BSU Soccer signs seven for 2010 campaign
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
BSU Soccer signs seven for 2010 campaign
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Bemidji State University soccer team announced today the signing of Bronwyn Boyd (Bemidji, Minn.), Stephanie Challes (Andover, Minn.), Elizabeth Erickson (Zimmerman, Minn.), Samantha Lumberg (Woodbury, Minn.), Maria Mcleod (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Danielle Steele (Mankato, Minn.) and Jessica Voeller (White Bear Lake, Minn.) to National Letters of Intent. Boyd, Challes, Erickson, Lumberg, Mcleod, Steele and Voeller will join the BSU squad for the 2010 campaign.

“This class possesses a really nice mix of technical ability and athleticism,” said head coach Jim Stone. “It will give us a little more freedom to diversify our style of play and change games through substitutions, while still staying within ourselves and playing the game how we believe it should be played. It takes years to evaluate a class, but I highly expect this one to be very good, not only because of the soccer skills and soccer IQ’s, but because of the character and positive attitude that each individual is bringing to our program.”

Bronwyn Boyd • Midfield • 5-4 • Bemidji, Minn. • Bemidji High School

Boyd lettered in soccer at Bemidji High School for three years. In her junior and senior years she received all-conference honors as well as being named Bemidji High School’s MVP-Midfield for both years. She was team captain her senior year and also led her team in scoring while playing from the center-midfield position.

“I’ve always liked Browyn,” Stone said. “Ever since she started coming to our camps she has shown that she is hard-working, respectful and full of potential. I’m excited that she is joining our program.”

Personal: Bronwyn Prescott Boyd...Born March 3, 1992...Daughter of Thomas Boyd and Megan Bollinger...Also lettered in track and dance at Bemidji High School...Proposed psychology major.

Stephanie Challes • Forward • 5-3 • Andover, Minn. • Andover High School

Challes played five years for Andover High School, lettering in three of those years. Her summer club team, the North Metro Crushers, won its division two years in a row.

“We pride ourselves on hard work and you won’t find a player that works as hard as Steph,” Stone commented. “In addition to her work ethic, she is extremely quick, good one-on-one and can strike the ball with both feet.”

Personal: Stephanie Kate Challes...Born April 15, 1992...Daughter of Jim and Kathy Challes...Had three academic letters at Andover High School while also participating in orchestra...Proposed design technology, nutrition, and sports medicine major.

Elizabeth Erickson • Forward • 5-8 • Zimmerman, Minn. • Zimmerman High School

Erickson played four years at Zimmerman High School where she split time between forward and goalkeeper. At Zimmerman she ranks third on the all-time goal scoring list with 11 goals. She also holds the schools for most saves in a season (254), most career saves (458), most shutouts in a season (6), and most career shutouts (8). She was named all-conference her senior year.

“I think in a few years this player is going to surprise a lot of people,” Stone said. “She has the potential to be a great back to goal player who can score goals. In high school she played goalkeeper and with her club team that just went premier this year she played forward. I think we’ve found a hidden gem.”

Personal: Elizabeth Ellen Erickson...Born Sept. 6, 1992...Daughter of Paul and Karla Erickson...Lettered in Basketball and Track...Recieved both the Josten’s Gold Standard Academic Award All-Conference Academic letter for all four years of high school, 2006-09.

Samantha Lumberg • Defense • 5-4 • Woodbury, Minn. • Woodbury High School

Lumberg was part of the 2008 Woodbury High School squad that went undefeated and claimed a state championship in 2008. In 2009 her team placed second in state; in the tournament she scored the first goal of the 4AA sub-conference game. She also played three years with the Woodbury Premier Team.

“Sam is as nice as she is talented which is saying a lot,” Stone said. “To sign a player that was on the no. 1 ranked high school team in the nation says a lot about our program and where we are headed. Sam is a very polished player who has the potential to help early and continue defensive excellence within our program.”

Personal: Samantha Renee Lumberg...Born Aug. 26, 1992...Daughter of Kevin and Dawn Lumberg...Proposed major is undecided.

Maria Mcleod • Midfield • 5-4 • White Bear Lake, Minn. • Cretin Derham Hall

Mcleod played three years with Cretin Derham Hall where she garnered all-conference, defensive MVP, and all-sectional team honors her junior and senior years. Her club team, St. Croix, won the Girls U17 USA Cup in 2009. St. Croix only conceded two goals in the entire tournament.

“Maria is a highly technical player,” Stone commented. “She is the type of player who if she is on her game can run the show and set the tempo through good ball distribution. She is the quarter back type or point guard type who can sit in the middle and get everyone involved.”

Personal: Maria Margaret Mcleod...Born Oct. 16, 1991...Lettered one year in golf at Cretin Derham Hall...Proposed major is undecided.

Danielle Steele • Midfield/Defense • 5-4 • Mankato, Minn. • Mankato East High School

Steele lettered in soccer at Mankato East High School for five years. Where she received all conference honors, all-conference honorable mention and all city honors. She participated in the Olympic Development Program for three years.

“Danielle brings a great personality to our team,” Stone said. “She’s the type of player that makes you better from the inside out.  She has a great skill set and is capable of really helping with possession. She can play multiple positions and was a great find.”

Personal: Danielle Marie Steele...Born March 17, 1992...Proposed major is undecided.  

Jessica Voeller • Forward/Midfield • 5-5 • White Bear Lake, Minn. • Hill-Murray High School

Voeller lettered in soccer for four years at Hill-Murray High School. While being the captain of her team, she went on to win conference championships her senior and junior years. She was also named all-conference for two years and was named All-Region Player her junior year.

“Jess comes from a great soccer family,” Stone commented. “She’s been well prepped and brings a creative attacking mentality into our program. She is an exciting player that can create plays for others as well as for herself. I think if she works hard she will have an opportunity to be a great point producer here.”

Personal: Jessica Marie Voeller...Born Sept. 22, 1991...Proposed obstetrics and elementary education major.

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