Wildcat soccer adds 10 to roster for 2020-21

Wayne State College women’s soccer coach Joe Cleary announced that 10 high school student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend Wayne State College and play for the Wildcats in the 2020 season.

The signing group includes Olivia Bollman of Stacy, Minn.; Riann Daas from Rush City, Minn.; Katie Hageman from Golden, Colo.; Haley Hoffman of Simi Valley, Calif.; Brea Kreikemeier from Lincoln, Morgan Rhodes of Omaha, Annika Syvrud from Rock Springs, Wyo.; Jaiden Thompson of Elkhorn, Sidney Truman from Ankeny, Iowa and Ashtin Wessels from Sioux Falls, S.D.

“We are excited to bring these 10 young women into our program this fall,” Cleary said. “This class has been a class we have worked hard on over the last two years and I want to thank current assistant Chris McNaughton, former assistant Alex Piekarski, our admissions department and our faculty for all the assistance they have provided to me in bringing this class together. I also want to thank Athletic Director Mike Powicki and President Marysz Rames for their support and belief in not only myself but our program and our future and current student-athletes.”

Cleary added, “My heart goes out to our incoming student-athletes, actually all seniors in high school at this time, on the losses of seasons, proms, graduations and other major senior year events. While these may seem small in the grand scheme of the COVID-19 pandemic, the effect of these losses is still felt by young people everywhere. Moving from high school to college is an uncertain time for many, and the feeling of uncertainty is higher now more than ever. If there is one thing to be certain of, it is that we have a great group of young women in our WSC Soccer program, and we are adding 10 more great ones to our Wildcat Soccer family.”

Bollman is a 5-foot-6 defender from North Branch High School in Minnesota. She earned All-Mississippi 8 Conference academic and honorable mention awards as well as helping her team to state championship appearance in 2017, before shifting her focus to club soccer. Olivia was a two-time selection to the Minnesota Olympic Development State Team and earned an invite to the Midwest Region II ODP camp. She helped her club team to a 2017 Minnesota State Championship and a 2017 World Youth Gothia Cup (played in Sweden) quarterfinal finish.

Daas is a 5-foot-4 forward at Chisago Lakes High School in Minnesota where she completed a historic season last fall. In 18 games, Riann racked up 19 goals and seven assists, earning All-Mississippi 8 Conference and Class 4A All-State honors in the process. She also helped lead Chisago Lakes to an undefeated regular season and a conference championship. On the club side, Riann competes for North Metro Soccer Association.

Hageman, a 5-foot-10 goalkeeper from Golden High School in Colorado, is a four-year letterwinner in soccer and played club soccer for Real Colorado Edge Select. In 2019, Katie was named to the All-Jefferson County Conference Second Team while averaging 8.3 saves per game and posting a goals against average of 0.8. She also helped lead her high school team to the playoffs for the first time in six years.

Hoffman, a 5-foot-6 forward from Simi Valley High School in California, was a two-year starter and letterwinner. In 2019, she played in nine games registering five goals and seven assists on the way to being named to the All Coastal Canyon League Second Team and was named Simi Valley Offensive Player of the Year.

Kreikemeier is a 5-foot-3 midfielder from Lincoln Pius X High School where she was a four-year letterwinner. Brea is a versatile player and has experience all over the field and played club soccer for Elite Girls Academy. Brea’s assistant coach at Pius is former Wildcat captain and coach Kelsey Cox (Engstrom).

Rhodes, a 5-foot-2 winger from Millard West High School, is a two-year letterwinner and played club soccer for Nebraska FC Roja. In 2019, Morgan was an active member of a talented Millard West team that swept through the state of Nebraska, earning both the Metro Conference and Class A state tiles while also being named KMTV 3 News Now 2019 Female Team of the Year.

Syvrud is a 5-foot-10 forward from Rock Springs High School in Wyoming where she was a four-year letterwinner despite having her senior season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Annika sat out most of 2019 with an ACL injury, however in her first two years of high school soccer she racked up 12 goals and 20 assists, earning All-4A West Conference honors both years and helping her team to conference championships both years. After finishing third at the State Tournament in 2019, Annika and her teammates were poised to make a run at the 2020 State Championship.

Thompson, a 5-foot-2 forward from Elkhorn High School, was a four-year letterwinner and played club soccer for Omaha United. While at Elkhorn High, Thompson helped the Antlers to three consecutive state tournament appearances (2017-2019) and one Class B State title (2018). In 2019, Jaiden scored 12 goals and 6 assists on her way to an All-State honorable mention award and first-team All-Eastern Midlands Conference award.

Truman is a 5-foot-7 goalkeeper from Ankeny High School in Iowa where she was a four-year letterwinner despite having her senior season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While at Ankeny High School, Truman helped her team to the 2019 3A State Title and earned second-team All-Conference honors as well. She was a multi-sport athlete, earning three letters for Ankeny High’s basketball team and excelled in the classroom earning academic achievement honors for soccer and basketball all four years of her high school career.

Wessels, a 5-foot-7 defender from Sioux Falls Washington High School in South Dakota, was a four-year starter and letterwinner and played club soccer for the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club. Wessels was a leader for her teammates on and off the field and while competing for Dakota Alliance was coached by current Augustana coach Brandon Barkus and had the opportunity to play against some of the top teams in the Midwest region.

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