March 30, 2009
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IOWA CITY, IA – The state of Texas isn’t a normal stop in Iowa’s recruiting pipeline, but Head Coach Ron Rainey managed to dip into the Lone Star State this past fall to grab one of the state’s most versatile athletes.
Stefani Campbell has played all over the field in her first three years at Summit (H.S.) in Arlington, TX. She has played in the midfield, where as a junior she earned all-around district MVP honors. But her unique combination of size (5’5″), speed and game smarts will allow her to be shifted all around the field at the collegiate level.
With that versatility and experience in tow, Rainey likes the prospects of playing her at both forward and defender next season.
“Stef brings a passion for the game and she is someone who thinks the game well on the field,” said Rainey in February. “She competes and we have seen her play at various positions with her club and high school teams, which will help when she gets to Iowa City.”
Campbell also hasn’t experienced much losing at the prep level. Summit has won the 4A-5A District Championship each year from 2006-2008. In four years at Summit, Campbell has proven to be an offensive weapon, scoring 59 goals and tallying 48 assists. This season, her senior season, Campbell was voted team captain by her teammates.
As a sophomore, Campbell raked in the honors. She was named first team all-District, first team all-Area, and was a nominee for first team all-Area. Even as a freshman, Campbell was a second team all-District selection.
She has played club soccer for Solar 91 for three years. Again showcasing her versatility, Campbell was named to the Red Bull NL all-tournament team as a defender.
Campbell plans on majoring in chemistry when she enrolls at Iowa this August.