Soccer Inks Five in Fall Signing Period for 2020
The Morehead State Soccer team has received National Letters of Intent from five future Eagles during the 2019 fall signing period.
Defender Madelyn Mozeleski, forward Abby Wasselkamper, defender Anna Lohrer, along with twin sisters and midfielders Sidney and Khrista Palla are set to join the Eagles and head coach Warren Lipka beginning in the fall 2020 semester.
Mozeleski, recruited as a center defensiveback, joins the Eagles after a successful prep career for coach Eric Detmer at Springboro High School. At her hometown high school, Mozeleski lettered varsity all four years where she competed in the Ohio State Championship as a freshman. As a junior, Mozeleski helped lead the Panthers to a Greater Western Ohio Conference Championship and was named to the All-GWAC Second Team. Mozeleski also garnered recognition for her work in the classroom as junior with a nod to the GWAC All-Academic Team. In club soccer, Mozeleski played three seasons for the Ohio Galaxy.
"Madelyn is strong central back who defends and distributes the ball well," said Lipka. " I think she gives us a good presence in the back with her ball-winning skills."
The lone forward of the class comes in the form of Cincinnati, Ohio, native Abby Wesselkamper. The striker took home All-Southwest Ohio recognition in 2019 while prepping for Archbishop McNicholas High School and coach Ben Kirkpatrick. As a student, Wesselkamper has been a honors student all four years and is a member of the National Honors Society. On the club circuit Wesselkamper has won back-to-back Ohio Cup State Championships after having won in 2018 with Cincinnati Development Academy before a 2019 cup win with Ohio Elite.
"Abby is going to give us great pace and a strong attack mentality out wide," said Lipka. "She played at a very high level in club soccer that was accustomed to a tough schedule. I look for her to fit in very well with what we are doing here."
Lohrer, the second Cincinnati, Ohio, native of the class, is a defender who prepped at St. Ursula Academy while competing at club level with the Total Futbol Academy. Lohrer was named a Southwest Ohio Academic All-Star while also competing for a Bulldogs squad that finished as a district finalist during her junior campaign. At TFA, the defender competed in the 2018 Ohio State Cup Finals under the tutelage of coach John Volker.
"Anna is a strong, vocal center back," said Lipka. "As a leader she organizes her line well and is also very good at winning balls in the air."
Rounding out the class are twins, Sidney and Khrista Palla. The duo from Pittsburgh, Pa., are midfielders who won four Pennsylvania State Cups with their club squad, Century United. As high schoolers, the Palla's competed for the Kiski Area Lady Cavs where they were members of the All-Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic League Team. In the classroom both are honors students and members of the National Honors Society.
"We're excited to have these sisters join our program and bring both of their special talent sets with them," said Lipka. "Khrista is a midfielder that can really bring it defensively and distribute the ball well. Sidney is a terrific attacking midfielder that sees the field well and can attack the defense accordingly."
Lipka, whose team is coming off a 4-12-2 campaign in 2019, will add the five signees to a team that loses just two seniors to graduation.
"This class fills the spots we need to move forward with our program," said Lipka. "With nearly all of our team from a year ago returning and a few that were injured last year set to return, we feel this class will add some great layers of for us in 2020. Myself, coach (Trip) Rogers, and coach (Lauren) Smith are really looking forward to having this group join our team on the field next fall."