SHABBONA – Waubonsee Community College soccer coach Brad Schlemmer picked up the phone immediately when he saw Christina Sommerfeld’s request for more information on the team.
Schlemmer had seen the Indian Creek senior play in an indoor soccer game in DeKalb and was impressed with the speedy forward’s play.
“She was a strong player and knew what she was doing,” Schlemmer said. “I was very happy I actually saw her before she actually sent in the form.”
After going to a couple open gyms, Sommerfeld was convinced that Waubonsee was where she wanted to continue her soccer career and, on Tuesday, she signed her letter of intent to play there for the next two years.
“I knew I wanted to stay close to home,” Sommerfeld said. “Knowing that it is a good school and I know people who have played for there. It’s a good program.”
Sommerfeld was a Daily Chronicle All-Area second team selection in 2012 and has been Indian Creek’s leading goal scorer over the past three seasons. She was also a two-time captain for the Timberwolves.
“She’s always had speed and having speed up top has been huge,” Indian Creek coach Eric Schrader said. “She’s definitely taken a leadership role. In addition to her skill, her leadership has really been big.”
Although Sommerfeld has been used primarily as a forward in high school, Schlemmer said he has yet to make a decision on where she will play at Waubonsee, noting that she could slide back to a defensive position as a sweeper.
Former Indian Creek teammate Gretchen Tyler just graduated from Waubonsee and Sommerfeld is anxious to start once her final season at Indian Creek ends this spring.
“It’s really exciting. I wasn’t ready to be done after this year,” Sommerfeld said. “To keep on playing really makes me happy. It’s a sport I love and I get to keep going.”