March 7, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - Head coach Tari St. John continued to build the Bulldogs women's soccer team with high-caliber student athletes, signing a trio of stand-out players for the 2008 campaign. High school seniors Natalie Galovska, Erin Hammeran and Mandi Kotynski have each signed National Letters of Intent to attend Butler and play soccer beginning this fall.
"The 2008 class is a well rounded group that will compliment a solid core of returning players," St. John said. "We are excited about the potential of this recruiting class and what their contributions can do for the team."
Galovska, a center back and holding mid from Eisenhower High School in Macomb, Mich., she guided the Michigan Gators FC 91' to the 2006 Michigan State Cup Championship and a No. 1 ranking in the state. The squad also finished that season ranked sixth in the region and 18th in the country while finishing as finalists at the 2006 Score at the Shore. An all-district and all-county first team honoree in 2007, she helped her high school squad to the 2007 Division I Mac-Red Championship.
"Natalie is a hard working player who is very versatile and can help our team in a number of different positions," St. John commented. "Her ability to win balls in the air will have an immediate impact."
Hammeran, a center back and defender from Mason (Ohio) High School, was an ODP Ohio South State Team member in 2006 and a pool/district team member in 2004 and 2005. As a member of the Cincinnati United Premier Red, she helped the club squad to 2006 Adidas Women's Invitational Championship and to the semifinals of the 2005 Orange Classic and the 2006 Disney Showcase. Her high school team also finished as the FAVC League Champions in 2005.
"Erin is a smart defender that will provide much needed depth in the back," St. John explained. "She also possesses the skills to help in the midfield as well."
Kotynski, a center and outside back from Hudson (Ohio) High School, was a member of the ODP Ohio North 1990 State Team from 2003 to 2007 and played for the 2005 Ohio North 1990 England State Team. She led the Cleveland Cobras to the Ohio North Youth Soccer State Championship three years in a row and guided her squad to the U18 National Indoor title in 2006. An all-district second team member in 2007, she also had a hand in the varsity team's four sectional championships from 2004 to 2007.
"Mandi has the physical tools that will help us compete with any team," St. John said. "Her athleticism and size will help us match up with some of the bigger teams we will face."
Butler returns all seven of its goal scorers from a 2007 team that finished with 10 wins, the most for the program since the 2002 season.