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Northwestern Recruits Two Goalies

The women’s soccer team added two Northwest Iowa goalkeepers this past week after signing Kaelin Alons of Orange City and April Van Tol of Rock Valley.

Alons is a 5’6” goalkeeper from Unity Christian High School and has earned three varsity letters, her fourth this spring, while earning multiple conference honors. Kaelin made 120 saves in 2018, 268 saves in 2017, and 226 saves in 2016. She is Unity’s all-time saves leader and has been ranked in the top 20 in saves in the state of Iowa multiple times. She has 24 wins in her career and a career save percentage above 0.800. Kaelin is an honor roll member and is planning to study Public Relations while at Northwestern.

Van Tol is a 5’4” goalkeeper from Western Christian High school and has earned three varsity letters, her fourth this spring, and too has earned multiple conference honors. April has been the main starter for the last two seasons and has tallied up 239 total saves with a goal against average under 1.5 goals allowed. She has also won 22 games while in net and put together a save percentage above 0.850. Van Tol is also an honor roll member and an all-academic player in volleyball. She plans to study Biology and Ecology while at Northwestern.

“Both Kaelin and April are young women who will challenge our goalkeeper squad to be the best every day,” commented head coach Ben Karnish. “Both ladies are highly competitive and have taken their high school teams onto their backs throughout the years and kept them in games and won many more. We are really excited to have them come in and impact our program and campus!”

The Raiders have 12 (10 freshman and 2 transfers) newcomers slated for the fall 2019 semester.

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