Women's Soccer Welcomes 2017 Recruits

Head Coach Derek Burton
Head Coach Derek Burton

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Fresh off the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference championship and a run to the second round of the NCAA Championship, SIUE women's soccer is set to welcome seven newcomers to the program, according to Head Coach Derek Burton

Myah Diekema (Grand Rapids, Michigan), Kelli Fink (Fenton, Missouri), Andrea Frerker (Collinsville, Illinois), Angel Ikeda (St. Charles, Missouri), Mackenzie Litzsinger (Fenton, Missouri), Mallory Mushill (Edwardsville) and Jensen Schoch (Wildwood, Missouri) have each agreed to join the Cougars in the fall.

"This recruiting class is exciting for a variety of reasons," Burton said. "The staff has done a good job of identifying and evaluating the athletes who make up this 2017 group. We had some specific needs that we were able to address with athletes of great character and ability. The quality in their performances over the course of their club and high school years is there. We have some impactful athletes joining us and that is exciting. This class is a collection of driven athletes that we are confident will be jumping on board with the mentality of investing in our process, doing what it takes to win championships on the field, that everyone in our program have established."  

Signee Ht. Hometown High School
Myah Diekema 5-6 Grand Rapids, Mich. Grand Rapids Christian
Kelli Fink 5-9 Fenton, Mo. Rockwood Summit
Andrea Frerker 5-3 Collinsville, Ill. Collinsville
Angel Ikeda 5-7 St. Charles, Mo. Francis Howell Central
Mackenzie Litzsinger 5-9 Fenton, Mo. Rockwood Summit
Mallory Mushill 5-8 Edwardsville, Ill. Edwardsville
Jensen Schoch 5-7 Wildwood, Mo. Eureka


Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.
High School: Grand Rapids Christian High School
Position: Defense
Club Team: Midwest United FC
Club Coach: Lewis Robinson

From Coach Burton: Myah is a driven, competitive player. Not only does she not like to concede anything defensively in the back, she is technically proficient. She's good in possession and as she acclimates as all freshmen do to the college level, it will allow her speed of play and decision-making to be impactful. Additionally, Myah is a scholar in the making with an extremely bright future, not just a good student. I'm excited to be welcoming Myah to the program.

Hometown: Fenton, Mo.
High School: Rockwood Summit High School
Position: Goalkeeper
Club Team: Lou Fusz SC
Club Coach: Brian Brinker, Jim Wipke

From Coach Burton: Kelli is a tremendous athlete with a multi-sport background. She decided later in the process than most that she wanted to pursue college soccer. We are ecstatic that she did because her future is bright. She is quick, athletic and looking to work to get better. Kelli will thrive in training moving forward with Coach Thomas and our goalkeeping group.

Hometown: Collinsville, Ill.
High School: Collinsville High School
Position: Midfield
Club Team: Lou Fusz SC
Club Coach: Jim Wipke

From Coach Burton: Andrea is dynamo. She is always extremely fit and never stops working. What sets Andrea apart from others is her balance and center of gravity. She can turn on a dime, spin out of trouble and get free from defenders. She's fun to watch. Another intelligent player, she has a very high level soccer IQ which allows her to make plays in the attack on the dribble or with a killer pass that eliminates the opposition. Defensively, she will pick your pocket of the ball before you know it. Cougar fans will enjoy watching Andrea this fall and beyond. We are excited to have her join us.

Hometown: St. Charles, Mo.
High School: Francis Howell Central High School
Position: Midfield
Club Team: Lou Fusz SC
Club Coach: Brian Brinker

From Coach Burton: Angel is a technical player with exceptional passing ability. She has good vision in the center of the field. She can impact us with her passing and playmaking, but she also possesses a great ability to strike the ball with both feet. She can do some damage with her shot but also service in the area of restarts for us. Angel is a player who can fit into a couple different roles in the midfield for us as well, which is a huge value for the team. We are looking forward to Angel joining us this fall.

Hometown: Fenton, Mo.
High School: Rockwood Summit High School
Position: Forward
Club Team: Saint Louis Scott Gallagher IL ECNL
Club Coach: Laura Ridolfi

From Coach Burton: Mackenzie has scored goals her entire youth career. She can score goals in every fashion, and goals win games, bottom line. Technically good with a real finisher's shot and super dangerous on the dribble going at defenders, she can be a real threat. She has the rare ability to not lose speed when she has the ball. So we are excited to bring in a proven scorer who I know wants nothing more than to keep doing the same here at SIUE.


Hometown: Edwardsville, Ill.
High School: Edwardsville High School
Position: Defense
Club Team: Saint Louis Scott Gallagher IL ECNL
Club Coach: Laura Ridolfi

From Coach Burton: Mallory is a tough physical defender who is very productive when she wins the ball, which she does with regularity. Her tenacity to compete for balls is what I first noticed. She is a great fit for how we strive to play and what I want along the backline. Additionally, Mallory is very good in the air on both sides of the ball so she will be a nice added threat on restarts for us. We are excited to have another hometown player become a Cougar.

Hometown: Wildwood, Mo.
High School: Eureka High School
Position: Goalkeeper
Club Team: Lou Fusz SC
Club Coach: Jim Wipke

From Coach Burton: JJ brings a great work ethic and attitude to the position. She has a very high level of experience playing with her successful club and that really bodes well for the future. Coach Thomas is going to love training JJ because she understands the value of development and isn't afraid to go after her goals. We are all excited to have JJ joining us.

"I know each one of these young ladies will be great teammates and student-athletes at SIUE," Burton added. "This is an astoundingly intelligent group of students. I know each of them will continue to further our program's tradition of academic excellence off the field, uphold our program core values and represent SIUE in a way that everyone in Cougar Nation can be proud of. When it is finally official, it's a great day. On behalf of the staff and the rest of the team, we are excited to welcome Myah, Kelli, Andrea, Angel, Mackenzie, Mallory and JJ."

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