Soccer Signs Five to National Letters of Intent



Feb. 7, 2013

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou soccer team signed five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, Head Coach Bryan Blitz announced on Thursday. Melanie Donaldson (Florissant, Mo.), KC Morris (Elmhurst, Ill.), Kristen Rivers (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Lauren Selaiden (Carrollton, Texas) and Erin Webb (Castle Rock, Colo.) will join the Tigers for the 2013 season.

"I am excited about this group of signees because they meet very specific needs for the future," Blitz said. "I have no doubt that they will make a big impact as we look ahead to the fall season. Scholastically, this is also a standout group of student-athletes. This class comes with a lot of academic accolades that truly fit Mizzou Soccer's core values."

Position: Midfielder Club Team: Lou Fusz
Height: 5'5" Club Coaches: Jim Wipke
Hometown: Florissant, Mo. High School: Incarnate Word Academy
Parents: David and Amanda Donaldson High School Coaches: Erin Hesselbach, Bill Huber

Noteworthy Accolades: Helped Lou Fusz qualify for the 2013 USYSA National Championships in July ... The team won the Missouri State Cup in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 and were finalists in 2012 ... Also helped the team earn the US Youth Soccer Region II title in 2010 and to a semifinal finish in 2011 ... Two-time NSCAA All-Midwest Region honoree at Incarnate Word ... Also a three-time all-conference and a two-time all-metro selection ... Helped Incarnate Word to a 16-6-1 record in 2012 en route to the quarterfinals of the Class 3 State Tournament ... The Red Knights went 16-5-1 in 2011 and 15-5-1 in 2010.

Why Melanie Chose Mizzou: "I fell in love with the atmosphere and the people I was honored to meet during a visit. Coach Blitz was also a huge factor. He respected that I am an athlete with goals and I knew I could trust him to help me accomplish anything I wish while I attend Mizzou. I've watched Mizzou's team play as well, and I felt I would fit in with their style of play. It is very hard-nosed and competitive, which I like."

Chose Mizzou Over:Alabama, Indiana State

KC Morris
Position: Midfielder Club Team: Eclipse Select
Height: 5'8" Club Coach: Rory Dames, Mike Nesci
Hometown: Elmhurst, Ill. High School: Immaculate Conception High School
Parents: Paul and Linda Morris High School Coach: Todd Privett

Noteworthy Accolades: Helped Eclipse Select advance to the semifinals of the 2012 Dallas International Girls Cup, 2012 Ohio Elite Girls College Showcase and the 2011 Disney's Soccer Showcase ... In 2011, the club also claimed third-place at the SYSA National League and were semifinalists at the Illinois State Cup and the Ohio Elite Girls College Showcase ... As a member of the U16 team, helped the squad to the 2010 NSR Gold Cup ... Member of the National Honor Society and is an honor roll student at Immaculate Conception High School.

Why KC Chose Mizzou: "I chose Mizzou because of the amazing atmosphere I felt when I was on campus and at the athletic facilities. I really liked that all the athletes were in close vicinity and all seemed to know each other. I also really liked the coaches and felt very comfortable."

Chose Mizzou Over: Louisville, Loyola, Miami (Ohio)

Kristen Rivers
Position: Goalkeeper Club Team: Atlanta Fire United
Height: 5'8" Club Coach: Mark MacKain
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga. High School: Brookwood High School
Parents: Bryan and Michelle Rivers High School Coaches: Jeff Becker, Chris Leone, Adel Mohsen

Noteworthy Accolades: Member of the Atlanta Fire United club team ... Club was a Georgia State Semi-Finalist in 2011 and 2010 ... The Atlanta Fire earned the US Club Region title and were Atlanta Cup semifinalists in 2010 ... Also advanced to the Georgia State semifinals in 2009 and were Georgia State Champions in 2008 ... Played for Brookwood High School ... In the top 1% of her class and earned State of Georgia Certificate of Merit Scholar accolades ... Also played volleyball as a freshman.

Why Kristen Chose Mizzou: "I chose Mizzou because of the combination of academic and athletic opportunities. I always wanted to play in the SEC because both of my parents attended the University of Georgia. On the academic side, I've always wanted to pursue a law degree and Missouri has an excellent law school. I also love the large campus environment and the potential to meet new people."

Chose Mizzou Over: Alabama, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Clemson and Furman

Lauren Selaiden
Position: Midfielder Club Team: Dallas Sting
Height: 5'9" Club Coaches: Kenny Medina
Hometown: Carrollton, Texas High School: Creekview High School
Parents: Jim and April Selaiden High School Coach: Heather Medlen

Noteworthy Accolades: Helped the Sting to the 2011 and 2010 USYS National Championship ... The club also earned the ECNL National Championship, the ECNL Las Vegas Showcase title and the Region III crown ... Captain of the Creekview High School team all four years ... Named to the NSCAA All-Region VI team as a senior ... Also earned all-district honors and Offensive Player of the Year accolades during her prep career ... Member of the National Honor Society and earned the Presidential Award.

Why Lauren Chose Mizzou: "I fell in love with the town and the school when I went on my first visit. The whole team was extremely welcoming and I was able to see myself as part of the team."

Chose Mizzou Over: Texas Tech, TCU, Rice, Penn

Erin Webb
Position: Defender/Midfielder Club Team: Real Colorado
Height: 5'6" Club Coaches: Stoner Tadlock, Scott Dedycker
Hometown: Castle Rock, Colo. High School: Rock Canyon High School
Parents: Dexter and Dee Webb High School Coach: Mat Henbest

Noteworthy Accolades: Plays club soccer for Real Colorado, which earned the Far West Regional Championship and the regional finals ... Helped Rock Canyon High School advance to the state semifinals and a 13-4-2 record in 2012 ... Named to the All-Continental League first team in 2012 and was a second team selection in 2010 and 2010 ... An Academic All-State first team honoree as well ... Also is on the track team and played basketball from 2009-11 ... Four-time Academic Honor Roll selection.

Why Erin Chose Mizzou: "I chose Mizzou because I loved the campus and the school offers a great education. I also loved the coaches and players. Even if I didn't play soccer, I would still go to Mizzou."

Chose Mizzou Over: Rice, Denver, Nevada, Harvard



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