Dec. 12, 2018, Sterling, Colo. — The Northeastern Plainswomen soccer team added three more athletes to their roster for next season. Courtney Dinkel, Dharma Garcia, and Rowan Horstmeier have all signed their letters of intent to play in the 2019 fall season. These three individuals will help add depth to the Plainswomen roster.
Courtney Dinkel is from Greeley, Colo. and plays the wing, center mid, forward and outside back positions. As a prep for Northridge High School, she was a four-year letter winner and helped lead her team to the state playoffs in 2017. Not only was she active on the field, she was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the past four years and was named to the honor roll in 2016 and 2017.
Head coach Ken McAlpine commented, "Courtney is a very clean, technical player. While I anticipate her having the biggest impact at wing, I believe she can help us from day 1 in several positions. I feel she can be further developed tactically and physically, and we are very excited about her potential."
Dharma Garcia is from Aurora, Colo. and plays the wing and goalkeeper positions. As a prep at Eaglecrest High School, she was a four-year letter winner for her high school team. In addition to playing for her high school, she was a member of the Colorado Hawks Boom club team where she helped her team win the New Mexico State Cup in 2015.
"We are very happy to be welcoming Dharma to our school and soccer program," commented McAlpine. "She will provide us with good depth in both the outside midfield and goalkeeper positions. She is technically sound between the sticks as well as on the field. She trains hard, and has a great personality."
Rowan Horstmeier is from South Jordan, Utah and plays the wing, forward and outside back positions. As a prep for RSL Academy, she was a recipient of the Outstanding Player Award in 2017, as well as the Leadership Award in 2017 and 2018. Outside of high school, she plays for the Impact United club soccer team. Off the field, she volunteers her time through Goals for Girls Leadership Summit, which connects girls from different countries to address social and health challenges through cultural exchange, service and soccer. Additionally, she volunteered as a youth coach, and through the Buddy Walk to raise awareness for epilepsy.
McAlpine added about her signing, "Rowan gives us another good attacking option. She has good athleticism and pace, and strikes the ball well. She likes to take players on, and has the right mindset to be a winger in our system. She is still a bit raw, but we feel like she has the potential to grow significantly within our program."