CHICAGO – Alexandra Perry, a senior goalkeeper at Oakville Senior High School in St. Louis, Mo., and Delanie Bosworth, a senior midfielder at Grandville High School in Grandville, Mich., 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 two incoming freshmen join the roster in the fall of 2013 and compete for playing time on the field during the 2013 campaign. Saint Xavier University women's soccer coach Evan Strehlau is thrilled with the attributes that these two young players bring to the program.
Perry is the daughter of Stan and Diane Perry of St. Louis. In addition to her play at Oakville Senior High School, she also had a standout career as a club player for both the Tony Glavin Soccer Club and the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club. Perry plans to pursue a degree in international business and international studies while at Saint Xavier University.
"Coming from one of the top club teams in the St. Louis area, Alex is going to be a big part of our 2013 season," said Strehlau. "Her size, athletic ability and sense of fearlessness are going to make a mark on our program over the next four years. Alex is not only a top goalkeeper, but her academic skills are outstanding as well. Having Alex commit to Saint Xavier is one of those moments where, as a coach, you know you did something right for the team. She brings 110 percent to every practice and game and is a fierce competitor, who hates to lose. I know she is just as excited as we are to get the season underway and start her promising career."
Bosworth is the daughter of Roy and Sheila Bosworth of Grandville, Mich. She is coached by Lewis Robinson at Grandville High School and also plays club soccer for the West Michigan Fire Premier team under Jim Klunder. She is expected to play center and defensive midfield for the Cougars and plans to study pre-medicine at SXU with the hopes of earning a biology degree.
"When we found Delanie, we thought that she had to have had committed somewhere already, because there was no way another college would have let her slip by," said Strehlau. "We took a chance and it paid off. Her speed, ball control, toughness and outstanding ability to read the flow of the game are going to help us out tremendously. Delanie loves to feed the balls up top and out wide, and with the team we have in place, she will be doing that a lot. She is a great sign for our program and I couldn't be happier."