The (8-10-2) Missouri Western Soccer head coach Jeff Hansen has added a Junior College transfer from Olathe, Kan. to the roster for the 2010 fall season in hopes of improving his soccer team.
Coach Hansen found goalkeeper Kelly Voigts at Johnson County Community College, where she was goalie of the national tournament in which her team placed second. Voigts also set a national junior college record with 18 shutouts last season alone.
Hansen has faith that his newly signed player will be fighting for a solid spot at goalkeeper on the field and is excited for what Voigt has to offer.
“She’ll compete for the job,” Hansen said. “It’s always an open competition.”
This year wasn’t as heavy a recruiting year as most, due to the amount of returning players from last season. 20 of the players from last season are still representing the Griffons in the fall. Yet the 2011 season will be a different story – nine players will be graduating in the 2011 class, leaving open slots for Hansen to fill.
Hansen is pleased with what will be added to his team, but already has respect for how his players click and play as a team.
“We’re being picky, because our team chemistry is pretty good,” Hansen said. “We’re not just going to bring in anybody that’s going to screw that up.”
The Missouri Western Volleyball program has signed players Stephanie Hattey from Kearney, Mo. and Tahler Johnston from Marshalltown, IA for the 2010 season.
Hattey is expected to come in and contribute right away as a 5’8” freshman setter. Western head coach Cory Frederick added Hattey to the team due to her athleticism and quickness she could add to the Griffon squad.
“She’s going to be a very strong player, we’re happy to have her,” Frederick said.
Also being added to the team is Johnston, who transferred to Western from Indian Hills Community College as an outside hitter.
“She brings a lot to our team; she’s got a little bit more size and a nice solid arm swing,” Frederick said.
Johnston brings to the table a 5’10” to 5’11” frame which adds height to the blocks. There are three solid outside hitters fighting for a starting position on the Western team.
One of the things that the Western volleyball team is looking to improve on is team chemistry, and the addition to these new players could help with that goal.
“More than anything these recruits that we bring in and the players that are returning will bring us more team chemistry, which is one of the things that we are preaching right now and trying to get that better,” Frederick said.