Congratulations to the Iowa Rush Class of 2014!
Chris Harris, Abby Rocha, Sydney Hedrick, Laura Friedrich, Kasey Hurt, Maddie Topf, Sarah Brandt, Haley Kerns, Aubree Larson, Katharine Woodruff, Katlyn Schochenmaier (not pictured- Kiley Kisling, Rachel McCloskey & Stella Maris Strohman)
On National Signing Day 2014, Iowa Rush hosted our first-ever signing event in which we had 14 players commit to playing soccer at the collegiate level this coming fall. The players arrived at the Iowa Rush office with their Letter of Intent in hand and got to celebrate their commitments as a team. Many of these players have played for the club for multiple years and a lot have displayed their dedication by continuing to play for Iowa Rush throughout the whole year. We hope to make the Iowa Rush Signing Event an annual celebration!
Congratulations and best of luck in the next step of your soccer career!
|Sarah Brandt will attend the University of Northern Iowa where she will be reunited with former Iowa Rush players including Amber Nieland, Maggie Riley, Brady and Claire Clark, Sam Copley and her sister Mary. Sarah will have the opportunity to continue playing with Haley Kerns as well. Sarah said, “I look forward to playing soccer with my sister again and other former Ankeny teammates. I am anxious to play soccer at the next level and to help build the UNI program.”|
|Laura Friedrich will attend Iowa State University where she will be able to continue playing with Stella Maris Strohman and former Iowa Rush player Alyssa Williamson. She said, “I’m looking forward to the new level of competition I will be facing. It will be challenging but I like to challenge myself and I’m hoping to find out how good I can really be at soccer. I feel like I haven’t reached my peak yet.”|
|Chris Harris will be playing for Simpson College next fall. At one time, Chris wasn’t even planning on playing college soccer but after a conversation with Simpson’s coach, Rick Isaacson, he visited the campus and committed just a few months later. Chris said, “I am looking forward to being with the team, having a good time on and off the field and to get to play soccer for four more years.”|
|Sydney Hedrick signed to play for Minnesota State University (Mankato). She is the first Iowa Rush player to attend MSU-Mankato. Sydney said, “I am looking forward to a new challenge at the next level and continuing to play what I love.”|
|Kasey Hurt will be playing for Drake University next fall. She will join former Iowa Rush players Megan Fisher, Ann Hoover, Brittany Schuling and Spencer Vasey. Kasey said, “I’m most looking forward to traveling and meeting my new teammates.”|
|Haley Kerns signed to play for University of Northern Iowa, where she will join many former players along with fellow Class of 2014 teammate Sarah Brandt. Haley said, “Playing at the next level and making memories with all of my soon-to-be teammates are the things I’m most looking forward to.”|
Kiley Kisling will be playing at Grandview University next fall.
|Aubree Larson will be playing at the University of Iowa next year along with fellow teammate Katharine Woodruff. Aubree said “playing at the next level will be both challenging and rewarding. It will also provide me with opportunities and experiences I would have missed out on if I had not been a collegiate player.”|
|Rachel McCloskey signed to play soccer for the University of Minnesota. She made the decision to graduate early from Southeast Polk HS and begin attending UM during this spring semester with the hope it will help her get acclimated and more ready to compete come the fall season. She said, “I am looking forward to competing with and against some of the best women’s soccer players at the collegiate level which will ultimately push my current limits and abilities to the next level.”|
|Abby Rocha will be playing at Western Illinois University. She is the first Iowa Rush player to attend WIU. She said, “I am most looking forward to having the opportunity to continue playing the game I love for 4 more years. And competing against club teammates!”|
|Katelyn Schochenmaier signed to play at the University of Nebraska- Omaha. She said, “I am most looking forward to meeting new people and playing at the next level while starting my own life away from home.”|
|Stella Maris Strohman will be playing at Iowa State University with teammate Laura Friedrich. Stella is “looking forward to having the chance to compete at the next level at a great school. I love the competition in the Big 12 and I am very excited about getting to join a strong program that is headed in a great direction. I put a lot of time and thought into finding a place where I loved the school and the soccer program which is why I am so happy with my choice. I can’t wait to play for the Cyclones!”|
|Madeline Topf is going to play at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Maddie said, “I am looking forward to finding the perfect balance between academics and soccer as well as forming great relationships with teammates and coaches.”|
|Katharine Woodruff will be playing at University of Iowa with teammate Aubree Larson.|