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DeKalb soccer seniors Cardine, Ricker sign with Waubonsee

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(Monica Maschak – mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
DeKalb's Savannah Ricker (right) runs for the ball in Sycamore's Amy Schroeder's possession during the first half on April 30.

DeKalb seniors Kelli Cardine and Savannah Ricker have been playing together for the past four years.

As part of DeKalb's high school squad and club teams through the Northern Illinois Football Club, Cardine and Ricker have been consistent teammates.

On Wednesday, Cardine and Ricker decided to continue their playing careers together as both signed to play soccer at Waubonsee Community College.

"I’m excited to keep playing with her because she’s a good familiar player and we’re both going to get better together," Cardine said.

It's been an eventful 48 hours for the two DeKalb seniors. On Tuesday night, the Barbs clinched the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title with a 4-0 win over Morris. On Wednesday afternoon, the two traveled to Sugar Grove to officially sign with Waubonsee.

"Me and Kelli really work well on the field because she plays midfield and I play defense," Ricker said.

Both players said they liked Waubonsee's proximity to home and took visits to the Sugar Grove campus this year. Cardine said she will likely stay at her natural position of center midfield while Ricker will likely be moved to a center spot along the defensive line.

"We want to work the ball around Kelli in the middle and Savannah is really storng in the back," Waubonsee coach Brad Schlemmer said. "We’ve got a strong defensive player in Savannah and in Kelli we have an offensive center mid."

Ricker and Cardine will join former DeKalb soccer star Audrey Mascal, who was a freshman at Waubonsee this season. Indian Creek senior Christina Sommerfeld, who transferred from DeKalb, has also signed to play at Waubonsee next season.

Schlemmer said he hopes to continue recruiting local talent in DeKalb County.

"What I try to do is we try to get out there and scout. They definitely have a talented program in DeKalb," Schlemmer said. "It’s top talent around here and we try to keep that connection between Waubonsee and DeKalb."

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