Tracy Hoza, head soccer coach at Northwest Missouri State University, announced this year’s two new additions to the women’s Bearcat soccer team. Goal keepers Brooke McClusky and Rileigh Spahn have been added to the 2016 roster.
“I’m very excited to add to our goalkeeper depth for 2016,” said Hoza. “Brooke’s biggest strength is that she is a great shot stopper and has excellent distribution. The first thing you notice about Rileigh is how athletic she is and her exceptional reaction speed.”
McClusky comes with an impressive resume despite spending her 2015 season as a red shirt freshman for the University of Arkansas. According to Maryville Daily, she is a former All-State, All-Region and All-Utah Valley performer at Maple Mountain High School. She currently holds the record at her high school for the highest number of saves. She has five years experience being a goalkeeper with the Utah ODP.
Considering that more than 209,000 high school girls play soccer in the U.S., it is likely that both players learned to master their skills while in school. Many times, players learn to do so in hopes of attracting college scouts for scholarship opportunities.
Spahn is also a record-holder at her high school. She currently holds the title for single season and single match records for saves at Glenwood High School, where she used to attend.
Not only did she excel in sports, but also in academics, too. She was the president of her class, an all-conference academic honoree, and a two-year member of the National Honor Society.
Both players are expected to make great additions to the team whose goal is to win this year’s championship.
The 2016 season begins on Wednesday, September 7 for the Bearcat soccer team. The girls will play against Rockhurst University in Kansas City. Their first home game will be at Bearcat Pitch on Friday, September 9 against Minnesota-Crookston.