by Ed Beach
The Drury women’s soccer program and head coach Justin Olson have announced seven more signees for the 2020 season. This is the second in a series announcements the program will make for a signing class that will bring 15 new players to Drury’s roster.
Rachel Dzarnowski (Sockers FC-Chicago, Chicago, Ill.), Natalie Morgan (St. Francis Xavier, Harkaway, Australia), Macie Norman (Staley HS, Kansas City, Mo.), Kaitlin Peterson (Staley HS, Kansas City, Mo.), Kourtney Tucker (Central HS, Springfield, Mo.), Payton Watson (Park Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo.) have all signed letters of intent to play for Drury next fall.
“I am very excited about how our 2020 class rounded out,” said Olson. “We wanted to bring in a balanced group that created competition at every position on our roster. I feel that we have succeeded in that. We have student-athletes coming in from six different states and two countries, which shows the quality experience that Drury University will provide. I am very proud that we have such a young, dynamic group of young ladies that will come in and help our team compete in the GLVC.”
Rachel Dzarnowski, 5’7″, Defender, Sockers FC Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
Rachel Dzarnowski played for a club team, Sockers FC Chicago, that was a 2019 national semifinalist in the United States Soccer Development Academy. She helped the team to a Mid-America Conference championship that season and allowed the fewest goals in the USSDA. Before her season was cut short in 2020, Dzarnowski’s squad was off to an 8-0-1 start and had allowed only three goals in nine games while scoring 37.
Natalie Morgan, 5’3″, Forward/Midfielder, St. Francis Xavier Coll. / Box Hill United, Harkaway, Australia
Natalie Morgan was the Female Athlete of the Year at St. Francis Xavier College in Harkaway, Victoria, Australia. She also earned the 2019 Caltex Best All Rounder Award and was named a team captain. Morgan helped her team to a Women’s National Premier League championship in 2016, and a runner-up in 2019. They were also the state runner-up in 2017 and 2018. Morgan was also an SIS cross country champion from 2014 to 2019 and is her school’s record-holder in four track & field events (the 1,500-meters, 800-meters, 400-meters, and 200 meters).
Macie Norman, 5’6″, Midfielder/Defender, Staley HS / Kansas City Athletics, Kansas City, Mo.
Macie Norman was named Second Team All-Conference and was an honorable mention All-District selection for Staley High School in Kansas City, Missouri. A teammate of fellow Drury signee Kaitlin Peterson at Staley and member of the Kansas City Athletics club team, the two helped their high school team to the squad’s first-ever district title. Norman lettered for all four years at Staley, and the team was ranked as high as fifth in the state in 2019.
Kaitlin Peterson, 5’9″, Midfielder, Staley HS / Kansas City Athletics, Kansas City, Mo.
Kaitlin Peterson was a First Team All-Conference and All-District performer for Staley High School in Kansas City, Missouri. She helped Staley to the first district title in program history and the school’s first-ever state ranking. Peterson was named a team captain during her senior year and lettered on the varsity squad for four years. She helped her club team, the Kansas City Athletics, to a President’s Cup title and a regional tournament bid. Peterson was teammates with fellow Drury signee Macie Norman at Staley and the Kansas City Athletics.
Kourtney Tucker, 5’3″, Forward, Central / Premier Soccer Academy, Springfield, Mo.
Kourtney Tucker will cross the street to play for Drury after a prolific career at Central High School in Springfield. She was a Second Team All-State selection in Class 4 as a junior in 2019. Tucker was a three-time all-region and all-district selection and was a Top 50 Female Athlete by the OzarksSportsZone in 2019. She was also a two-time finalist for Area Girls Soccer Player of the Year by the Springfield Sports Commission.
Payton Watson, 5’7″, Defender/Midfielder, Park Hill HS / Kansas City Athletics, Kansas City, Mo.
Payton Watson was an honorable mention All-Conference selection for two years and was an All-District honoree at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2018, she helped Park Hill to the Class 4 state championship. Watson was a varsity letter winner in all four years of her high school career and played for the Kansas City Athletics club team.
Drury will announce more signings for the 2020 season in the next several days.
The Panthers earlier announced eight new players that will join the squad next year.
The signings are Justin Olson’s first recruiting class at Drury. Olson was named head coach of the Panthers on Jan. 10 and has seven years of head coaching experience, including the last three at Bethany College in Kansas.