Redbird Soccer Adds Nine for 2013 Season

NORMAL, Ill. - In conjunction with Wednesday's National Signing Day, Illinois State head women's soccer coach Drew Roff announced the addition of nine players to the roster for the 2013 season. Roff, who is entering his seventh year at the helm of the Redbirds and has led ISU to three NCAA Tournament appearances in the last four seasons, is bringing on two forwards, four backs, one midfielder and two goalkeepers

"This class has quality from top to bottom that will help strengthen every area of our team," Roff said. "The talent level, experience and character of these nine players make this a special group. This is arguably our most talented and deepest class to date, and each player brings something special and unique. Our program has built up some momentum recently, and I expect this group to be a major factor in our continued development and success.

"I would like to thank my assistant coach, Jim Schneiderhahn, for all his hard work over the past several months," Roff added. "He played an integral role in putting this class together."

The 2013-14 Illinois State recruiting class includes: Jessie Bejna (Darien, Ill./Montini Catholic HS - Oak Brook Soccer CLub), Laura Burrill (Hampton, Ill./United Township High School), Brooke Ksiazek (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley HS - Team Chicago Soccer Club), Hannah Leinert (Wildwood, Mo./Eureka HS - Lou Fusz Wipke), Kara Morway (Lake Forest, Ill./Lakes Community High School - Illinois Eclipse Select), Vanessa Niestrom (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South HS - Oak Brook Soccer Club), Dagny Olson (Champaign, Ill./Centennial High School - Illinois Eclipse Select), Emily Schoenfeldt (Niles, Ill./Crystal Lake South HS - Crystal Lake Force) and Sara Stankoskey (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North HS - Sockers FC).

Redbird Soccer Signees
Hometown (High School/Club Team)
Jessie Bejna
Darien, Ill. (Montini Catholic/Oak Brook Soccer Club)
Laura Burrill
Hampton, Ill.. (United Township)
Brooke Ksiazek
Naperville, Ill.. (Neuqua Valley/Team Chicago)
Hannah Leinert
Wildwood, Mo. (Eureka/Lou Fusz Wipke)
Kara Morway
Lake Forest, Ill.. (Lakes Community/Illinois Eclipse Select)
Vanessa Niestrom
Darien, Ill.. (Hinsdale South/Oak Brook Soccer Club)
Dagny Olson
Champaign, Ill.. (Centennial/Illinois Eclipse Select )
Emily Schoenfeldt
Niles, Ill.. (Crystal Lake South/Crystal Lake Force)
Sara Stankoskey
Carol Stream, Ill.. (Glenbard North HS/Sockers FC )


*2013-14 Classification

Jessie Bejna | B | Darien, Ill. | Montini Catholic/Oak Brook Soccer Club

Bejna WebNotable: Three-year starter for head coach Barry Briggs at Montini captain for upcoming senior season...all-conference selection as a junior in 2012, leading the team with 11 goals...led Broncos to regional title, the farthest the school has ever advanced...scored eight goals as a sophomore in 2011...teammate of classmate Vanessa Niestrom on the Oak Brook Soccer Club U18 team...played for the United Soccer Academy from U7-U17 under head coach Chris Karabatsis...also played basketball her freshman and sophomore seasons...daughter of Jim and Jackie Bejna...has one brother, Jimmy (20), who plays rugby at Marquette...high honor roll all four years of high school...plans to major in commercial marketing with a minor in Spanish.

Roff on Jessie Bejna...
"Jessie is a versatile, athletic back with good size.  She defends well and plays the game with great toughness.  I expect her to give us depth in the back and develop into a very solid contributor."





Laura Burrill | GK | Hampton, Ill. | United Township

BurrillWebNotable: Three-year letterwinner at United Township under head coach Phil Weaver...all-sectional and all-conference selection after starting all 21 games as a junior in 2012...named all-metro Keeper of the Year...recorded six shutouts...led UT to the 2A regional final...started all 20 games as a sophomore in 2011, earning second team all-conference honors...voted team MVP...played in 17 games as a freshman, starting one...was also a member of the basketball team at UT...high school teammate of current Redbird Abby Van Deventer...daughter of Mark and Tere Burrill...Mark played baseball at Black Hawk College, while Tere played basketball at Cornell...has one younger sister, AJ (15)...made honor roll six semesters...hopes to become a physical therapist.

Roff on Laura Burrill...
"Laura is a goalkeeper with a great deal of potential.  Her athleticism and fearlessness really contribute to her ability to make the big save. She is good with her feet and is an excellent shot stopper.  With consistent training, I think Laura could eventually develop into an impact player at the goalkeeper position."




Brooke Ksiazek | M | Naperville, Ill. | Neuqua Valley/Team Chicago

KsiazekWebNotable: Rated as a three-star prospect by letterwinner under head coach Joe Moreau at Nequa captain for the upcoming 2013 season...scored three goals as a junior in 2012, as the Wildcats won conference and regional titles...won a state title in 2011, helping the Wildcats attain a 24-1 record and third place finish at nationals...regional champion as a freshman in 2010...member of Team Chicago Soccer Club, coached by Phil Nielsen...daughter of Mark and Carol...has an older brother, Travis (23), and older sister, Courtney (21)...Travis graduated from ISU in 2012...her sister Courtney is a soccer player at Northern Illinois, and will be a senior next season...plans to major in business marketing.

Roff on Brooke Ksiazek...
"Brooke is a central midfield player, with very good technique and a strong physical presence that fits in very well with our style of play. She is a ball winner that understands the game, and also has the skill to be a playmaker for us in possession. Her experience over the past several years playing at the highest level of club soccer will help her come in and make an impact right away."




Hannah Leinert | F | Wildwood, Mo. | Eureka/Lou Fusz Wipke

LeinertWebNotable: Rated as a four-star prospect by starter at Eureka for head coach Bill Goggin...three-time first team all-conference selection...second team all-state choice as a junior in 2012, scoring 13 goals and tallying nine assists...won a district and conference championship...named third team all-state in 2011 after scoring 14 goals and recording eight assists...scored 21 goals with eight assists as a freshman in 2010, leading her squad to district and conference titles...won 2010, 2011 and 2013 Missouri state titles with Lou Fusz Wipke club team...also won a regional title in 2010...ran cross country for three years, qualifying for state as an individual in 2010...daughter of Pat and Barbara Leinert...youngest of four children: Patrick (28), Shannon (25) and Katie (23)...Shannon ran track at Florida and Missouri, and is now a professional track athlete...Katie played soccer at Purdue for four years...Patrick played baseball at Lindenwood...member of honor roll, student council renaissance and yearbook in high school.

Roff on Hannah Leinert...
"Hannah is a difference maker up top. She has all the qualities necessary to be a top goal scoring threat at the collegiate level. She has been a prolific scorer at a very high level of club soccer, and she can beat you in a variety of ways. She understands the game, she finishes with great efficiency, and she competes relentlessly. Hannah will fit in very well with our attacking style, and I look forward to her contributing right away and being a force throughout her career."


Kara Morway | B | Lake Forest, Ill. | Lakes Community/Illinois Eclipse Select

MorwayWeb Notable: Rated as a four-star prospect by, and is ranked as the 24th-best prospect in the Midwest region...member of Illinois Eclipse Select club team, coached by Mike Nesci...helped lead squad to ECNL league title and 10th-place finish at nationals in 2012...two-time Dallas International Girls Cup champion (2012 and 2011)...won a state cup title in 2011...finished fourth at ECNL nationals in 2010...played on same club team as current Redbird Gabbi McArtor on Eclipse Select...daughter of William and Deidra Morway...has four siblings: Kelsie (25), Ross (23), Kecia (21) and Hannah (12)...Ross graduated from ISU last spring...Kecia plays soccer at Colorado College...plans to major in elementary education.

Roff on Kara Morway...
"Kara is a very talented back that has the ability and personality to be an impactful player in our program. She is versatile and athletic, her comfort level on the ball is excellent, and she understands the game at a high level. Her ability to defend intelligently, facilitate possession, and get involved in the attack make her a special player. Kara also comes from a very competitive club environment and a soccer family that have contributed to her being a proven winner."




Vanessa Niestrom | GK | Darien, Ill. | Hinsdale South/Oak Brook Soccer Club

NiestromWeb Notable: Three-year starter in goal at Hinsdale South for head coach Pat Wolf...all-conference selection and team captain as a junior in 2012...started all 22 games in 2011, leading the Hornets to a second-place conference finish...all-conference performer as a freshman in 2010, starting all 21 games in teammate of classmate Jessie Benja on Oakbrook Soccer Club and United Soccer Academy teams...daughter of Dennis and Kristen Niestrom...has one older sister, Paige (20), and one younger sister, Lizzy (15)...father attended ISU for two years and played club hockey...has five other family members who studied at Illinois State...dean's list or honor roll all seven semesters, NHS member junior and senior year...plans to major in athletic training.

Roff on Vanessa Niestrom...
"Vanessa came to our summer camp and impressed us with her ability.  She is a good shot stopper, she is good with her feet, and she has a great work ethic.  Vanessa will give us depth at the goalkeeper position early on, and eventually I expect her to battle for playing time."




Dagny Olson | F | Champaign, Ill. | Centennial/Illinois Eclipse Select

OlsonWeb Notable: Rated as a three-star prospect by two years for head coach Hsiung Marler at Centennial...led squad to Elite 8 appearance and regional championship in 2011...all-state and all-area performer in 2010 after scoring 30 goals and tallying 17 assists...ODP state player from 2009-2011 and regional player from 2010-11...spent time with the Little Illini club team, coached by Josh Alford, that won President's Cup nationals in 2009...finished 10th at nationals in 2012 with Illinois Eclipse club team...daughter of Lance and Gretchen Olson...oldest of four siblings: Willa (13), Gressa (13) and Leif (7)...her mother was on the gymnastics team at Alabama, while her uncle, Seth Stockley, played soccer at Loyola Chicago...honor roll and two-year NHS member...American Legion Award recipient...plans to major in marketing.

Roff on Dagny Olson...
"Dagny is a very a talented attacking player with great upside. Her quickness, her ability to make quality runs off the ball, and her finishing prowess make her a very dangerous frontrunner. She is strong and technical enough to hold the ball up front, and she is quick and savvy enough to get in behind defenders and cause problems. Dagny's attacking mentality and her will to win will make a tremendous impact on our program."




Emily Schoenfeldt | B | Niles, Ill. | Crystal Lake South/Crystal Lake Force

SchoenfeldtWeb Notable: Two-year varsity player at Crystal Lake South under head coach Anne Santucci...helped lead team to a berth in the regional finals as a junior in 2012...played in every game as a sophomore in 2011...won a regional championship...finished second in the Glenbrook Cup...captain of the Crystal Lake Force club team...daughter of John and Maria Schoenfeldt...oldest of three children: Alex (16) and Jessica (13)...high honor roll, NHS member...plans to major in criminal justice, with hopes of becoming a detective of FBI agent.

Roff on Emily Schoenfeldt...
"Emily is a back with good size and strength that plays with a relentless mentality. She is a physical defender that rarely gets beat, and she also has the skill to distribute effectively after winning the ball.  The energy and toughness she brings will be a real asset to our team."





Sara Stankoskey | B | Carol Stream, Ill. | Glenbard North/Sockers FC

StankoskeyWebNotable: Member of Sockers FC club team, coached by Steve Barry...has also played for Chicago Fire Juniors...played in the ECNL league in 2012...MRL champion 2009-11...Illinois State Cup finalist and National League participant in 2011...won Illinois State Cup in 2010...also a three-year runner at Glenbard North...earned academic all-conference recognition...daughter of Andy and Susanne Stankoskey...has one younger brother, Kyle (15)...plans to major in exercise science, with hopes of becoming a physical therapist.

Roff on Sara Stankoskey...
"Sara is a very intelligent, steady back that is versatile enough to be effective in the middle or out wide. She reads the game and anticipates defensively very well, she communicates effectively, and once she wins the ball, her distribution is excellent. The consistency and competitive desire that Sara plays with will help her adjust to the college game quickly."


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