Soccer Girls Sign Early

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Sophomore Maddi Cipolla, who just signed to Drury,  plays at the Pink Out game against LSN.
Sophomore Maddi Cipolla, who just signed to Drury, plays at the Pink Out game against LSN. Photo by Sophie Piatzcyc.

Story by Sadie Webb

Many athletes dream about being able to play sports in college, but sophomores Baylee Arcuri and Maddi Cipolla and junior Annie Parscale have already committed to playing soccer in college.

“I think it’s more of a good thing just because I have more of a guaranteed spot and I’m not stressed out about finding a college late in my senior year. As long as I stay away from injuries hopefully I can keep improving before college,” said Cipolla, who signed to Drury University in Springfield, Mo. “I think [the coaches] have done a good job preparing me for college.”

The coaches try different ways to challenge the players and increase their skills. “With them on their club teams they may be asked to play different roles with us and hopefully that just strengthens them as soccer players,” said girls soccer coach, Todd Krey.

Many think that signing early can have a positive effect on the players and their performance.

“I’ve seen those kids play even better because the stress is off. They don’t have the pressure they can just go play and they want to play harder because they want to have fun and they want to make those college coaches that have taken a gamble on them proud and glad with the choice they made so they don’t change their mind,” said Assistant principal, Debbie Katzfey.

Both Arcuri and Parscale signed to attend the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, Mo.

All though signing early committing early can be nerve wracking, Cipolla said she knows that she will be ready when the time comes.

“I think it might be a little more challenging but I’m not exactly sure what to expect. I think once I get into it, I’ll have a lot of fun.” said Cipolla.

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