Culver-Stockton striving to add more local players

Friends and family will not have far to travel to watch soccer standout Caleb Ketsenburg play in college. On Thursday the Hannibal High School senior signed to attend Culver-Stockton College.

"I feel it was the best fit for me location-wise. The academics are really good and the soccer program is on the way up," said Ketsenburg, the son of Jody and Lisa Ketsenburg.

Blake Ordell, Culver-Stockton's head soccer coach, said Ketsenburg is a good fit for his team.

"We were in need of a center-back and he has great credentials," he said. "He is a good student. He meshed with the guys when he came and trained with the team. I feel he could be an immediate contributor to our program."

As good as Ketsenburg was in high school, earning all-conference honors for four years, Eric Hill, Ketsenburg's high school coach, believes he will get better at the next level.

"I think his game is perfectly set up to be at the college level," he said. "His combination of speed and the way he plays physically I think may be a better fit for him at the college level. He was a great high school player, but I think he will step in right away and find success at that level."

Ketsenburg is not expecting too much as he enters the college soccer program.

"Hopefully I can see some minutes my freshman year," he said, adding that he hopes his role will increase as a sophomore and junior.

Ordell has an open mind regarding his starters for next season.

"I never promise any positions or starting spots until we get into preseason, but I think he has the potential to come in and maybe play right away. I know he has the ability," he said.