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Wheatley will be defender for Herd

Apr. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- For people used to seeing Summer Wheatley in a Huntington High uniform leading the attack or anchoring the midfield, the four-year letter-winner will be taking on a different role at Marshall University.

Wheatley will enter Marshall as a defender, according to a release that announced the nine freshmen joining the Thundering Herd women's soccer team for 2013.

Wheatley, an all-state and all-conference first team selection, was a part of three regional championship teams at Huntington High, while also playing club soccer with the WVSC Rowdies. It was on the travel team that Wheatley played as a defender. She was part of a six-year WV State Cup championship run, a streak which remains active as she joins Marshall.

She was one of three captains at Huntington High who all signed to play NCAA Division I soccer.

Also joining the Thundering Herd will be Sydney Arnold, Kayla Burnside, Danielle Cushing, Sarah "Beth" Dine, Jessica Inman, Patricia Lauritcen, Riley Mahoney and Jordan Parkhurst.

Inman, a Princeton High School product who was named as the Class AAA defender of the year in West Virginia, will join Wheatley in the defensive half, along with Mahoney, of Virginia Beach, who was a four-year starter in high school and a member of the vaunted travel club the Virginia Rush.

Arnold and Dine will join the attacking side of the pitch, as MU looks to fill the boots of prolific scorer Chelsey Maiden. Arnold comes to Huntington from Colonial Forge High School in Virginia, and Dine comes into the program from Kennett Square, Pa.

Parkhurst, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Byrneside from Milford, Ohio, and Lauritcen of El Paso, Texas, will join the midfield.

Parkhurst helped lead her club team to five straight Arizona state titles. Lauritcen was the 2012-13 most valuable player at Coronado High School and participated in the Olympic Development Program.

Cushing, from Lone Tree, Colo., was recruited as a keeper, and will likely compete for a starting job right away, according to coach Kevin Long, after the graduation of Lindsey Kerns, who started every game in net for the Herd in 2012.

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