unique qualities that will help this program reach a new level of success.”

Here is a closer look at the 2011 recruits:


Lauren Bennett (Walton, Ky.)

Bennett is a standout forward from Walton-Verona High School. In 2010, she was the leading goal scorer in Northern Kentucky with 49 goals. She was first-team all-state and named the Northern Kentucky All-Star team’s most valuable player. Bennett was the 12th Region Player of the Year and finished with the most goals scored in Walton-Verona history with 110. She also finished with 29 career assists and earned four all-district honors.


Kylee Willer (Fort Collins, Colo.)

Willer is a midfielder from Fossil Ridge High School, where she was a four-year letterwinner. Willer was captain of the Arsenal Colorado Gold club soccer team during her senior year as well as serving as captain for her high school team during her junior and senior year.


Mackenzie Viktor (Fort Collins, Colo.)

Viktor is a goalkeeper from Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins. Viktor was part of the national championship Olympic Development Program team. She also played in the all-star game at the Colorado Showcase.


Shannon Keller (Blackhawk, S.D.)

Keller is a midfielder who played at Rapid City Stevens High School. She was first-team all-state as a senior after earning second-team all-state honors as a junior. She was a four-year varsity letterwinner. She also helped lead her team to two state championships and a 25-0-2 mark over the past two years. Keller also played for the Rushmore Soccer Club which won state four out of the last five years.


Makena Cameron (Cheyenne, Wyo.)

Cameron, a midfielder/forward, was a two-time all-state and three-time all-conference player in soccer at Cheyenne Central High School, where she played the forward, midfield and defender positions. She also played for the Colorado Arsenal Club team. She has scored 31 goals through her junior year. She was also a member of the Wyoming Olympic Development team for three years (2007-09).


Brittlyn Dillow (Dixon, Ill.)

Dillow, a forward/midfielder, is a standout from Dixon High School in Illinois. She was a four-year player for the Rockford Dactyls Club team, including serving as captain for two years. She also competed for the Elite College Prep Club team for two years. She was MVP of the Dixon varsity team as a freshman when she scored 17 goals and added seven assists. She was also first-team all-conference as a freshman.


Rebecca Pederson (Waconia, Minn.)

Pederson is a forward from Waconia High School. She was named to the all-state team and was named the most outstanding player of the all-state game. She was a two-time honorable mention all-conference selection and a four-year letterwinner.


Jessica Nieman (Rochester Hills, Mich.)

Nieman is a defender from Rochester High School, where she was a four-year letterwinner. Nieman was named all-district as a junior. She was a three-year scholar athlete as well. Nieman plays for the Vardar club team.


Colleen Reeves (Rogers, Minn.)

Reeves is a defender from Rogers High School, where she is two-time first-team all-conference pick. She was part of the Rogers’ state championship team that finished 24-0 with 16 shutouts in 2010. She also played for the Wayzata Rage Club team and was part of the 2009 Minnesota State Cup champion. She finished her high school career with five goals and 12 assists.


Samantha Harvey (Grand Island, Neb.)

Harvey is a defender from Grand Island, Neb., where she helped her team record seven shutouts last season. As a junior, Harvey finished the 2010 high school season with two goals and seven assists sand earned all-conference honors. Harvey was a three-year varsity letterwinner in soccer. She is a member of the Kearney Soccer Club and also was a standout in basketball and volleyball. For her career she has nine goals and 15 assists and has helped her team record 17 shutouts.


Shauna Hase (Woodbury, Minn.)

Hase is a goalkeeper from Woodbury High School. She was a four-year starter at the position and earned honorable mention all-conference honors. During her career Hase stopped 655 shots, including 235 as a senior. She also played for the Woodbury Tormenta club team.


Laura Buckman (Yankton, S.D.)

Buckman, a midfielder, was second team all-state at Yankton High School. She led the team in assists in 2009 and 2010 and was a two-year starter. She was a three-year letterwinner. She was also an Eastern South Dakota Conference track champion in 2009 and 2010. Buckman also played for the River City Soccer Club.


Keighley Morrow (Brookings, S.D.)

Morrow is a forward/defender who was first-team all-state as a senior at Brookings High School. Morrow was second team all-state as a junior after earning team most valuable player honors as a sophomore. She played for the Dakota Alliance club team.


Madilyn Myers, Anoka, Minn.

Myers is a forward from Anoka High School, where she is a three-time all-conference selection. She was part of the state tournament team in 2009. She was a team captain in 2010 and lettered in all four years of soccer at Anoka. She was a member of the Wayzata Rage club team and a three-time Olympic Development Player.


Alex Pantze (Faribault, Minn.)

Pantze is a midfielder who played for Shattuck St. Mary’s High School. She has 12 goals and 23 assists in her career. She was team captain in 2009-10 and also played for the Minnesota Olympic Development Team. Shattuck is part of the Midwest Regional League.


Kaiti Porter (Prior Lake, Minn.)

Porter is a midfielder/defender from Prior Lake High School. She earned all-conference as a junior and was team captain as a senior. She helped lead the Eden Prairie United club team to a state title and has been a member of the MRL Premiere League for three years.


Stephanie Qualm (Hill City, S.D.)

Qualm is a defender/midfielder who played for Rapid City Stevens High School. She has earned all-state honors three times and was part of two state championship teams. Qualm also played for the Rushmore Soccer Club, where she was part of four South Dakota State Cup Champion teams. She also was part of teams that competed at the regional soccer tournament for four years.


Kayla Wegman (Omaha, Neb.)

Wegman, a goalkeeper from Millard South in Omaha, has 295 saves through her junior season. Wegman finished with the most saves in Class A last year. She was named team captain for her senior season. Wegman played for the Toro Synergy club team.


Morgan Worley (Woodbury, Minn.)

Worley is a defender from Woodbury High School. She played for Triton Regional High School in New Jersey prior to moving to Minnesota. Worley is four-year letterwinner and three-time all-conference selection.


“We are excited about the talent of our newcomers, but I think we are most excited about how this class will complement our current team,” Green said. “We came a long way in the fall and the returning group is working hard in the weight room, on the field, and in the classroom in an effort to be even more prepared going into next fall. We have established a new and better soccer culture here at USD which I believe with all of these new players will make us more competitive as we enter our first season in the Summit League.”

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