NDSU Soccer Adds Seven Student-Athletes to 2012 Class
Release: February 01, 2012
FARGO, N.D. - Head coach Mark Cook today announced the addition of seven student-athletes to the North Dakota State soccer program. Natalie Fenske, a midfielder/defender from Woodbury, Minn.; Meghan Johnston, a midfielder/defender from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Lizzie Lukas, a forward from South St. Paul, Minn.; Katie McCormick, a goalkeeper from Green Bay, Wis.; Tori Veth, a midfielder/defender from Ham Lake, Minn.; Gaby Arnquist, a midfielder from Maplewood, Minn.; and Danika Gieske, a midfielder/defender from Blaine, Minn. will all play soccer and continue their education at NDSU.
Fenske hails from Tartan High School (Minn.), where she played defense. A two-time all-conference honoree, she was also a team captain as a junior and senior. She was also named to the section all-tournament team as a sophomore and senior. Fenske plays midfielder on her club team at Minnesota Thunder Academy. She has been part of three Minnesota State Cup titles and spent two years playing in the Elite Clubs National League. MTA won two Minnesota Youth Soccer Premier titles as well as the Las Vegas College Showcase Challenge. She intends to major in athletic training.
Johnston is a midfielder and defender for River East Collegiate (Manitoba). River East won the 2010 Manitoba provincial title and she was named to the Manitoba High Schools Provincial All-Star team. Johnston was a member of the Manitoba provincial team from 2005-10 and was the team captain her final three years. She played in the Under-14 and Under-16 All-Star Nationals and has been a member of the Canadian National Training Center since 2008. She was also selected to compete for the Manitoba Blizzard, an all-star provencial college showcase team. Johnston plays club soccer for FC Northwest. The team won the 2010 club provincial title and she was named the MVP of the championship game. Johnston is planning to major in exercise science.
Lukas is a forward out of South St. Paul Secondary School (Minn.). She was a five-year letterwinner for the Packers, but missed her senior season due to a torn ACL. An all-state honoree in 2010, she was also a two-time all-conference selection. South St. Paul won the section title in 2011 and finished as runners-up in 2008 and 2010. Lukas plays her club soccer for the St. Croix Scorpions, where she has been a captain since 2008. She has helped the team win titles at the USA Cup, the Puma Cup and the U.S. Club Regionals. St. Croix also advanced to the finals at the U.S. Club National Club and the Minnesota State Cup. Lukas plans to major in pharmacy.
McCormick is a goalkeeper out of Bay Port High School (Wis.). She played varsity soccer as a freshman and sophomore, but now plays solely for club team FC Milwaukee, which is part of the Elite Clubs National League. Her club team has won the Wisconsin state title three straight years and also claimed the Midwest Regional League title in 2009. McCormick and FC Milwaukee also won the Disney Showcase in 2010. She was part of the North American Soccer Ambassadors Select team that played in Denmark and Sweden in 2009. She plans to major in international business.
Veth is a midfielder and defender out of Blaine High School (Minn.). She is a four-year letterwinner for the Bengals and helped the team to a state tournament berth in 2011. She played club soccer for the Blaine Thunderbirds from 2003-09, where she helped the squad to eight state tournament appearances. She has played for the Minnesota Thunder Academy since 2009. Veth helped the team win the 2011 Las Vegas Showcase and finish third in the Midwest Regional League in 2010. She also qualified to compete for the Bahamian national team in 2009. Veth plans on majoring in psychology.
Arnquist is a midfielder out of North High School (Minn.). A four-year starter on the varsity squad, she is a two-time all-conference honoree and a team captain as a senior. Arnquist plays club soccer for the Minnesota Thunder Academy Elite Clubs National League team. She helped the team win the Las Vegas Showcase in 2011 and the USA Cup in 2009. The team played in three straight State Cup finals from 2007-9 and three straight U.S. Club Regional finals from 2008-10. Arnquist helped the squad finish third in the Midwest Regional League in 2008 and 2010. She is currently undecided on a major.
Gieske is a midfielder and defender out of Centennial High School (Minn.). A four-year starter, she was a two-time all-conference honoree as well as an all-state and all-metro selection as a senior. She has been a part of three straight conference championship teams as well as two section title-winning squads. The Cougars finished third in the state tournament her senior year. Gieske also excelled on the basketball court, earning all-conference honors twice. Gieske played club soccer for the Centennial Soccer Club for four years before moving to the Blaine Soccer Club from 2008-10. While with Blaine, the team won two league titles and participated in the state tournament three times. Since 2010, she has played for the Minnesota Thunder Academy. She is planning on majoring in engineering.
The Bison finished the 2011 season with a record of 15-4-2, setting a school record for single-season wins. NDSU advanced to the final of the Summit League tournament before falling to Oakland. Individually, Abbey Moenkedick was named The Summit League Defensive Player of the Year and earned first team all-league honors. NDSU loses 10 seniors from the 2011 team.