:: (Left to Right) Amy Lower, Katy Rudokas, an Abby Mink
Lakota West Seniors Verbally Commit To Play D-1 Soccer
Brian Park

All three Lakota West seniors on the Firebird's womens soccer team look to continue their careers at the next level, all verbally committing to Division I schools.

Four year varsity player Abby Mink (Wright State), three year varsity players Amy Lower (Ohio), and Katy Rudokas (Xavier) have all decided where they will continue their college careers. All three cannot sign their national letters-of-intent until February 1, 2006, which is the first day of the early signing period for soccer players. With all three players contributing in the past three years, the Firebirds have gone 41-10-6 and have made it to the Final 32 in the Division I State Tournament each year. The Firebirds have won the GMC championship all three years and have been ranked in the top three in Cincinnati.

Lower (left), a two-year second-team All-Greater Miami Conference at forward, scored seven goals and dished out nine assists last year. Lower also considered Eastern Michigan, Wright State, Ball State, Dayton, Toledo, and Louisville. Lower has a 3.0 grade point average, and hopes to major in either speech pathology or special education.

Rudokas (center), a second-team all-GMC selection as a stopper, also considered UC, Ball State, Butler, and Miami. Xavier?s academics helped make her decision. Rudokas has a 4.25 GPA and looks to major in the science field.

Mink (right) was a four-year varsity player and first-team all-GMC selection in 2004. Mink also looked at Wright State, UC, Ohio University, and Ball State as considerations for her college choice. ?I?m really looking forward to the competition and lifestyle,? Mink said. ?Mink has a 3.2 GPA and currently is undecided on a major of choice.

The Firebirds are currently 6-3-2 this season, good for fourth place in the GMC.

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Claim to Fame:
I'm the oldest of 5 boys in my family

Who would play you in a movie:
Vince Vaughn

Favorite Pre Game Meal:
Skyline/Subway

Future Plans:
Majoy in engineering, play college football

Favorite Song:
Everyday - Dave Matthews Band

Who are your role models:
My Dad, Lance Armstrong

Pre Game Rituals:
After team meal, I go sit in my locker at the Field house, close my eyes, and play the whole game in my head.