Dreams Come True – A Signing Day Story

As most everyone is aware, today is National Signing Day, the first day that college recruits can complete the paperwork associated with financial aid at their chosen school and athletic program.

maddie-karas-slsg-soccerMaddie Karas, a senior at Lafayette High School offers her story on achieving a long held dream of playing college soccer:

Dreams really do come true; Wednesday, Febraury 6 I sign my letter of intent to play Division 1 soccer at Tennesee Tech University in the Fall of 2013.

Like most girls the road to getting here was a long one, however my journey had a different a twist of fate than most. On August 20, 2010 while walking through my high school parking lot, I was struck by a car. The injuries I suffered kept me from playing the game I love for almost a year but the extensive physical therapy coupled with the support from family, friends, and teammates made my recovery possible. Being able to step back on the field and compete after all the time I was away has made me more focused and driven to prove those who doubted my ability to recover after that awful day in August. I look forward to the opportunity that has been given to me by Coach Brizard at TTU, and I am confident in my abilities to contribute to the program. In addition, I look forward to gauging my skills in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) this Fall.

I wish all the girls I have competed both with and against whom are continuing their soccer journey the best of luck in the next four years.

Maddie Karas #13
Class of 2013

Maddie plays for St. Louis Scott Gallagher SC, on the ECNL squad until her accident and since then off and on with ECNL and Premier. She is a a forward who did not play high school soccer at Lafayette.

paige-brown-slsg-soccer-by-laura-simonAnother story I highly recommend comes from the SEMO Missourian who profile Maddie’s club mate, Paige Brown. Paige attends Jackson High School and has been traveling to St Louis since she was a seventh-grader to advance her game at SLSG. It’s a great story paired with wonderful photos about a player headed for Louisville.

I’ll be collecting names from throughout the country identifying not only the players from our area headed to college but also the players coming to play at our college programs. If you see stories like this worth sharing, use the contact form to point me to them and be sure to come back for the most complete list you’ll find.

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