BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Head Coach Jason Neidell has announced the signing of Sam
Stutsman, a transfer forward from Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to the WKU Soccer roster.
Stutsman, a native of O’Fallon, Ill., redshirted her first season with the Panthers
in Milwaukee, Wis., and will join the Lady Toppers on the field this spring.
“We recruited Sam directly out of high school, but she was one who got away. We are
excited to get her after spending a season in a highly competitive environment at
Milwaukee. Sam is a strong and fast athlete who can potentially add another
dimension to our attack. She is aggressive and very good in the air. She will
utilize the spring to get caught up to speed on our playing philosophy and team
Prior to her time at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Stutsman was a four-year starter at
O’Fallon Township High School and was a key piece of the squad’s offense, finishing
as the team’s leading scorer in each of her four campaigns. She earned IHSSCA
All-Sectional Honors, Second Team All-Area honors from the Belleville News-Democrat
and was also an All-State selection.
Named to Prep Soccer Report’s “Top 40 Forwards to Watch in Illinois”, Stutsman spent
five years with the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club and was a teammate of 2018
C-USA First Team and All-Freshman selection Ambere Barnett with the ECNL side. In
2014, Stutsman helped her club to claim the NPL national championship in the Elite
In Stutsman’s one season with Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Panthers posted a 16-2-1
overall record and won the Horizon League Tournament championship before falling to
Santa Clara in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
Stutsman is set to join 10 new freshmen on The Hill this fall. The Lady Toppers
posted a 5-8-4 overall record during the 2018 campaign and finished the season
strong, earning either a win or draw in five of their final six matches.