Missouri State women’s soccer coach Rob Brewer announced the addition of nine commitments to the 2009 squad Wednesday. Grace Cross, Katelyn Frederickson, Becky Handley, Claire Hulcer, Megan Jaskowiak, Jody McFarlen, Chelsea Voet, Rachel Weimer and Nia Williams have committed to the Bears and will be eligible to compete in the 2009 season.
Jody McFarlen • M • Bolivar, Mo. • Bolivar HS
McFarlen spent her freshman and sophomore seasons as a starter in the midfield for Bolivar High before electing not to play for the Liberators as a junior in favor of playing for a boys club team. McFarlen has qualified for state meets in tennis and track during her high school career. Her father, Randy, played minor league baseball in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
Grace Cross • F/M • Lee’s Summit, Mo. • Lee’s Summit North HS
Cross will join older sister Christine on the MSU roster in 2009 after enjoying a stellar four year career at Lee’s Summit North High for coach Tim Richardson. A two-time all-state honoree before missing her junior year due to injury, Cross’s teams won conference and district titles her freshman and sophomore seasons, finishing fourth in state during her sophomore campaign and combining to go 39-6-2 overall and 23-0-1 in conference play over those two seasons.
Katelyn Frederickson • F/M • St. Louis, Mo. • Nerinx Hall HS
Frederickson begins her senior season as a two-year starter for a Nerinx Hall team that has accumulated 42 victories against just six defeats with her in the lineup. The 5-6 forward/midfielder has earned all-state, all-metro and all-conference in each of the previous two seasons.
Becky Handley • F • Wildwood, Mo. • St. Joseph’s Academy
Handley is a 5-6 forward who enters her senior season with 36 goals (including nine game winners), 13 assists and 85 total points to her credit through three seasons of prep soccer. Handley’s teams have gone a combined 61-11-3 the last three seasons and have finished no worse than third in the state tournament during her career. Handley has been an all-conference pick in each of her three seasons as a prep and earned all-state and all-conference honors the last two years.
Claire Hulcer • D • Ballwin, Mo. • St. Joseph’s Academy
Hulcer enters her senior season at St. Joseph’s Academy as a three-year starter for a team that has claimed district and conference championships each of her previous three seasons. The 5-7 defender was an all-conference selection as a sophomore and a junior, while her team has combined to go 61-11-3 in her three previous seasons and has finished no worse than third in the state tournament during her career.
Megan Jaskowiak • M/F • Belleville, Ill. • Althoff Catholic HS
Jaskowiak enters her senior season as a team captain for an Althoff Catholic squad that is coming off a runner-up finish at the state tournament in 2008. The 5-7 midfielder/forward was an all-state and all-area choice as a junior, while earning all-area and all-conference honors her first two seasons.
Chelsea Voet • GK • Omaha, Neb. • Millard North HS
Voet enters her senior season at Millard North High as a two-year starter with 25 shutouts to her credit in 39 games. As a junior, she led the state of Nebraska with a 0.37 goals against average while helping the Mustangs to an 18-1 record and state championship. She earned second-team all-state honors last season and honorable mention accolades as a sophomore in 2007. That season, Voet had 135 saves and a 0.75 GAA while her team made it to the state semifinals.
Rachel Weimer • F • Bonner Springs, Kan. • St. James Academy
Weimer is a four-year starter at forward for St. James Academy in Lenexa, Kan., where she has amassed 77 goals and 48 assists through her first three seasons to become the school’s all-time leader in both categories. Last season, St. James won a state championship with a 17-3-1 record. Weimer has been named all-state, all-metro and all-county each of the last two seasons.
Nia Williams • D • Roeland Park, Kan. • St. James Academy
Williams enters her senior season as a starting defender for a fourth year for St. James Academy in Lenexa, Kan. She was honored as the conference defensive player of the year for the state champions last season, as well as earning all-state, all-metro and all-county honors. Williams was all-state and all-conference as a junior as well, and earned her first of three consecutive team MVP awards as a freshman in 2006.