Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Summer Break for Duchesne Star Lindsey Rector

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Summer Break for Duchesne Star Lindsey Rector

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The summer is only a few weeks old, but Duchesne High graduate Lindsey Rector has already enjoyed a season's worth of soccer thrills.

Since graduating from high school, Rector has joined and competed in the Premier League at St. Louis Soccer Park, helped her J.B. Marine Under-19 club finish second at the Midwest Regionals in Kentucky and competed in the annual North/South High School All-Star Game.

"I've been busy, but I like it that way," said Rector, the oldest child of Mel and Sue Rector of Lake Saint Louis. "We were all pretty disappointed about the loss at regionals. We'd been there before and we felt like our experience would carry us through, but. . . ."

J.B. Marine, which won the championship at Under-16 in 1993 and finished third at Under-18 a year ago, lost to the Cardinal Soccer Club of Cincinnati in the title match.

"They were more physical than skilled," Rector said. "I guess they wanted it a little more than we did. For some reason, we just didn't play our normal game; we didn't play as a team and that really cost us."

The J.B. Marine squad, with a few key additions, will compete for the Amateur Cup in St. Louis July 19-21.

"It'll be a chance for us to play together one more time before we all head off to college," said Rector, a midfielder. "And if we can get everybody back, we still might be able to play Under-19 again next year. We've had a lot of great times together and we're all hoping that we can play a little better when we play for the Amateur Cup."

Rector, who plays for the Hurricanes in the Premier League, is hoping that the combination of that competition and her training with J.B. Marine will help prepare her for the transition to college ball.

"I know I need to be stronger and more physical," she said. "In the Premier League, I'm playing with and against older players, so hopefully that'll help give me an idea of what I'll be up against in college. I've heard that the step from high school to college is a big one, but at this point, I'm probably more excited than I am nervous."

Rector has accepted a scholarship to Iowa State University in Ames. Recruited by Butler, Florida State and the University of Arizona, she chose Iowa State mainly because of coach Cathy Klein.

"She recruited me when she was at Creighton and continued to recruit me when she took over the program at Iowa State," said Rector, who plans to study speech pathology. "The program at Iowa State is a new one, but coach Klein is motivated and determined to build it into one of the top programs in the nation. She's recruiting some top players from Canada, France and China and I'm really looking forward to playing for her.

"I like the idea of being with a new program and having the chance to be a part of the building process."

At Duchesne, Rector established herself as one of the top players St. …

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