Women's Soccer Announces 2013 Recruiting Class

Women's Soccer Announces 2013 Recruiting Class


EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE women's soccer Head Coach Derek Burton has announced his recruiting class for the 2013 season. Jorie Clawson (Saint Charles, Ill.), Kayla Delgado (Belleville, Ill.), Alexandra Johnson (Omaha, Neb.), Cory Levels (Cary, Ill.), Christine Martinez (Albuquerque, N.M.), Kassidy Rawdon (Maryville, Ill.), and Jenna Springer (Omaha, Neb.), have each signed National Letters of Intent to play soccer for the Cougars.                      

"Our 2013 group is a diverse recruiting class: from geographic, personality, and playing characteristic standpoints," Burton said. "I love the energy their diversity will bring.

"At first glance it may seem like a sizable part of the group plays similar positions. The labels of positions tend to do that," Burton continued. "The reality is that a few have played in similar spots, but their qualities are different and complimentary. And that falls in line with our philosophy of a total team of dynamic, well-rounded players who will allow us to continue to grow and develop so we can continue to play a dynamic brand of soccer. The qualities that our staff has seen in this group over the last year-plus gives us a ton of confidence in their ability to make an impact in our program, no matter where they ultimately end up on the field."

All seven players are profiled below:

2013 SIUE Women's Soccer Signees
Signee Ht. Pos. Hometown Previous School
Jorie Clawson 5-8 D/MF Saint Charles, Ill. Saint Charles North High School
Kayla Delgado 5-9 F Belleville, Ill. Belleville East High School
Alexandra Johnson 5-5 F/MF Omaha, Neb. Marian High School
Cory Levels 5-7 D Cary, Ill. Cary-Grove High School
Christine Martinez 5-1 D/MF Albuquerque, N.M. Eldorado High School
Kassidy Rawdon 5-5 D Maryville, Ill. Collinsville High School
Jenna Springer 5-3 D/MF Omaha, Neb. Millard North


Jorie Clawson  is a 5-8 defender/midfielder who comes to SIUE from Saint Charles North High School. She played club soccer for Team Chicago Botafogo for coach Phil Nielsen.




Career Highlights:
Member of Saint Charles North team that was Illinois 3A State finalist in 2012…Team was 3A Regional Champion in 2011…Club team, Team Chicago Botafogo, was 2012 State Cup Champions, Regional Champions, and third at Nationals.

Coach Burton on Clawson:
"We are delighted to welcome Jorie to our program at SIUE. Due to the achievements of Team Chicago at the highest levels of youth soccer, Jorie brings a wealth of experience to college with her. Travel abroad and competition of the highest caliber produces players with a team-first, winning mentality and a competitive fire that is needed as a Division I athlete. As a coach you can never have enough players with those traits. A very good athlete with good size and strong in the air, Jorie will help solidify our defensive presence along the back or in the midfield. The dynamic training environment of her club develops a whole player and that is an attribute, which can't be overstated, that will help Jorie take the step up in her playing career."

Why Jorie chose SIUE:
"I chose SIUE because I really liked the campus, the wide variety of majors gives me more space to explore potential career options and the University itself has an outstanding reputation. The coaches made me feel welcome from the very beginning, and I'm excited about joining the already successful program." 











Kayla Delgado is a 5-9 forward from Belleville East High School. Delgado played for Saint Louis Scott Gallagher- Metro for coaches Dale Schilly and Mitch Bohnak. Delgado's sister Marissa is a sophomore midfielder for the Cougars.


Career highlights:
All-State pick by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association as a junior…All-Metro choice by the St. Louis Post-Dispatchas a junior…Three-time All-Southwestern conference selection…Finished eighth in the area with 32 goals as a junior…Scored 10 game-winning goals as a junior…Finished junior season 12th in the area in scoring with 70 points…Is No. 2 all-time at Belleville East with 93 goals and 207 points.

Coach Burton on Delgado:
"Kayla has the combination of size, speed, athletic ability, and finishing touch that translate well to the college game. She has the ability to combine, beat defenders with the ball at her feet, or without the ball to get on the end of passes in behind.  She has the potential to be a real handful for opposing teams and our staff looks forward to adding her to the team in August. Kayla joins her older sister at SIUE, which will be the third set of sisters in the program in five years. Because of that it seems like she's been a part of the program already, but it will be great to finally have her here on the field."

Why Kayla chose SIUE:
"I chose SIUE because my family and friends are very important to me. Playing at SIUE gives me a chance to go away to college and play quality soccer but still be close to home."















Alexandra Johnson is a 5-5 forward/midfielder from Marian High School. Johnson played with fellow recruit Jenna Springer for Coach Becky Sanow Omaha FC Elite in club soccer.


Career Highlights:
Two-time Nebraska State Champion in 2010 and again in 2012 at Marian High School…Team qualified for State Tournament three consecutive seasons 2010-2012…Chosen as The Soccer Academy Player of the Week in once in 2008 and again in 2009…Club team, Omaha FC Elite, was State Cup Qualifiers five consecutive years 2008-2012, winning State Cup in 2012...Earned the National Youth Leadership Award…Also is a member of National Society of High School Scholars

Coach Burton on Johnson:
 "Alex brings an unparalleled work ethic to the field. An attacking player who can be utilized as a forward or in midfield, she has very good pace and enjoys taking people on. She is athletic and courageous in her efforts for the team, in whichever role she's in. What really jumped out about Alex as we recruited her was her willingness to really put in a defensive effort, which is rare in an attacking player at the youth level.  Alex is a tremendous addition to our team."

Why Alexandra chose SIUE:
"I chose SIUE because it provides me with two of my most important college characteristics: great education/school environment and the opportunity to improve as a player. I know I'll grow tremendously as a person on and off the field."















Cory Levels is a 5-7 defender from Cary-Grove High School. She played club soccer for Eclipse Select for coaches Rory Dames and Mike Nesci. 


Career Highlights:
Played varsity soccer at Cary-Grove High School…Was a member of Eclipse 2-time Illinois State Championship team… Member of the Olympic Development program… Participated on ODP Illinois state team from 2007-2011…Member of the ODP U.S. Region II pool in 2010.

Coach Burton on Levels:
"Cory comes to SIUE with a ton of big game, high-level competition experience. She was a Three-Star recruit at Top Drawer Soccer and one of the top central defenders in the Midwest. Developing in the Eclipse club, she has grown to be a fierce competitor in the back. She is an athletic player; a strong tackler and very good in the air on both ends of the field. Cory reads the game well and has a tremendous feel for the game, which is ideal when making the step to the college game. We're excited to welcome Cory the program and look forward to the impact she will make here."

Why Cory chose SIUE:
"I chose SIUE because it has everything I want in a university; from a large assortment of majors, to an amazing soccer program."













Christine Martinez is a 5-1 defender/midfielder who played at Eldorado High School. She played club soccer for RVFC 95 for Coach Chris Brennan.


Career Highlights:
Four-year varsity starter at Eldorado…Member of 2009 New Mexico State Championship team…Four-time AAAAA All-State selection…Four-time AAAAA All-District 2 selection…All-Metro choice in 2012…Club team, RVFC 95 was a three-time New Mexico state runner-up.

Coach Burton on Martinez:
"Christine is a dynamo. She is small in stature but plays the game with incredible heart and determination. She is very tough to beat one on one because she is so quick in tight spaces and because she is intent on never getting beat. Her motor is non-stop, and she is versatile. A playmaking, attacking midfielder for most of her youth, she started playing as an outside back a couple years ago and has excelled in a big way. Because of her technical ability, she is comfortable with the ball going at the opposition and proficient passing and possessing out of the back as well. Going into the fall we'll have needs out wide, whether in the back or in the midfield, and Christine will make an impact with us in either area or maybe both. The bottom line is that she is a skilled, quick, agile soccer player, and we can't wait to have her on campus this fall."

Why Christine chose SIUE:
"I chose SIUE because it has a competitive soccer program with an emphasis on academics. I enjoy the friendly school/ program environment, and I really connected with the coaches and girls in the program."


















Kassidy Rawdon is a 5-5 defender from Collinsville High School, where she played for Coach Clay Smith. She played club soccer for Saint Louis Scott Gallagher-Metro where her coaches were Dale Schilly and Mitch Bohnak. She was a teammate of Kayla Delgado with Scott Gallagher.


Career Highlights:
All Sectional selection in 2011…Two-time All-Southwestern Conference selection…Earned Collinsville's award as the best defender and Player of the Year as a junior…Two-time team captain for the Kahoks.

Coach Burton on Rawdon:
"Kassidy is a tenacious defender who plays with a lot of energy and enthusiasm for the game. She works hard for her teammates and loves the competition and challenge of shutting her mark down. She already has the foundation of a successful college defender. We look forward to seeing her grow and contribute to our team reaching its goals for the next four years. We're excited to have Kassidy joining us this fall."

Why Kassidy chose SIUE:
"I chose SIUE initially because of my familiarity with program and some of the current players. Their feedback to me was all very positive, and I knew it was the kind of team I wanted to be a part of. When I visited I felt comfortable and at home. I knew it was the place for me, and I can't wait to be a Cougar."














Jenna Springer is a 5-3 defender/midfielder who played at Millard North High School. She played for Omaha FC Elite in club soccer for Coach Becky Sanow, where she was a teammate with fellow recruit Alexandra Johnson.








Career Highlights:
High school, Millard North was 2011 Nebraska State champion… Club team, Omaha FC Elite, was State Cup Qualifiers five consecutive years 2008-2012, winning State Cup in 2012

Coach Burton on Springer:
"Jenna is another competitor of the highest caliber. She is a player who works for the team and wants success in everything she does. Jenna can be another multidimensional player for us as she has spent the majority of her playing career as an outside midfielder and an outside back. Great energy and fitness level, quickness in small spaces combined with a great work ethic are what Jenna brings to the team. She is a great addition for us because of these attributes as well as the intangibles that she brings. We look forward to her arrival."

Why Jenna chose SIUE:
 "I love how peaceful campus is but close to a big city. SIUE has a great pharmacy program and that has always been one of my dreams to pursue. I love all the space there is on campus; it's beautiful. Most importantly, I loved the soccer atmosphere. The coaching staff and players seem very genuine and outgoing, which made me realize that I could fit in. I also love the ending "e" on "SIUe" because of how we tell people it means excellence. SIUE provided me the opportunity to fulfill my soccer and academic dreams.  No other school compared." 















Burton said the entire class fits well at SIUE.

"These are all intelligent young women, fierce competitors, and great teammates who fit our team culture and will do whatever is asked of them to win games on the field as well as be exceptional students and members of the SIUE community off the field," Burton added. "Throughout the evaluation process we focused on the quality of their developmental background and their personal character.  All of these young ladies come from high quality club settings where they compete at the highest levels in the country and receive top level training from some of the most successful club coaches in the nation."

SIUE was 7-8-4 overall in 2012. The Cougars finished sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference regular season standings, with a 4-4-2 record, and advanced to the semifinals of the OVC tournament.  

"It's an exciting time in our program where our goals are extremely high, and the teammates these young ladies are joining are focused on reaching them," Burton continued. "These players are ready to step onto the field and make a difference, and that is exciting for our program."

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