By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 2, 2014) – Briar Woods High School senior McKensey Ziegler signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her soccer career at Radford University starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“It feels amazing, and it’s made me even more committed to the game,” said the 5-foot-11 Ziegler. “Now, I’m able to look towards my future and work more passionately toward being the best player I can be for my team.”
Located 250 miles southwest of Ashburn, Radford is a midsized school with an academic emphasis in business and education.
“I chose Radford in order to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher and the opportunity to continue to play soccer at the next level,” Ziegler said.
That next level includes a 2013 Radford soccer team – including Heritage High School graduate Caitlin Kick – which dominated the Big South Conference going 10-1 including not losing a single home game at Cupp Stadium in Radford. The Division I Highlanders finished the season 15-3-2 losing their final game of the season to Liberty in the conference championship, 5-0.
“I will bring my positive mindset, my work ethic and my passion for the game,” said Ziegler who will play forward for the Highlanders. “I can’t wait to encourage my teammates and challenge myself every day.”
Ziegler will continue to push herself before competing in her final season at Briar Woods High School. Last spring the Falcons finished 19-5-1 before falling to the Woodgrove Wolverines in the VHSL AA state final.
“I can’t wait for this season to get started,” said Ziegler who plays club soccer for Loudoun 95G Red Freedom. “I’m looking forward to the team chemistry and the new personalities we have coming in. We are hoping to continue to build on our successes of last year, while taking each game as it comes.”
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Ziegler noted she plays soccer for the love of the game.
“I’ve always been a competitor. I’m constantly pushing myself to do better and commit more time,” Ziegler. “All my efforts reflect how much I will put forth for my team and my natural enthusiasm for the game that encourages others to challenge themselves on and off the field.”
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!