ST. CHARLES – Eclipse Select Soccer Club midfielder Karly Stuenkel of St. Charles wanted to find a strong college program, big college setting and a hometown feel. That destination proved to be Iowa City as she committed to play for the University of Iowa beginning in the fall of 2014.
“I’m so happy to be going there and have the chance to play in the Big Ten,” Stuenkel said in a news release Friday. “I’m really excited that they showed this much interest in me.”
Louisville also was a top choice on Stuenkel’s radar, but she said she meshed well with the Hawkeyes’ program.
“Both schools take care of their athletes, and with Iowa, I just clicked with their coaching staff,” Stuenkel said. “It was so nice, and they have taken that program and brought it up. I liked that. I realized how much I loved the school campus, and that it’s a big school but in a small type of city that reminds me of my hometown.”
Iowa has been headed by Ron Rainey since 2006. Stuenkel said the combination of the Hawkeyes’ on-the-field success and Rainey’s approach and personality were important characteristics that drew her to the team.
Looking forward to 2014, there will be two Stuenkel sisters in the college ranks as her older sister, Sydney, competes for the Loyola Ramblers’ cross country and track and field programs. Loyola was a possible destination for Karly.
“It’s really close. I love Loyola and the coaches are amazing,” Karly said. “It was hard to push that option away, but I’ll let my sister have her school and I’ll have mine.”
St. Charles East 8, Metea Valley 0: At St. Charles, Haley Beno threw a complete game, three-hitter and struck out 10 to anchor the Upstate Eight Conference crossover win for East (4-3, 1-2 UEC River). Alex Latoria (3 for 4) and Olivia Lorenzini (two RBIs) each homered for the Saints, while Olivia Cheatham doubled twice and Shannon Collalti went 2 for 2 with a double.
Lake Park 13, Geneva 3: At Geneva, the Vikings committed five errors and were beaten soundly in the UEC crossover despite a double and RBI from freshman Emily Plocinski, who pitched a complete game for Geneva.
South Elgin 4, St. Charles North 1: At St. Charles, North (4-1, 2-1 UEC River) dropped the crossover contest despite four hits from Sabrina Rabin.
Waubonsie Valley 15, Batavia 0 (5 inn.): At Batavia, Katie Ryan had the lone hit for Batavia in a lopsided UEC crossover defeat.
Batavia 14, East Aurora 1 (5 inn.): At Aurora, Micah Coffey hit a pair of home runs and Laren Eustace tripled and doubled as Batavia (8-0, 3-0 UEC River) cruised in the conference crossover.
Neuqua Valley 10, St. Charles North 0 (5 inn.): At Naperville, North was routed in the UEC crossover by UEC Valley powerhouse Neuqua Valley.
Aurora Christian 5, Timothy Christian 4: At Aurora, Tristin Withrow doubled and drove in two runs to pace Aurora Christian (3-4, 1-1 Suburban Christian Conference).
Marmion 9, Seymour (Tenn.) 4: At Seymour, Tenn., Zach Siwiec went 3 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBIs and Tyler Eberth was 2 for 3 with a double and a sacrifice bunt for the Cadets (3-2). Shane Carmody (2-0) got the win on the mound.
St. Charles North wins pair: North won a pair of tournament matches, defeating Plainfield East, 25-16, 25-18, and host Marian Catholic, 25-11, 25-17. The North Stars improve to 8-1 on the season.