South Dakota’s own Karlie Mueller, a former soccer standout at Sioux Falls Roosevelt, a member of US Women’s National U-20 team, and a recent graduate of Texas A&M, will be a special guest at Tea Area Soccer Camp on July 30. Registration deadline is July 13 and spots are limited.
When the Lady Titan Soccer Camp kicks off on July 30, campers will be in for a special treat. Karlie Mueller, who graduated this spring from Texas A&M, has returned to Sioux Falls to pursue a nursing career. Tea Area Lady Titans head coach Mark Anderson was quick to invite Mueller to participate in the annual high school girls’ soccer activities.
“Each year before the high school soccer season begins, we have training & tryouts for the girls, and we add in a lot of fun activities to help them mentally prepare for the season as well. Last year we had hoped to have Karlie participate, but it didn’t work out with her school schedule,” said Anderson. “Now that she has graduated and is back in Sioux Falls, we are absolutely thrilled that Karlie will be able to join us this year!”
One of our first Soccer605 player interviews was with Karlie Mueller at the 2011 SDSSA High School Soccer State Tournament!
Mueller, a former South Dakota high school soccer player herself, earned numerous awards during her high school career. In addition to playing high school soccer, Mueller played for Dakota Alliance Soccer Club from 2004-2009, and from 2011-2012. During the 2009-2010 seasons, she played with the Nebraska Toros, participating in the Midwest Regional League Premier Division. She played on six State Cup Championship teams in South Dakota and Nebraska. Mueller also participated in the South Dakota Olympic Development Program (ODP) and was named the 2009 South Dakota ODP Player of the Year. She was selected for the Region II ODP team in 2009 & 2010, attending the National Camp in 2010.
In 2012, Mueller was ranked number 59 on the ESPN High School Top 150 Players in the US; number 3 on the Top Drawer Soccer Heartland Region 2012 list; and number 61 on the Top Drawer Soccer Top 150 Players in the US.
Mueller was called up for two stints with the US Under-20 Women’s National Team in 2013 and played the second halves of a 3-1 win over Sweden U-20 and a 1-0 win over Sweden U-23 in May/June in Sweden. She was selected for the team that played Japan U-20 in Carson, Calif., in August of 2013.
Mueller was recruited by Texas A&M, where she appeared in 19 matches for the Aggies as a rookie her freshman year, including eight starts. Her play earned her a start in all 25 games her sophomore season, tallying 10 assists that season. She played 24 matches as a junior, including 23 starts, and in her senior year, Mueller played and started in all but one match (25 of 26). As a defender for the Aggies, Mueller tallied a grand total of 93 career matches, including 81 starts, with 20 career assists and scored one goal. She registered 92 shots with 40 shots on goal, and is a two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Mueller graduated from Texas A&M University this spring, where she had an exemplary college soccer career and was awarded the highest honor at Texas A&M’s Athletic Department’s Building Champion Awards – the Distinguished Presidents Award.
Throughout her college career, Mueller dedicated time to her special young friend, her “little sister” Quinn Pesicka, who fought a courageous battle against brain cancer. Mueller was instrumental in the Aggies’ bringing Quinn and her family to Texas A&M to watch her friend Karlie play on September 18, 2014 against the Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC Opener. Because of Mueller’s relationship with Quinn, the entire Aggies team had long gathered behind Quinn & her family throughout the battle, recognizing Quinn as an exemplary 12th Man and supporting the “Go! Fight! Quinn!” campaign. Karlie and her friend Quinn had a special saying, “We are in this together forever.” Sadly, forever proved to be far too short. Quinn passed away on June 20, 2015, three weeks before her 10th birthday. She would have been 11 years old on July 11, 2016.
Standing with Quinn throughout her battle with brain cancer has no doubt had an impact on Mueller’s decision to become a pediatric nurse. She is pursuing her nursing degree at Augustana, where she will also work with Coach Brandon Barkus and the women’s soccer program. Mueller’s devotion to her young friend Quinn, her commitment to developing her soccer skills and her dedication to her teams are just a few of her traits that make Karlie Mueller an outstanding role model not only for young soccer players, but for young girls everywhere.
“One of our goals with the Lady Titans’ preseason activities is to show our student-athletes the possibilities, the heights they can reach, if they work hard, give themselves to the game, and give back to the community,” said Coach Anderson. “No one exemplifies those possibilities more than Karlie Mueller.”
The Lady Titans, along with Mueller, will be doing just that at the camp, working hard and giving back to the game as they help area girls work on their soccer skills. The Lady Titans Soccer Camp will be July 30th at the Tea Area High School Stadium. Soccer players in grades 3-5 will work on their skills with the Lady Titans and Karlie Mueller from 9-11 a.m., with a game from 11-11:45 a.m. Players in grades 6-8 will have skills training from 1-3 p.m., with a game from 3-3:45 p.m. The Lady Titans varsity, who fell to St. Thomas More in the 2015 SDHSAA State High School Soccer Championship, will play the junior varsity squad at 5 p.m. Cost for the camp is $25 and includes a commemorative camp t-shirt. Click on the flyer to print it out and register. Registration deadline is July 13 and spots are limited.