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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 11, 2011

Soccer adds nine


MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State head soccer coach Tracy Hoza has announced the addition of nine players who will join the Bearcat program next season. A list of those players and information about each can be found below:

"We are delighted to welcome nine newcomers to Northwest Missouri State University and to our soccer program," said Hoza. "We are adding depth to our attack and numerous players who can tighten our midfield and defense.

"Our motto has been and always will be, ‘defend with pride and attack with passion.' Next year's team is ready to get on the field and do just that."

Hoza is set to begin her ninth season as head coach of the Bearcats. The 2011 season begins Sept. 2 in Maryville.

Taylor Rae Sellars (Platte City, Mo.)
Sellars was a three-year starter for the Lady Pirates, who finished fourth in the Class 2 state tournament last fall. She was a three-time all-conference and three-time all-district choice for Platte County. Sellars has played for both the Futura Fusion and Polaris KC club teams. She's a member of National Honor Society, Young Life and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Tori Von Mende (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
Von Mende was the 2009 Most Valuable Player for Iowa Western Community College after scoring 18 goals and tallying 13 assists in 20 games. Von Mende helped lead the Reivers to an 18-1-1 record and a regional championship. Iowa Western scored 111 goals and allowed 11 during the season.

Von Mende scored 92 goals and had 34 assists during her four-year career at Lewis Central High School. She was a two-time all-state honoree after earning honorable mention honors following her freshman and sophomore seasons. Von Mende was named Newcomer of the Year after scoring 28 goals in 22 games as a freshman.

Jonna Welch (Bolivar, Mo.)
Welch has been a two-sport star at Bolivar High School. She's scored 73 goals and had 33 assists in her three seasons, all of which have culminated in all-state honors. She's earned first-team all-conference and all-district honors in back-to-back seasons as a member of the Liberator's basketball team. Welch currently leads Bolivar with 12 points per game and 55 steals.

Tammie Eiberger (Shelby Township, Mich.)
Eiberger played three years of collegiate soccer at Saginaw Valley State, a Division II school in Shelby Township, Mich., from 2005-07. The Cardinals were 29-18-2 in those three seasons. Eiberger led the team with 12 goals and added six assists as a sophomore in 2006. She totaled 23 goals and eight assists during her career as a Cardinal.

Eiberger earned all-state honors as a member of the soccer team at Eisenhower High School. She also competed in volleyball for the Eagles.

Amanda Spade (Holton, Kan.)
With no soccer program at Holton High School, Spade has showcased her talents as a member of Topeka Select Rockets Club Team and Kansas 1992 Olympic Development Program. She's competed in a number of tournaments as a member of the Rockets spanning 2006-10. Spade has played mostly defense, but is versatile and scored 11 goals and had eight assists during the 2007-08 season.

Spade ranks first in her class at Holton, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and serves on both the scholars and science knowledge bowl teams. She's also run track, competed on the cross country team and has been a national qualifier as a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA).

Breah Sanders (Kansas City, Mo.)
Sanders spent her freshman season at St. Thomas, a Division II school in Saint Paul, Minn., but sustained a season-ending injury prior to the start of the regular season. She was conference defensive player of the year at Staley High School and competed for the KC Comets club team.

Rachel Harada (Des Moines, Iowa)
Rachel Harada is a four-sport star for A-D-M. In addition to soccer, Harada can be found on the Tigers' basketball, cross country and track and field rosters. She also was a member of her schools 2009 all-state speech team.

Emily Arnold (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
Emily Arnold was a three-year starter at Thomas Jefferson High School. She served as team captain her senior year and earned second-team all-conference honors. She was an honorable mention choice one year prior when she helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the third round of regionals, a feat the team duplicated this past season. Arnold is also a member of the Stingers Club Team.

Elizabeth "Beth" Walde (Omaha, Neb.)
Beth Walde is a four-year varsity forward for the Millard West High School Wildcats who won the 2009 state championship and were state semifinalists in 2008 and 2010. Walde also competed as a member of the Omaha FC Elite 2 club team which has won four state cup championships since 2006.

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