JONESBORO, Ark. (3/2/17) – The Arkansas State women’s soccer team has announced the addition of Riley Ebenroth, a transfer from Illinois State. She will become immediately eligible and will join the Red Wolves for the 2017 season.

Ebenroth, a 5-foot-10 defender from O’Fallon, Mo., recently completed her sophomore season for the Redbirds where she appeared in 17 regular season matches and two post season matches, which included a Missouri Valley Conference Championship and a victory over Michigan in the NCAA Tournament.

She was part of a defense that posted a 0.87 goals against average and had seven shutouts, all of which Ebenroth played a role in as a key contributor.

Riley is a player who will come in and contribute immediately,” A-State soccer coach Brian Dooley said. “She has been here since the start of the semester and it feels as though she has been here her whole career.  She brings size and athleticism to the back line and she is an incredible student.  With two years of experience at the Division I level, she adds some veteran leadership to our incoming class.   With a spring season under her, she will be more than ready to compete in the fall.”

As a freshman in 2015 she was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team after appearing in 18 matches, including starts in the team’s final 17 contests as defensive back. She scored her first collegiate goal off a corner kick on Oct. 29 of 2015 against Indiana State and was second on the team in minutes played with 1,547 on the year. She also played 90-plus minutes in 12 matches and helped the Redbirds record a 1.72 goals against average and three shutouts.

Outside of soccer, Ebenroth was named the Missouri Valley Conference’s Elite 18 Award winner the past season, which is given to a student-athlete participating in an MVC Championship game with highest cumulative grade-point average (GPA). At the time of her transfer, Ebenroth had a perfect 4.00 GPA and was enrolled in Illinois State’s nursing program.

Ebenroth prepped a St. Dominic High School where she was a member of back-to-back state title teams in 2013 and 2014. She was a three-time conference and district champion and was named to the 2012 Missouri Class 2 All-Freshman team and the 2012 All-Regional freshman team. She also earned second-team all-conference honors in 2014. In the classroom she was first in her graduating class with a GPA of 4.32 and was a member of the National Honor Society. She also played volleyball and basketball in high school.

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