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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.
"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."