- Glasgow brings recruiting total to eight June 9, 2014
MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University women’s soccer coach Clay Glasgow brought his recruiting total to eight for the 2014 season this week when he announced the addition of four names to this fall’s roster. Glasgow was hired as the program’s head coach in January, and has been working to secure players for the upcoming season ever since.
Three of Glasgow’s four latest recruits come to Dakota Wesleyan from within South Dakota’s borders, bringing his total to six home-state recruits so far this offseason. Sarah Dreyer, Amanda Ecklund and CiCi Schneider all come to the Tigers from Sioux Falls, and Ayasha Hunley joins the DWU program from Fresno, Calif.
Dreyer returns to the game of soccer after taking a year off to attend the University of South Dakota. Dreyer, a 5-foot-4 defender, played high school soccer at Sioux Falls Lincoln High School. She was a four-year starter and scored four goals in her career – all off penalty kicks. She helped her team to a 20-2-2 record in her junior and senior seasons, and was part of the Patriot’s runner-up finishes at the Class AA state tournament each of those two seasons. Dreyer, who said she chose DWU because of the positive environment and the opportunities both on the field and in the classroom, earned Class AA All-State Second Team honors as a junior and honorable mention accolades as a senior, and also played club soccer for Corazon, Xtreme and Dakota Alliance.
“I had the opportunity to coach Sarah when she was younger, and I couldn’t be more excited to have her play for me now,” Glasgow said. “The team will benefit from her knowledge and experience immensely.”
Ecklund played soccer at Sioux Falls O’Gorman High School, and played for the DASC Rhythm Club team. She chose to play with the Tigers because of the smaller campus, the athletic training program and the opportunity to play for Glasgow. She will play both midfield and defender for the Tigers.
Hunley played a different position in each of her four seasons with the Bullard High School varsity soccer team, and opens up options on both offense and defense for DWU. She will see time at both midfield and defense for the Tigers. Hunley earned all-league first team honors and earned all-league conference honors in two years. She helped her team to a 10-0 record in 2013, and was part of the 2010 and 2011 championship teams. Hunley, who liked Dakota Wesleyan because of the small size and community feel as well as the quality education, played for Bullard United Soccer and Odyssey club teams, and was part of the state cup runner-up team for three seasons. She also lettered three times in lacrosse and was named all-league for three seasons, and was a four-year member of the honor roll.
“I’m excited to have Ayasha join us this fall,” Glasgow said. “I’ve nothing but high hopes and aspirations for what she will accomplish both in the classroom and on the soccer field.”
Schneider, a 5-3 goalkeeper, played varsity soccer for Glasgow at Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School. She also played club soccer with Rhythm, and recorded 12 straight shutout games with her U17 team. She has won four of five shoot outs she’s been a part of, and played soccer in Europe with People to People for a week during her prep career. Schneider chose DWU because of the small campus and the friendly atmosphere after meeting the Tiger soccer team.
“Cici will certainly bring some stability to the back line,” Glasgow said. “She is a young goalkeeper, but no stranger to competition, and I expect a lot of good things from this young woman throughout her career.”
Glasgow’s latest four signees join Rebecca Ehrenfried (D, Pierre); Brittany Ochs (M, Keenesburg, Colo.); Brooklyn Oehlerking (M/F, Harrisburg) and Megan Peltier (D, Sioux Falls). The eight recruits join a program that finished 4-12-2 overall and 1-8-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2013.