Soccer inks three

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Three high school seniors have signed letters of intent to join the Kansas soccer squad in 2004, head coach Mark Francis announced Wednesday. All three recruits were members of the Real National Colorado club team the past four seasons.

"We feel really good about this year's recruiting class. The size is not very big but we did not graduate many in this year's seniors," Francis said.

"All three of the ladies play on the same club team which will help with continuity as they have played with each other for some period of time. They will all come in and contribute to our goal of being a top team in the Big 12 Conference."

Afton Sauer played defender at Thunder Ridge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. She led her team to the Colorado State semifinals in 2001 and the state championship in 2002. The four time honor roll member was also named to the All-League first team in 2002 and 2003 and was an All-State selection in 2003.

"Afton is a very athletic back player. She sees the game and reads the game very well. She is a great organizer and communicates well with teammates which will give her a good presence in the back," Francis said. "We look for her to make an immediate impact and help us."

Colleen Quinn was honored as team MVP in 2003 at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colo. She was named first team All-Conference in 2002 and 2003. As keeper she helped Real Colorado win the State Cup in 2002 and 2004.

"Colleen is a very good keeper. She will look to gain experience which will help her be extremely good in the future," Francis said.

"She will provide some competition for Meghan Miller (current KU keeper), which will help entire team."

The final signee was Kelsey Archuleta of Dakota Ridge High School. She played along side Afton Sauer and Colleen Quinn for Real National, serving as co-captain for three-straight seasons. She was a second team All-Conference selection in 2002 and was named Best of the Best Defenders by The Rocky Mountain News in 2003.

Archuleta also was the kicker on Dakota Ridge's varsity football team in 2002 and 2003.

"Kelsey is extremely athletic. She is good in the air and is an excellent ball striker, using both feet," Francis said.

"She gives us good bite in the back and can go at people coming out of the back." Top Stories