Women's Soccer - Mon, Dec. 15, 2008
CHICAGO - Andrea Veldhuizen, a senior defender from Plainfield, Ill., recently signed a letter of intent to continue both her athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar women's soccer program. Veldhuizen is currently coached by Oscar Valdez at Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, Ill. She is projected to become an outside back next season for SXU.

Veldhuizen is the daughter of Roger and Kathleen Veldhuizen of Plainfield. She is planning to pursue a degree in speech pathology starting next fall at Saint Xavier University. Veldhuizen is also a member of the Naperville Soccer Association, a club team under the direction of James Tonner.

"Our top recruiting priority is to find young women who are proud to be Cougars and Andrea fits this criterion perfectly," said Saint Xavier University women's soccer coach Jeremy Ekeler. "She comes from strong high school and club backgrounds that have helped create an extraordinary work ethic and proven leadership skills in a talented player. Andrea is also a player we're counting on to be a future Academic All-American as she is one of the top students in the area. The expectation of the coaching staff is that Andrea's impact will make one of the best and youngest defenses in the CCAC even tougher."