Women's Soccer - Wed, Mar. 2, 2005
CHICAGO -- Nicole Grant, a senior goalkeeper at Lemont Township High School in Lemont, Ill., and Britney Kendzora, a senior midfielder also from L.T.H.S. in Lemont, have both signed letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at Saint Xavier University in Chicago as members of the Cougar women's soccer program. Grant is the daughter of Richard and Patrica Grant, while Kendzora is the daughter of Jeffrey and Stephanie Kendzora. Both families reside in Lemont.

Grant is expected to play at the goalkeeper position next season at Saint Xavier University. She plans to pursue a degree in speech pathology. Grant played under Rick Prangen during her prep career at Lemont Township High School.

"I have heard some great things about Nikki and I am very excited to have her in the program," said Saint Xavier University head women's soccer coach Derek Begich. "She adds depth to our goalkeeper position and is the ultimate team player. She has a great work ethic, love for the game and is very aggressive, which is something that you cannot teach."

Kendzora will play at the midfielder position this fall for the Cougars. She is planning to pursue a degree in nursing at Saint Xavier. Kendzora also played under Rick Prangen at L.T.H.S. as a prep.

"I am very excited to have an individual like Britney in our program," said Begich. "She is the third student-athlete from Lemont Township High School that I have signed in the last two years. Her ability to play anywhere on the field, particularly in the midfield, will add to our great depth. She has a great work ethic, good first touch and has wonderful field vision, which is great for any player but is even better for a midfielder."