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Incoming players to add depth to Cougar women's soccer team in 2010

The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team will roar into the 2010 campaign, strengthening a long list of returners with some impressive recruits. Coming off a 10-10 season, but graduating only two seniors, UMM appears poised for a successful run this fall.

Head coach Dan Magner is thrilled with the incoming players.

"I am very happy that each of these young women has made the University of Minnesota, Morris their college choice. Each of them had many options, yet chose to attend UMM to further their academic, social and athletic pursuits. I know that they will fit in very well with our returning students and enhance our team."

New Recruits

Zoe Bergstrom (Denver, Colo.) Mountain Range High School

Academic Awards: Honor Roll, DECA State Finalist, DECA Student of the Month, Adams 12 Five Star Student, Colorado Junior Achievement Business Week-Winning Team

Athletic Awards: four-year letter winner in soccer, defensive MVP and second team all-conference. Also lettered in cross country four years, earning all-conference honors in two seasons. Ran track as a senior.

Possible Major: Pre-Physical Therapy

"I chose to attend UMM because it provides amazing opportunities in school, soccer, and life."

Melissa Denler (Champlin, Minn.) Champlin Park H.S.

Academic Awards: Honor Roll (4 years), National Honor Society (2009)

Athletic Awards: Track & Field (four letters), Track Rookie of the Year (2007), Track MVP hurdler (2008), Track Rebel Pride Award (2009), Track Rebel Award (2010), Track captain (2010)

Major: Chemistry

"I chose UMM because I love Minnesota!"

Creanna Butler Joyner (Minneapolis, Minn.) Washburn High School

Athletic Awards: Two-time all-City player; member of conference champion team twice; earned all-City academic award.

Possible Major: Environmental Studies or English

"I chose to attend UMM because of its small private college feel with a low financial cost. And to play soccer. Also my father attended Morris."

Meghan Laird (St. Michael, Minn.) Heritage Christian Academy

Athletic Awards: three letters in soccer; all-conference as a junior; during junior season led team with most goals and won most improved award; letters in hockey twice with honorable mention all-conference and defender of the year honors; four-year letter winner in softball, including first-team all-conference as a senior; fourth highest batting average in Metro area during junior; co-senior female athlete of the year at HCA.

Academic Awards: Graduated with honors; multiple semesters on the honor roll.

Major: Undecided

"I chose to attend UMM because it was a very nice environment and it felt good. I liked the size of the school, and the liberal arts education was the best fit for me."

Raquel Mazur (Griffith, Ind.) Griffith Senior High School

Athletic Awards: four-year varsity soccer player and swimmer; soccer MVP in 2006 and 2009, most improved soccer award in 2008; academic all-conference three times; lettered in band twice.

Academic Awards: Hoosier Girls' State Delegate in 2009; Griffith HS Hall of Fame Arts award.

Major: Environmental Science, Journalism

"I chose to attend UMM for various reasons. I have always wanted to leave the state of Indiana, ever since fourth of fifth grade, actually. I also knew I wanted to play soccer then, so I knew that was going to be an important factor in which college I chose. I have always been interested in science, and when I took environmental science last year, I fell in love with the subject. So I wanted to find a school that offered an environmental science major and D3 sports.

"Once I found UMM, I browsed around the site and became interested. I fell in love with the images and immediately applied. When I got the letter stating that I was accepted, I was ecstatic. My parents and I set up a visit, and even though it was the middle of winter (and I hate cold), I still loved UMM. I loved the campus, the people, the atmosphere. It just felt right, from the coaches to the helpful counselors and students I talked to. I knew for sure that this was going to be my future college, home, and where I was going to spend four years of my life."

Sarah Timpane (St. Cloud, Minn.) Apollo High School

Athletic Awards: Most school spirit; Sportsmanship Award, captain for track & field team

Major: Psychology

"I chose to attend UMM because it's far away yet close enough to go home when I need to. Being able to play soccer was a huge plus and I heard lots of great things from former students."