WSC Soccer Signs Seven Recruits
Posted: 07 February, 2013
WAYNE - Wayne State College head women’s soccer coach Molly Grisham announced yesterday the signing of seven recruits (six freshmen, one transfer) to the 2013 recruiting class that have either signed national letters of intent or scholarship offers to attend Wayne State College and play soccer for the Wildcats in the 2013-14 academic year. Joining the Wildcat program are Kylie Comba, Heather Gunderson, Erin Slattery and Hailey Smith of Omaha, Nebraska; Kelsey Engstrom and Valerie Hernandez of Lincoln, Nebraska and Ashley Surface of Rancho Cucamonga, California.
“We are very excited about our 2013 recruiting class. In the recruiting process we look for great players, great people, great students and great teammates and this class fits that description,” remarked Coach Grisham. “Six of the seven players we are signing are from Nebraska and all six were evaluated at summer camps.”
Kylie Comba is a 5-3 goalkeeper from Millard South High School in Omaha where she was a four year letter winner and started two years in the net while also running cross country for four years. She was named All-State Honorable Mention during her junior season when she recorded the second highest amount of saves in the state. In 22 games played at Millard South, Comba recorded 195 saves while allowing 35 goals. Her older sister, Mikayla, played soccer at Wayne State from 2007-2010.
“I believe Kylie will continue to develop as a keeper and will fit in perfectly with our team of keepers,” said Coach Grisham. “She is vocal and demands a lot from the players in front of her which is very refreshing.”
Kelsey Engstrom is a 5-5 defender/midfielder from Pius X High School in Lincoln where she started and lettered all four years. She received All-State Honorable Mention in 2010, 2011 and 2012 while also being named to the All-City Team in 2011 and 2012. Engstrom helped lead her team to District Championships in 2011 and 2012. Last spring, she scored five goals and recorded eight assists and through 46 games played in her career she has 13 goals and 14 assists.
“Kelsey is a hard-nosed, physical player who doesn’t back down from a challenge,” stated Coach Grisham. “We believe she will push for significant playing time in the backline or in the midfield and she could be a key player for us early in her career due to her versatility.”
Heather Gunderson is a 5-5 defender from Millard South High School in Omaha. She is a four year starter and four year letter winner in soccer, helping Millard South to the Nebraska Class A Soccer State semi-finals in 2010 and were a state qualifier in 2011. Gunderson has been named All-State Honorable Mention each of the past three seasons. Her club soccer team won the Nebraska State Cup championship in 2012 and was runner-up in both 2010 and 2011. Gunderson was named Explosive Edge Female Athlete of the Year in 2010.
“While we return a veteran backline, we believe Heather is the kind of player who reads the game well enough to contribute as a young player,” remarked Coach Grisham. “Because she is such a balanced player she will put herself in a position to be an option for us in multiple positions.”
Valerie Hernandez is a 5-2 midfielder from Waverly High School in Waverly, Nebraska where she was a four year starter in soccer while also starting three years in softball. She was named Eastern Midlands Conference Honorable Mention in soccer in her freshman and junior seasons. Hernandez helped lead Waverly HS to a district runner-up in 2011 and for her career she has 15 goals and 13 assists. She has experience playing international teams after playing in the Norway Cup in 2011 and the USA Cup in 2012.
“We knew we needed a player who was comfortable with her left foot and Valerie will be that player in the 2013 class,” stated Coach Grisham. “At camp she proved that her left foot was a strength and her willingness to use that foot is all too rare in soccer.”
Erin Slattery is a 5-3 defender from Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha where she lettered three years and started two years in soccer. She helped lead Skutt to a state championship in 2011 and were state runner-ups in 2012 while winning conference and district championships in 2011 and 2012. Slattery has received Academic All-Conference honors in 2011 and 2012.
“Erin is a player with tremendous potential who has not yet reached her peak and her coachability will allow her to develop rapidly at the college level,” said Coach Grisham. “We anticipate that she will be best utilized on the outside of the field where her speed can be put to use.”
Hailey Smith is a 5-2 midfielder from Millard South High School in Omaha where she started and lettered four years in soccer. She played on a state champion club team in 2011 that also reached the state finals in 2009, 2010, and 2012.
“We believe Hailey will make an instant impact in our attacking central midfield,” remarked Coach Grisham. “She is a strong on the ball and despite her size she is very good at bringing the ball out of the air.”
Ashley Surface is a 5-4 forward transfer from Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California where she played soccer for two years. Last season, Surface played in six games while notching three shots, two shots on goal and one goal scored.
“Ashley is going to bring experience and goal scoring ability to a strong group of returning forwards,” remarked Coach Grisham. “She is strong on the ball and not afraid to make contact with a defender but what I am most excited about is her ability to create space.”
Wayne State is an NCAA Division II school located in Wayne, Nebraska and competes in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Wildcats finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 3-14-1.