March 7, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming head soccercoach Anne Moore announced today that six high school seniors havesigned national letters of intent with the University of Wyoming. Thesix athletes are: Jennifer Barksdale of Casper, WY, Lindsay Schmid ofRancho Palos Verdes, CA, and Kelly Anderson of Mission Viejo, CA,Kristel Lohmann of Westminister, CO, Angela O'Dell of Littleton, CO andKerri Fahres of Alta Loma, CA.
Moore stated, "Overall we didn't lose a lot of players this pastyear, having only graduated one senior, so we were mainly looking toraise the level of the team. Each one of these players will contributein a different way and are all technically strong individually."
Jennifer Barksdale, Casper, WY, (Natrona County)
Barksdale has had a tremendous amount of success in her high schoolcareer. She was named second team All-Conference as a sophomore, whereher team won both conference and state championships. She was namedfirst team All-State and All-Conference as a junior and took her team tothe state championship game. As a senior, Barksdale was a team captain,and was again named first team All-State and All-Conference, taking herteam to a state championship and a record of 9-2-2. On February 24,2000, Gatorade named Barksdale as the 1999 Gatorade Circle of ChampionsHigh School Player of the Year for Wyoming.
Barksdale is also a very good student. She was in the National HonorSociety for three years, was on the Principals Honor Roll for threeyears, and was on the USAA National Honor Roll in 1997. Sheparticipated in Student Council for two years and was involved in manyother Student Organizations. Barksdale plans to major in health sciencewhile attending the University.
"Jennifer has done very well within the State of Wyoming," saidMoore. "She is such a tough defender and a very strong marking back.It's very tough to beat Jennifer, because of her consistency anddetermination. She is a great worker and is always trying to betterherself athletically."
Lindsay Schmid, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, (Peninsula)
Schmid comes to Wyoming from California and will be a great addition tothe Cowgirl squad. She has lettered in soccer all four years of highschool and one year in softball. She received the Coach's Award in1996-97 and was first team Bay League that same year. All four years ofhigh school Schmid's team has won a championship, and she has receivedPlayer of the Game honors all four years as well. Her senior year,Schmid was named team captain. Academically, Schmid was in theCalifornia Scholarship Federation from 1996 to 2000, as well as winningGolden State Awards in biology, geometry, and algebra.She plans on a career in medicine and intends on majoring in molecularbiology here at theUniversity of Wyoming.
"Lindsay is a very skilled player," said Moore. "She is a greatdistributorand has really good speed. She also has great composure with the balland will adda lot to our attack. We are going to look at her to fill one of ourmid-field positions."
Kelly Anderson, Mission Viejo, CA, (Mission Viejo)
Anderson comes to Wyoming from California and will add depth to theCowgirl team. She was on the 1998 championship team her junior year andhas lettered in soccer all four years of high school. She was a teamcaptain her senior year and took her team to the championship game.Anderson is a very good student and has had many academic honors. Shewas a Scholar Athlete (3.7 or higher), in the National Honors Society,the California Scholastic Federation, and was honored in the Top 25Roll. She was also named to the Principals Honor Roll and participatedin Student Council as a freshman. She plans on a career in PublicRelations and will major in communications here at the University.
"Kelly is very composed with the ball," said Moore, "She is moreof an attacker out of the back and likes to bring the ball forward. Shedistributes the ball very well out of the back and we might also try herat outside midfield, because of her attacting skills."
Kristel Lohmann, Westminister, CO, (Ranum)
Lohmann will bring experience and athleticism to the Cowgirl squad.She was a four year letterwinner and All-Conference Honorable Mentionher freshman year. She was nominated as team captain both her juniorand senior years and was named All-Conference in soccer and track hersophomore and junior seasons. Not only is she a great athlete Lohmannwas named to the Academic All-Conference team all four years of highschool and was active in Student Council her sophomore and junioryears. Lohmann plans on majoring in business and wants to own abusiness of her own someday.
"Kristel is another Colorado player that is very fast and likes toattack out of the back," says Moore. "She was a sweeper for herclub team, but can also be an outside marking back. We may push her upinto the midfield, because she is so strong and fast with the ball ather feet."
Angela O'Dell, Littleton, CO, (Chatfield)
O'Dell comes to Wyoming from neighboring Colorado where she was a fouryear letterwinner at Chatfield High School. She was named HonorableMention All-State last year and was a four year starter for her highschool team. She was named the Rush Swoosh Player of the Year in 1999and played on the Nike Rush Club team. O'Dell plans on majoring inbusiness while at the university. Her father, Dave O'Dell is a graduateof the University of Wyoming.
"Angela will add a lot of heighth and strength in the middle," saysMoore. "She is a very strong player defensively, but also addsoffensively with an attack out of the middle. She'll be a great assetwith her size and athleticism."
Kerri Fahres, Alta Loma, CA, (Etiwanda)
Fahres will add experience, athleticism and heighth to the Cowgirlteam. She has had tremendous success in the last two years. She hasbeen team captain both her junior and senior years and has led her teamto league championships both years. She was named to the All-Conference2nd team in 1999 and named to the 1st team All-Conferencein 2000.Fahres also was named to the 3rd team All-CIF, which is a regional highschool award.
Fahres also excelled in the classroom, winning seven Golden State ExamAwards in geometry, algebra I, algebra II, Spanish, U.S. history, worldhistory, and natural science. She has also been on the principal'shonor roll all four years of high school. She plans on a career inPublic Relations and will be majoring in communications here at theuniversity.
"Fahres is a very technical player," says Moore. "She has quickfeet and good speed. For her high school she was a marking back andattacked well from the back. She has also played in the midfield on herclub team. We will probably play her in the midfield or push her uptop, because she has a strong ability to attack and go forward with theball. She created a lot of scoring opportunities from a defensiveposition, so we are hoping she will do the same for Wyoming."