MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University women’s soccer head coach Dale Roden announced his first two recruits for the 2013 season Tuesday afternoon. Texas native Tara Cole and South Daktoa native Alexandra Sterling will both join the Tiger soccer program this coming season.
Cole comes to Dakota Wesleyan from Pasadena Memorial High School in Dickinson, Texas. The 5-foot-8 goalie doubled as a forward her junior year for the Mavericks, and she gave up five goals in 19 games, and also had 15 goals – including two hat tricks – and 23 assists. She also scored two goals as a keeper. Cole helped her high school team to a 16-3 record as a junior, and was also part of a club team that took second at the United States Youth Soccer Association 2011 National Tournament.
Cole earned all-district honors for four years and was the district MVP once. She earned four letters and was a four-year starter. She also lettered once in basketball and once in football, where she served as the team’s starting kicker.
“We feel Tara is fully capable of stepping in and making an impact right away as a freshman. She brings experience from the high school level as well as the club level,” Roden said. “Personally, I look forward to working with her; her work ethic and attitude is something that is infectious.
“Considering our returning goalkeepers, along with Tara’s commitment to our program, we feel the goalkeeping position will be a huge strength to our defensive third for years to come.”
Sterling comes to Dakota Wesleyan from Rapid City, S.D., where she is currently a senior at Central High School. She is a four-year letter winner for the Cobblers, and also plays for the Rushmore Soccer Club. Her brother, Nick, is currently a senior on the Tiger men’s soccer team.
“We are very excited to have Alexandra join us next fall,” Roden said. “She will definitely bring an original dimension to our attacking third. Her work ethic is evident on as well as off the field.”
The Tiger women are currently 2-6 overall and 2-3 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. They travel to Sioux Center, Iowa, to take on Dordt College on Wednesday, Oct. 10.