Kansas Soccer Inks Six on National Signing Day

Feb. 11, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Following the most successful season in school history, the University of Kansas soccer team announced this week that six student-athletes have signed letters of intent to join the Jayhawks for the 2005 season. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

The class features three players from the state of Kansas and two players who were selected as high school All-Americans – Julie Henley and Jessica Bush.

Kristin Graves – Midfield/Forward
Stilwell, Kan.
Blue Valley West HS

Was a four-year starter for Blue Valley West High School … Led her high school team to its first ever state championship by leading the team in scoring, including seven goals during the postseason … Garnered All-Conference, All-Sun, All-State and All-Metro honors during her prep career … Maintained a 4.0 grade point average … Spent six years in the Kansas ODP program, including three seasons as a captain.

Julie Henley – Goalkeeper
Indianapolis, Ind.
North Central HS

Selected as ICGSA All-State, ISCA All-District and MCCGSA All-County and All-Conference during her career at North Central High School … Named a first team All-American by studentsportssoccer.com … Honor roll student … Three-year member of the ODP Regional team.

Missy Geha – Midfield
Overland Park, Kan.
St. Thomas Aquinas

Three-time All-State selection … Twice named second team All-Metro … Nominated for Gatorade State Player of the Year … Selected to the ODP Region II pool … Selected by Student Sports as one of the top 75 junior soccer players in the United States … Played club soccer for the KCFC Dynamos.

Sara Rogers – Forward/Midfield
Leawood, Kan.
St. Thomas Aquinas

Three-year letterwinner at St. Thomas Aquinas High School … Named All-Eastern Kansas, All-Sun and All-Star Johnson County three times … Two-time All-State selection by the Kansas Coaches Association … Help lead team to state championship final in 2004 … Member of the KCFC club team … Member of ODP Region II Pool in 2003.

Jenny Murtaugh – Midfield
Littleton, Colo.
Dakota Ridge HS

Played with the Colorado Girls Soccer Academy Colorado, which on the state championship in 1999, 2000 and 2002 … Voted the MVP of the State Cup Final in 2004 … Led team to class 5A State Championship … Member of the 2001 ODP state team.

Jessica Bush – Midfield/Forward
Blue Springs, Mo.
Blue Springs HS

Three-time All-Metro and All-State selection … Selected as the 2003 Missouri Offensive Player of the Year … Named the 2004 Missouri High School Player of the Year … Four-year Member of the ODP Regional Team … Selected as a NSCAA High School All-American … Played club soccer with the KCFC Dynamos.