The Facts Hometown: Florissant, Mo.
Parents: David and Amanda
Club Team: Lou Fusz
Club Coach: Jim Wipke
High School: Incarnate Word Academy
High School Coaches: Erin Hesselbach and Bill Huber
Melanie's 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.
Mizzou Head Coach Bryan Blitz on Melanie "Melanie's blue collar work ethic and competitive spirit makes a great impression. She is a very skilled and technical player who will fit in well with our playing style."
Club coach Jim Wipke (Lou Fusz Soccer Club) on Melanie "I'm ecstatic. I think Melanie made a good choice. I like Bryan Blitz and the way that he works and the program he runs. I think Melanie will work incredibly hard for him and for the team."
"She's been our captain and that's something you can't really understate. She brings the heart and soul to our team. Melanie is by far one of the best players I've ever coached. She not only has a lot of soccer ability and soccer savvy, but she is a total team player. The reason she drives is because she cares about her teammates. So, not only is Mizzou getting a good soccer player, but also a great individual."