June 5, 2014
Louisville, Ky. -
The University of Louisville women's soccer team has added transfers Chinyelu Asher and Rachel Advant to the roster for the 2014 season. Asher was three year starter in central midfield for Purdue from Silver Springs, Md. Advant was a standout defender at Iowa Central Community College from Frankfort, Germany.
"We are very happy to add Chinyelu and Rachel to our incoming class of 2014," said head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "Chiny is a talented midfielder who will help give our midfield the experience it needs after the departure of two starting seniors. She has a great understanding of the game and will help to impact our midfield immediately.
"Rachel is a wide defender with speed and tenacity and a comfort on the ball that many defenders do not have. She will also make an immediate impact on our program. We are very excited about adding both of these quality young women."
Last season Asher played in all 19 games and started in the central midfield 17 times for Purdue. She played in 58 consecutive games in her three seasons with the Boilermakers. As a junior she scored the game-winning goals in victories against Akron and Dartmouth. She assisted on the game-winning goal in the 1-0 win against Illinois. She finished her junior season with three goals and three assists for nine points, ranking her fifth on the team in scoring. In her three seasons at Purdue she scored nine goals and dished out eight assists for 26 points.
In high school, Asher's school did not offer women's soccer so she trained with the boys team during the season. In 2012 she trained with the Jamaican U20 National Team and played in all three U20 CONCACAF Tournament games.
Advant played two seasons at Iowa Central Community College. She played and started in all 16 games last season. She finished the year with six goals and six assists for 18 points. She helped the Triton's finish with a 13-2-1 overall record, advancing to the Region XI championship game. The Tritons were ranked as high as No. 8 in the NJCAA poll last season. She was one of three team members named a first team All-ICCAC Region XI selection.