Dierker decides on SIU-E

Bryan Veginski
Kicking for the Cougars: Morton High School senior Kristin Dierker, center, signed her National Letter of Intent Feb. 4 to attend Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and play women’s soccer for the Cougars. With Dierker for the signing were, in front, from left: her parents, Lisa and Rich; in back: MHS girls soccer head coach Brian Deters.

Kristin Dierker’s versatility will carry her to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

The Morton High School senior signed a Letter of Intent Feb. 4 to play women’s soccer for the Cougars.

“I fell in love with the campus,” said Dierker of a trip down to SIU-E. She added the school was a good fit academically.

Since first playing soccer at 8 years old, Dierker said she dreamed of playing collegiate soccer.

The Potter stalwart first played in the Morton Youth Soccer Organization before participating with travel teams.

Dierker gave a verbal commitment to SIU-E during volleyball season before making the declaration official at MHS.

Dierker said she projects to be a defender or outside midfielder for the Cougars.

She hopes to contribute early in her career.

“I hope I get to play some,” said Dierker, who noted many players got decent minutes at a game she watched.

Nine seniors will depart SIU-E, while Dierker is part of an incoming class of seven for head coach Derek Burton.

Dierker will compete in her fourth varsity season this spring for Morton.

She was a first-team all-Mid-Illini Conference selection as a junior after earning second-team status as a sophomore.

In 2007, Dierker scored 15 goals and provided nine assists as a midfielder.

Last year in more of a defensive role, she had nine goals and contributed 11 assists.

“The versatility is really an indication of why she’s going to be successful at the next level,” said MHS head coach Brian Deters, adding Dierker’s commitment to the game and making herself a better player also are instrumental.

Under the direction of Deters, the Potters won their seventh consecutive league title in ’08.

Dierker also was a two-time first-team all-M-I volleyball pick.

Dierker is undecided on a major, although she has a couple options in mind.