Women's Soccer Signs Five Top Prep Players
Feb. 25, 2004
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's soccer program signed five high school seniors to National Letters of Intent. Lauren Astry (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Breanna Ballard (Battle Creek, Mich.), Erin Doan (Dearborn, Mich.), Kelly Hannon (Elmhurst, Ill.) and Maureen Pawlak (Novi, Mich.) will all enroll at Michigan State and join the Spartan program in the fall of 2004. In addition, Deanne Kubas (Northville, Mich.) and Katie Boyd (Rochester, Mich.) will walk-on to the Spartan program in 2004.
"We are very excited about this year's class," said MSU head coach Tom Saxton. "We have tremendous talent and potential in defense, midfield and forward. This group should be the nucleus of our team in the years to come."
Lauren Astry - (Midfield/Forward - Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie High School) - ODP State team 1999-2003 ... 2003 "A" & "B" Regional training pool ... 2002 Regional pool ... 2001 Regional team ... 2000 Regional pool ... Played club soccer for St. Croix Magnuson ... 2001-03 co-captain ... 2001-03 State Snickers Cup Champion ... 2002 Surf Cup Champion, Premier League Champion ... 2001 St. Louis Cup Champion, Premier League Champion ... Member of Eden Prairie Soccer Club from 1995-2000, winning the state tournament in 1999 ... Also plays basketball.
Saxton on Astry: "Lauren brings great versatility and outstanding leadership qualities to our team. She has top-notch club and ODP experience and captains both her club and high school teams."
Breanna Ballard - (Forward - Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview High School) - 2003 ODP State team ... "A" pool player ... 2002-03 leading scorer for TKO Club team, scoring 11 goals in 10 games ... 2003 leading scorer at Lakeview High School ... 2003 all-city, all-conference, all-district, all-region ... 2003 all-state second team ... 2003 team MVP ... 2004 captain ... Also plays basketball.
Saxton on Ballard: "Bre is one of the finest all-around athletes to ever join our program. Her speed and determination will make an immediate impact on our offense."
Erin Doan - (Defense/Midfield - Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn High School) - 1999-2003 ODP State team ... Made the '85 Regional team in 1999, playing up a year ... 1999-present Region II Regional team ... 2002 ESP Elite 8 Regional player ... 2003 Regional team captain ... 2003 U-17 National team ... 2003 and 2004 National camp ... Played club soccer for Michigan Hawks ... 1999-2003 State Cup champions ... 2000 Region II champions ... 2001 & 2003 Region II Runner up ... High School Academic All-American.
Saxton on Doan: "Erin is one of the most accomplished club and ODP players to ever join our program. She is one of the finest defensive prospects in the nation and she will be a key part of our defense for the next four years. Erin is also an outstanding student who will help uphold our tradition of academic excellence."
Kelly Hannon - (Defense/Midfield - Elmhurst, Ill./Fenwick High School) - Plays club soccer for Eclipse Select ... 1999-2003 Naperville Soccer Association Lazars ... 2001 Illinois State Cup Champion ... 2001 and 2002 Team MVP at Fenwick High School ... Team's leading scorer ... 2001-02 East Suburban Catholic All-Conference ... 2002 all-sectional player ... 2001 honorable mention all-sectional.
Saxton on Hannon: "Kelly is a tough, hard-nosed midfielder-defender and a prototype Big Ten player. She will help us immediately as a ball winner and she also has great ability to get us into our attack."
Maureen Pawlak - (Midfield/Forward - Novi, Mich./Novi High School) - 1999-2002 ODP State team member ... Plays club soccer for Michigan Hawks ... 1999-2003 State Cup champions ... 2000 Region II champions ... 2001 & 2003 Region II runner-up ... MVP 2003 State Cup tournament ... Totaled 99 goals and 55 assists through the end of her junior year ... Three-time all-conference, all-district and all-area honoree ... Two-time all-region and all-state honoree ... Three-time team MVP ... 2003 Player of the Year.
Saxton on Pawlak: "Maureen is among the most skillful exciting offensive players we have ever signed. She can play midfield and forward and we expect her to be a key playmaker for us from day one."
Deanne Kubas - (Defense/Midfield - Northville, Mich./Northville) - Plays club soccer for Michigan Hawks ... 1999-2003 ODP State team.
Katie Boyd - (Defense - Rochester, Mich./Rochester Adams) - Plays club soccer for Vardar after playing with Michigan Hawks from 2000-02 ...1999-2003 ODP State team ... 2002-03 Region II pool team ... 1999-2000 Region II Team/National Pool Camp.
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