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Women’s soccer signed five players for 2018 class


IU celebrates after junior forward Maya Piper scores her seventh goal of the season against Iowa on Oct. 12 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Former IU women's soccer associate head coach Sergio Gonzalez left the program Tuesday to become an associate head coach with the Ohio State men's soccer team. Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

On Wednesday afternoon, IU women’s soccer officially announced their 2018 class.

The five-player class signed their National Letter of Intent to join IU in the fall.

“We are thrilled to welcome these student-athletes to our program,” IU Coach Amy Berbary said in a press release. “This class is a hard-working and skilled group who each brings something different to the table. In addition to their commitment to on-field performance, all five will represent Indiana well in the classroom and in the community.”

The two first signees were defender Madeline Carlson from South Lyon, Michigan, and midfielder Sarah Wampler from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Carlson was the first signee at 8 a.m. She played club for the Michigan Hawks and led them to a 2017 ECNL National Championship and a 2017-18 ECNL Club championship.

Wampler signed just 45 minutes later. She played club for Cincinnati Development Academy, where she led them to a 2017 State Cup championship.

Midfielder Maddie Essick was next up and signed at 10:30 a.m. She was the lone in-state signee for IU, but she comes from a background of Hoosiers. Her brother played tennis at IU from 2012-16. She’s from Fishers, Indiana, and played club for Fishers Pride ECNL and led them to three straight ECNL National Playoffs and two ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference championships.

Midfielder/defender Natalie Lunt was the second Michigan native of the day and signed her NLI five minutes after Essick. She’s from Grand Rapids, Michigan and played club for Midwest United FC. She led her team to three Michigan State Cup titles.

The final signee of the day for IU was goalkeeper Caitlin Arbuckle at 11:30 a.m. She’s from North Vancouver, BC, and will be the fourth Canadian on the roster. She played club for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC REX Program.

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