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Saxton Announces Seven Additions on Signing Day

Recruiting Class

Back row: Megan Rafac, Emily Paymer, Jessica Kjellstrom, Marisa Oleksiak
Front Row: Kaitlin Johnson, Michelle Dear, Kaylee Phillips

Feb. 7, 2013

East Lansing, Mich. - Women's soccer head coach Tom Saxton announced today that seven athletes will join his cast of returning players in 2013, enrolling at Michigan State University for the upcoming fall semester.

" We are very excited with the seven players that will be joining us as part of our 2013 recruiting class," said Saxton. "The group is extremely talented and they should help fill some specific needs for our young team this fall and in the years ahead. Our staff and current players are proud to welcome each of these student-athletes to our Spartan Soccer Family."

The seven players who will join the Spartan women's soccer program in the fall of 2013:

Michelle Dear
Forward, Chesterfield, MI/ Anchor Bay High School

Four year varsity letter winner in soccer... Second Team All-State her junior year... School record holder for both goals in a season (30) and points in a season (40)... First Team All-County for Macomb Area Conference as well as All-District and All-Region in 2012... High School team was District Champions in 2012... All-Academic Selection three years in a row (2010-1012)... All-League Selection in her sophomore and junior seasons... Voted the offensive player of the year at Anchor Bay High School in 2011 and 2012...

Head Coach Tom Saxton: " Michelle is a true finisher with great speed and a go-to-goal mentality. She is also outstanding academically and we are proud that she has been accepted to the Honors College."

Kaitlin Johnson
Defense/Midfielder, Geneva, IL/ Rosary High School

Four year varsity starter on IHSA Regional Championship team... Received All-Conference honors... In 2011, represented Illinois ODP at the ODP National Championships... As a member of the Team Chicago Botafogo club soccer team, Kaitlin won State, Regionals, and placed 3rd at Nationals her Junior Year. Kaitlin also played a role in Botafogo capturing the Brondby Cup title in Denmark. As a senior, her team finished a perfect 7-0 to win the National League and qualify for Nationals for a 2nd year running

Head Coach Tom Saxton: " Kaitlin joins our program from one of the top clubs in the country, Team Chicago. She is a talented wide player with a tremendous work-rate."

Jessica Kjellstrom
Defense, Saginaw, MI/ Heritage High School

Played club soccer with the Michigan Hawks, with whom she won three state championships (2008, 2010, 2011)... Team co-captain for three years... Played for the 2010 ODP Region Two Team... 2010 and 2011 US Soccer Training Center... 2008-2011 Michigan State ODP Team...

Head Coach Tom Saxton: "Jessica is one of the top defensive recruits in the country. We will look forward to her being a leader of our backline as she matures in the college game."

Kaylee Phillips
Midfielder/Defender, Howell, MI/ Hartland High School

Michigan Hawks co-captain for three years... Four-time Tri County Athlete of the Week... All Country, All District and All Conference selection... Team MVP...District Champions...All-State 4x800 runner and All-County Track team selection... ECNL National Finalist, 2011 Region Two Champions... 2008, 2010 and 2011 State Cup champion... 2009 Midwest Regional League Premiere champion

Head Coach Tom Saxton: " Kaylee comes to us with great club experience. She is already a proven leader with some of the best intangible qualities that I have seen in an incoming freshman."

Marisa Oleksiak
Defense, Chesterfield, MI/Lanse Creuse North High School

Ranked by Top Drawer in the top 150 nationally and the top 25 regionally for 2011-2012... Played Club Soccer for the Michigan Hawks... 2011 MYSA State Cup Champion... Scored 18 goals and had two assists in her junior year at Lanse Creuse High School North and was an All-District Selection and Mac All-Academic Team Selection... Served as a captain her senior season in which she was All State Division 1 Honorable Mention, All Region Division 1, Mac All Conference and Macomb All County Third Team... Also played scholastic basketball, earning All-Macomb County all four seasons and All-State Honorable Mention in 2009-10.

Head Coach Tom Saxton: "Marisa is one of the most talented left-sided recruits in the country. She is a great attacking back which fits our style of play very well."

Emily Paymer
Defense, Santa Monica, CA/ Santa Monica High School

Captain of Santa Monica United FC for five seasons... Voted MVP at ODP Camp in 2010... Defender for South Bay Force...

Head Coach Tom Saxton: "Emily is a very well-rounded student-athlete with excellent leadership qualities. She also comes from a top-level club background which has prepared her well for the college game."

Megan Rafac
Defense/Midfield, Toledo, OH/ St. Ursula Academy

2012 first team All-District and All-State selection... 2011 and 2012 first team All-League Selection... 2011 OHSAA State Finalist and 2012 OHSAA State Semi-Finalist... 2011 second team all-district... Captain of Ohio North ODP Team in 2010 and 2011.

Head Coach Tom Saxton: "Megan was a late addition to this class and we feel very fortunate that she chose Michigan State. She has an outstanding club and high school resume from the strong soccer region of Northern Ohio."



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