|Posted July 14, 2008|
Pack soccer signs two midwestern products
PUEBLO, Colo., (July 14, 2008) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves women's soccer team has announced the signing of Sydney Hase (Tartan HS, Woodbury, Minn.), a central defender who played for Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minn., as well as the Twin Cities Fire soccer club, and Melissa Christensen (Tremper HS, Kenosha, Wisc.), a two-time all-Southeast Conference midfielder.
Hase, a Woodbury native, will be majoring in elementary education with a focus on mathematics instruction. Christensen will be working towards her goal of becoming a physical therapist in addition to joining the Thunderwolves soccer program.
"CSU-Pueblo is a great place for me," Hase said. "I had a great visit and really enjoyed getting to meet the girls on the team. The campus, the faculty, and the soccer field and locker rooms were all really impressive."
"We look forward to Syd making a positive impact on our program," Pack Coach Dave Morris said. "She is a terrific fit socially, athletically and academically. Her speed, ball-winning ability and speed all will give her the opportunity to be really successful here. We can't wait for the fall!"
Hase has a strong track record for toughness that should translate to her performance on the field for the ThunderWolves. In addition to being one of the most tenacious defenders in the state of Minnesota, Hase also participated in girls' ice hockey and boys' football as the team's placekicker while at Tartan.
Christensen also lends a strong dynamic to the team, helping the squad to fill holes at its midfield position.
"CSU-Pueblo was basically everything I wanted in a college," Christensen said. "The city and campus are nice, the soccer is good, and my major is really strong there as well."
"We look forward to Melissa stepping in to make in impact immediately," Morris said. "She is a terrific fit as a person, and as a player she will help us not only win the ball in midfield, but also control possession and unlock defenses with creativity in the attack."
Christensen has a strong track record for creativity on the ball and toughness in midfield that should translate to her performance on the field for the ThunderWolves. In addition to her standout career as a prep soccer player, Christensen also was a two-time all-county golfer at Tremper as well as a three-year member of the basketball program.
The ThunderWolves are coming off a record setting season, reaching the RMAC championship match, finishing in 2nd place in the RMAC during the regular season, and setting school records for wins (14) and goals (50) in a season. The 2007 ThunderWolves also boasted the RMAC Player of the Year (Robin Hayes) and RMAC Women's Soccer Academic Player of the Year (Rikki Warmack) and earning the NSCAA's College Team Academic Award.