SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Augustana soccer head coach Brandon Barkus announced that Augustana will welcome three student-athletes to join the Vikings next year. Courtney Allen (Lincoln, Neb), Emily Jacobson (Golden Valley, Minn.), and Libby Nelson (Woodbury, minn.) will all continue their academic and athletic careers at Augustana College next year.
"This is an incredible class for our program!" Barkus raved about the three incoming freshmen. "Our coaches and our players are excited to welcome them to the Augustana Soccer family. We all believe that this is a class of true champions, and our staff feels honored to have these young women as part of our program."
The three signees will add to the depth that Barkus has created over his tenure as the head coach of the Vikings. Allen is a holding midfielder who brings four years of starting experience on her Varsity squad. Jacobson is coming off an All-State caliber season as a center midfielder. Nelson will bring athleticism and a goal-scoring ability to the field next year.
"[This] is a group of unbelievably talented players, great competitors, and wonderful young women that will impact our program immediately. It is a special year when you can recruit a group of players with this level of ability and it is a testament to the quality and commitment of their coaches who have more than prepared them to compete at the highest level."
The Vikings finished last season with a 6-10-2 overall record and a 5-8-2 mark in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference competition. The Vikings finished 10th in the NSIC standing, just missing out on the NSIC/US Bank Tournament. The Vikings lose only four letterwinners from last year's squad and return with high hopes for next fall's season.
"These three young women are tremendous models of what we look to recruit at Augustana Soccer great people, fantastic players and courageous leaders with an undying passion to be the best. We are very excited for Augustana Soccer 2013!"
Located in Sioux Falls, S.D., Augustana College is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.