CHICAGO – Kelly Trojak, a senior defender/midfielder from Lemont Township High School in Lemont, Ill., and Cortney Jerzy, a senior goalkeeper at Lockport Township High School in Lockport, Ill., have both recently signed letters of intent to continue both their athletic and academic careers at Saint Xavier University as members of the Cougar women's soccer program. The pair will be incoming freshmen at SXU for the 2012 fall semester and report to preseason camp in August. Trojak is a native of Lemont, while Jerzy hails from Homer Glen, Ill.
Trojak is the daughter of Greg and Wendy Trojak of Lemont. She is coached by Rick Prangen at Lemont Township High School, but also played club soccer under Rick Lakie and Sena Halilovic. Trojak is a two-time all-conference selection, an all-sectional honoree, returning team captain and three-year starter with her senior season looming this spring.
"Kelly continues our tradition of recruits from Lemont Township High School and that connection is important because Lemont boasts one of the most powerful programs in Illinois," said Saint Xavier University women's soccer coach Jeremy Ekeler. "We love Kelly's intelligence, composure under pressure and versatility. It is rare to find a player who is as strong defending as distributing from the middle or attacking from the outside. Kelly is a perfect fit as a Cougar. She is a strong player, great student and tremendous person."
Jerzy is the daughter of Uve and Sandra Jerzy of Homer Glen. She will play at Lockport Township High School for the first time this spring under Todd Elkei, but has previous playing experience for the Chicago International Soccer Club for Lakie and Halilovic. She plans to pursue a degree in mathematics with a focus on secondary education starting this fall at Saint Xavier University.
"Beyond the fact that she is such a talented goalkeeper, Cortney is an incredible competitor on the field and in the classroom," said Ekeler. "When committing to Saint Xavier, she voiced two goals. The first was to be an Academic All-American and the second was to win new plaques for our program. Cortney is a tireless worker who will raise the intensity of this program. That combination of talent, passion and work ethic is why she had so many great schools after her. We are thrilled she chose to be a Cougar and excited about all the things she brings to the program."