UPDATED – Eight players from the Missouri Elite FC 92 team, coached by Lindsay Paulsell, have made commitments to play college sports this fall. They join five former Elite 92 teammates who graduated and went on to play college soccer in 2010.
McKenzi Payton, daughter of Forrest and Tracy Fay, will attend college and play soccer for Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. The MSU Lady Bears are an NCAA Division I program and compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. McKenzie is a center back for Missouri Elite. She attends Parkview High School. McKenzi was second team All-Conference and honorable mention All-District as a freshman. She was honorable mention All-Conference and second team All-District as a sophomore. She was first team All-District and second team All-Conference as a junior. In addition to being a four year varsity letterman in soccer, she played varsity volleyball her senior year at Parkview.
Jayme Braun, daughter of David and Karen Braun, will attend college and play soccer for Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. The SBU Bearcats are an NCAA Division II program and compete in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Jayme is a left back for Missouri Elite. She attends Ozark High School. Jayme was second team All-District as a freshman. She was first team All-District, first team All-Conference, and second team All-Region as a sophomore. She was recognized as a member of the first team All-District, All-Conference and All-Region squads as a junior.
Kristin Miller, daughter of Mark and Becky Miller, will attend college and play soccer for Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO. The Mo Valley Vikings are an NAIA program and compete in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Kristin Miller is an all-state goal keeper who attends Nixa High School. As a sophomore, Kristin was second team All-Conference and second team All-District. As a junior, she was recognized as an honorable mention All-State goalkeeper in Class 3, as well as the Southwest Region and All-District Defensive Player of the Year. As a junior Kristin was first team Southwest Region, first team All-District, and second team All-Conference.
Courtney Devlin, daughter of Paul and Missy Devlin, will also attend college and play soccer as a Viking for Missouri Valley College. Courtney is a midfielder for Missouri Elite and is a member of the reigning Class 1 state championship team from Springfield Catholic High School, which finished third in state during Courtney’s sophomore year. Courtney was an All-District, All-Conference, and All-State cross country runner her junior and senior year. She was recognized as the Southwest Missouri Runner of the Year her junior year and was a member of the 2010 State Champion team. She was also a member of the varsity tennis team her sophomore year.
Kelsey “KB” Bartell, daughter of Chris and Christine Bartell, will attend college and play soccer for Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. The Faulkner Eagles are an NAIA program and compete in the Southern States Athletic Conference. Kelsey is a forward for Missouri Elite and is a member of the reigning Class 3 southwest regional championship soccer team from Nixa High School. Kelsey received honorable mention All-District as a freshman. She was second team All-District and All-Conference her sophomore year. She was honorable mention All-District her junior year.
Stevie Heidzig, daughter of Steve and Brenda Heidzig, will attend college and play soccer for Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. The Southwestern College Moundbuilders are an NAIA program and compete in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Stevie is a center back for Missouri Elite. She attends Logan-Rogersville High School. Stevie was second team All-District and All-Conference as a sophomore. She was second team All-Conference as a junior. As a freshman in Arizona where she participated in the high school boys’ league, Stevie received All-District honorable mention recognition. As a freshman in Arizona, Stevie also qualified for the state track meet in four events (100m, 200m, 400m and the 4x100m Relay).
Courtney Frerichs, daughter of Scott and Kathy Frerichs, will attend college and run cross country for the University of Missouri – Kansas City. The UMKC Kangaroos are an NCAA Division I program and compete in The Summit League. Courtney is a forward and outside midfielder for Missouri Elite. She ran cross country this past fall chalking up many top finishes and plays on the reigning Class 3 southwest regional championship soccer team from Nixa High School with Kristin Miller and Kelsey Bartell. Courtney also was a member of the track team and is a competitive gymnast (level 9).
Anne Pierce, daughter of Joe and Pat Pierce, will attend college and play soccer for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Fightin’ Engineers coached by Amy Helliwell are an NCAA Division 3 program and compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Anne is a defender for Missouri Elite and is a member of the reigning Class 3 southwest regional championship soccer team from Nixa High School.
Missouri Elite would like to also recognize our additional seniors graduating this year that have chosen to pursue academic paths in college. Mollie Killion (Ozark), daughter of Kurt and Roseanne Killion, will be attending Truman University; Anne Pierce (Nixa), daughter of Joe and Pat Pierce, will be attending the University of Minnesota; Olivia Solari (Parkview), daughter of Anthony and Becky Solari, will be attending UMKC; Allie Thomas (Poplar Bluff), daughter of Jim and Margie Thomas, will be attending Missouri State University; Anna Withers (Parkview), daughter of John Withers and Caroline Netzer, will be attending North Park University in Chicago; Andrea Wynn (Parkview), daughter of Jay and Mary Wynn, will be attending the University of Kentucky; Jennifer McArthur (Marshfield), daughter of Bryan McArthur and Cynthia Reese, will be attending Missouri State University; and Kelsey Loderhose, daughter of Chris and Michelle Loderhose has not finalized her decision as to where she will attend.