Five Cincinnati St. Ursula soccer players from the 2009 class recently made oral commitments to play soccer in college.
The juniors include: Katie Kerr (College of Charleston), Brett Sweeney (Xavier), Lauren Amyx (Notre Dame), Ally Berry (Wake Forest) and Emily Cardell (Louisville).
Kerr, an outside defender, had two goals and a couple of assists last season. St. Ursula coach Dave Ruehl said Kerr will likely play midfield this fall.
Sweeney, who had a goal and assist, will likely play defensive midfield again this fall.
Amyx, who had six goals and six assists, will play outside midfield.
Berry, who had 11 goals and nine assists, will be looked to for offensive production on the field this fall, Ruehl said.
Cardell, who missed the season due to an ACL injury on the last day of tryouts, can play forward but will likely be in the middle of the field this fall.
Ruehl, who will be a second-year coach at the school this upcoming season, said he believes the Bulldogs can be just as good or even better than last season.
St. Ursula (21-1-2) won the Division I state title with a 2-1 win over top-ranked Strongsville last fall.
“I know the players better going in whereas last season there was a
period of getting to know them,” said Ruehl, who was a longtime boys' soccer coach at Cincinnati Elder for 10 years before joining the St. Ursula program.
“Our JV only lost one match and there are very hungry players from that team ready to fill the open spots created by graduation. We will definitely be on the radar screen of all of our opponents. We have the personnel to deal with that pressure, so we should be fine.”