By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(January 28, 2014) – Broad Run High School senior Sydney Smedley has committed to continue her soccer career at Wingate University starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“Having played soccer since I was about four, earning a college roster spot was always my dream. It feels great knowing that I will be playing for a great university on a great team,” the 5-foot-3 Smedley said. “Wingate is known for athletic and academic excellence. The campus is beautiful, located close to downtown Charlotte and I wanted to play in the south where the weather is warmer.”
Smedley credited Wingate’s head coach Chip Wiggins as one of the top reasons she made her commitment to play for the Division II Bulldogs.
“Of all the college coaches I met and had an opportunity to play for, coach Chip is by far the best fit for me,” Smedley said. “His style of play fits perfectly with mine. I could not image playing for anyone else. Chip led the women’s soccer team to the Elite 8 in the DII NCAA tournament this past season. I am so excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Wingate Bulldogs’ soccer team.”
In 2013, Chip’s Bulldogs lost to No. 3 West Florida by a goal in the DII NCAA tournament quarterfinals. However, that was not before his team compiled a 16-3-4 record including an 8-2-1 record in the South Atlantic Conference where they took home the conference championship.
In the Northwest Region, Forest Park knocked the 2013 Broad Run Lady Spartans out of the tournament during a quarterfinal contest. The Ashburn-school finished 5-4-2 in the Cedar Run District.
“I have a great feeling about this year. We are absolutely going to dominate,” said Smedley who plays club soccer for McLean Fury U18. “Our team is strong and deep in every position. From the freshman to the seniors, we have great talent. I have one state championship ring from my freshman year and intend to get another ring this season.”
The forward said her motivational roots lie in her family as she grew up in a family full of soccer players as her father, mother and sister all played.
“I simply love running, playing the game and being part of a team,” Smedley said. “I am extremely motivated knowing that playing for Wingate University will continue to push me to be a better player and athlete. The goal of coach Chip is to win a national championship. I want to be part of his team when he does.”
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. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.