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Jennifer Portell
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Jennifer Portell

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Edwardsville, Ill.

High School:
Edwardsville High

Height:
5-0

Position:
Midfielder

At Missouri State: Portell is a senior leader whose versatility is key as the Bears' elder statesman in the midfield.

2009:
Portell began the season with a position change from forward to midfielder ... Is one of only three 2010 returners to have appeared in all of the Bears' 20 games ... Started 15 of those 20 games ... Was fifth on the team with two assists, one coming at UC Davis (8/31/08) and the other at home against Kent State (9/25/09) ... Recorded two shots ... Showed her value on both the offensive and defensive ends ... Flanked senior Alyssa Hile as one of the anchors of the midfield

2008:
Portell saw playing time in 20 matches with two starts, primarily as a forward ... Got into the scoring column for Missouri State in a 8-0 home win against Lindenwood (9/9/08) and a 5-3 loss against Northwestern at Plaster Field (10/4/08) ... Her two goals tied her for fifth on the team ... Assisted on four goals, the Bears' third highest total ... Also tied for fifth in points, with eight ... Recorded a point in five of seven games during a stretch from Sept. 9 to Oct. 4.

2007:
In her first season, Portell had 18 starts in 20 games, both tops among Bear freshmen ... Scored her first career goal in Oxford, Ohio against Miami (10/7/07) ... Collected a team-leading three assists, with one each against Robert Morris (9/16/07), Central Michigan (10/14/07) and Kent State (10/20/07) ... Became the first freshman to lead the team in assists since Ann Wehrman in 1991.

Background: Portell came to Missouri State after lettering all four prep years in field hockey and soccer for the Edwardsville Tigers ... In 2005, she was named MWAA Conference All-Star Team ... Was a Skippy Kiefer Award Nominee in 2006, was selected to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch all-conference team and played in the Olympic Development Futures Regional and for the California State Cup Aim team ... In 2007, she helped her team to become a Indoor Field Hockey national qualifier.

Personal: Jennifer Leigh Portell was born on March 4, 1989, in Alton, Ill. ... Daughter of James and Elaine Portell ... Majoring in Print Journalism ... Has a brother, Jeff Rains.

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