GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro's women's soccer team has added two more student-athletes for the 2010 season, head coach Eddie Radwanski announced Tuesday.
"We're happy to have Lauren and Ashlee with us," Radwanski said. "Both are going to bring unique qualities to our team. Ashlee's club team won the national championship, and she's played at a very high level. Lauren, a local kid, is a good athlete, a left-sided player. She has a tremendous amount of passion to play. They'll both do well in the classroom and on the field for us. We're excited to have them and look forward to seeing them in a few weeks."
Lover, a defender/midfielder, was a first-team all-region and all-conference pick for Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C., in 2009 and 2010. Also a team captain and the Vikings' Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, Lover played six years of club soccer for the GYS Twisters, winning the NCYSA state championship in 2009.
Wilhelmsen, a forward from Scotts Valley, Calif., was the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Forward of the Year for Santa Cruz High School in 2009. She also took first-team honors in 2007 and 2008 and honorable mention as a freshman in 2006 as she helped the Cardinals to SCCAL titles from 2006-08 and Central Coast Section titles in 2006 and 2009. A member of the Women's Honor Society, Peace on the Streets and the Red Cross Club, Wilhelmsen was selected for the 2009 adidas ESP Soccer Camp. On the club level, she played for the De Anza Force, helping the squad to California-North State Cup championships in 2009 and 2010 and a Regional IV finals appearance and the U17 USYSA national champion in 2009.
Lover and Wilhelmsen join six other signees to round out the Spartans' incoming class. Kory Spotts (Del Mar, Calif.), Kaytee O'Brien (Colleyville, Texas), Morgan Kennedy (Lakewood, Colo.), Stine Schoening (Woodinville, Wash.), Jenna Olson (Saratoga, Calif.), and Kristen Schmidbauer (Woodbine, Md.) signed earlier in the year.
The group will become part of a UNCG squad that has won four straight Southern Conference regular-season titles. UNCG kicks off its quest for its fifth straight with home exhibition contests against High Point on Aug. 11 and Duke on Aug. 14 before opening regular-season play against East Carolina at UNCG Soccer Stadium on Aug. 20.
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