The Illinois State women’s soccer team will have many new faces on the field when the 2016 season begins this fall.

This year’s roster will feature 11 incoming players as they all prepare to compete for as much playing time as possible. One of the new players is transfer forward Angel Krell. After playing a season with the Auburn Tigers, Krell joins the Redbirds with three years of eligibility remaining. And coming from a competitive conference like the SEC, she is ready to take on any high expectations that come along with a player from a top-tier conference.

“There definitely is going to be pressure,” Krell said. “But I don’t think it is anything I can’t handle. I usually like those high-pressure situations and I am more excited than nervous.”

Krell only played for a limited time. She made appearances in seven games and was able to register 44 minutes of playing time. But Illinois State coach Eric Golz is confident that Krell can still adapt to the college level due to his past experiences with scouting her.

“I have no doubt that she has the ability to succeed if she is performing at her peak potential,” Golz said. “She is coming from the SEC, which is obviously a very good conference. And I have seen her play enough at both the club level and the collegiate level to know she has the ability to come in and contribute.”

Before joining Auburn, Krell was able to showcase her offensive potential at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Minnesota. She lead the team in scoring in each of her four seasons there. 

One of the reasons Krell chose to attend Illinois State was to reunite with both Haley Smith and Mikayla Unger, who were teammates of hers at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. But it was the coaching staff, who sought after her back in high school, that gave her the confidence to come to Normal.

“Coach [Golz] is a great guy,” Krell said. “He has taken the time to really get to know me as a person and he really believes in my abilities.”

Krell is currently staying at her home in Stacy, Minn., as she continues preparing for next season. While Krell’s collegiate career is still young, there are many elements of her game that both she and Golz believe need improvement.

NICK LANDI is a sports writer and blogger for The Videte. He can be reached by email vidette_nlandi@exchange.ilstu.edu and found on Twitter @TheDon1033

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