Girls Soccer: Four Waubonsie players sign with D-I programs
BY STEVE NEMETH For Sun-Times Media February 6, 2013 7:36PM
Waubonsie Valley's Jenna Romano (front) has signed to play college soccer for Wake Forest. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 7, 2013 11:16AM
Wednesday’s National Letter of Intent Day for 2013 meant Waubonsie Valley’s now annual rite of girls soccer players committing to play at a higher level continues.
The latest four from Julie Bergstrom’s powerhouse include Jenna Romano (Wake Forest), Rachele Armand (Louisville), and Kendall Wilde (Illinois-Chicago), along with Karla DiJohn, opting for Division III Notre Dame College.
Dating back to 1996, the current four signees will bring the number of Waubonsie graduates to play at the next level up to 52. That tradition will certainly continue since the Warriors also had a trio of underclass players announce verbal commitments: Kristen Dodson (Auburn), Kristen Brots (Kent State) and Rachael Brots (Southern Illinois-Edwardsville).
Metea Valley keeper Megan Geldernick gave her signature to Ohio State while Mustang teammate Kiley Dunning joins Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne (IPFW).
Three other Big Ten programs snared locals in Rosary’s Kaitlin Johnson (Michigan State), Kaneland goalie Jordan Ginther (Purdue) and Geneva’s Amanda Lulek (Iowa). Geneva resident Meredith Matson, a Wheaton Academy student, chose Trinity Christian.
On the boys soccer side, the commitments were fewer in number, but included a variety of programs.
Having decided to follow up his prep career at Batavia with a full season of playing for the Chicago Fire Developmental Program, ex-Bulldog Cody Witkowski officially became a 2013 signee for Division I Northern Illinois.
Yorkville standout Artan Emini inked a scholarship with Division II Quincy University while Waubonsie Valley’s Tim Miller decided on Bellarmine University in Kentucky.
Oswego’s Ryan Totsch plans to continue his playing career at Olivet Nazarene, an NAIA school.