Monday, July 20, 2015

UIS women's soccer team bolsters defense ahead of 2015 season

Coach Molly Grisham’s first wave of recruits at the beginning of 2015 addressed the offensive needs of the University of Illinois Springfield women’s soccer team, the next set focuses on defense.

Freshman defender Karly Keller, freshman goalkeeper Paloma Guijarro and freshman defender/midfielder Kimberly Rickson have signed with the Prairie Stars.

“We met our attacking needs early,” Grisham said. “As we put that attacking group together with our existing group, we saw a few holes still. We wanted a third goalkeeper and Paloma was the right person at the right time. She will be a really nice addition to our goalkeeping unit. Karly was a player we saw really late in the recruiting process. I think she’ll come in and give us a little more depth on the defensive side.”

Guijarro, a Waukegan High School graduate, played for the Chicago Magic and North Central United. Keller was a member of the Waunakee (Wisconsin) High School state championship team in 2014. Rickson is a Peotone High School product. She helped Windy City Pride Soccer Club reach the U.S. Club National Finals.

The students were featured by The State Journal-Register on July 16, 2015.

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