"Ever since I was little, I was a Gopher fan! Both my parents went to school here and played sports, so it has always been a part of my life. I also am happy to be close to home so my family and friends can watch me play. Every time I made a visit, I had such a great experience and enjoyed getting to know the players and coaches. The program is getting more and more competitive every year and I'm so excited to be a part of the team and the future of Gopher Soccer!"
Two-time Gatorade State Soccer Player of the Year finalist (2011, 2012)... Four-time All-Conference first team selection...Two-time Minnesota All-State First Team...Two-time Star Tribune All-Metro First Team...Two-time Pioneer Press All-Metro First Team...2012 NSCAA High School All-Region Team...2012 Eastbay Senior All-Star Classic MVP...2012 Class AA Ms. Soccer Minnesota finalist...2011 ESPNHS Girls Soccer State All-Star team...2011 Star Tribune Metro Soccer Player of the Year...Two-time South Suburban Conference #1 ranked player (2012, 2011)...Two-time Class AA Minnesota State Tournament - All-Tournament Team (2012, 2011)... 2012 Team MVP award...Three-time Team Offensive MVP (2011, 2010, 2009)...2009 Team Rookie of the Year...2012 KARE 11 Athlete of the Week...Two-time StarTribune Athlete of the Week (2012, 2011)...Helped her team to three state tournament appearances, three section championships (2009, 2011, 2012), and two conference championships (2011, 2012)...In 2012, guided Lakeville North HS to an 18-2-2 record and a third place finish at the Class AA State Tournament...Took fourth place in 2011 after being ranked the No. 1 team in Class AA...Was part of the only undefeated team in the 2011 regular season...Stands as Lakeville North's school record holder in career goals (66), career assists (52), single season goals (23) and single season assists (29)...Served as team captain in 2011 and 2012...
Four-time letterwinner in soccer and basketball...With basketball team, made three state tournament appearances and captures three section championships and two conference titles...2010 Class AAAA State Champions...2011 All-Conference First Team and Pioneer Press All-East Metro Team...2010 All-Conference Honorable Mention ...Also participated on the Lakeville North's track team, competing in the 200m, 4x200m, 400m, 4x400m, and triple jump events, helping the squad to a 2010 True Team Sectional Championship...Participated in multiple extracurricular activities, earning additional letters in track (1), DECA (3), and Choir (4)...AP and Honors student... Took three years of Advanced Marketing & DECA courses...Has competed and placed in District and State competitions for public speaking and sports marketing.
Played for Minnesota Thunder Academy... Played in Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) since its inception - (U15 through U18)...Took second place in Challenge B at the 2012 U17 ECNL National Championships...Two-time Minnesota State Cup Champions (2011, 2010)...2010 ECNL Las Vegas Showcase Champions...Two-time Minnesota State Cup Finalists (2009, 2008)...Two-time participant at the Region II Championships.
Member of the Minnesota Olympic Development Program from 2006 to 2010...Member of the 2010 Minnesota '94 ODP team that was a semifinalist at ODP Region II Tournament.
Daughter of Natalie and Chad Kolander...Has two siblings, Austin (11) and Drew (6)...Born Dec. 29, 1994...Plans to major in Business/Marketing/Management.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT SIMONE...
"I have known Simone most of her soccer life, as she played U9 - U12 soccer for me, and now has come full circle as I have had the pleasure to coached her again as a U17/U18 in the ECNL. She has always shown unique athleticism, with size, speed, and coordination that should lead to great things for her. Simone has never backed away from a challenge, and carries herself with great confidence. I really look forward to seeing her continue to develop at the next level as she plays for the Golden Gophers." - Mark Yueill, Minnesota Thunder Academy Club Coach
"I have had the privilege of coaching Simone Kolander for the past two seasons at Lakeville North High School. In those two seasons, the Lakeville North soccer team has gone on to become one of the top high school programs in the state and in the nation. Simone has been the face of the program and its leader during this positive movement up the ranks. She has been a wonderful leader both on and off the field. On the field she has been a game changer and a player to always watch. She has the ability to elevate the game of those around her to bring out their best. Simone is a player that can do it all, from being a game changer to her ability to motivate and inspire those around her. Simone will be missed at Lakeville North High School and we wish her the best as she becomes a Gopher!" - Bulut Turk Ozturk, Lakeville North High School Coach
"Simone is a player with a ton of potential. She is tall, athletic, and she has a nose for goal. We anticipate Simone contributing for us up top as well as in the midfield. Her versatility as a player is a tremendous asset." - Minnesota Head Coach Stefanie Golan
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