NDSU Women’s Soccer Adds Six Incoming Student-Athletes on National Signing Day

North Dakota State University head women’s soccer coach Mike Regan announced Wednesday, Nov. 11, six student-athletes will join the Bison soccer program beginning in the fall of 2021.

Josie Fieldman, a midfielder from Minnetonka, Minn.; Bella Grandbois, a forward/midfielder from New Hope, Minn.; Katie Pagel, a defender from Aurora, Colo.; Gabby Sangillo, a midfielder from Goodyear, Ariz.; Loretta Wacek, a forward from St. Paul, Minn.; and Olivia Watson, a forward from Moorhead, Minn. will all play soccer and continue their education at NDSU.

“We are excited to welcome these six new players to our Bison women’s soccer family,” Regansaid. “These players will mix well with our already young group that will take the field this spring. We look forward to having them here next fall.”

Josie Fieldman
MF | Minnetonka, Minn. (Hopkins HS)
High School: 
Four-year letterwinner and starter…Scored four goals, while assisting on six others, during junior year…Earned first team all-conference honors as a junior and honorable mention honors as a freshman…Named to the academic honor roll…
Personal: Daughter of Candice and Josh…Mom played softball at Bradley…Has a brother, Charlie…

Coach’s Clipboard: Josie is a true ‘footballer’! She sees the game, movement and passes on a very high level. She is always looking for ways to improve her game. This fall, she focused on helping the younger players on her high school team – great leadership skills there! Looking forward to watching her grow into the college game.” – Mark Yueill, Minnesota Thunder Academy

Bella Grandbois
F/MF | New Hope, Minn. (Robbinsdale Cooper HS)
High School: 
Four-year letterwinner and starter…Scored a goal during her 2020 fall season…Scored 23 goals during high school career, including 11 as a junior…Also added six assists during high school career…Two-time all-conference selection…Picked up honorable mention all-state honors in 2019…Served as Student Council President during senior year…Also a leader of Seeds for Science and a team captain for Relay for Life…A member of the National Honor Society and student council…Named to academic honor roll…Has the top GPA in her class…
Personal: Daughter of Christie and Gary…Has a sister, Charlotte…Intends to major in mechanical engineering…

Coach’s Clipboard: I am so excited for Bella to start her college soccer journey. She’s fast, smart and a tireless worker, capable of playing anywhere on the field. She always puts the team first, which is what makes her such a great leader and fantastic teammate!” – Mark Yueill, Minnesota Thunder Academy

Katie Pagel
D |Aurora, Colo. (Cherokee Trail HS) 
High School: 
Four-year letterwinner and starter…Started 15 of 16 games last season…Scored two goals, while assisting on another…Tallied seven points and a game-winning goal…Started 32 of 34 matches in high school career…Scored four goals and assisted on three more…Had 11 points and two game winning goals for her career…Earned second team all-league honors as a freshman and sophomore…Became the second player in school history to score a goal in the first minute of a match…Ranks second in school history in goals scored by a defensive player…Led team to 25-10 record in 2018 & 2019…Advanced to state quarterfinals in 2018 and second round in 2019…Named to the honor roll in all six semesters of high school…
Personal: Daughter of Michele and Shawn…Mom played basketball at South Dakota, while dad played football for the Coyotes…Has two sisters, Alexis and Jordan…

Coach’s Clipboard: “I have had the honor of coaching Katie for the better part of her competitive youth career. She has always had a passion for soccer, which shows during training and games. Katie has a positive attitude both on, and off the field. She always put her team before herself! I know Katie will be a tremendous addition to NDSU.” – Sean DeDycker, Real Colorado Soccer

Gabby Sangillo
MF | Goodyear, Ariz. (Millennium HS) 
High School: 
Two-year letterwinner and starter heading into senior season…Earned first team all-region honors as a sophomore and junior…Named to the all-conference second team as a sophomore and junior…Scored 12 goals and assisted on eight others during junior season…Scored 34 goals with 19 assists during high school career…Named to 2019-20 Sports 360 Arizona Soccer 5A All-Academic First Team…Earned academic high honors from 2017-20…Named the player of the game at the 2018 Desert Elite Tournament…Helped team to 2019 & 2020 regional championships…Team compiled a 34-5-2 record over the two years and was the 2019 state runner-up…Also a member of the National Honor Society, student government, YoungLife, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the student athletic training program…
Personal: Daughter of Stacey and Stephen…Has two brothers, Thomas and Jonathan…Intends to major in nursing…

Coach’s Clipboard: Gabby is an amazing young lady that has taken every opportunity to train hard and practice for the chance to play at the next level. She is a player with great technical ability, which allows her to impact the game in attack and defense. It’s been a real privilege to watch her grow, on and off the field, and I’m excited about her future at NDSU.” – Paul Taylor, Phoenix Rising FC ECNL

Loretta Wacek
F | St. Paul, Minn. (Central HS) 
High School:
 Three-year starter and letterwinner…Two-time all-conference selection…Helped team to three conference championships…Led team in goals scored and assists…Named Minnesota Soccer Hub’s Top Performer in 2020…Earned team rookie of the year honors in 2017…Also a member of the Nordic ski team, qualifying for the state meet as a freshman and sophomore…Club: Played for Salvo SC Development Academy from 2019-20 and the Girls Academy Teams from 2020-21…Spent eight years as a member of the Saint Paul Blackhawks…
Personal: Daughter of Adrianne Johnson and Craig Schultz…Has a brother, Peter, and sisters Tennessee and Edith…Intends to major in business and French…

Coach’s Clipboard: “Loretta is a strong striker with massive amounts of pace that will give back lines in the Summit a hard time. She has the ability to create her own scoring opportunities with her size and speed or can connect well with teammates to build through the lines. She has a strong work rate on the defensive side of the ball and is always pushing herself to get even better. Loretta is a great teammate and always has a positive attitude, which will fit in well with the great culture at NDSU.” – Jeff Lindblom, Salvo Soccer Club

Olivia Watson
F | Moorhead, Minn. (Moorhead HS) 
High School: 
Four-year starter and letterwinner…Named a team captain as a junior and senior…Scored 38 goals and assisted on 12 others, while leading Moorhead High School to an eight-game winning streak…Scored 83 goals with 35 assists over her career…Three-time team MVP…Set the Minnesota state record with 11 goals scored in one match…Her 38 goals scored during her senior season are a Minnesota state record…Four-year letterwinner in academics…Also participated in Nordic skiing, track and field and football…Was a two-time captain of the ski team…Led team to sectional title in 2020, while qualifying for the state ski meet…Qualified for the 2018 state track and field meet…First female in Moorhead history to kick a field goal in a football game…
Personal: Daughter of Sara and Eric…Has a brother, Miles, and sisters, Keena and Sophie…Intends to major in biology…

Coach’s Clipboard: Olivia has been incredible to coach over the past four years. She is a player who lifts everyone up and our team is always better when she is at training and games. Her dedication to drive three and a half hours to games and training is remarkable, but what is even more special is she has continued to thrive in the classroom and continued to excel in multiple sports. I am very excited to see her thrive at NDSU and look forward to watching her and the team in the future!” – Andy Kaasa, Minnesota Eclipse

North Dakota State finished the 2019 season with an overall record of 8-7-3 and 3-3-2 in The Summit League. The Bison will open the spring season on Feb. 12 at Kansas City.

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