Friday, February 10, 2012

UIS signs two women's soccer players

The University of Illinois Springfield has signed a pair of recruits from suburban Chicago, including a much-needed goalkeeper.

New Lenox Providence Catholic High School’s Eileen Kenny and Plainfield North’s Paige Polonus have signed letters of intent to play for the Prairie Stars in the fall.

Polonus replaces Kelli Kubal, the UIS starting goalie the past four seasons. Polonus has started in goal for Plainfield North for three seasons. The National Honor Society student and Illinois State Scholar is a three-year goalie for Chicago International Soccer Club based in Homer Glen, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2011 State Cup.

Kenny, a midfielder and forward, played for two seasons at Tinley Park Andrew before transferring to Providence. She also played for United Soccer Academy of Oak Brook in the under-18 Black Elite Division, and her team won the Kalamazoo Invitational and was undefeated at the Adidas Germantown (Tenn.) Invitational last year.

Kenny is also a gymnast who has received All-America honors.

The players were featured in an February 10, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

Read the article online