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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 12, 2008

Northwest Soccer Signs Five for 2008

MARYVILLE - Northwest Missouri State head women's soccer coach Tracy Hoza has signed five student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2008 season. The five signees are the largest class since Hoza's inaugural season of 2003.

Two Bearcat signees call Missouri home, including one from Maryville. In addition, Hoza also signed athletes from Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

Ashley Blanchard (Maryville, Mo.), Jacque Dedovesh (Lee's Summit, Mo.), Taylor Henne (Elkhorn, Neb.), Kate Horvat (Kansas City, Kan) and Andrea Tritz (Sioux City, Iowa) make up this year's recruiting class.

Northwest held opponents last year to 171 shots, the lowest in program history. Hoza became the winningest soccer coach in Bearcat history following a 3-2 victory against Emporia State on Sept. 21. She finished the season with 27 career victories.

• ASHLEY BLANCHARD (Maryville, Mo.) - Midfielder
High School: Maryville HS; Head Coach: Bayo Oludaja and Stuart Collins; Club Coach: David Swett
Blanchard was a two-time All-Midland Empire Conference selection, earning first-team all-district honors her senior season. She was voted most valuable player in 2007. She has played club soccer the past four seasons for a number of teams and was also a three-year varsity letterwinner in cross country.

"We are very happy to have local-talent Ashley Blanchard join the Bearcats," said Hoza. "Ashley is a very dedicated athlete and has always tried to succeed at all levels. She has the talent to do very well in the Bearcat soccer environment. She has a tremendous work ethic both on and off the field. We are excited that she chose to stay close to home and continue her playing at Northwest. Ashley is a great role model for her teammates and for young female soccer players in the area. We know that she is going to do well here."

• JACQUE DEDOVESH (Lee's Summit, Mo.) - Defender
High School: Lee's Summit West HS; Head Coach: Todd Krey; Club Coach: Derek Shoare (KC Dynamos)
A two-time state champion, Dedovesh is a three-year letterwinner and was named varsity soccer captain in 2007. A three-year starter for the Titans, she was named an all-conference second-team defender. She also earned honorable mention all-district honors in 2005 and 2006. Dedovesh also completed the A+ program at Lee's Summit West High School, completing at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring for students in need.

"Jacque comes from a very solid playing background," said Hoza. "She has played soccer with and against some of the top teams in the region. She has traveled all over the country and her exposure to all levels will definitely help her to adapt to playing here at Northwest. We are very impressed with her overall defending mentally, something that will help the team over her years with the Bearcats."

• TAYLOR HENNE (Elkhorn, Neb.) - Forward
High School: Elkhorn HS; Head Coach: Judy Breed; Club Team: Mistral of the Azzuri
From the defending Nebraska Class B state championship team, Henne played forward and midfield at Elkhorn High School. She is a three-time winner of the team's Hustle Award. Henne finished 2007 as the second-leading scorer for the Antlers and earned honorable mention all-conference accolades in her final two seasons. She played forward for Mistral of the Azzuri Soccer Club in Omaha, Neb., during the past summer and is a three-year honor student at Elkhorn.

"Taylor is going to add a lot of energy to our team, both at practice and during our games," said Hoza. "She has great athletic ability and she loves to work hard. Taylor has won state with her high school team and she knows what it takes to play at her best. Taylor came to camp last summer and impressed all the coaching staff and the players. She immediately fit in with our players and program."

• KATE HORVAT (Kansas City, Kan.) - Defender
High School: Piper HS; Head Coach: Bill Warne; Club Coach: Jon Perry/Peter Vermes
Horvat was a first-team all-state selection last season and picked up her second team MVP honor in 2007. She is a three-time All-KVL League selection and earned second-team all-state honors in 2005. A two-year team captain, Horvat also placed first in the St. Andrew's International Football Fest in 2004 and Metro United Showcase in 2007 with the Blue Valley Stars Ajax.

"Kate is a very strong and aggressive player," said Hoza. "She loves to defend and play hard. Kate's coaches have done a great job preparing her technically and physically for college soccer. Kate is a very mature soccer player and she will add to our defensive objectives for 2008."

• ANDREA TRITZ (Sioux City, Iowa) - Forward
High School: Bishop Heelan Cathloic HS; Previous School: Iowa Central CC; Head Coach: William McGowan
A transfer from Iowa Central Community College, Tritz became only the second player in ICCC history to be named an All-American twice. She was a two-time first-team all-region selection and a four-time Region 11 athlete of the week. She ended her playing career for the Tritons with 47 goals and 18 assists.

A graduate of Bishop Heelan Catholic High School, Tritz was a three-time all-state selection and was named to the Elite All-State team her junior season. She earned All-MRAC first-team honors three-times and played in the Iowa All-Star soccer game. She scored 68 career goals for the Crusaders. Tritz is also the all-time leading career scorer for the Global Wizards club team.

"Andrea is expected to make an immediate impact to our team," said Hoza. "She has a wealth of playing experience. She was an outstanding high school athlete and also a junior college standout. We are looking forward to having her 'knack for scoring goals' attitude on our field."

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