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April 10, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina women’s soccer added another student-athlete to its 2017 signing class Monday after announcing the addition of Susan Kehl. The defender joins Carolina after playing four years at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minnesota.

Kehl, who started every match for Shattuck-St. Mary’s as a junior and senior, helped guide her team to the 2016 MN State Cup Title. The Dubuque, Iowa, native played at least one age group up throughout her time at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, which earned runner-up honors at the MN State Cup in 2014 and 2015. Kehl was voted the best newcomer by her teammates in 2014 after starting 40 of 48 matches while playing for the school’s U-17 squad as a U-15 player.

“Susan has a good work ethic and the grit and determination to defend well and get forward in the attack,” South Carolina women’s soccer coach Shelley Smith said. “She will be another strong defender that further solidifies the depth of our back line.”

The defender also boasts international experience after competing at the Gothia Cup in Sweden and the Dana Cup in Denmark in 2015. She was a member of the Player Leadership Council at Shattuck-St. Mary’s as a senior, and she garnered multiple academic honors throughout her high school career.

Kehl will join a Gamecock squad that ranked sixth in Division I and topped the SEC with a program-record 0.41 goals against average this past fall. Carolina notched a league-best 14 clean sheets, including eight in conference action.