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Bulldogs Add Nine To 2014 Recruiting Class

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: February 11, 2014
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DES MOINES, Iowa - The Drake women's soccer team, under the leadership of seventh-year head coach Lindsey Horner, has announced the addition of nine student-athletes joining the Bulldogs' squad for the 2014 campaign.

Donning the Drake uniform this fall will be Morgan Foster (Chubbuck, Idaho/Skyline/Butler Community College), Kasey Hurt (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny), Addie Jenkins (Kansas City, Mo./Platte County), Ashley Mages (Littleton, Colo./Dakota Ridge), Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa/Valley), Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo./Kearney), Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan./Shawnee Mission West), Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) and Hannah Wilder (Wheatfield, Ind./Kankakee Valley).

"Our 2014 class is made up of nine student-athletes that will appropriately represent Drake women's soccer on and off the field," Horner commented.  " Each has the potential to impact our program early in her career.  We'll be looking forward to these players arriving in August prepared and eager to contribute to our program.”

Foster, a forward from Skyline High School, played the last two seasons at Butler Community College, where she was tabbed a first-team All-American by the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) and the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association).  She was a four-time all-area and all-conference selection for Skyline.

Hurt, a defender from Ankeny High School, sparked the Hawkettes to state titles as both a freshman and junior, as well as a runner-up performance as a sophomore. Member of an Ankeny squad that surrendered only two goals in 2013 en route to a 22-0 mark and a state championship. She is a member of the Iowa Rush Soccer Club.

Jenkins, a midfielder from Platte County High School, was a two-time all-district selection for the Pirates.  She is a member of the Sporting Blue Valley Soccer Club. 

Mages, a defender from Dakota Ridge High School, led the Eagles' defensive unit to a runner-up finish at the Class 5A state championship as a freshman.  An all-conference honoree, she captured honorable mention all-state selection as a junior. She is a member of the Colorado Rush ECNL club squad.

Morris, a goalkeeper from Valley High School, garnered team Most Valuable Player accolades in net for the Tigers as junior. She is a member of the Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club.

Salisbury, a midfielder from Kearney High School, is an honorable mention all-conference performer.  She helped lead the Bulldogs to district titles in 2011 and 2012. She plays club soccer for the Sporting Blue Valley Soccer Club.

Smith, a defender/midfielder from Shawnee Mission High School, was a member of a state runner-up squad for the Lancers as a sophomore as well as a regional finalist team during her junior campaign.  She twice was named an all-conference selection at Shawnee Mission. She plays club soccer for the KC Fusion Academy/Metro United Soccer Clubs.

Wanninger, defender/midfielder from Johnston High School, led the Dragons to the state tournament in each of her first three campaigns. She collected honorable mention all-state accolades as a junior as well as all-conference honors. She is a member of the Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club.

Wilder, a forward from Kankakee Valley High School, was tabbed a second-team all-state honoree as a senior. A three-time all-conference selection, she also garnered all-district accolades twice.

2014 DRAKE WOMEN'S SOCCER SIGNEES ON WHY THEY CHOSE DRAKE

Morgan Foster

 “I chose Drake for a number of reasons. The first was because the coaches showed so much interest in me that it made me feel like it was going to be a really good place for me to continue my education. The second was the academic side of Drake. I like that the class sizes are small and more personal. I got along with the girls really well, and it just felt right being there.”

Kasey Hurt

“I chose to go to Drake because I won't be far from my family.  The soccer coaches, trainers, and players are all very welcoming and seem like fun people to be around, and I like Drake because it's a smaller school, but still has a Division I soccer team."

Addie Jenkins

“I really was impressed with the close and cooperative relationship that Drake has with the business community in Des Moines. I like that Drake encourages its students to seek educational opportunities in different venues and from many resources.  The smaller size of Drake allows for a closer relationship with your professors and I like the idea of smaller class sizes. The soccer team girls have a great working relationship and camaraderie.  Coach Horner and Coach Regan have big plans for Drake women’s soccer and I am excited to be a part of it."

Ashley Mages

“I chose Drake because I loved the campus, the team, the coaches, and the atmosphere at this school. It's an opportunity for a great education while playing the game I love."

Haley Morris

“I chose Drake because it seems like a great fit both academically and athletically. I love the atmosphere around campus and the chemistry of the team.  I can’t wait to continue my education and soccer careers as a Bulldog.”

Brooke Salisbury

“I chose Drake for my education and to be a part of a great athletic program, plus I get to stay a Bulldog.  Bulldogs for life."

Ali Smith

“I chose Drake because it is a great academic university, and I wanted the opportunity to play Division 1 soccer for Coach Horner and her staff."

Rachel Wanninger

“I decided to commit to Drake because it was just what I was looking for in a university. I had heard great things about the soccer program and after my visits with the coaches and players; I knew I wanted to be a Bulldog!  Academically, Drake is a great choice for what I want to study.”

Hannah Wilder

"I decided to commit to Drake because I was very pleased with the coaching staff. They had the major I wanted to further my studies, and when I visited I just felt like Drake was the one for me. I love the atmosphere at Drake and everyone there just made it easy for me to make my decision."

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT THE 2014 DRAKE WOMEN'S SOCCER SIGNEES

Morgan Foster

“Drake University and their women’s soccer program is getting one of the elite junior college soccer players, a true student-athlete, in Morgan Foster. Morgan prides herself in being successful on the field and in the classroom and Drake was an obvious fit for her to be challenged along the way to reaching her goals.  We are very proud of Morgan and her accomplishments while here at Butler, but we are most proud that we were able to play a part in helping Morgan achieve her goal of playing NCAA soccer."

Adam Hunter - Head Coach Butler Community College

Kasey Hurt

“I am happy for Kasey and the Hurt family. Lindsey (Horner) and the Drake staff are getting a fantastic player.  Kasey possesses great athleticism, work ethic, and an amazing left foot. I look forward to watching her accomplish great things at Drake over the next four years."

Daryl Brazeau - Head Coach Iowa Rush Soccer Club

Addie Jenkins

“Addie is a crafty midfield player that can set the tempo of a game. She combines very effectively with the forwards and can defend against the very best club players in the country. Addie is a person of the very highest character, and will be very successful at the collegiate level with her natural talent and work ethic. I can see her being a top-notch Bulldog of the future."

Gags Pritchard - Head Coach Sporting Blue Valley Soccer Club

Ashley Mages

“Ashley's leadership and team first mentality will be recognized by her new teammates and coaching staff. She has a strong determination to get the job done and will hold herself and teammates accountable in achieving the goals set forth individually and by the team."

Andrew Kummer - Head Coach Colorado Rush Soccer Club

Haley Morris

“I have had the pleasure of being both Haley’s club and ODP coach. She is a fantastic shot stopper coupled with a very astute tactical awareness of the game. I believe Drake will be gaining a wonderful student athlete with a tremendous work ethic in the classroom and on the field."

John Sheridan - Director of Coaching Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club

Brooke Salisbury

“Brooke is a tremendous midfield player that has played at the very highest club level; a player that can battle and win possession in the middle of the park, and then has the ability to start the offense. Brooke is a quiet leader that simply leads by example. It has been a privilege to coach her over the past two years, and I can see her having a great collegiate career at Drake."

Gags Pritchard - Head Coach Sporting Blue Valley Soccer Club

Ali Smith

“Having coached Ali with her club team this last seven months, I have been very pleased with her contribution to the team both on and off the field. She is very competitive, and works hard to maintain a high standard in her performances. I believe Ali will be a very good asset to the program through her quality of play and hard work. I know she is very excited at the opportunity to play at Drake and help them to achieve further success."

Carl Eaton - Head Coach KC Fusion Academy Metro Soccer Club

Rachel Wanninger

“Rachel displays a tremendous enthusiasm and work ethic on the training and playing field, that is coupled with the same attitude in the classroom. As a player, Rachel has fantastic athletic tools with sound technical ability and has the tactical understanding and versatility to play in many different positions. I am sure Rachel with be a credit to Drake University."

John Sheridan - Director of Coaching Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club

Hannah Wilder

“First and foremost, Hannah is a great person who will bring as much to the Drake program off the field as she will on it. She is a special athlete with size, speed and strength, all of which allow her a level of versatility in a lot of positions. She can hold a ball up with her back to goal, can run at players, has a nose for the goal, and works the defensive side of the ball as hard as she does on the attacking side. Her future is bright and we are excited to see her development as a Bulldog."

Trae Manning - Head Coach Eclipse Soccer Club

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