La Crosse, Wis. – Viterbo University women's soccer head coach Scott Pirnstill announced the beginning of his 2013 recruiting class. So far, Coach Pirnstill has signed one transfer student and six incoming freshman.
"We are really excited about the 2013 class," stated Coach Pirnstill. "It is a really well rounded group that we can look to contribute right away. This group adds a little more height and strength to the back line, a little more creativity, and more goal scoring up top."
This year's class includes: defenseman Haley Andersen (Roscoe, Ill.), midfielder Katie Bares (Belgium, Wis.), defenseman Kate Batcha (Arlington Heights, Ill.), defensemen Sydney Eckert (Farmington, Minn.), defenseman Sierra Kniprath (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), forward Maria Michaels (Plymouth, Minn.) and defenseman Sam Zobott (Lake in the Hills, Ill.).
The 2013 class will be called upon to help the V-Hawks build upon the success the V-Hawk soccer program had in 2012. The 2012 V-Hawks won a Midwest Collegiate Conference championship and their first ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament.
Haley Anderson - Roscoe, Ill. (Defense)
Viterbo University women's soccer head coach Scott Pirnstill announced today that Haley Anderson (Roscoe, Ill.) has signed a letter of intent to play for the V-Hawks this fall.
"Haley is a very athletic defender that also has the ability to play in the midfield," commented Coach Pirnstill. Her speed suits her well in the outside positions and offers us some flexibility and options. Her attitude and work ethic line up well with our team goals."
Anderson will join the V-Hawks after finishing her high school career at Hononegah High School where she earned four varsity letters. A defensemen, Anderson was named team captain in 2012 while also being named a Scholar athlete. She has played club for ten years including playing for the Rockford Sirens SC, Hononegah Lions and Shadow Premiere FC. Anderson also earned three varsity letters in cross country and finished second individually at the conference meet as a freshman.
Anderson had this to say when asked why she chose Viterbo University: "I felt like Viterbo fit my personality best, and the campus was very welcoming. The nursing program is state of the art. The soccer coach and the girls on the team made me feel at home and part of their team from the very beginning and I am excited to have the opportunity to play for the V-Hawks."
Katie Bares – Belgium, Wis. (Midfield)
Viterbo University Women's Soccer Head Coach Scott Pirnstill announced today that Katie Bares has signed a letter of intent to play for the V-Hawks in 2013.
"Katie will have an immediate impact on the MCC this year," stated Coach Pirnstill. "She has been a key player for one of the most successful club teams in Wisconsin and has a lot of high level playing experience. She adds a dimension to our midfield that we did not have last year. Katie is excellent at holding the ball up so players have time to get forward. In addition, she can play in pin point passes to attacking players."
Bares will join the V-Hawks after finishing her high school career at Ozaukee High School where she has earned four varsity letters and been a starter since her sophomore season. In her first three seasons playing for the Warriors she has led the team in assists and been named first team all-conference all three seasons. She has also been a team captain since her sophomore year.
Bares has not only had success at Ozaukee High School but also for North Shore United Soccer Club. Bares has played for North Shore since 2010 and has helped her team advance to the Wisconsin State Cup finals four straight years, winning the title in 2010 and 2012. North Shore has gone to the Midwest Regional Championships twice and finished second in 2012 losing to a nationally top ranked team.
When asked why she chose Viterbo, Bares had this to say; "I chose to attend Viterbo because of the Christian values, small class sizes and beautiful campus/facilities. I also believed that Viterbo was the perfect fit for me to continue my soccer career while receiving a quality education.
Bares will pursue a degree in pre-physical therapy.
Kate Batcha – Arlington Heights, Ill. (Defenseman)
Viterbo University Women's Soccer Head Coach Scott Pirnstill announced today that Kate Batcha has signed a letter of intent to play for the V-Hawks in 2013
"Kate is our most experienced incoming freshman," commented Coach Pirnstill. "She has played the last few years for the Sockers FC ECNL club team. She has foregone her junior and senior high school eligibility to participate in a national level league. She will add more strength to the back line and we will rely on her experience to shut down attacks."
Batcha comes to Viterbo University after playing for Prospect High School as well as club soccer for Sockers FC Chicago ECNL. Batcha's club team has participated in the National League, MRL, and State Cup.
When asked why she chose Viterbo, Batcha had this to say; "Viterbo intrigued me with its great nursing school and new nursing building as well as the quality soccer program looked to be the right fit for me.
Batcha will pursue a degree in nursing.
Sydney Eckert – Farmington, Minn. (Defenseman)
Viterbo University Women's Soccer Head Coach Scott Pirnstill announced today that Sydney Eckert has signed a letter of intent to play for the V-Hawks in 2013
"Sydney is a very versatile player," commented Coach Pirnstill. "She is very athletic and adds some height and strength to our team. She is quick and that allows her to play in a few different positions. She has played well as a holding midfielder, as well as in the back line.
Eckert played her high school soccer for Farmington High School. During her high school career, Eckert earned three varsity letters and was a two year starter for Coach Rob Carpentier. She also earned team captain honors as well as the Most Improved Player award. Eckert's soccer career got started well before high school though as she played club soccer for Farmington (8 years), Prior Lake (1 year) and Lakeville (1 year).
When asked why she chose Viterbo, Eckert had this to say: "I chose Viterbo University because of its close knit community, high academic standards and great location."
Eckert will pursue a degree in pre-physical therapy.
Sierra Kniprath – Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. (Defenseman)
Viterbo University Women's Soccer Head Coach Scott Pirnstill announced today that Sierra Kniprath has signed a letter of intent to play for the V-Hawks in 2013
V-Hawk Assistant Coach Ashley Knutson had this to say about Kniprath: "Sierra is the leader of her defensive line at Assumption. Her dedication to the game has given her the technical skill and tactical awareness necessary to be successful here at Viterbo."
Kniprath has had successful soccer career at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption High School. At Assumption, Kniprath has earned four varsity letters and been a starter since her freshman season. During her junior season, Kniprath helped lead her team to a 15-3-4 overall record which came after finishing runner at the WIAA State tournament in 2011. Kniprath has also played club soccer for Portage Country Youth Soccer and the Wisconsin Rapids Kikers.
When asked why she chose Viterbo, Kniprath had this to say: "I chose Viterbo University because of the great academic opportunities and the low student to teacher ratio."
Kniprath will study pre-med during her time at Viterbo with intentions of going to medical school up on graduation.
Maria Michels – Plymouth, Minn. (Forward)
Viterbo University Women's Soccer Head Coach Scott Pirnstill announced today that Maria Michels has signed a letter of intent to play for the V-Hawks in 2013
"Maria is a goal scoring machine and we are really excited to add her to our attack," stated Coach Pirnstill. "She is a fantastic all around player and has a knack finding the back of the net. She scored some excellent goals helping lead her team to a state tournament championship. She will really open up some offensive options for us and hopefully be able to give our offense some new formations."
Michels will join the V-Hawks after having a stellar high school career at Benilde-St. Margaret High School. A two year starter, Michels was named first team all-metro by the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a senior. She was also chosen first team all-conference as a senior while leading the Red Knights in scoring with 25 goals in 22 games. Michels helped lead the Red Knights to a 21-0 record as a senior and a Minnesota Class A State Championship. As a junior, Michels was named second team all-conference and finished second on the team in scoring with 16 goals and 12 assists. Her team once again qualified for the Minnesota State tournament where they finished runners up with an 18-1-3 record.
Michels has had plenty of success in club soccer scene as she has played for Minneapolis United Soccer Club. In 2011, Michels helped her team win a Minnesota State Championship while 2012 they finished runner up at the USA Cup.
When asked why she chose Viterbo, Michels had this to say: "I fell in love with the campus environment at Viterbo during my visit. I also thought the quality of the soccer played by the V-Hawks was outstanding. Coach Pirnstill and the team made me feel very welcome and that I would be an asset to their program. I am very excited to be a V-Hawk and to contribute to their future success."