Dibbini Announces First Three Soccer Signees

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State soccer head coach Mike Dibbini announced the addition of the first three women's soccer student-athletes in program history on Friday.

The three inaugural women's soccer student-athletes are Krista Haddock from Hemet, California, Elizabeth Hernandez from La Habra, California and Madison Wedekind from Wichita, Kansas. Haddock and Hernandez will be freshmen when they begin the fall semester at K-State, while Wedekind will be a junior. The trio of student-athletes will redshirt in the 2015-16 with the program's first season of competition set for the fall of 2016.

Haddock, a winger/forward, joins the Wildcats after playing four seasons with Hemet High School under head coach Craig Dwinnell. Haddock is a three-time All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) selection and a three-time All-Mountain Pass League (MPL) recipient.

In her previous three seasons, Haddock has tallied 80 goals and 37 assists while helping the Bulldogs to an overall record of 63-9-10. She has helped Hemet to three straight MPL titles and a CIF finals appearance in 2012, a CIF quarterfinal appearance in 2013 and a CIF semifinal bid in 2014.

"Krista is a pure speedy winger," stated Dibbini. "Her pace is deceiving and she can get behind defenders and create goal scoring chances and will provide great services into the box. She is also a great track athlete. I am looking forward to seeing how she evolves at this level. She will be a great student athlete at K-State."

Hernandez, a forward, comes to K-State after four seasons with the La Serna High School varsity under the guidance of head coach Tessa Troglia. Hernandez has helped the Lancers to a three-year record of 37-14-10, a 2013 CIF title, a 2012 CIF runner-up finish and three straight All-Del Rio League titles.

"Elizabeth is a natural target forward," said Dibbini. "She can play with her back to the goal or play well as a link up forward and withdrawn. She has the ability to create shots for herself and her teammates. She comes from a very competitive club environment in Southern California. I am very excited to have Liz be a part of the K-State family."

Wedekind, a midfielder, joins the program following two years at Butler County Community College. In the 2014 season, she was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American Second Team honoree for the second straight season and an All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) First Team selection as the Grizzlies tallied a 16-5-3 record and reached the NJCAA National Tournament for the fourth straight season.

Wedekind finished the season with a team-high 35 points and 14 goals. She was third on the team with seven assists.

In her freshman season with the Grizzlies, Wedekind was a NSCAA All-American Second Team recipient, NSCAA All-Region selection and All-KJCCC First Team honors. She finished the 2013 season with 15 goals and 20 assists while starting all 26 games. She was also solid in the classroom, earning Academic All-KJCCC honors.

Prior to her arrival at Butler County, Wedekind was named the AVCTL Division I and All-5A Offensive Player of the Year during her time at Valley Center High School.

"Madison was a two-time All-American with a tireless work rate from a national power Butler Community College," said Dibbini. "She brings a great attitude and leadership to the K-State Soccer program."

Wedekind's twin sister, Morgan is a sophomore distance runner on the K-State Track team and has run on the K-State Cross Country team during the last two seasons.

Fan voting continues for one of three K-State Soccer crest options. Fans can vote at the K-State Sports Facebook page until noon on Friday, Feb. 13. The winning crest will be revealed at the K-State/KU men's basketball game on Monday, Feb. 23.