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Though the perception of Alyssa DeGroot's limited "high school" experience may raise some eyebrows, women's soccer coach Josh Lenarz '98 has no doubt that her addition to the Trolls next fall will raise their level of play.

DeGroot, a senior at Ontario Christian School in Ontario, California, signed a letter of intent to attend Trinity and join the College's pursuit of a women's soccer championship. The Chino, California, resident participates on her school's volleyball, basketball, and track teams, and plays club soccer. California's high school girls' soccer and basketball seasons run concurrently, preventing her from playing both sports at Ontario Christian.

"Alyssa is the type of recruit who doesn't come along every year," Lenarz said. "She is a tremendously versatile athlete, and because she excels in all four sports, she had a difficult time choosing one to focus on in college. The prevalence of club soccer in California provided her the flexibility to play basketball for her school, but that also was a tough decision.

"With her club play, Alyssa will have the equivalent of four years of high school experience. She can play midfield or forward, and her quickness and speed will be great weapons for our offensive attack. She is always under control and demonstrates the kind of leadership that I think will translate well to her new teammates."

DeGroot started on Ontario Christian's varsity soccer team as a freshman before switching to basketball. Lenarz, also a native of southern California, began recruiting her while she was a sophomore. He is eager to welcome her to Palos Heights and see her donning a Trolls uniform.

"She has the desire to make a difference on a Christian college campus. Our goal is to take the women's soccer program to an elite level, and Alyssa has the ability to help our team get there within the next couple of years."

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