By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 3, 2014) – Briar Woods High School senior Carly Melkus has committed to play soccer at Christopher Newport University starting in the fall of 2014.
“It truly feels like a dream come true,” said the 5-foot-4 Melkus. “The first step on campus, I fell completely in love, and it felt like home. After touring campus, the athletic facilities and meeting the coach, I knew it was exactly where I belonged. I am on cloud nine and couldn’t be happier.”
Melkus will not be alone on her blissful trip to Newport News, as Briar Woods teammates Alexis Haycraft and Kira Warner have also committed to play for the Division III Captains starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
The trio of Falcons will join Broad Run graduates Haley Casanova and Sam Rabinek, Loudoun Valley graduate Leah Widdifield and Woodgrove graduate Victoria Perry on the pitch this fall. Christopher Newport coach Dan Weiler and his staff have done a great job of recruiting student-athletes from Loudoun County and more importantly running a successful program.
In 2013, the Captains finished 14-4-2, topping the Capital Athletic Conference with a 7-1 record before tying in the conference championship with No. 2 York College. CNU lost their final game of the season in the first round of the NCAA DIII tournament to Bowdoin College, 3-1.
“I am hoping to be an impact player that brings intensity and energy into every practice and game,” said Melkus who will play either center back or a holding center mid for the Captains.
Surrounded by a team of girls at Briar Woods who went 19-5-1 and lost in the VHSL AA state championship last spring to the Woodgrove Wolverines, Melkus and the Falcons will have a chance to leave a Falcon legacy in 2014 even after the conference realignment. So far, eight Falcon senior girls have committed to play soccer in college.
Melkus began playing soccer at the age of four and said that since then she cannot get enough.
“I play because I have a pure love for the game. I couldn’t imagine my life without soccer, being with a soccer ball at my feet feels like home,” said Melkus who plays club soccer for the SYA Heat. “My family and friends keep me motivated to always do my best and give 100-percent no matter what I’m doing; I truly couldn’t do it without their support.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!