Schedules have just been announced for the college soccer season, and a number of the area’s high school graduates are preparing to take to the fields as freshmen.
New Albany graduate Kaitlin Robinett has joined Division I outfit University of Evansville, and its season opener will be a tough home assignment against Indiana on August 20.
Evansville is bidding this fall for its sixth Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship, seventh MVC tournament title, and fifth trip to the NCAA women’s soccer championships.
This year’s team has seven returning starters, plus a nine-member freshman class that includes, along with Robinett, the captain of Canada’s U-20 national team, Vanessa Legault-Cordisco.
One matchup of great local interest will be the Purple Aces’ clash with Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green on September 3. The Lady Hilltoppers have amongst their ranks Jeffersonville’s Chelsea Grover, who is now a senior at the school.
Grover will be hoping for an injury free season after her junior year saw her play just seven games due to a lower leg stress fracture.
As a sophomore, she appeared in all 21 matches, and as a member of Jeffersonville High School’s Lady Red Devils, she amassed 34 goals as a four-year starter.
Meanwhile, Sellersburg’s Lindsay Hack, a recent graduate of New Albany HS, is one of 12 freshmen who have signed with University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.
The Screaming Eagles, which had an overall record of 9-8-3 last year, are part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and are in NCAA Division II. They kick off their season against Bethel College (Tenn.) at home on September 2.
Former Christian Academy of Indiana forward Andrew Rosenberg has signed for Southern Indiana’s men’s team and was named to the 2009 All-District 5 second team after recording 37 goals, ranked second in Indiana last year. They play Saginaw Valley State, the second game of a Screaming Eagles’ double header on September 2.
Rosenberg’s former school teammate, goalkeeper Drew Mattingly of Floyds Knobs, has signed with Huntington University in Northern Indiana, which plays in the NAIA. As a four-year varsity starter in goal, Mattingly amassed 24 career shutouts, was twice named to the Indiana All District 5 first team.
“He is a gifted goal keeper who reads the game extremely well and controls his box,” Foresters coach Russ Lawson has said of him. “The elite competition Drew has experienced as a member of United 1996 has prepared him well for the physical demands and pace of collegiate soccer.”
Others players bound for college soccer include ex-Providence goalkeeper Alyssa Hendershot, who is heading for Hanover College, Indiana, which plays in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Dylan Abrahamson, formerly of Jeffersonville HS, plays with Hanover’s men’s team and returns as a sophomore after playing 17 games with the Panthers (7-11 in 2009) and earning a place on the Heartland Conference’s second team.