ABERDEEN, SD (NSUWolves.com) – Northern State University head coach Bob Casper announced the addition of six student-athletes to the 2023 roster. Lauren Carpenter (Prior Lake, MN), Brooke Dunham (Gillette, WY), Torre Gulseth (Brandon, SD), Hadley Meier (Brandon, SD), Chloe Voss (Andover, MN), and Lauren Youngquist (Anoka, MN) will join the Wolves next fall.
Lauren Carpenter is a 5-foot-8 midfielder/defender out of Prior Lake High School. She was a 3-year starter and senior team captain for the Lakers and is a member of the Minnesota Thunder Academy. As a prep, Carpenter recorded 14 goals and 17 assists. She is the daughter of Chris Carpenter.
Casper’s Thoughts – “I think Lauren’s flexibility to play a couple of different positions will help her greatly as she transitions into college soccer. She plays club at a high level, and is a well-respected leader on her high school team. Lauren currently plays in a way that will allow her to transition into college soccer well, because she plays at a high tempo and is used to make decisions quickly. When she is in the midfield, Lauren can cover a lot of ground on the field and is present in a great number of moments. I think that leadership element is probably one of the great attributes Lauren will bring to our team that won’t show up on a stat sheet.”
Brooke Dunham is a 5-foot-3 midfielder/forward out of Thunder Basin High School. She is a 2-year starter for the Bolts under the direction of head coach Lyle Foster. Dunham tallied 21 goals and 22 assists as a Bolt. She was a 2-time all-conference selection and 2022 all-state honoree. Thunder Basin won the Wyoming State Tournament this season and back-to-back 4A East Conference Championships. In addition, Dunham is a team captain for the Gillette Edge Soccer Club, winning three state championships. She is the daughter of Marlo and Zach Dunham.
Casper’s Thoughts – “We’re excited to add Brooke into our attack for next fall. She is a proven winner and competitor. Brooke’s approach to both attacking and defending will add a great deal of energy into how we want to play. She can impact the attack by scoring goals and by setting them up as well and getting assists. She likes to go forward and that’s a great attitude for how we want to attack. She sets a high standard for herself, and I have no doubt that she will lead the way be setting a great example for those around her as she progresses in her career.”
Torre Gulseth is a 5-foot-4 midfielder out of Brandon Valley High School. She was a 2-year starter for the Lynx under the direction of head coach Lexi Frantzen. Gulseth was named to the all-conference and all-metro teams in 2021 and 2022. She was a member of the 2020 South Dakota State Championship team at Brandon Valley. In addition, Gulseth is a member of the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club who won the National Presidents Cup in 2019. She is the daughter of Broc and Trecia Gulseth.
Casper’s Thoughts – “Torre is someone who also fits within our competitive mindset, and has a great approach to how she defends in the midfield. She may not be the tallest player, but Torre doesn’t shy away from getting into a physical dual. We know that we can count on her to give her best no matter what. As a midfielder in the attack, Torre can make quick decisions and looks to play forward passes. I like the way she transitions quickly from attack to defense, which is a great product of her playing environment since the coaches she’s been playing for have a keen awareness of the college soccer demands.”
Hadley Meier is a 5-foot-8 forward out of Brandon Valley High School. She was a 2-year starter for the Lynx under the direction of head coach Lexi Frantzen. Meier scored 25 career goals and added 13 assists. She is a 4-time all-conference selection, 3-time conference champion, and 2020 South Dakota State Champion. In addition, Meier is a member of the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club. She is the daughter of Michael and Heidi Meier.
Casper’s Thoughts – “Hadley is a player that always works hard, no matter what; that was one of the early characteristics that stood out to us in the recruiting process. She also has a knack for finding herself in goal scoring opportunities, which will serve her well in college soccer. I think Hadley is poised to enter the up and back transitioning of college soccer, and has really worked hard to already improve the technical part of her game so she is ready to play and compete from day one next fall. I think with her approach to training and playing, that Hadley will continue to help drive forward a competitive environment within our program.”
Chloe Voss is a 5-foot-2 forward out of Andover High School. She was a 2-year starter and team captain for the Huskies under the direction of head coach Tracey Griess. Voss scored 14 goals and tallied 17 assists in her prep career. She was a 2-time all-conference and 2021 all-state honoree. In addition, Voss is a member of the FIRE SC 04 NPL who won the USYS Presidents Cup. She is the daughter of Brigit Voss.
Casper’s Thoughts – “Chloe is a player who drives forward in her approach to the attacking side of the game, which will help her fit in and compliment the players around her next fall. She has a very competitive streak that will be a great addition to our current team environment, and she won’t be surprised by working to achieve high team goals. I think she will also help us to defend higher up the field, because she already has great determination in the way she high pressures in club and high school soccer.”
Lauren Youngquist is a 5-foot-11 defender out of Anoka High School. She is a 3-year starter and team captain for the Tornados under the direction of head coach Lucas Camargo. Youngquist scored ten goals in her prep career as a center back. She was a 3-time all-conference selection at Anoka. In addition, Youngquist is a member of the Boreal FC program who won the 2022 National League. She is the daughter of Joe and Jennifer Youngquist.
Casper’s Thoughts – “Lauren is a great addition to our backline. Her height is something that straight away stands out when she plays center back. However, Lauren also possesses great technical skill and is calm while in possession of the ball. She can play out when the opportunity presents itself, but she is also aware of when the ball needs to be cleared away. It will be fun to see how she can transition to college soccer, and really continue to implement the style and approach that her club coaches are currently asking her to execute. With her ability to play a variety of passes from the back, she will only continue to grow in her ability to impact the game.”