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Friday, April 20, 2012
Sockers FC goalkeeper selects Ball State

By Chris Ackels

Brooke Dennis, a Class of 2013 goalkeeper from Wauconda, Ill., has verbally committed to Ball State, she has confirmed to ESPNHS.

Dennis minds the net for Sockers FC in the ECNL. She has been a state Olympic Development Program player, as well as a Region II ODP camp selection. In October, she was named to the all-event team after a stellar performance at the ECNL National Event in Phoenix.

Dennis becomes the second confirmed commit to Ball State for the Class of 2013, joining Michigan Hawks midfielder Chaylynne McNitt.

Other Schools Considered: Indiana State, DePaul, MTSU, Valparaiso, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Why Ball State? "Once I stepped onto campus, I felt at home. Ball State's beautiful campus along with the team that was just so nice and welcoming made my choice easy. Coach [Craig] Roberts' coaching style and his philosophy on the game was also an extremely attractive quality. The town was also very appealing and reminded me of my hometown in Wauconda, which was essentially what I was looking for: a home away from home."

What surprised you the most about the recruiting process? "The extensity of the research and emailing I had to do was the most surprising. My goalkeeper coach, Albert Martin, made me choose 55 schools out of every college that offered women's soccer as a sophomore and my list changed many times but eventually narrowed down. I'm so grateful for my coach's help and how he got me aggressivly emailing coaches to come watch me play and then send followups after every game. It was an exhausting process but I wouldn't change a thing. I'm so excited to call myself a Cardinal for my upcoming college career at BSU."