ECNL Girls Commitments: SEC challenge
*courtesy of: www.topdrawersoccer.com
RICHMOND, VA (April 18, 2013): A pair of Colorado natives head in opposite directions with their college choices, one electing for the SEC while another eyes the Pacific Northwest.
And that led her to make a commitment to Tennessee.
“I made it a point to try and visit a wide variety of schools to really understand what each had to offer in terms of a college experience,” she told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I knew I wanted to attend a school in a major conference and the atmosphere in the SEC has just been incredible.”
Along with the team’s performance on the field, Massey was impressed by having the chance to see a game during last fall’s season, and hopes to make big things happen when she gets to her new school.
“I had the opportunity to attend a Lady Vols soccer game and the energy there was awesome and you can’t help getting excited about the fans and the entire community who get behind the team,” she said. “Also, when I spent time with the coaches and players, I knew that this would be the best place to help me develop to get to the next level in my soccer career and hopefully get the opportunity to compete at the international level. The program has a strong tradition of players who have competed on that stage and I want to continue that tradition.”
When discussing Oregon, the first thing that comes to mind is the athletic facilities that is helped out by the close proximity of Nike up in the Pacific Northwest.
And while that stood out to Brooke Tasker, it was far from the only thing that drew her to make a commitment to Oregon.
“There are so many more little things that caught my attention,” she told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I am very lucky I get to go to such a great university, but the environment and soccer program sold it for me. The coaching staff is fantastic and being able to go in and help make a change in the program is exciting and I’m ready.”
Tasker is one of the first recruits secured by Kat Mertz, who took over as the new Oregon coach in December 2012. The Colorado native likes the ambition shown by Mertz and her new staff.
“I believe they can take my game to the next level and push me to be the best,” Tasker said of the coaches. “The greatest feeling is going to a school knowing everyone on the team is ready to change the Oregon women’s soccer team in a positive way and being able to be apart of it.”
The school’s setting was also a draw.
“I was impressed with the town itself and the people there were so nice,” Tasker said. “The campus was a perfect size for me. The academic support they have is amazing and really caught my attention because its nice knowing they are going to help you as much as they can not only athletically but academically.”
It didn’t seem like it was a very difficult decision for Cecelia Kizer to make her commitment to Ole Miss.
“It has everything I want in a university,” she told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I want to play high-level competition that the SEC has to offer and the coaches made me feel like I was a part of the family.”
She always saw a lot of things about the team on the field that looked like it would be a good fit, while also sensing something optimistic about the future.
“Their style fits my style of possession and build up from the back and I believe Coach [Matthew] Mott is building a great program that I want to be a part of,” Kizer said.