By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(January 16, 2014) – Park View High School senior Sam Onyeador has committed to play soccer for the College of William & Mary beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“William and Mary has always been my No. 1 school academically regardless of soccer so when I got into the school, offers from other schools for soccer didn’t matter to me,” the 6-foot-3 Onyeador said. “But my club coach was talking with coach Norris at W&M, and coach Norris said if that if I got in, then I would have a spot. So to be able to go to an amazing school academically and soccer-wise as well is more than I could ask for.”
Last spring, the NCAA Division I Tribe finished 11-5-3 including a 4-2-1 record in the Colonial Athletic Association before falling to George Mason in the first round of the NCAA tournament in penalty kicks following a double overtime thriller.
During the season, William & Mary knocked off No.1 Creighton, No. 1 North Carolina and No. 24 Elon earning their highest ranking of the season following their loss to the GMU Patriots at No. 19. Onyeador will join Dominion graduate Adam Crenshaw in the 2014 season, hoping to improve upon the Tribe’s 2013 campaign.
“I hope that I will be able to be a positive addition to the [Tribe],” said Onyeador who will play goalkeeper at W&M. “I just hope to work hard in training and hopefully it translates to minutes on the field.”
Onyeador hopes to improve upon Park View’s 2013 season in which they finished 9-6-2 including a 5-5-1 record in the Dulles District before falling to powerhouse Tuscarora High School in the district semifinal.
“We lost a lot of seniors from last year but we have good players returning and a lot of talented new faces so I’m very optimistic for this season,” said Onyeador who plays club soccer for Loudoun 95 Red. “I’m thinking of lifting the state title in June!”
Growing up watching his three older siblings playing soccer, Onyeador knew he too would one day play the world’s most popular sport.
“I love playing soccer because it’s taught me that when I put in the time and effort into achieving a goal, that positive results will show and that’s something to take pride in for me,” Onyeador said.
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.