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SIUE Women’s Soccer Announces 2018 Recruiting Class

SIUE Women’s Soccer Announces 2018 Recruiting Class

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE women's soccer program has signed seven athletes for the 2018 season. Megan Danielson (Lake Orion, Michigan), Amanda DiNardo (Joliet, Illinois), Ashley Guardado (St. Louis, Missouri), Lydia Harris (Chesterfield, Missouri), Kayla Klipsch (St. Louis, Missouri), Katie Mahoney (Ada, Michigan) and Emma Varvera (St. Peters, Missouri) are joining a Cougars team which is looking for its third Ohio Valley Conference Championship in the past five seasons.              

"This incoming class has the very real potential to impact us immediately and that is incredibly exciting," Head Coach Derek Burton said. "The staff, particularly Coach (Morgan) Betscher, hit it out of the park when it came to identifying and evaluating program-impacting players for this class. The end result today is a dynamic class of well-trained, passionate student-athletes who we are very eager to join a strong and driven group of returners."



Club Team: Vardar ECNL
Club Coach: Demir Muftari

From Coach Burton: "Meg is a driven, competitive player. She is a tough customer in the backline and is not afraid to get stuck in and compete. Technically, she's a good passer out of the back and makes good decisions with the ball, which means she's good in possession. As she acclimates, as all freshmen do, to the college level, it will allow her speed of play and decision making to be impactful when our team wins the ball. Meg is very driven academically as well with an extremely bright
future. I'm excited to welcome Meg to the program."

Why Megan chose SIUE:  "I chose SIUE because of the great academics, the beautiful facilities and the wonderful coaching staff. I am so excited to be a part of such a great program!"










Club Team: Eclipse Development Academy 
Club Coach: Rory Dames, Mike Nesci

From Coach Burton: "Amanda is an all-around forward who can do a bit of everything when it comes to producing scoring chances. She can score goals, but what makes her dynamic is the next level that she provides us. Her movement off the ball is intelligent, and her ability to hold a ball up and get others involved is very mature for a young player. Amanda is an outstanding addition to our attack and should hit the ground running."

Why Amanda chose SIUE:  "I was always told that when you find the place, you'll know it. SIUE gave me the sense of comfort and support that I always sought out to feel in my search. Almost instantly, I felt at home and as if I was placed into a family I knew I'd be a part of for the next four years. The environment and the coaches and faculty I found myself surrounded with excited me beyond words to play for SIUE specifically."










Club Team: Saint Louis Scott Gallagher ECNL 
Club Coach: Scott McDoniel

From Coach Burton: "Ashley is an attacking player with tremendous pace and tenacity to get after the opposition. Speed kills in space, and together with her quality service, she will add a real attacking threat for us this fall. Ashley is at a point in her playing career where she is personally very driven. And we look forward to adding the desire I know she feels to our team this season."

Why Ashley chose SIUE: "The reasons I chose SIUE were because the coaches are awesome, and they made me feel at home. I loved the campus immediately, and it's the perfect size for me. Overall, I just loved everything about the environment there."










Club Team: Sporting STL 
Club Coach: Roger Uphoff

From Coach Burton: "Lydia is a versatile player that has the athletic ability to play in a variety of places for us. Foremost as a player is her desire and passion for competing. Her technical ability and read of the game are very good. She will be a great addition on restarts as well as she is very good striker of the ball, with both feet. But her willingness to work and give everything for her teammates is such a valuable trait that we could not be more excited to bring into our program. We are looking forward to Lydia joining us this fall."

Why I chose SIUE: "I chose SIUE because I really liked the coaching staff
and was impressed with the academic success of the women's soccer program.  I am planning on studying biological sciences and am very excited about the many research opportunities available.  I feel SIUE will provide a good foundation that will allow me to pursue future opportunities in the medical field."










Club Team: Saint Louis Scott Gallagher ECNL/AFA Fillies 
Club Coach: Scott McDoniel / Jason Wyland

From Coach Burton: "Kayla does a lot of things well and has very high-level soccer IQ. Because of that I can see her impacting us in a variety of places in the middle of the field. She's technically very good and moves the ball well in possession. Her height is a nice aspect to her game on restarts and in the center of the park as well. We're excited to add a player who realistically has so many possibilities of impacting our team and can't wait to get started this season with her."

Why Kayla chose SIUE: "I chose SIUE because it's away but still close to home, the campus is the perfect size and the coaching staff is awesome. To top it off, I also get to play with my best friend (Ashley Guardado)."












Club Team: Midwest United  
Club Coach: Lewis Robinson

From Coach Burton: "Katie will be a middle-of-the-field presence for us, connecting the team from back to front. She has the thought process and technical ability to play simple and quick, which allows her team to keep possession and play at a high tempo. She should be a great fit for our style of
play and also will be a factor in the air and on set pieces with her height.
In terms of intangibles, anytime you can add a player who has won a national championship and gone through that journey a couple times, it strengthens the program. We are looking forward to Katie joining us."

Why Katie chose SIUE: "I chose SIUE because when I first visited campus I knew it was the school for me. I have always wanted to continue my academic and athletic career at the Division I level and SIUE offers everything I wanted on and off the field. The coaches and players made me feel welcome and like I was a part of the team, and I'm excited to finally start playing with them!"











Club Team: Sporting STL 
Club Coach: Roger Uphoff

From Coach Burton: "Emma is a play-making attacker. I can see her fitting in a few different spots for us, depending on what our team shape looks like. Quickness and skill on the ball together with her vision will make Emma an impactful player. However we choose to play, Emma will find success getting in between the lines and in space, getting on the ball to make things happen for us in the attack. She is a great fit for our team and will really prosper with her new teammates and how they will all complement each other on the field. It seems
like she's been verbally committed to us forever, so it's so nice to know that we are that much closer to having her on the field."

Why Emma chose SIUE: "I chose SIUE because of the immediate comfort I felt on campus when I met my future coaches and teammates. I am interested in pursuing a business degree, and I knew that the business department was AACSB accredited so I had confidence that I could succeed there in every way I have in mind for my future goals."

"I know each one of these young ladies will be great teammates and student-athletes at SIUE," Burton added. "This is a great group of young women we are bringing into our program. 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. On behalf of the staff and the rest of the team, we are excited to welcome Megan, Amanda, Ashley, Lydia, Kayla, Katie and Emma."

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