ISU Soccer Announces Seven Additions for 2014 Season
Feb. 7, 2014
NORMAL, Ill. - In conjunction with Wednesday's National Signing Day, Illinois State head women's soccer coach Drew Roff announced the addition of seven players to the roster for the 2014 season, Friday morning. Roff, who recently completed his seventh year at the helm of the Redbirds and has led ISU to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, is bringing in six field players and one goalkeeper.
"I think the strength of our 2014 class is how skillful and versatile they are," Roff said. "With one goalkeeper and six field players that can all play in the midfield or up top, this is one of the most well rounded group of attacking players we have had. All of them are capable of playing a positive, possession-based style, and they all have some good ideas in the final third. They have also shown the ability to create and score a lot of goals throughout their careers, so I expect them to fit in very well with our current group.
"Lastly, I think this class as a whole has all of the intangibles we look for," Roff added. "They are all strong academically, they all really enjoy playing the game, they are fiercely competitive, and they want to put in the work to get better. Every single one of them also showed that they wanted to be a Redbird early in the process, and they all understand what our program represents. I am excited about the great potential of this class, and I am really looking forward to their arrival."
The 2014-15 Illinois State recruiting class includes: Emily Dickman (Marion, Ill./Marion HS - St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro), Erin Dimon (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest HS - Sporting Blue Valley), Haylee Eastridge (Arnold, Mo./ St. Pius X HS - St. Louis Scott Gallagher), Jessica Galason (Huntley, Ill./ Huntley HS - Heat United Soccer Club), Kelly Miller (High Ridge, Mo./ Cor Jesu Academy - St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Navy), Hannah Rodgers (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community HS - Team Chicago Academy-Santos), Kelli Zickert (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove HS - FCX Soccer Club).
Emily Dickman | M/F | Marion, Ill. | Marion HS/St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro
Notable: Rated as a four-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer.com...three-year starter for head coach Bart Orso at Marion...earned all-state honors as a junior in 2013...led the Lady Wildcats to their first conference title and an appearance in the regional title game...scored five goals in a 2012 game that equaled the Illinois state record for most goals in a game (19)...four-time cross country letterwinner...plays for St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro club team, coached by Jeff Besserman and Dale Schilly...daughter of David and Ann Dickman...has an older (Andrew) and younger (Stephen) brother...earned high honors all four years...National Honor Society member...plans to major in molecular biology with hopes of becoming a pediatric oncologist.
Roff on Emily Dickman...
Erin Dimon | M | Overland Park, Kan. | Blue Valley Northwest HS/Sporting Blue Valley
Notable: Three-year letterwinner at Blue Valley Northwest for head coach Rick Pribyl...two-time Kansas 6A state champion (2013 and 2011)...three-time Eastern Kansas League Scholar Athlete selection...tallied four assists as a junior in 2013 before suffering a season-ending injury, as the Huskies went 15-5-1 en route to a state title...recorded three helpers as a junior in 2012...plays club soccer for Sporting Blue Valley...won 2013 Kansas State Cup...daughter of Jeff and Maureen Dimon...has an older brother (Kyle), older sister (Alyssa) and younger brother (Logan)...Kyle played men's soccer at St. Thomas in Minnesota...Kansas Honor Scholar Award recipient...honor roll every semester...plans to major in journalism, with hopes of becoming a sports reporter.
Roff on Erin Dimon...
Haylee Eastridge | B/M | Arnold, Mo. | St. Pius X HS/St. Louis Scott Gallagher
Notable: Three-year starter for head coach Dan Bokern at St. Pius X...three-time all-state first team, all-district and all-conference selection...named Missouri Class 1 Co-Player of the Year as a junior in 2013...led the Lancers to a state runner-up finish...earned Missouri Class 1 Co-Offensive Player of the Year accolades as a sophomore in 2012...scored 41 goals and added 21 assists as the Lancers won their first ever state title...also a four-year starter in basketball...plays for St. Louis Scott Gallagher club team and head coach Steve Pecher...finished second at ECNL nationals in 2013...daughter of Blaine and Angie Eastridge...has a younger brother, Joe...National Honor Society member...plans to major in criminal justice with hopes of a career in law enforcement.
Roff on Haylee Eastridge...
Jessica Galason | GK | Huntley, Ill. | Huntley HS/Heat United Soccer Club
Notable: Three-year letterwinner at Huntley for head coach Kris Grabner...two-time all-area and all-conference selection...helped lead the Red Raiders to three regional titles...named an all-sectional performer after posting a 0.55 goals against average as a junior in 2013...tallied a 0.67 goals against average as a sophomore in 2012, including 11 shutouts, as the Red Raiders made the sectional finals...nine-year member of Heat United Soccer Club...daughter of John and Tracy Galason...has one younger brother (Johnny)...honor roll member...plans to major in special education, with hopes of becoming a special education teacher for younger students.
Roff on Jessica Galason...
Kelly Miller | M | High Ridge, Mo. | Cor Jesu Academy/St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Navy
Notable: Three-year starter for head coach Missy Bruno at Cor Jesu Academy...all-St. Louis selection as a junior in 2013...second team all-conference selection in 2012, as the Chargers won the Missouri Class 3 state title...also a two-year starter in field hockey, helping lead her squad to a state title in 2012...member of the St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Navy club team, coached by Tony Grasso and Scott Sinak...won three Missouri state titles, and was a Region 2 semifinalist in 2013...daughter of Patrick and Joan Miller...youngest of five children, with three older brothers (Patrick, Geoff, David) and one older sister (Jennifer)...member of the National Honor Society...earned high honors every semester.
Roff on Kelly Miller...
Hannah Rodgers | M/F | Bloomington, Ill. | Normal Community HS/Team Chicago Academy-Santos
Notable: Enrolled in January 2014...three-year starter for head coach Matt Chapman at Normal Community...all-state selection in 2013...three-time all-sectional and all-conference choice...led NCHS to three regional crowns, two conference titles, and two intercity championships...scored 26 goals as a junior in 2013...tallied 23 goals and added 18 assists in 2012...played club for Team Chicago Academy-Santos...daughter of Kevin and Vonda Rodgers, who are both ISU alums...has an older sister (Emily), older brother (Josh) and younger brother (Aston)...Emily is also a current ISU student...plans to major in exercise science.
Roff on Hannah Rodgers...
Kelli Zickert | F/M | Arlington Heights, Ill. | Buffalo Grove HS/FCX Soccer Club
Notable: Three-year letterwinner at Buffalo Grove for head coach Pat Dudle...all-state, Chicago Sun-Times All-Area and all-conference selection as a junior in 2013 after scoring 35 goals and adding 15 assists in 30 games...helped lead the Bison to a 25-4-1 record and fourth-place finish in the state...named the Chicago Tribune/WGN-Channel 9 Preps Plus Athlete of the Month in April...started 22 games as a sophomore in 2012, tallying 15 goals and nine assists... also a member of the golf team...for FCX Soccer Club... daughter of Chris and Lisa Zickert...has two sisters, one older (Lauren) and a twin (Colleen)...National Honor Society member...made honor roll every semester...plans to major in exercise science.
Roff on Kelli Zickert...
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