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Owens Goalkeeper, Brinkman, Signs With NAIA Purdue University Calumet

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Erika Brinkman, the starting goalkeeper for the Owens Community College women's soccer team the past two years, has signed with Purdue University Calumet.

The Kalida High School product helped lead the Owens women's soccer program to the first Region XII tournament championship in program history last year. During the season, she started 19 of 21 games and made 48 saves. In those starts, she allowed only 18 goals and tallied a season-high five saves on four occasions - including each of the final three matches of the postseason. She also posted six shutouts as the team finished 17-2-2 and won a program record 15 straight games.

Brinkman closed her two-year career with 29 goals allowed and 121 saves. She had 14 career shutouts, including back-to-back shutouts in the Region XII tournament her sophomore year, which helped her earn all-tournament honors.

As a freshman, Brinkman made 17 starts, made 73 saves and allowed 11 goals. On Oct. 17, she was named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Goalkeeper of the Week.

In her two seasons, Brinkman and the Owens women's soccer program went 30-4-5, captured a Region XII regular season championship (2012), a Region XII tournament championship and advanced to the program's first NJCAA Division I National Tournament.

Purdue University Calumet finished 3-13-1 overall last year, which was the second year of the program's history. The team, led by head coach Leslie Ferguson, competes at the NAIA level.