BROOKINGS – South Dakota State women’s soccer head coach Brock Thompson announced the addition of seven incoming freshmen as part of Wednesday’s 2018 National Signing Day.
The newest Jackrabbits are Rachel Preston (Lakeville, Minn.), Cecilia Limongi (Elkhorn, Neb.), MaKayla Griffin (Kasson, Minn.), Sunniva Dunagan (St. Paul, Minn.), Hailee Fischer (Hartford, S.D.), Abigail Kastens (Lincoln, Neb.) and Karlee Manding (Waipahu, Hawaii).
“Today is an exciting day for Jackrabbit soccer,” Thompson said. “We welcome seven new family members who will not only address our needs on the field, but will contribute wonderful things to our culture over the next 4-5 years.”
Sunniva Dunagan, MF, 5-9, St. Paul, Minn. Central HS
Born Sept. 2,, 1999 ... daughter of Patrick and Jane Dunagan ... major is undecided ... played club soccer with Minneapolis United... All-time leader in goals (63) and assists (38) at Central High School... Three-time All-State (2015-17)... 2017 Star Tribune All-Metro First Team and Pioneer Press East Metro Girls Soccer Player of the Year... Four-time All-Conference First Team (2014-17)... Three-time Conference Player of the Year (2015-17)...National Honor Society
Hailee Fischer, GK, 5-9, Hartford, S.D., West Central HS
Born April 4, 2000 ... daughter of Jon and Anna Fischer ... plans to major in education ... played club soccer with Dakota Alliance... As a senior posted 11 shutouts, allowed just three goals and held a 94.2 save percentage... Four-time All-State pick: First Team (2015-17) and Second Team (2014)... High School Class A Soccer Rookie of the Year (2013) and Soccer605 Elite Eleven pick (2014-15)... Two-time Argus Leader Player of the Year nominee (2016-17)... Three-time Class A State Champions (2013, 16-17)... Four-year Academic A Honor Roll and National Honors Society member
MaKayla Griffin, MF, 5-7, Kasson, Minn. Kasson-Mantorville HS
Born Dec. 15, 1999 ... daughter of Dawn and Doug Griffin ... plans to major in elementary education ... played club soccer with Rochester Youth Soccer Association... 55 career goals and school-record 55 career assists... Two-time All-State First Team (2015, 17)... Three-time All-Conference (2015-17)... 2017 Miss Soccer Minnesota and Rochester Area Female Athlete of the Year Finalist... Three-time HVL Conference Champions (2013-15)... Four-time Academic All-State Gold awardee
Abigail Kastens, F, 5-5, Lincoln, Neb., Waverly HS
Born March 8, 2000 ... daughter of Marty and Joleen Kastens ... plans to in Human Biology ... played club soccer with Gretna Soccer Club... Enters senior season with 50 goals and seven assists... Posted 29 goals and one assist as a sophomore with 21 goals and six assists during junior season... Two-time All-State (2017 First Team and 2016 Second Team)... Three-time All-Conference (2016-17 First Team and 2015 Honorable Mention)... Holds soccer program records in 10-yard (1.64 seconds) and 40-yard (5.02) dashes... Three-time Academic All-State (2014-17) with Academic Letter and Honor Roll recognition
Cecilia (Cece) Limongi, F, 5-4, Elkhorn, Neb., Elkhorn South HS
Born Aug. 23, 1999 ... daughter of Paul and Aimee Limongi ... plans to major in consumer affairs ... played club ball with Elite Girls Academy ECNL... 53 career goals and 22 career assists... 2017 First Team All-State, Second Team SuperState, All-Conference... Two-time All-State Honorable Mention (2015-16)... 2017 Elkhorn South Offensive Player of the Year... 2015 Class B State Champions...Two-year Academic Honor Roll member
Karlee Manding, MF, 5-2, Waipahu, Hawaii, Waipahu HS
Born Oct. 2, 2000 ... daughter of Renee and Bernard Manding ... plans to major in nursing ... played club soccer with Hawaii Rush... Scored five goals as a senior in fall 2017... Two-time All-OIA Western Division Second Team (2016-17)... Two-time Division 2 Oahu Interscholastic Association Champions (2016-17)... Won 2017 Hawaii 00G State Championship with club team... Two-time Islander Scholar
Rachel Preston, MF 5-6, Lakeville, Minn., Lakeville North HS
Born Nov. 1, 1999 ... daughter of Paul and Angie Preston ... plans to major in nursing ... played club soccer with Minneapolis United... Led team with 10 goals as a senior... Two-time All-Conference selection (2016-17)... Team Award Winner: Most Committed (2017)... Four-time Section 1 AA Champions (2014-17), two-time conference champions (2015-16)... Three-year State place-winner (third in 2015, fourth in 2014 and 2017)... Three-time Academic Excellence Gold Awardee
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