Women's Soccer - Mon, Mar. 30, 2009
CHICAGO - Amanda Wessel, a freshman transfer from Loyola University in Chicago, 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. Wessel did not play women's soccer at Loyola University, but was a all-conference player during her prep career at Metamora Township High School in Metamora, Ill., under coach Danny Driscoll. The Metamora native played defender for the Redbirds, but is projected to compete for playing time at either outside back or outside midfield for SXU starting this fall.

Wessel is the daughter of Dennis and Christine Wessel of Metamora. She is planning to pursue a degree in biology (pre-medicine) at Saint Xavier University. Wessel was a team captain for Metamora and was also an all-conference player and all-conference scholar-athlete in the Mid-Illini Conference.

"We are excited about adding Amanda to our roster for a number of reasons," said Saint Xavier women's soccer coach Jeremy Ekeler. "The first is her incredible work ethic. Next, at Metamora, she rose to the ranks of all-conference starter, all-conference scholar-athlete and team captain for Coach Driscoll and helped lead a defense that held opponents under one goal per match in 2008. Besides these reasons, Amanda also becomes one of the top students in our program after transferring with outstanding grades from Metamora Township High School and Loyola University."