PAINESVILLE, Ohio—First-year Lake Erie College Women's Soccer Head Coach Valerie Prause looks to make a big impact in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) this season with the announcement of Storm's newcomers joining the team this fall.
"I am excited that these fine young women have chosen to join our Storm family," said Prause. "Each of them will bring a competitive spirit and passion for the game that will contribute immediately to the betterment of our program. Most importantly, they are good people with high character, which is paramount for me."
Prause brings in eight student-athletes that have seen success on and off the field during their high school careers in Ohio and Michigan.
"Defensively and offensively, they all have the ability to add something to our program and play a significant role that will serve themselves and the team very well," continued Prause. "I am excited to have each and every one of them on campus and to see how they grow and develop over their four years at Lake Erie."
Below is the breakdown of newcomers.
Jefferson, Ohio/Jefferson Area
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner and three-year captain at Jefferson Area…three-time All-County Honorable Mention…First-Team All-County and All-Conference in senior year… 2013 Sportsmanship Award and Head, Heart and Hustle Award and 2012…Coach's Award winner in 2012
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year member and thee-time letterwinner at Revere…2013 All-Suburban League Honorable Mention…named MVP at the 2012 Adidas Showcase…numerous Team Sportsmanship Awards…helped Revere win four Suburban League titles and the 2013 District Championships in addition to three District Runner-up finishes
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year member and three-year letterwinner at nearby Mentor…News Herald Honorable Mention…2012 Team Defender of the Year
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year member and three-time letterwinner at Avondale…Avondale Purple and Gold Award winner…four-time Scholar Athlete Award Winner…All-District selection in 2013…helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a district championship in 2013…also played volleyball
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Two-year member and letterwinner at Firestone…First-Team All-City and Second-Team All-District in 2013…Team MVP in 2013 and Utility Player of the Year in 2012…All-City Academic Team in 2012-13…Firestone Scholar Athlete Award winner in 2014…also a member of the Firestone volleyball team…First-Team All-City in 2010-11…Academic Player of the Year in 2011…All-City Academic Team in 2010-11…Will to Win Award winner in 2010
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year member and two-time letterwinner at Granville…Second-Team All-Licking County selection…also a two-time letterwinner on the track team
Stow, Ohio/Stow Munroe Falls
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year member at Stow Munroe Falls…Altruism and Courageous Student Award winner…also a four-year member of the track team as a hurdler…qualified for states and nationals…All-Ohio selection…several All-Conference selections…Coach's Award winner
Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner and scholar-athlete at Cleveland Heights…tri-captain senior year…three-time All-Lake Erie Conference and Division One All-Greater Cleveland Second-Team honoree…earned Channel Five's McDonald's Athlete of the Week and Menchie's Player of the Week honors…helped Cleveland Heights win two section championships and finish runner-up in districts…ended career with 55 goals and 59 assists…had a school record 20 goals and 20 assists her senior year…also a member of the lacrosse team that made Ohio's Final Four her senior year