College soccer: January 2009 Archives

Notre Dame midfielder/forward Brittany Bock was chosen fifth overall by the Los Angeles Sol this morning in the first round of the Women's Professional Soccer inaugural draft in St. Louis.

Bock, a Neuqua Valley graduate, was taken one spot ahead of her college teammate and two-time Hermann Trophy winner Kerri Hanks.

Charlie Naimo, the Sol general manager, said the plans are to keep Bock as a midfielder. But he indicated she might also play forward as she did the past two years with the Fighting Irish, who she helped to three consecutive College Cup appearances.

"We want to see how she's going to fit with the rest of our players," Naimo said. "We just know we got a great player on our hands. And we're really excited to see what her play and training might dictate."

Bock, who was unavailable for immediate comment, also became the second female from Naperville drafted by a team based in Los Angeles in the past year. Candace Parker was chosen first overall by the L.A. Sparks in the 2008 WNBA Draft.

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-Ben Johnson, a sophomore midfielder out of Naperville North, will transfer from Western Illinois to play soccer at Saint Xavier, the Chicago university announced Tuesday. The Woodridge native previously played at Missouri State.

-White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper will run pitching camps in Lisle, LaGrange, Barrington, Tinley Park and Schererville, Ind. The Lisle sessions will be Jan. 24-25 for high school athletes and players ages 7-13. For more on the Bulls Sox Academy events, click here.

-Naperville's Centerfield Sports Academy will be running a pitching camp through Feb. 6 for players ages 13-18. The 90-minute sessions will be held three times a week for four-consecutive weeks. For more information, click here.

-Unbeaten Wheaton College (13-0) remains No. 1 in the D3hoops.com national Top 25 poll. North Central College (10-3) received votes in the same poll.

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