Leah Crews Castleman has been hard at work these past few months recruiting. With the graduation of two defenders, a utility player and a forward, the women's soccer coach wanted to find the right fits with a solid nucleus returning from a 13-7 and 6-2 in the Mid-South Conference team.
She did just that in the recent signings of both Sam Amend and Lauren Leick.
Amend is a senior from Oak Hills High School out of Cincinnati, joining former teammates and current Tiger freshmen Kaitlyn Osborn and Taylor Fiest.
"After losing two starting defenders in Sam Owens and Katie DeVeau, I look for Sam Amend to step right in and make an immediate impact for the Tigers this fall," Castleman said. "As a defender, she has great size with good feet and can move in the attack and put the ball on frame."
Owens served that role a lot this past year, surprising opposing defenses with a push from the defensive third.
Leick is a versatile player and a four-year starter for Conner High School in Hebron, Ky.
As a Lady Cougar, Leick helped her team steadily improve over her four years, going from 10 wins her first two years to 23 in the last two - 15 of which came in her senior campaign.
"Lauren is a defender, center-mid and has played some goalie," Castleman said. "I was impressed with her when she attended our player I.D. Camp in December, and I look for her to make an impact right away next fall."