August 1, 2012

Women's Soccer Adds Three Standouts

Head coach Tari St. John and the Butler women's soccer program have added three players to the roster as the Bulldogs have started the 2012 season. Katie Reed, Paige Johnson and Randi DeLong will each suit up for Butler this fall. 

Reed is a local product who attended nearby Covenant Christian High as well as Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep. The midfielder from Coatesville, Ind., played in one match for Illinois last season before transferring to Butler.

"We recruited Katie out of high school and are well aware of her capabilities. She has the talent and now the experience to come in and contribute right away," St. John said. "She is technical, savvy and has great vision. We look forward to the depth Katie will add in the midfield."  

Johnson comes to Butler from Arroyo Grande, Calif., where she played one season of high school soccer and many years for the Central Coast Condors club program. She was team captain from 2008-12 and led her team to a state championship in 2010. Johnson plays both midfield as well as goalkeeper.  

"Paige may be the latest recruit signing we've ever had and is our first recruit from California," St. John said. "We saw her play in late July at our prep camp. It was apparent to the entire staff that she has the potential to have a significant impact at this level. She is an intelligent player whose movement off the ball is very effective for receiving as well as creating space for other players. She will be a very good fit." 

DeLong was a four-year letterwinner at Wayne High School, a strong program out of Dayton, Ohio. She helped the team to a 56-14-9 record during her four seasons, including a 20-2-0 mark in 2010. An all-division honoree at Wayne, she played club soccer for Lady Warriors '93 our of Huber Heights, Ohio.
 
"Randi was also a recruiting product of one of our high school prep camps. The impression that she left me with was that she is athletic, very determined and physical," the Butler coach said. "Those are some great tools for any coach to work with.

Reed, Johnson and DeLong will be joining a squad that returns 17 letterwinners from last year's team. The Bulldogs also added six players in the early signing period.