Lady Tigers Ink Two
Feb. 9, 2000
MEMPHIS, TENN - The University of Memphis Lady Tiger soccer program gained two more commitments over the weekend. Coach Les Szabo announced on Tuesday the signings of two Canadian players, Kari Rawe and Jessica Gjertsen.
Kari Rawe is a goalkeeper from Strathcona Composite High School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. While playing in the U-17 Outdoor League during the fall of '99 she registered a 1.1 goals-against average, recording nine shutouts and helping her team to a second place finish in league play. Rawe finished with a 14-3-3 won-loss record in '99. She was a participant in the 1999 USA Cup and was a key element as her team took home the gold medal after she posted an 8-0 record, all of which were shutouts. During the 2000 indoor season she lead the U-17 Southwest United squad to a first-place finish. Her club team also played in the premier division where she allowed the fewest goals in the league, securing second place for U-17 Southwest United and earning herself a selection to the Premier Division All-Star team. Rawe has been selected to the Regional High Performance Provincial Training pool since 1995, and was chosen as a member of the U-20 RHPPT pool for the 2001 Canada Summer Games. Kari, was also the starting goalkeeper for the Alberta Provincial team during the Alberta Summer Games in 1995. While at Strathcona Composite high school, she earned two letters in soccer (2000 season begins in April), three in Volleyball, two in Basketball and two for Track/Field. She was a member of the 1998 Provincial Regional Select team for basketball, and has been a forward with the U-18 Bantam/Midget AA Hockey team winning two Provincial titles and a Silver Medal at the Canadian Western Hockey Championships in 1998 and the Gold Medal at the 1998 Alberta Winter Games. Kari, has maintained a 4.0 GPA and will study Micro-Biology and Cell Sciences while at the U of M.
Jessica Gjertsen is a forward from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Stony Plains, Alberta, Canada. She was a teammate of Kari Rawe's on the squad that participated in the USA Cup and posted an 8-0 record, scoring 46 goals as a team. Gjertsen scored half of the teams goals during the Cup, finishing with 23 goals over an eight-game period. She was a member of the Zone 5 Regional team in 1995 that went on to the Alberta Summer Games. Gjerston was also selected to the Premiere Division All Star Team and was voted the All Star Tournament MVP. She was also a four - year letterman in basketball and participated in track and field from seventh through 11th grades, where she has won provincial gold medals for javelin and long jump. She was named female athelete of the year for basketball and track in 1998-99. Gjerston was voted top female athlete for St. Thomas Aquinas high school as a junior.
This is the second pair of teammates Memphis has landed in six days, the other pair being Roni Ruiz and R.B. Sparrow who both play for the '81 Demolition out of Houston, TX.