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SMSU women’s soccer announces nine signings

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University head women’s soccer coach Erin Kasmarik-Mallett announced on Tuesday that nine high school standouts have recently signed letters of intent to continue their academic and soccer careers at SMSU.

Joining the SMSU program for the 2021 season include Julianne Arballo from LaMesa, Calif., Kylee Bennett from Summerset, S.D., Elainna Brill from Belle Fourche, S.D., Kyler Hahn from Lincoln, Neb., Emma Dahnert from Owatonna Minn., Kenzie Mcinerney from Groton, S.D., Selena Prolic from West Allis, Wis., Erin Wetterstrom from Olathe Kan., and Kirsten Wetterstrom from Olathe Kan.

“We are extremely grateful for the qualities all of these student-athletes are going to bring to our program on and off the field,” said Kasmarik-Mallett. “We look forward to our bright future and cannot wait to get these student-athletes on campus. We are very excited to welcome this next group of great individuals and soccer players into our Mustang family.”

Arballo, a goalkeeper at Mater Dei Catholic High School, is a four-year letter winner and two-time team captain. A member two league championship teams, Arballo recorded 18 shutouts this past season and added 11 shutouts in 2019. A member of the National Honor Society, Arballo is also a four-year letter winner in track & field.

Bennett, a midfielder at Rapid City Stevens High School, was a five-year letter winner in soccer and closed her career scoring 35 goals. Also, a standout in cross country and track, Bennett was a four-year letter winner in cross country and a three-time letter winner in track & field. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and serves as senior class president in 2020-21.

Brill, a midfielder at Belle Fourche High School, was a five-year letter winner, recording 15 goals her sophomore year and eight goals her junior year. An all-conference honoree, she was also named team MVP and was a three-time academic honor roll recipient.

Dahnert, a defender at Owatonna Senior High School, was a three-year letter winner along with earning Academic All-State honors. She recorded two assists and six goals in her career and twice was named team defensive MVP. Dahnert is also a four-year letter winner in track & field, earning Academic All-State honors. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Hahn, a defender at North Star High School, is a three-year letter winner, three-time academic all-conference honoree and served as team captain her sophomore year. She was also a four-year letter winner in cross country where she earned all-state accolades. Hahn is also was a member of the National Honor Society.

Mcinerney, a striker at Groton Area High School, is a six-time letter winner and earned honorable mention all-state honors. As a senior, Mcinerney recorded 15 goals along with 18 assists. She also earned six letters in track along with two letters in volleyball and basketball. Mcinerney also placed sixth in the long jump at 2019 Class A state championships.

Prolic, a senior forward at Nathan Hale High School, earned second team all-conference honors in 2019. She scored 17 goals during her sophomore season in 2018.

Erin Wetterstrom, a defender at Olathe East High School, is a two-year letter winner after having her junior season canceled due to COVID-19. As a sophomore in her first season as a starter, Wetterstrom recorded five goals and four assists. She also was a state qualifier in wrestling her junior year along with earing varsity letters in both track and cross country. Academically, Wetterstrom was a second-place national qualifier for the Future Educator’s Academy.

Kristen Wetterstrom, a forward at Olathe East High School, is a two-year starter scoring 15 goals and six assists in her career, along with being named second team all-league as a sophomore. Her junior year was canceled due to COVID-19. Wetterstrom was also a state track qualifier in the 300m hurdles.

SMSU finished the 2019 season with an 11-7 overall record, including 9-6 in the NSIC. The 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19.

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