The soccer nine
The South Dakota State women's soccer coaching staff and head coach Lang Wedemeyer added nine student-athletes on Signing Day.
The recruiting class spans the Midwest, reaching as far west as Colorado and as far north as Manitoba, with one recruit from the state of South Dakota.
"Signing day is always an exciting time for coaches as we look at the future of our programs," Wedemeyer said. "This signing class is as well-rounded as any I have signed, with players in every position. We have great athletes, solid technical players and, most of all, great people who cannot wait to put on the yellow and blue of the Jacks. The personality of this class will have a tremendous, positive impact on our program for years to come."
McKenzie Wolf, a Rapid City product, played for Stevens H.S. and led her team to the South Dakota AA state championship in 2009 and 2010. She was a first-team all-state selection, four-year starter and most valuable player. Wolf is a member of the National Honors Society and a four-year honor roll student.
"McKenzie is one of the top players in the whole state of South Dakota," said Wedemeyer. "She is tough, agile and one of the most consistent players I have ever brought into SDSU. We will look for her to contribute as one of our outside backs."
Madison Yueill joined the team from Bloomington, Minn., where she was a two-time South Suburban all-conference honoree, team captain and a member of numerous competitive teams to finish as state and national runners-up.
"Madi is a tremendous play-making midfielder with quick feet and great vision of the field," Wedemeyer said. "She should be able to help us out right away in the midfield this fall."
Thormodsgard was an all-state honorable mention, multiple all-conference selection, most valuable player and captain as a four-year letterwinner at Prior Lake H.S.
"Lauren has an incredible work ethic and trains as hard as any goalkeeper I have seen," said Wedemeyer. "I am sure she will be as fit as any of our field players come August."
Trakalo, who played at Lakeville North H.S., was an all-state honorable mention, all-conference performer, most valuable player and team captain. In the third-place state game, she scored three goals and assisted on one more. Trakalo is a member of the National Honors Society and a five-year honor roll student.
"Alexa is fast, attacking player," Wedemeyer said. "She has a rocket of a shot and can be very dangerous when given time and space. We will look for her to play somewhere up top this fall."
From down the road in Omaha, Neb., Lindsee Larson signed with the Jacks. Larson was the OFC Player of the Year last season, the season her team won the state championship. Larson is also a member of the National Honors Society and DECA Membership Director.
"Lindsee is a strong, tough center back that can dominate opponent's forwards," said Wedemeyer. "She is also a solid distributor out of the back. She will give us some options defensively."
Nicole Inskeep joined from Ankeny, Iowa, as an accomplished goalkeeper for Ankeny H.S. She was named to the state tournament team after a championship performance as a junior and was a second-team all-state selection in a runner-up season as a senior. Inskeep was both second-team all-state and second-team all-conference. She also earned the Student-Athlete Award and Academic Excellence Award.
"Nikkie reminds me a lot of Nikki Lograsso, who was one of the best goalkeepers we have ever had here at SDSU," Wedemeyer said. "Nikkie has the right mentality and the potential to do great things between the posts."
As the western-most recruit, Shelby Raper signed from Franktown, Colo. Raper was two-time all-state honoree, two-time all-conference honoree and two-time most valuable player. The team captain led her team to three state playoff appearances, received the Sportsmanship Award and finished in the top five in the nation in scoring. Raper was named to the CHSAA Academic All-State team four years and earned the Scholar Athlete Award four times.
"Shelby is a very fast, very dynamic forward that can blow past defenders and create goals seemingly out of thin air," said Wedemeyer. "She can play in any of our three front positions."
Adams was a member of numerous competitive teams with winning traditions. Most recently, she played at the Canadian Club Nationals and finished fifth. Adams was also the most valuable player for the MSA Champions U-18 team. She was a three-time academic honors student, as well.
"Ashley is one of the more complete players we have recruited," said Wedemeyer. "She is great technically, understands the game at a high level and has the athleticism to back it all up. She is versatile and could see herself in multiple positions on the field for us."
Kressock was a starter for Team Manitoba in the Canada Summer Games and a starter for the Manitoba Provincial soccer team. She won a silver medal in the Western Canada Summer Games and won the Leadership Award from Glenlawn Soccer Academy. Kressock was a five-time honor roll student and the top academic in Advanced French.
"Lauren is a controlling midfielder who has great passing accuracy and range," Wedemeyer said. "She is wonderful in possession and is an excellent linking player between the backs and the forwards."
"We are grateful to have Sydney joining us at the semester time so that she can adapt more quickly to our style of play and be integrated into the team," said Wedemeyer.
SDSU graduated seven seniors from last season's team, including a top-10 career scorer inand three defenders from the best defensive line in school history. , and anchored the back line that posted a consecutive scoreless minutes streak of 832:23, the 12th-longest streak in NCAA history.
Coach Wedemeyer is scheduled to discuss the 2013 recruiting class at Cubby's Sports Bar and Grill in downtown Brookings. The annual Signing Day Party, hosted by South Dakota State University Athletics, is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday night.