The Minnesota, Crookston women’s soccer program announced the addition of Taylor Peterson (MF, Bismarck, N.D.) to its 2013 signing class. Peterson gives the Golden Eagles 11 players who have signed National Letters of Intent and two players who are returning to the program. Peterson joins her sister Kelah Peterson (F, Bismarck, N.D.), who played at Bismarck State College, as signees to UMC. The Peterson sisters join twins Danielle and Kallie Gau as siblings who will play for the Golden Eagles next year.
"I am very excited that Taylor has decided to join her sister and continue her education and soccer career at UMC,” said head coach Joe Alianiello. “Taylor is a very athletic and versatile center midfielder who can play as either a holding center mid or attacking center mid. In a pinch, she could probably play out wide as well. She has a great work rate and isn't afraid to get physical. I look forward to having her on campus."
With the signing of Peterson, the Golden Eagles have brought in two players from North Dakota, eight from Minnesota, one from Wisconsin, one from Montana and one from Michigan. Among the signees, five are defenders, six are midfielders, one is a forward and one is a goalkeeper.
All signees to the University of Minnesota, Crookston have signed National Letters of Intent of Offers of Admission to play for the Golden Eagles. These documents have been verified by the UMC Compliance Office once they sign the National Letter of Intent and financial aid agreement or once the student-athlete has accepted an Offer of Admission from UMC.
The Golden Eagles went 2-15-1 in Coach Alianiello's first year as head coach of the program. UMC was at a disadvantage on the year while playing in a tough league as they only had 15 players on the roster. However, UMC battled every time they hit the pitch and were able to get wins over Sioux Falls and Northern State and a hard-fought overtime tie against Augustana. UMC will return 11 student-athletes for the 2013 season.