MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s soccer team brought its 2013 recruiting class to five athletes Tuesday afternoon when head coach Dale Roden announced the signing of three more incoming freshmen.
Julia Amor, Jakki Valdes and Andrea Godfrey will all join the Tiger women’s soccer program in 2013. The trio joins goalie Tara Cole (Houston, Texas) and forward Alexandra Sterling (Rapid City, S.D.) as DWU’s incoming class for the 2013 season.
Godfrey, a 5-foot-4 defender, joins the Tiger women’s soccer program after playing two years of varsity soccer at Rapid City Stevens High School. She also played on the Rushmore Soccer club team, and was part of two club state championships.
“Andrea brings buckets of experience to our young program,” said Roden, who starts his sixth season with the Tigers in 2013. “She has the ability to find herself in the starting lineup as soon as preseason. With our returning talent, as well as considering the incoming freshmen thus far, she fits in the scheme of things perfectly. Outside the talent she is a wonderful young player to work with.”
Amor is a 5-4 forward from Sioux Falls, S.D. She played three years of varsity soccer at Washington High School and also played club soccer in South Dakota. She helped the Warriors to seventh-place finishes at the state tournament in 2010 and 2012, and earned All-State First Team honors in 2012.
“Julia is an impact player; truly someone who will boost our offensive attack right away as a freshman,” Roden said. “She is talented, driven and has a rich history of success. She has the infectious drive that will make us a better squad immediately, and we will work to find the formation that will allow us to take full advantage of her abilities.”
Valdes, a 5-3 defender, comes to Dakota Wesleyan from Psja Memorial High School in El Paso, Texas. She played four years of soccer for the Wolverines, and also participated in power lifting and track and field.
“Jakki has been gaining playing time at a very good high school level,” Roden said. “We will look for her to complete our needs as the season progresses. With injuries and the tribulations of the season, she will definitely have an opportunity to contribute when she is prepared preseason.”
The Tigers went 2-11-1 overall and 2-7-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2012. Dakota Wesleyan loses three seniors to graduation in May.